Unusual Mounted Police in the Crimea

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Unusual Mounted Police in the Crimea

Post  Sean on Mon 11 Jun 2012, 8:18 am

1855 newspaper illustration. I don't know anything about the Corps.

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Re: Unusual Mounted Police in the Crimea

Post  buistR on Mon 18 Jun 2012, 10:10 pm

The Osprey Elite book "Redcaps Britain's Military Police" contains a written section and a colour plate on this corps, known as the Mounted Staff Corps.

There were 50 of them, drawn from the Royal Irish Constabulary and the London Met. They were based at Balaclava and initially wore "fanciful helmet, red tunic braided with black cord". Losses amongst men, horses and fanciful helmets were heavy and after a few months they were disbanded.

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