Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders on A reconnoitering Patrol Postcard

Postcard artists before the Great War covered many of the military uniforms in service at the time and these paintings sometimes showed ‘action’ shots based on training exercises at the time with the service uniforms of the time. Today we have an example showing a patrol for the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders:

The uniforms are a mixture of the kilts and spats of the home service dress and the jackets of the khaki service dress. The officer at the front has his rank on the cuffs and the more elaborate sporran of a commissioned rank. His sword is of the regimental Scottish pattern rather than a traditional officer’s sword and he is carrying a (very small) pair of binoculars:

The men behind are wearing the simpler other ranks tunic and they have the 1903 pattern leather equipment:

Note the ribbons of the South African War on the tunics of the men suggesting that the image was painted in the early Edwardian period.

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