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They were called "Riders of the Sun", or "Yellow Devils"

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Skinner's Riders are traditional Trophy Miniatures figurines depicting Indian horsemen of the 1st Bengal Lancers led by their British officers. Photo from Military Hobbies August/September 1992. P.17


Maybe in swamp Bengal,
Where everything turns to dust
Perhaps in the mountains of the Transvaal,
Perhaps - in the Afghan mountains,

By the black Sudanese wells
On the fast Burmese river
One day you happen to
To stand on the bloody sand.
Adam Lindsay Gordon

History in uniform. History is always written by people, including those dressed in uniforms. And often they don't do it themselves. They do things, but others are already inscribed in history. But ... there would be no deeds, there would be nothing to write about. And since we are talking about people in uniform, and the uniform, as a rule, is unusual and colorful, then today our story will be about such people dressed in something bright - the horsemen of the 1st Bengal Lancers Regiment and their commander - the legendary James Skinner. Moreover, today we use photographs of figurines of soldiers from the British company Trophy Miniatures as illustrations. Why is there such attention to them and to him personally? Yes, because he was a very interesting person, and so much so that even the Indians respected him and called him Sikandar Sahib.

And many were surprised that he commanded a regiment of Bengalis, about whom in India they made up such a proverb: “The hare and the Bengal were created by God. Why should they be ashamed?!And then, out of nowhere, the “Skinner Riders” appear, excellent cavalrymen with their deadly bamboo spears, dressed in yellow uniforms and striped turbans. So it is not surprising that, knowing the history of this regiment, not a single self-respecting manufacturer of toy soldiers in England dared to exclude this famous regiment from its assortment, including traditional figures painted in bright shiny colors.


Riders of the 1st Bengal Lancers. Trophy Miniatures figurines. Photo from Military Hobbies August/September 1992. P.16

However, the fate of Skinner himself is no less surprising. His father was a Scot by origin, who ended up in India in the same way as many other seekers of adventure and money, that is, by accident. And he found here something in which very few were fortunate, namely, an eminently romantic union with a Rajput princess, by whom he had a son in 1778. Young James grew up like Kim O'Hara from Kipling's Kim, that is, he did absolutely nothing. And when they decided to “pick him up”, he ran away to hide as a market boy. At the age of 12, he experienced the tragedy of the death of his mother, who committed suicide out of shame that her daughters had been sent to school for an English education. I considered it a real disaster and ... laid hands on myself! After that, it became clear to his father that only the army could beat the crap out of his head!

However, when he tried to enlist in the British army, he was turned down because of his semi-native origin.

Then the young Skinner joined the army of the Maratha Raja of Sindia and there, fighting under his banner, at the age of 18 he became the commander of a cavalry detachment. But in 1803, the Marathas began to prepare for war with the British and began to purge the army of those who could become a potential supporter of the enemy.

Skinner was on the list of potential victims, and he would not have been blown off his head if she had not also been saved by a mercenary, the commander of the Maratha army - General Perron, a Frenchman by birth. Upon learning of the impending massacre, he simply fired Skinner along with the detachment and advised him to go seek his fortune elsewhere.

They were called "Riders of the Sun", or "Yellow Devils"
Portrait of J. Skinner in the uniform of a British light cavalry officer. Unknown artist. Royal Historical Society. University College, London

And that's when Skinner and his horsemen turned to the British. The commander of the armed forces of the East India Company, Lord Lake, first ordered such a strange military unit to be driven away, but then he nevertheless changed his mind and accepted him into service as an irregular unit.


Colonel James Skinner (1778–1841). Unknown artist National Army Museum, London

So, on February 23, 1803, Skinner became an officer in the royal army, under whose command there were 800 horsemen. Moreover, it is interesting that all of them, when recruiting, put forward only one requirement: that he be left as the commander.

