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syracusepops31 Aug 2020 12:18 p.m. PST

I have the wonderful looking Artizan Designs Punjab Indian Cavalry. My google skills are failing me. Does anyone have any pictures of what these units looked like in the second Afghan War (1879)?

I have the Osprey Book about Bengal Cavalry Units. I do not have information concerning the Punjab units. Any help would be appreciated

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2020 2:01 p.m. PST

In general they wore similar or identical dress to that of the Bengal Cavalry regiments: khaki or dark blue Kurtas, often with red facings; either boots or puttees (usually dark blue). Individual regiments had their own bespoke turban patterns. If you have a particular unit in mind identify it here on this thread and I'll look it up for you in my copy of the W.Y. Carman book on Indian Cavalry and if it has any details I'll post them here.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2020 5:16 p.m. PST

Remembered I posted this illustration of a member of the 3rd Punjab Cavalry c.1890 back in March, so easy to access & repost here. It's a decade after the 1878-1880 Second Afghan War, but could still be generally accurate, and definitely useful for the turban pattern:


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