British Military Band Uniforms: The Household Division by WENDY SKILTON

By WENDY SKILTON

Эта книга иллюстрирует обмундирование музыки современных военных частей британской гвардии. Королевская гвардия (по прозвищу "Bearskins" - "медвежьи шкуры") ? это личная охрана английского монарха. В наши жизнь опасаться за жизнь короля или королевы особенно не приходится, и сегодня гвардейцы выполняют, в основном, церемониальные обязанности. Однако гвардейские традиции зародились около трёх веков назад, когда британские монархи действительно выходили на поле боя. Солдат в гвардейские полки отбирали очень строго, это были лучшие части.

Британская гвардейская дивизия состоит сегодня из двух конных и пяти пехотных полков. Кавалерия ? это Лейб-гвардейский конный полк (его форма ? красные мундиры, а зимой еще и красные накидки) и Конногвардейский королевский полк ? в синих мундирах и в синих накидках. Пехотные полки гвардии Её величества ? Колдстримский, Гренадерский, Шотландский, Ирландский и Валлийский. Все гвардейцы-пехотинцы носят высокие медвежьи шапки и красные мундиры. То есть отличить друг от друга солдат того или иного полка непросто ? разве что по расположению пуговиц на мундире и цвету кокарды на шапке.

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Of sheet iion. arde ihi Corps, ISl 1, side view. M ISl }. ,#? M 53 Bavaria: Cuirassier officer's helmet 1833, with monogram of King Ludwig somewhat lower, chains no longer attached to Medusa heads but to lions' heads. I (1825-1848). Form 54 Bavaria: Cuirassier officer's helmet, M/1843. After the suggested Prussian model was rejected, a lighter cuirassier helmet was introduced for the ranks in 1842 (retained until 1879). For the officers, a helmet was introduced as M/1843 which siill had the leather straps with silvered oak leaves.

In the end, when new types of headgear were for new headgear again discussed in 1868, the "crest that characterizes the Bavarian helmet and awakens historical memories" was again retained at the personal wishof King Ludwigll. Only after the death of Ludwig II in 1886 was the "Pickelhaube" introduced in Bavaria. — Prussia: Helmet eagle of officers of tfie line Grenadier Regiment, as of 1860. The Ba\ arian helmet, with its varying models, constantly reduced in size and weight, shows that efforts were made to decrease the burdensome nature of all early 19thcentury helmets.

The Bavarian painter Moritz von Schwind may also have been involved in the creation of the new helmet. A fresco painted by him in the Knights' Hall of Hohenschwangau Castle in 1835-36 shows, among other things, a pointed helmet very similar to the Prussian pattern of 1841, so that one could draw the conclusion that Stilke was connected with the matter. According to Transfeldt, the name originated in the word "Beckenhaube", a medieval sheet-metal helmet. " The name of the helmet itself presumably had nothing to do with the point.

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