As a combat officer, James Skinner was on the verge of death twice. The first time this happened was when he, having lost his horse, met with horsemen armed with lances. Fleeing from them, he rolled under the ammo wagon and rolled frantically under it from side to side as the deadly spearmen jabbed their spears at him from one side of the wagon, then the other. Perhaps the heat of battle prevented them from realizing that it would be wiser to split up and take him on spears on both sides of the wagon. And in the end, most likely, it would have happened, but then, fortunately, his comrades saw the plight of Skinner, and scattered the enemy horsemen with a hail of bullets.


James Skinner figurine. Beautiful commemorative figurine of the man who founded the regiment, which has its roots in the days of the mercenaries of the Mughal era. Looking at his figure in a traditional yellow caftan, in an ancient silver-plated helmet with a nose and with an old round shield of the Mahratta light cavalry, we understand how little simple and ignorant people needed then in order to take a stranger for their own and with gladly obey him. Dressed in a national costume, made characteristic prayer movements in front of the figure of a deity, speak the local dialect - that's it, you are yours! And if you also ride a horse, and wield a saber well, and ... the hand of the Sahib is generous - then they are all yours with giblets! The manufacturer is Trophy Miniatures. Photo from Military Hobbies August/September 1992. P.17

The next time, his situation turned out to be even more difficult, as he was seriously wounded by a bullet in the groin and remained lying on the battlefield. The locals, who made a living by robbing the dead and wounded, undressed him and left him to die slowly. And for two nights and a day he endured terrible torment, lying undressed among the dead and dying soldiers from his defeated battalion.

It was then that the tanner and his wife, low-caste people, accidentally found him among the dead bodies and brought him to his senses. One of the officers lying next to him, who had a crippled leg, refused water from the hands of such a person. But Skinner drank it gratefully and vowed that if he survived, he would build a church to the God of his Scottish father.

And he did both, and also, following the customs of the East, had 14 wives and concubines, lived in Delhi in luxurious chambers, styled himself in an oriental manner and ended his bright career as a colonel of the 1st Bengal Lancers and a holder of the Order of the Bath . He not only built the Church of St. James in Delhi, he built a mosque for one of his wives and a Hindu temple for his Rajput mother.

He and his riders played an important role during the Anglo-Maratha wars of the early XNUMXth century. Then the British army suffered greatly from the guerrilla actions of the native cavalry units. Skinner's horsemen were assigned to fight them. Moreover, they not only cleared the area from the partisans, but also conducted reconnaissance, guarded and ... captured the much-needed forage for the army and, of course, food.

Skinner was soon spoken of with respect, and his cavalrymen were unofficially referred to as the "Yellow Boys" - as their distinguishing mark was that they were the only ones in the army of British India who wore yellow jackets.


Lancers of the native cavalry of the British Indian Army in the uniform of 1903: upper left - Lancers on the 15th; top right - British officer 10/18 lancers regiment; bottom left - Lancers of the 1st Duke of York Lancers (Skinner's Cavalry Regiment); bottom right - Lancers of the 18th Taiwan Lancers Regiment. The manufacturer is Trophy Miniatures. Photo from Military Hobbies August/September 1992. P.13

However, this is not particularly surprising. The yellow color for the same Rajputs was sacred, and meant that victory or death awaited them in battle. Therefore, before the battle, the Rajput warriors smeared their faces with saffron and put on the “Yellow Clothes of Death”, and also girded themselves with yellow belts. Being Buddhists, the Rajputs did not seem to have to eat meat and drink wine, but ... it was for them that not only an exception was made in this regard, but, on the contrary, the use of both of them was charged to them as a duty, solely in order to ... raise them militancy!


Indian stamp commemorating the 175th anniversary of The Skinner Riders

Already in 1814, the number of Skinner's cavalrymen began to reach three thousand people, so that on their basis as many as three regiments of 1000 sabers each were created. In addition to sabers, the "yellow guys" were armed with long and light bamboo peaks, which is why they were ranked as lancers.


