Tag Archives: P1853

3 Band Enfield, still in the field at 78+

This hardy footsoldier is described as “Sikh Sentry Srinagar” standing post in the Kashmir region in 1945, complete with a regulation Dastar (turban), and KD uniform shorts with field shirt and wool knee socks. His weapon appears to be a P1853 “3 Band” Enfield rifle, possibly converted in the 1870s to a .577 Snider–Enfield breechloader although I don’t think so as it doesn’t have updated sights.

While his uniform may have updated from the 1880s, his armament and bearing have not. 

A Sikh sentry at Fort Johnston, Malawi, in circa 1880s period artwork by Sir Henry Hamilton Johnston GCMG KCB, (1858-1927) who designed the uniform

As the last P53 was produced in 1867, Srinagar is likely much younger than his weapon, but he likely would have used it without compunction if needed.

One hardy Sikh with a bayonet and smoke pole of any vintage is a daunting sentry.

The shattered Guards at Inkerman, a special Combat Gallery Sunday


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Calling the Roll After An Engagement, Crimea, by Elizabeth Thompson, Lady Butler.

Painted in 1874, currently in the Royal Collection. The painting depicts a roll call of soldiers from the Grenadier Guards during the Crimean War following the Battle of Inkerman 5 November 1854– some 163 years ago today.

In the dramatic and almost forgotten battle, some 70,000 men of Russian Gen. Prince Alexander Menshikov fell on Lord Raglan’s 9,500 British soldiers and 3,500 French allies.

The horrible battle was one of the precursors to modern war and saw advanced (and brand new) British Pattern 1853 Enfield rifles and superior marksmanship triumph from elevated positions at Home Hill over waves of Russian infantry armed with smoothbore muskets more at home at Borodino, the allies came out on top.