Zanzibari Infantry

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Zanzibari Infantry

Post  Sean on Sun 25 Jul 2010, 4:37 am

Not the clearest postcard, but at least one of a very rare army.

http://i32.servimg.com/u/f32/12/22/09/10/238_0010.jpg
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KAR or Zanzibari

Post  Sean on Thu 23 Sep 2010, 10:23 am

Had a note from a fellow enthusiast stating that these are more likely early KAR as opposed to Zanzibari troops.
Any opinions?

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Re: Zanzibari Infantry

Post  Abadu on Thu 23 Sep 2010, 12:41 pm

Well, I can't see the picture clearly, but from what I know, the zanzibari regular infantry wore an egyptian-inspired uniform, and those men seem to be wearing fezzes at least, so they might be zanzibaris....

And on the zanzibari army, do you know anything about their uniforms Sean?

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Re: Zanzibari Infantry

Post  Sean on Sat 25 Sep 2010, 2:36 am

Not a lot. There is some good detail in Peter Abbott's book Unknown Armies, East Africa.
The uniforms were very plain, white and khaki drill with a fez headdress. Officers had chest braiding and pillbox caps.

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Re: Zanzibari Infantry

Post  Abadu on Sat 25 Sep 2010, 1:40 pm

Very Interesting! Anything on the guards or the band?

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Re: Zanzibari Infantry

Post  sepid on Sun 26 Sep 2010, 10:03 pm

I found some images of zanzibari army here: http://www.zanzibarhistory.org/Zanzibar_Courage.htm

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Re: Zanzibari Infantry

Post  Abadu on Mon 27 Sep 2010, 2:29 am

Thank you for the link! Unfortunally, it's imposible to see the details in the bandsman's uniform. Also, the site has a picture of zanzibari cavalry. Did they really exist? I had never seen any zanzibari cavalry before!
Also, did they have any artillery? If so, what was their uniform?

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Re: Zanzibari Infantry

Post  sepid on Mon 27 Sep 2010, 5:31 am

I found some informations about Zanzibari artillery in the time of Anglo-Zanzibar War on wikipedia: The sultan's artillery consisted of several Maxim machine guns, a Gatling gun, a 17th century bronze cannon and two 12 pounder field guns, which had been presented to the sultan by the German emperor Wilhelm II. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Zanzibar_War


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Re: Zanzibari Infantry

Post  Abadu on Wed 29 Sep 2010, 7:25 am

Interesting...What about the artillerymen, did they have any distinctive uniform?

Also, does anyone knows what was the dress of the guard?

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