Tombstone at the grave of James Skinner in Delhi

The great Sikandar Sahib died at the age of 63 in 1841, and thousands of people attended his funeral in Delhi. It was said that although he was a Sahib and the son of a Sahib, his heart belonged to his Indian homeland, he lived by its customs and interests, and therefore became its history. Well, the figures of soldiers depicting him and his soldiers are a reminder of this.
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  1. Korsar4
    Korsar4 20 February 2022 06: 41
    +4
    The yellow color is clearly visible from afar. I wonder how necessary this was?
    1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
      Kote Pan Kokhanka 20 February 2022 07: 34
      +7
      Quote: Korsar4
      The yellow color is clearly visible from afar. I wonder how necessary this was?

      O Times, O manners!!!
      At the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, few people thought about the properties of form masking! Beauty and pretentiousness was much more important than functionality!
      1. vladcub
        vladcub 20 February 2022 08: 21
        +2
        Namesake, welcome. Do you want to say that show-offs are eternal, and life is secondary?
        1. bk0010
          bk0010 20 February 2022 09: 35
          +6
          Quote: vladcub
          Do you want to say that show-offs are eternal, and life is secondary?
          Then there were few fittings, so the visibility of the form had little effect on the chances of survival. But she greatly helped the big bosses to understand who is where on the battlefield and what is happening.
          1. 3x3zsave
            3x3zsave 20 February 2022 13: 23
            +1
            Exactly!
    2. Catfish
      Catfish 20 February 2022 07: 49
      +7
      Hello, Sergey! smile
      Yes, in those days, all the armies of the world dressed up in a uniform more reminiscent of rooster feathers in their color, they did not care about disguise until the distance of an aimed shot from a rifle increased. request
      They are now roosters-roosters, though only in full dress wink tradition, what can you do...

      1. Korsar4
        Korsar4 20 February 2022 07: 57
        +4
        Hi Constantine!

        So it's a parade.
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 20 February 2022 08: 04
          +4
          So this is also. smile

          1. Korsar4
            Korsar4 20 February 2022 08: 36
            +5
            Classics of aphorisms.
        2. Phil77
          Phil77 20 February 2022 08: 05
          +6
          "So then-parade."
          So that's war.

          bully
          1. Korsar4
            Korsar4 20 February 2022 08: 38
            +4
            Under the drum roll, you just don’t get involved.
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 20 February 2022 09: 02
              +7
              "Drums beat, machine guns crackle, white companies are not afraid of them" (S. almost))

              The form on them, though Markovskaya, but these are details, the attack was filmed with high quality.
              1. Korsar4
                Korsar4 20 February 2022 09: 32
                +4
                Against Anka the machine-gunner, no “intelligentsia” can stand it.
                1. Catfish
                  Catfish 20 February 2022 09: 36
                  +6
                  Yes, there were times...
                  1. Korsar4
                    Korsar4 20 February 2022 09: 41
                    +3
                    The Poles made the film "Battle of Warsaw". There is, alas, a lot of gore. But madam-machine-gunner was also portrayed.
                    1. Catfish
                      Catfish 20 February 2022 10: 08
                      +5
                      I haven't seen the film, but Madame found it - impressive. laughing
                      1. Korsar4
                        Korsar4 20 February 2022 11: 39
                        +3
                        From the stage - and for the machine gun. These are the ladies.
                      2. Catfish
                        Catfish 20 February 2022 11: 44
                        +2
                        It was natural for a normal woman to change scene to bed and back again. But ladies, they have their own understanding of personal life. request
                      3. 3x3zsave
                        3x3zsave 20 February 2022 13: 28
                        +3
                        Didn't see the movie, but madam found it
                        And this is definitely not Nestor Ivanovich?
                        Painfully, the hairstyle is conspicuous.
                      4. Catfish
                        Catfish 20 February 2022 13: 37
                        +1
                        The headgear does not match, but there ... the devil knows. laughing
                      5. 3x3zsave
                        3x3zsave 20 February 2022 14: 09
                        +3
                        Funny. Is that better?
                      6. Catfish
                        Catfish 20 February 2022 14: 45
                        +2
                        That's better?


                        And so?)))

