30th Punjabis by James Lawford, Michael Youens

By James Lawford, Michael Youens

This e-book examines the uniforms, gear, background and company of the thirtieth Punjabis, from 1857 to their carrier in international conflict 2. Uniforms are proven in complete illustrated aspect.

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During the early 1930s the Regiment introduced a cut-down version of the unpopular puttees, tied round the ankle only, and this became standard wear for all but ceremonial occasions. H1 Subedar, 1940 Dressed as an orderly officer of the day, this Punjabi Mohammedan subedar wears khaki drill pantaloons instead of shorts; this was normal after dark as an anti-malaria precaution. He is wearing the long ceremonial safa, the normal safa with a shamla standing up being only half its length. The safa itself is khaki drill with a gold kullah on top and gold fringe edged with red.

The Japanese held the top of the ridge, the key to the position, in strength, and had overrun the area containing the reserve ammunition; 'B' and ' D ' Companies were being closely pressed. The second-in-command, Major Newell, resolved to break contact and rejoin the main body of the Brigade in the neighbourhood of Tiddim. Jettisoning everything that could not be carried on the man, the Battalion struck out through virgin jungle. After two days threading their way across the steep slopes of the Chin Hills the tired men managed to rejoin the Brigade.

Clarke. C1 Subedar, Kelat-i-Ghilzai Regiment, 1879 Subedars were fully trained officers who initially commanded a company, but gradually came to assume the position of second-in-command. After the Mutiny, the Government issued the sepoy with a uniform coat and trousers once every other year; the rest of his uniform he bought for himself. This gave commanding officers considerable opportunity to exercise their own discretion over uniform - a discretion they seldom failed to use. This subedar of the Kelat-i-Ghilzai Regiment wears boots and polished brass spurs as if he were a British field officer.

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