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Our ?Little Contemptibles?, 1914 Featured 7 Jun 2016 Print

Our ?Little Contemptibles?, 1914

Our ?Little Contemptibles?, 1914.Oil on canvas by William Barns Wollen (1857-1936), 1918 (c); exhibited at the Royal Academy 1918 (No 260).Composed of regular soldiers and reservists, the British Expeditionary Force landed on the Continent in August in 1914. During the early months of World War One (1914-1918) it was engaged in slowing down the German advance. This painting depicts open warfare with British infantry wearing large packs, taking cover behind a hedge; German artillery in the distance. The British Army?s experiences in the Boer War (1899-1902) had resulted in major reforms in organization, administration, tactics, weapons and equipment. Introduced in 1906, the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield rifle, shown in this painting, enabled troops to produce very rapid, accurate fire. Infantry training now placed more emphasis on the ability to shoot straight and fast, and on mobility. These professional soldiers, drilled in new methods of attack, defence, and withdrawal, were taught to take greater advantage of cover.The title of the canvas relates to an order given by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany (1859 -1941) to the commander of his First Army, Alexander von Kluck (1846-1934), in August, 1914:- ?It is my Royal and Imperial Command that you concentrate your energies? and all the valour of my soldiers to exterminate first the treacherous English; walk over General French's insignificant [or contemptible] little Army. In fact the German advance was checked, and the men of the British and Indian Expeditionary Forces who survived these heavy engagements proudly adopted the ironic title, ?The Old Contemptibles?. These men who served between the outbreak of war and midnight on 22 November 1914 were awarded the 1914 Star.In the 1880s, the artist, William Barns Wollen, served in the 20th (Artists?) Volunteer Battalion, The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort?s Own), popularly known as the Artists? Rifles. Date: 1914

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Skinner?s Horse at Exercise, 1840 (c) Featured 7 Jun 2016 Print

Skinner?s Horse at Exercise, 1840 (c)

Skinner?s Horse at Exercise, 1840 (c).Oil on canvas by John Reynolds Gwatkin (1807-1877), 1840 (c). Men of the 1st Bengal Irregular Cavalry (Skinner?s Horse) or 4th Bengal Irregular Cavalry (Baddley?s Horse) display mounted combat skills, including tent-pegging. Skinner?s Horse was the first regiment to combine oriental horsemanship with western cavalry drill. It was trained according to a manual of English cavalry manoeuvres, translated into Persian, with Colonel Skinner?s own additions on musketry drill. This manuscript is preserved in the National Army Museum collections. Tent-pegging involves spearing a wooden tent-peg stuck in the ground with a long lance while riding past it at a gallop. This difficult exercise is still practised by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment of today?s British Army to demonstrate skilled horsemanship. In the background three sowars (privates) display other skills, such as standing upright on the saddle of a galloping horse or mounting one as it gallops by.These amazing feats are recorded by earlier Indian watercolours depicting Skinner?s irregulars at exercise. However they did not impress Isabella Fane, daughter of General Sir Henry Fane, Commander-in-Chief in India, who saw a performance at Hansi, the regimental headquarters, in 1836, and wrote; ?We were all much disappointed, as at Astley?s [the London theatre and circus] we had seen much better?. She was much more fascinated by Skinner?s wife and daughter-in-law, whom she visited in purdah, both of whom were covered in jewels. Skinner died in 1841 and was buried at the church he had built, St James?s, Delhi. His regiment still lives on today in the Army of India as Skinner?s Horse. Date: circa 1840

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The Sikh Bomber Featured 7 Jun 2016 Print

The Sikh Bomber

The Sikh Bomber.Statuette on plinth with four silver plaques, with inscriptions.Silver by Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company Limited, hallmarked London, 1951-1952.The standing figure of Mohan Singh, in service dress, preparing to throw a grenade, a war memorial to the 14th King George's Own Ferozepore Sikhs, 1918 (c).Originally made 1920-1929 (c), to commemorate the action at Gully Ridge, Gallipoli, June 1915.Presented to the officers of the 14th King George's Own Ferozepore Sikhs by the officers who served during World War One.Relating to the Indian Army and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.Associated with World War One, Egypt and Palestine, Mesopotamia and Gallipoli (1914-1918).All four plaques are silver, in a wooden carrying box.One white metal plaque beneath the Roll of Honour lists those officers who died of wounds or were drowned by enemy action, 1914-1919. Date: circa 1918

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