                      7. hohol95
                        hohol95 20 February 2022 17: 41
                        +2
                        Did they themselves "work" with a machine gun with such a casing in 1920?
                      8. Catfish
                        Catfish 20 February 2022 17: 55
                        +1
                        Received under Lend-Lease. request
                      9. hohol95
                        hohol95 20 February 2022 18: 12
                        +1
                        What is the Finnish word for "Lend-Lease"?
                        Only from the inhabitants of Suomi garn could the pannochka receive this "Maxim". And then in the 30s ... of the 20th century.
                      10. Catfish
                        Catfish 20 February 2022 18: 19
                        +3
                        What is the Finnish word for "Lend-Lease"?


                        It is very difficult - "Leeeeeeeend - Leeiiiiiiiz", we can not pronounce.

                        And their Max is still a little different, I don’t take all the modifications.

                      11. hohol95
                        hohol95 20 February 2022 20: 48
                        +2
                        This is the Finnish model 09/21!
                        The German tripod is crossed with the Russian "Maxim".
                      12. Catfish
                        Catfish 21 February 2022 12: 03
                        +1
                        crossed with the Russian "Maxim".


                        There, on the very body of the machine gun, there are a lot of details from the German. Compilation.
                  2. vladcub
                    vladcub 20 February 2022 10: 51
                    +2
                    Kostya, this Amazon has 21c, mitraleza is some kind of antediluvian
                    1. Catfish
                      Catfish 20 February 2022 10: 54
                      +3
                      But everything else is in perfect order! wink
                    2. 3x3zsave
                      3x3zsave 20 February 2022 13: 41
                      +3
                      This antediluvian mitralia is called the M134 Minigun. Over the past 60 years, no one has come up with a better idea.
                      1. hohol95
                        hohol95 20 February 2022 17: 43
                        +2
                        Is there a portable option?
                        I understand that it was used in Khyshnik, but the "carrier" of this "mitrailleuse" was strengthened with "additional reinforcement" during the shooting of the shooting. So as not to fly into the forest from the return of his own "trunk".
                  3. hohol95
                    hohol95 20 February 2022 11: 28
                    +2
                    This is an American... No.
                    1. Catfish
                      Catfish 20 February 2022 11: 42
                      +1
                      Shoulder tattoo?

                      So she can prick herself whatever she wants. laughing
                      1. hohol95
                        hohol95 20 February 2022 13: 23
                        +1
                        She has grenades of the "amekikosovsky" system!
                        Turntables look a lot like Black Hawks.
                      2. Catfish
                        Catfish 20 February 2022 13: 38
                        +3
                        It's all for sale, and the Hawks too.
                      3. hohol95
                        hohol95 20 February 2022 14: 00
                        +2
                        If everything is corrupt - just a "mercenary cutter"!
                        No.
                        No clan, no tribe...
                        Inhabitant of the Black Lagoon!
                      4. 3x3zsave
                        3x3zsave 20 February 2022 13: 46
                        +4
                        No, he can not. Tattoos in the American army are quite strictly regulated by tradition and law.
                      5. Catfish
                        Catfish 20 February 2022 14: 03
                        +2
                        No, it can not.


                        hohol95 (Alexey)
                        Today, 14: 00
                        If everything is corrupt - just a "mercenary cutter"!
                        No clan, no tribe...
                        Inhabitant of the Black Lagoon!


                        This one can stick to anything.
      2. vladcub
        vladcub 20 February 2022 10: 31
        +2
        Kostya, hello. Et, what kind of parrots did you find?
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 20 February 2022 10: 45
          +5
          Parrots from India, they are found there, there are many of them, and all sorts of different ones. laughing

