British Infantryman in South Africa 1877-81 by Ian Castle

By Ian Castle

For plenty of humans the epitome of the British soldier of the past due Victorian interval is the Redcoat who fought in southern Africa within the 1870s. This name covers the most important interval of the wars opposed to the Zulu and Boers; the dramatic battles of Rorke's flow, Isandlwana, Ulundi, Laing's Nek and Majuba are probably the most well-known engagements within the heritage of the British military. the adventure of the British soldier from the again streets of Britain's internal towns, to the remoted rock outcrop of Isandlwana and the mountain most sensible of Majuba is one among self-discipline, devotion, loyalty, bravery, choice and sheer hard-work. it's a trip from which many males by no means lower back.

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Tactical symbol is of the 1st tank, 1st platoon, possibly 1st company (red). com An L 3 column of the Littorio armoured division crossing the Alps towards France in June 1940; the leading tank shows the tactical symbol of the commander of II battalion, its red/blue/yellow symbol denoting a three-companies battalion. Note the second tank, a flamethrower variant, with the armoured fuel trailer. some 60–70 light and medium ones pressed into Australian service. The LXII tank battalion was lost, and only the LX light-tank battalion of the Babini tank brigade escaped, still with 24 L 3.

Com WORLD WAR II The opening rounds: 1940 BELOW LEFT An L 3/35 in France, at the conclusion of the short, and quite unsuccessful, Italian offensive against France. Although specifically intended to operate in mountainous areas, the L 3 was to prove its unsuitability when moving in rugged terrain. BELOW RIGHT Winter training in 1939–40 in an Italian town, with a clear view of Fascist architecture. After the experiences of war in Ethiopia and Spain the light tanks were required to closely cooperate with the infantry, thus denying most of the advantages from armour and mobility.

On 19 November the I and II battalions of Ariete’s 32nd regiment fought at Bir el Gubi against the 22nd British Armoured Brigade, and about a month later, following the withdrawal to the Gazala line, the Ariete had practically lost all of its L 3, mostly because of mechanical breakdowns. The last L 3 that saw action were those of the 3rd company, IV battalion, deployed at the Halfaya where the Axis forces had been surrounded and eventually surrendered on 17 January 1942. At this time there were no more L 3 in running order in North Africa.

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