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The Osprey title "Armies in East Africa" indicates a uniform that is a brown sweater and a green cap comforter but all the photos I have seen show the Kilmarnock cap or a floppy sun hat in various configurations. Does anyone know what officers wore? I assume the Wolseley helmet and standard tropical KD but....what about headwear?
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James A Pratt III wrote:I believe I have seen a picture of a British officer with the Nigerian Brigade wearing a pith helmet. There is a book on archives.org "With the Nigerians in East Africa" which may have it somewhere.
Is this the picture?
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It's different from both "Bombay Bowler" (the civilian wide brimmed pith helmet which is stereotypically attributed to colonialists and explorers and is based on a French military model) and "British Army helmet" (the Zulu War vintage pith helmet with tall crown and very small brim, used from 1870 to 1899 and actually worn by civilian explorers and colonialists in the 1880s).
Here is a complete tropical uniform with Wolseley Pattern helmet, of 1908 vintage and formerly belonging to a New Zealand NCO in WWI:
http://militarianz.freeforums.org/named ... t1209.html