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Postby Von Richter » Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:44 pm

What colour were the flagpoles for British Colours in the Afghanistan and Sudan campaigns?
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Re: Flagpoles...

Postby ninja636 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:33 pm

I thought that after Isandhlwana British colours were no longer carried in the field?

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Postby olicana » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:14 pm

Typical, British bad sportsmanship at its best. :smile2:

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Re: Flagpoles...

Postby Von Richter » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:03 pm

ninja636 wrote:I thought that after Isandhlwana British colours were no longer carried in the field?

I'll stand correcting.


Maiwand 1881, if memory serves?

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Re: Flagpoles...

Postby Ronan the Librarian » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:38 pm

Majuba Hill, 1881. Almost reintroduced during the Boxer rebellion as other contingents had copious numbers of flags to plant on captured enemy positions and to prevent "friendly fire" whilst the British only had one or two Union flags with senior officers, or White Ensigns with the RN/RM detachments.
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Re: Flagpoles...

Postby paintinglittlesods » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:06 pm

I have the ospreys for these periods (Dont ask me if they are "correct") - there is a picture of an officer of the 58th with a colour (1879/1881) and its simply looks like a good hardwood pole.
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Postby Ronan the Librarian » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:41 pm

Yes, I don't think we ever went in for painting our flagpoles - natural wood was usually good enough for us.

And Laing's Nek (28/01/1881) was the last time that colours were carried into action - 58th Foot, although part of the action took place at Majuba Hill, hence my confusion.
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Re: Flagpoles...

Postby Timmo » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:51 am

The only flag I'm aware of the British using in the Sudan was a small plain red one to mark General Graham's position. It was carried by a mounted hussar, presumably on a lance.
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Re: Flagpoles...

Postby Von Richter » Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:03 am

I've just finished mi' flagman bloke, all I've got to now is... fettle his pole!

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