          But there are such colonels in their army wassat
          1. vladcub
            vladcub 20 February 2022 12: 04
            +3
            Tight pants
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 20 February 2022 12: 06
              +6
              When there is something to fit, would purkua not pa? wink
          2. hohol95
            hohol95 20 February 2022 13: 56
            +1
            Elegant woman!
            The dream of a poet and men who love this type of women!
            good
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 20 February 2022 14: 07
              +2
              Yeah, over there, there is one "poet", in the background, as if staring at her ass. laughing
              1. hohol95
                hohol95 20 February 2022 14: 37
                +1
                In one Indian state, there are 1000 women for every 700 males.
                So he looks at a woman - for many Indian men she is "out of direct reach"!
                And the Indian "guest workers" working for the Saudis and the Emirs generally "boil in their own cauldron" and the weakest, as in "Istovik-stone", is destined for the role of "wives".
                No.
                1. Catfish
                  Catfish 20 February 2022 14: 47
                  +1
                  That's why they have such a funny military uniform, like black grouse on the current, females are attracted by their plumage. Unhappy people. sad
                  1. hohol95
                    hohol95 20 February 2022 15: 34
                    +1
                    It's even harder for women. In the villages, sometimes one woman has several official husbands!
                    1. Catfish
                      Catfish 20 February 2022 15: 43
                      +3
                      It's even harder for women.


                      Why is it harder? One husband loves, the second cooks, the third washes the dishes, the fourth is in the garden, etc.

                      What are the difficulties, it's a pleasure, and there is a choice. wink
                      1. hohol95
                        hohol95 20 February 2022 17: 38
                        +1
                        You, Konstantin, are funny!
                        And they are clearly not laughing! Cuffs fly from the sides of all husbands and their relatives!
                      2. Catfish
                        Catfish 20 February 2022 17: 54
                        +2
                        Of course it's funny, but what else can I do?

                        "What should we do, sultans, clarity is needed here,
                        How many wives are just right - three, or one? laughing

              2. vladcub
                vladcub 20 February 2022 16: 44
                +1
                He's a poor fellow, he's about to jump out of his pants, and she cuts it off and teases
          3. saygon66
            saygon66 20 February 2022 15: 43
            +1
            - The young lady carries a pistol in the manner of the Wehrmacht ... Interesting ...
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 20 February 2022 15: 49
              0
              Or maybe it’s just more convenient for her and the Wehrmacht has nothing to do with it? hi
              1. saygon66
                saygon66 20 February 2022 15: 51
                0
                - Why not ... It's really more convenient ... really, in winter ... when the belt is over a pea coat ...
                1. Catfish
                  Catfish 20 February 2022 16: 12
                  +1
                  I can’t say anything, we had crew PMs, but during the entire service they were issued only twice for exercises, and both times I carried them in the breast pocket of a tank suit. Yes, and it’s useless, one hassle, we shot goats from AKMS, it was not too lazy to carry this machine with us along the hills.

                  PS I doubt very much that this lady knows what Pea jacket laughing
                  1. saygon66
                    saygon66 20 February 2022 16: 31
                    +2
                    - Reminds me of Lieutenant Emily Lake, from the Stingray submarine .... wink
                    1. Catfish
                      Catfish 20 February 2022 16: 53
                      +1
                      Yes, although Emily is blonde, she is quite adequate in terms of complexion. belay

              2. vladcub
                vladcub 20 February 2022 16: 48
                +1
                "it's just more convenient" to grab it faster for self-defense?
                1. saygon66
                  saygon66 20 February 2022 17: 19
                  +1
                  smile And yet there is something to defend!
                  1. vladcub
                    vladcub 21 February 2022 07: 23
                    +1
                    What I'm talking about. For example, from the bastard that devours the eyes
          4. bk0010
            bk0010 20 February 2022 21: 02
            +1
            Quote: Sea Cat
            But there are such colonels in their army wassat
            Great Colonel!
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 21 February 2022 11: 20
              +1
              Great Colonel!

