Date added: 12 Jun 2015
Wooden Blocks for Practising Cavalry Drill
These wooden blocks are painted with soldiers of the cavalry riding on horses and it formed an integral part of educating common soldiers and officers, to effectively conduct the army manoeuvres, during the warfare. It was considered by the officers that if an army of soldiers were well drilled, then they would manoeuvre within a cohesive manner that would certainly enable them to defeat a less-organised army. Consistently carrying out the drill practice, created asense of discipline and had enabled them act as an entity, instead of combating solitarily, during the warfare to defeat the disorganised army.
Date added: 12 Jun 2015
British soldiers and officers during the Battle of Waterloo, were anticipated to be responsible for their uniforms and equipment that they may require, whilst carrying out the campaign, thus, they were allowed to bring large amounts of baggage with themselves. The officers of the British army were predominantly wealthy and affluent men, who would be able to meet the expense of leading a lavish and extravagant lifestyle during the warfare.
This particular was possessed byLieutenant J. Malcolm of the 42nd Regiment, a Black Watch, whereby he primarily used it during the Peninsular War and the Waterloo campaign. His grandson, who was also obtained the position of a Black Watch, had used it during the Egyptian Campaign of 1882–84, where the same cost, responsibilities and anticipations were laid upon the soldiers. It was made out of a tubular frame, in order for allowing it to be portable, and carried with ease, whilst travelling in long journeys to the battlefields.
The equipments and other essentials of much wealthier soldiers, were delivered to the battlefields, using baggage trains and there were several forwarding depots for collecting their possessions.Whereas, a common soldier did not have the option of using a baggage train and he was required to carry his personal arms, ammunition and clothing equipment issued to him, any personal possessions that he might have as well as any special tools, utensils or supplies considered essential to an operation by the officers.He would often be carrying weights within the range of 60 to 80 lbs. Equipment checks by leading officers were frequent within the battlefields and most soldiers would even tolerate the weight of the gear, instead of the trauma of enduring the severe physical punishments, including frequent flogging, caused as an effect of disposing some of the things in his kit.