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Offline Baron von Wreckedoften

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Re: Moorish Forces at Tangier - Kirke's Lambs
« Reply #60 on: July 13, 2021, 04:52:12 PM »
A propos the Hollar sketches/paintings, I don't think the garrison was particularly well supplied for long periods of its occupation, so uniforms - especially officers' kit - may have been expected to last a while, and the informal stuff, such as the grey coats may even have been designed with longevity in mind.  I have often wondered if the men actually fought in their shirtsleeves and coloured waistcoats due to the heat, rather than the full regimental coat.  Or maybe they just took the waistcoats off, as the coat would probably give greater protection against edged weapons?

I'm not sure when it dates from (possibly the later period - late 1670s/early 1680s), but there is also a very detailed painting of a massive parade involving the whole of the garrison, which includes naval units, the Duke of York & Albany's Regiment in their yellow coats, and various cavalry troops.

Edit: I think it's called "Lord Dartmouth's parade of the army at Tangier, 1683" and was done just prior to the final evacuation; the troops included a composite Guards battalion (King's and Coldstream), plus detachments of Dumbarton's (later 1st Foot), the 1st Tangier Regiment (later 2nd Foot) which had formed the original garrison, the Buffs (later 3rd Foot), and the newly-raised 2nd Tangier Regiment (later 4th Foot), and the Duke of York's (disbanded in 1690, but widely accepted as the forerunners of the Royal Marines).
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Re: Moorish Forces at Tangier - Kirke's Lambs
« Reply #61 on: August 05, 2021, 10:36:06 AM »
With colour on the plastic they became fantastic. I love this project. Please more pictures for the audience, Garry.
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Re: Moorish Forces at Tangier - Kirke's Lambs
« Reply #62 on: August 05, 2021, 12:08:38 PM »
Average temperatures were on the whole cooler in the late 17th C and even today the climate in Tangier is relatively mild, with prevailing winds blowing in from the Atlantic. High 20’s are typical in summer. It’s therefore likely that the rank and file wore their coats, save for fatigue duties and the hottest of days.
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Offline Baron von Wreckedoften

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Re: Moorish Forces at Tangier - Kirke's Lambs
« Reply #63 on: August 07, 2021, 10:55:27 PM »
Thank you for that information, Carlos.


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