              "A real colonel"! (c) However, any shoulder straps to her .... well, let's say, to her face. wink
    3. hohol95
      hohol95 20 February 2022 11: 25
      +3
      As a deterrent factor!!!
      Look, there are those who will die, but will not retreat!
      1. Catfish
        Catfish 20 February 2022 12: 08
        +5
        They scare people like themselves. Watch the changing of the guard at the Indo-Pakistan border. You don't have to go to the circus, it's a free show. laughing
        1. hohol95
          hohol95 20 February 2022 13: 54
          +2
          For the first time, I learned about the deployment of guards on the Indo-Pakistani border from the issue "Around the World". I didn't have internet then, and I didn't have a computer.
        2. vladcub
          vladcub 20 February 2022 16: 39
          +1
          The changing of the guard at the Indo-Pakistani border is something. Competition of roosters
        3. Korsar4
          Korsar4 20 February 2022 18: 55
          +2
          New Zealand rugby haka looks more convincing.
          1. Catfish
            Catfish 20 February 2022 19: 47
            +3
            First time I saw. good Did they learn this gesture from Miklukha-Maclay, or did the visits of Russian ships influence this? laughing
            In any case, impressive!
            1. Korsar4
              Korsar4 20 February 2022 20: 51
              +2
              Not that word.

              “Our penetration across the planet
              Particularly noticeable in the distance.
              In a public Paris toilet
              There are inscriptions in Russian!” (c).
              1. Catfish
                Catfish 21 February 2022 11: 27
                +2
                "If they scare me at night,
                Or in broad daylight they will be rude,
                I, comrades, do not take offense
                On the winged paternal mat.
                And I am glad that everywhere
                Our speeches are childishly simple,
                That our Russian literature
                Bloomed since the time of Kalita. "(c)
    4. 3x3zsave
      3x3zsave 20 February 2022 13: 19
      +6
      The yellow color is clearly visible from afar.
      "It's good that you're green and flat.
      - Why not?
      - You will not be seen on the lawn. "(C)
      1. hohol95
        hohol95 20 February 2022 13: 52
        +3
        Old Shapoklyak knew a lot about disguise!!! good
      2. Korsar4
        Korsar4 20 February 2022 18: 28
        +3
        “To all living - tangible benefits from the bodies
        We use the fallen as a cover ”(c).
        1. 3x3zsave
          3x3zsave 20 February 2022 19: 18
          +3
          "Goodbye, I'll take off your boots,
          We still have to advance ... "(C)
          1. Korsar4
            Korsar4 20 February 2022 19: 35
            +2
            "I am firmly soldered into this ice -
            I am in it, like a fly in amber ”(c).
            1. 3x3zsave
              3x3zsave 20 February 2022 19: 57
              +2
              I don't like amber. It's personal. Let's talk about other craft materials?
              1. Korsar4
                Korsar4 20 February 2022 20: 48
                +2
                OK. Only domestic malachite is almost gone.
                1. 3x3zsave
                  3x3zsave 20 February 2022 21: 42
                  +2
                  For a change, let's take the "Eilat stone", don't you mind?
                  1. Korsar4
                    Korsar4 20 February 2022 22: 01
                    +2
                    I don't mind. At least Rosetta.
                    1. 3x3zsave
                      3x3zsave 21 February 2022 01: 09
                      +2
                      Rosetta is not worth it, an artifact after all.
    5. Fat
      Fat 20 February 2022 18: 47
      +3
      Greetings, Sergey. "Yellow Devils" "Solar riders" - very much in common with the "solar dynasty" of the Kshatriyas, one of the oldest branches of the varna (caste), Rama, beloved by the Hindus, belonged to one of the branches of this dynasty.
      The early kings of the Solar Dynasty revered the sun god (Surya, Aditya, Arka) as their tribal deity and therefore mainly practiced sun worship...
      Well, Rajpurs, well, royal swagger is probably the main reason for wearing a yellow uniform. IMHO
      1. Korsar4
        Korsar4 20 February 2022 19: 38
        +2
        Greetings, Andrey Borisovich!

        We have less sun. And not to the color of saffron in mass use.
  2. Undecim
    Undecim 20 February 2022 08: 29
    +11
    His father was a Scot by origin, who ended up in India in the same way as many other seekers of adventure and money, that is, by accident. And he found here something in which very few were fortunate, namely, an eminently romantic union with a Rajput princess, by whom he had a son in 1778.

