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Yeomanry cavalry, Palestine 1918.

Un trompetista de la Royal Gloucestershire Húsares, que era un regimiento de caballería de la milicia desde el oeste de Inglaterra.
  Ellos sirven con distinción durante la campaña de Egipto y Palestina en 1917/1918.
En los espacios abiertos del desierto, la caballería era muy eficaz, que funciona realmente como infantería montada.
General Allenby levantó una gran fuerza de caballería del Imperio Británico, incluyendo a los indios. Australianos, neozelandeses, así como los regimientos británicos.
Este "Desert Mounted Cuerpo" se utiliza para activar el flanco interior de la línea turca, y luego atacar a sus comunicaciones de retaguardia, mientras que la pieza de infantería de su ejército y atacó a cabo su primera línea.
El RGH se encontraban en la misma formación que el caballo ligero australiano, famoso por su carga en Beersheba (la película "The Lighthorsemen " recrea la batalla).
La campaña tuvo éxito, derrotando al ejército turco, y la captura de Jerusalén y finalmente Damasco.

La figura muestra un trompetista, Stan Carter, que estaba en el Escuadrón "B", y que en su vejez me enseñó a tocar la trompeta. Él era un amigo de mi infancia, y me contó muchas historias de esta campaña.

Todo está hecho a medida, excepto el rifle.


I previewed this figure last year when I was still struggling to complete some of the detail.
 He’s a Trumpeter from the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars , a Yeomanry cavalry regiment that saw service through the Palestine campaign, for the most part as one of three brigades in the Australian Mounted Division
The RGH were a classic English Yeomanry outfit , officered by Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire gentry ( some of them titled ) , obsessed with foxhunting and rural sports .The troopers varied widely in social background , from gentry sons and wealthy farmers , to poor but horse-wise countrymen .



Personal:~

I have known about this campaign since I was twelve, when I started music lessons with a man who had been there : Stan Carter , then a rotund 60-something baker in Somerset. I had recently toured Egypt, Sinai and Palestine with my family, so the landscape was very familiar .
He had had the time of his life as a trumpeter in the RGH , serving throughout the campaign, from Egypt up to Damascus .
My Thursday afternoon sessions with him mostly dissolved into reminiscence , about the Arabs, the desert, shooting down a German plane, charging Johnny Turk (they thought highly of their opponents ) , seeing Lawrence of Arabia in Damascus ( “ a very small man, which was a great surprise “ ).
 I was enraptured…...he was a sweet man , and I remember him with great affection.
Unfortunately I don’t have a pic of him , so the “portrait” is an act of reconstructive memory, imagining how he might have looked at twenty.





History:~

On the Western Front in WW1, the Cavalry were effectively obsolete. Despite some dashing skirmishes in the first month before the front disappeared into trenches, the machine gun , barbed wire, and the sheer density of the armies in the obstacle-strewn countryside condemned them to impotence , waiting behind the lines for the breakthrough that never came .
Their only role was as mounted infantry, since the opportunities for a proper charge in the face of modern weapons were vanishingly small.
 It happened, but the cost was ghastly .

The situation in the war against the Turks in Egypt was slightly different.
By late 1917 , there was stalemate along a trenched front at Gaza , where two offensives by the British Empire forces had failed, for the same reasons as in France .
But the desert flank was open…

Enter Major-General Allenby .
Allenby’s desert campaign is now regarded as a textbook example of how to outmanouvre a more static enemy, a sort of horsed blitzkrieg .
Despite the appearance of a few tanks at Gaza ( they broke down ) Allenby’s weapon of manouvre was cavalry .
He created the Desert Mounted Corps ,  made up of no less than 30 mounted regiments from ANZAC and British Yeomanry units .
The Australian 4th Light Horse Brigade  famously charged and captured the desert end of the Turkish line at Beersheba in October 1917 ( see “The Lighthorsemen “ film ).
The RGH were brigaded with the Warwicks and Worcesters in the Fifth Mounted Brigade in the same Division .



Once round and through the Turkish Line, the mounted columns  could always move faster to vital road and rail junctions than the Turkish Infantry, and were strong enough to hold their objectives until Infantry arrived .
 Jerusalem fell in December.
 The terrain in the desert was good for cavalry, being open and very difficult to dig trenches into ; once into the settled villages of the Judean hills, the broken nature of the country often allowed covered approaches to many positions.
 There were several charges, including one at Huq , which captured twelve guns,( RGH in support ) and at El Mughar , which was more in the nature of a fast mounted advance, the troopers dismounting to attack with rifles and bayonets.The charges were expensive in horses and men, and the vast bulk of their fighting was as mounted infantry .
The RGH had a success at Romani, but a disaster at Qatia, where “A” Squadron was overwhelmed and almost entirely killed or captured by a much larger Turkish force.( Stan was I think in “B” Squadron ).

 Each squadron had two Maxim or later Hotchkiss machineguns for fire support , and often for anti-aircraft work , since they suffered a lot from strafing by German aircraft .
The chief problems were getting enough water and food, and maintaining communications in a world without radios .Disease was a constant hazard, and in this theatre more men were affected with various tropical ailments than battle wounds.