    His father was not just a Scot. His father was a lieutenant colonel in the army of the Bengal Presidency.
    And by the daughter of the zamindar (ruler) of Bijapur, he had seven children - five sons and two daughters.
    1. Korsar4
      Korsar4 20 February 2022 08: 41
      +7
      Moreover, there was an origin, traced from the time of William the Conqueror.
    2. vladcub
      vladcub 20 February 2022 10: 53
      +1
      And the other four sons did not show themselves
  3. Undecim
    Undecim 20 February 2022 08: 49
    +11
    And he did both, and also, following the customs of the East, had 14 wives and concubines, lived in Delhi in luxurious chambers, styled himself in an oriental manner and ended his bright career as a colonel of the 1st Bengal Lancers and a holder of the Order of the Bath .

    He really was a Knight of the Order of the Bath. And he lived in luxurious apartments, but not in Delhi, but in Hansi, which Skinner received from the East India Company in 1818. His residence was called "Maim ka Bagh". Alas, today only a dilapidated gate remains from its former splendor ...



    ... and a picturesque pond

  4. Fat
    Fat 20 February 2022 09: 14
    +5
    Being Buddhists, the Rajputs did not seem to have to eat meat and drink wine, but ... it was for them that not only an exception was made in this regard, but, on the contrary, the use of both of them was charged to them as a duty, solely in order to ... raise them militancy!

    hi Vyacheslav Olegovich. Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism are common among the Rajputs, they are Kshatriyas - warriors.
    “Demons are only attracted to wine, women, gambling, and eating meat.” (c) "Bhagavad-gita as it is"
    Everything is legal smile
    1. 3x3zsave
      3x3zsave 20 February 2022 13: 49
      +4
      Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism are widespread among the Rajputs,
      Thermonuclear mix!
      1. Fat
        Fat 20 February 2022 17: 48
        +4
        Greetings Anton. The mixture is really "hellish" ... This is thanks to Akbar the Great. (Abul-Fath Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar)...
        I hope that Edward, having finished with the Mongolian cycle, will tell in detail about the great Mughals ... Well, about Akbar and his reforms yes
  5. vladcub
    vladcub 20 February 2022 10: 28
    +2
    Comrades, one. I do not like such disgusting: Valery and V. O on the same day. It’s a pity that Eduard didn’t get here either, then there will be a complete trinity in general: 3 best authors right away, and then ....
    A wide selection: paw sucking, reading another Samsonov.
    I must say, they are multifaceted: one ardent Fomenkov, making another - Ungern "light in the window", the third from Shkuro "goes crazy, the fourth is going to dig the sea
    1. 3x3zsave
      3x3zsave 20 February 2022 13: 54
      +3
      Glory, yes stop you ornate! The normal trend of any independent resource.
      1. vladcub
        vladcub 20 February 2022 16: 31
        +1
        Okay, he justified the Samsonovs, but what about the fact that two bright authors are on the same day?
  6. Trilobite Master
    Trilobite Master 20 February 2022 10: 57
    +11
    Let this be the march of the 1st Bengal Lancers. smile
    This morning it's quiet and fresh
    Commanders are still snoring in tents
    And the guys and I have been all right for a long time ...
    For a long time, everyone is dressed in yellow uniforms.
    A soldier in battle does not protect himself.
    When roots trample, mortars hit
    Always with the guys, we remember that we are in...
    That we are all dressed in yellow uniforms.
    Always and everywhere we climb on the rampage.
    We don't need other landmarks.
    We know that we will always be...
    We will be dressed in yellow uniforms!