 The campaign took several spasms, particularly after the German Spring 1918 offensive forced the return to France of half the troops .
There was also the overriding problem of supply , since everything had to come from Egypt , and it was necessary to build a railway  , and a pipeline to bring up water.
 But the advance restarted later in the summer, culminating in the capture of Damascus in September 1918 , and the Turks suing for an Armistice.


The Figure :

The horse ( “ Binky “ ) is a rebuilt Cindy Horse : split lengthways and horizontally, made longer and wider with sheets of Foamex( foamex is expanded polystyrene sheet used for making signs, which glues together with liquid poly ).
Legs lengthened with inserts . Newly modelled head and neck, using Efaplast Light air-drying clay over a foamex armature.
All rubbed down, coated with fine-surface Polyfilla , then painted.



The horses were all originally brought from Britain, but losses were inevitable in the climate , and replacements were Australian Walers, not very big but extremely tough , and perfectly suited to desert conditions .

The basic saddle ( 1902 Universal Pattern )  is by Cesar Dubon , with all fittings and equipment added by me.  I had a fit of the horrors after commissioning this that they might have used the Yeomanry pattern saddle instead ; then reassured myself when I found a couple of original pics clearly showing the UP .
The front wallets contained spare personal clothing.
Leather from Paris, all fittings modelled and cast in pewter or brass.



Attached to the saddle or horse : flyveil ,UP bridle , 90 rd. bandolier, rifle in leather bucket with canvas breech cover . Messtin, 1908 sword,  shoecase , picket peg and rope, canvas bucket, nosebag , haynet, heel shackle, two cornsacks, respirator , steel helmet, greatcoat, groundsheet, two blankets under the saddle .




On the man :
1903 bandolier equipment, waterbottle,
Trumpet and Bugle ( brass castings to my own pattern ).

Trumpeters officially carried pistols, but all the WW1 pics I have found show them carrying rifles and bandoliers like the troopers, so that’s what I’ve done here.
The Wolseley helmet has the blue and yellow pagri edge , and the portcullis Regimental badge ( from the Duke of Beaufort’s arms ) which the RGH used as distinctions, along with the RGH shoulder titles.
The KD hot weather jacket is from BGT, with the brass trumpeter badge. In the colder weather they of course wore serge SD , and often caps instead of helmets , and in hot weather mostly shirtsleeves and shorts .

The Royal Livery trumpet cords are plaited from embroidery silks.
I made them before seeing this pic, which suggest ordinary green cords ! Nobody seems to know which they officially used. Oh well…




Stan himself is a Soldier Story body with shortened legs , and narrowed shoulders . The squishy bottom and leg articulation make them my favourites for cavalry , since you can make them sit in the saddle quite realistically , something quite impossible with a Dragon body , for example .

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Getting together accurate information on the RGH has been a struggle, despite extensive digging in the usual places. Eventually I bought the pictorial history of the Regiment . I have also used pics of other Yeomanry units serving in the same Brigades and Divisions as reference .
 The pics available suggest that they seem to have stowed their horses any way that suited .
The horses were overloaded, as always , but they just managed to stay operational by very careful management.
The British had learnt their lesson about looking after horses in the Boer War , where they lost about a quarter of a million .



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Thanks to the many people who have helped with this model  …
Cesar for the saddle. PAD75 for the leather .
John Morgan for invaluable details about the tack .
Bob Bennett and Eric LeBlond for badge and uniform info.
Rollo Clifford for the useful RGH book. Allan W for the pic of the “Judean hills “.






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Que se puede decir de semejante obra de arte!!! Fantástica





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       Preciosa. Impresionante          Work of art     





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Masterpiece as usual  





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Me gusta  




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¡¡Joder!! Hay que ver lo que hace este hombre.
Ahora, el caballo en cuanto a la pintura, no lo veo igual de fantástico que la figura.
De cualquiera de las maneras ¡¡¡Felicidades!!!




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Increíble!





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Magnifico , todo es perfecto  




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I've never seen that before!!!

Simply amazing Tony!!!!!


Nunca he visto esto antes, acojonante!!!!!  




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I've never seen that before!!!

Simply amazing Tony!!!!!


Nunca he visto esto antes, acojonante!!!!!  


        Lo tuyo es arqueologia kekil  

Coñas a parte hay que reconocer que a Tony le quedan siempre unas figuras  super elegantes.
No se si seguira haciendo 1:6 , hace un monton de tiempo que no veo nada de el por ninguna parte.

 




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Pues puse en el buscador nosequé, para intentar encontrar el hilo del photobucket y actualizarlo...

No lo encontré, pero di con este keko de Tony, no se como, pero joder, que nivel  




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I've never seen that before!!!

Simply amazing Tony!!!!!


Nunca he visto esto antes, acojonante!!!!!  


        Lo tuyo es arqueologia kekil  

Coñas a parte hay que reconocer que a Tony le quedan siempre unas figuras  super elegantes.
No se si seguira haciendo 1:6 , hace un monton de tiempo que no veo nada de el por ninguna parte.

 


Sigue en 1/6





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