    smile
    1. 3x3zsave
      3x3zsave 20 February 2022 13: 57
      +3
      Where did this come from, Michael?
      1. Trilobite Master
        Trilobite Master 20 February 2022 14: 30
        +4
        Out of my head, where else, Anton? smile
        A small chain of associations - and voila. smile
        1. vladcub
          vladcub 20 February 2022 16: 32
          +3
          Mish, good day. yes you are a writer
          1. Trilobite Master
            Trilobite Master 20 February 2022 16: 54
            +6
            I'm far from a writer, Slava. In any case, up to what I call this word. I'm just a little more dexterous than average with words, that's all. smile
            I just wanted to amuse the people, so that people would smile. smile
            Well, show off a little, I love that too. smile
            1. vladcub
              vladcub 20 February 2022 16: 56
              +1
              Not everyone can do it
              1. Trilobite Master
                Trilobite Master 20 February 2022 18: 06
                +3
                And you don't need many of those. The people giggled on a Sunday afternoon and it's wonderful. So the goal has been achieved. I myself got some pleasure from writing these verses, so everyone is satisfied, I must think. smile
  7. Tests
    Tests 20 February 2022 11: 18
    +8
    vladcub (Svyatoslav), dear, brother Robert finished his service in the British Army as a major. Given that he, like James, was branded as a half-breed, not bad at all. And to whom and how he prayed - they somehow don’t remember about this in stiff Britain ... Interestingly, both in the UK and in India today there are military units that trace their ancestry from Skinner’s horsemen.
    1. vladcub
      vladcub 20 February 2022 12: 13
      +3
      Kamrad, Testov. Do you want to say that in England there is a caste division into Brahmins, Kshatriyas and others
      1. 3x3zsave
        3x3zsave 20 February 2022 14: 02
        +4
        In the Victorian era, it was the caste division that prevailed in Britain.
        1. vladcub
          vladcub 20 February 2022 16: 34
          +1
          This is not the Victorian era.
  8. Normal ok
    Normal ok 20 February 2022 12: 15
    +1
    Vyacheslav, thank you very much for the article. Pleased for the weekend. For politics (thematic sections) ruins the mood.
  9. AllBiBek
    AllBiBek 20 February 2022 12: 23
    0
    The last name is interesting.
    Can be translated as "Kozhevnikov".
    Or as "Kozhedub", on a Little Russian motive.
    1. Bolt cutter
      Bolt cutter 20 February 2022 12: 37
      +2
      Can be translated as "Kozhevnikov".
      It can be translated as "flayer" or "skinner". Kozhevnikov\Kozhedub is Tanner in English.
      1. AllBiBek
        AllBiBek 20 February 2022 13: 56
        0
        Then "ataman Shkuro"!
      2. saygon66
        saygon66 20 February 2022 15: 39
        +2
        - Skinner? Flayer? bully
        1. Bolt cutter
          Bolt cutter 20 February 2022 15: 46
          0
          The flayer is more accurate.
          1. saygon66
            saygon66 20 February 2022 15: 49
            +1
            What a horror! wink
  10. Shahno
    Shahno 20 February 2022 14: 41
    +1
    Quote: Trilobite Master
    Let this be the march of the 1st Bengal Lancers. smile
    This morning it's quiet and fresh
    Commanders are still snoring in tents
    And the guys and I have been all right for a long time ...
    For a long time, everyone is dressed in yellow uniforms.
    A soldier in battle does not protect himself.
    When roots trample, mortars hit
    Always with the guys, we remember that we are in...
    That we are all dressed in yellow uniforms.
    Always and everywhere we climb on the rampage.
    We don't need other landmarks.
    We know that we will always be...
    We will be dressed in yellow uniforms!

    smile

    Notes of Mandelstam... Not my style. And jo- from Yesenin (I'm talking about rhyme). Pulled out of a good head.
  11. saygon66
    saygon66 20 February 2022 15: 37
    +2
    But! "Armed Forces of the East India Company"! Sounds!
    - "Gazprom Tank Division"! Artillery Tele-2 "! Huh!? laughing
    1. Fat
      Fat 20 February 2022 18: 04
      +3
      hi Konstantin.
      It sounds and I remember the Russian-American company ...
      The Russian-American Company, RAC, is a semi-state colonial trading company founded by Grigory Shelikhov and Nikolai Rezanov and approved by decree of Emperor Paul I on July 8 (19), 1799. After the sale of Alaska to the United States in 1867, it formally ceased operations, but actually existed until 1881 and paid dividends until 1888.
      1. saygon66
        saygon66 20 February 2022 18: 18
        +4
        - The sad story of the development of America by Russians ... However, in Russia then there was something to master! Obviously, America was not strong enough. request
  12. Tests
    Tests 20 February 2022 17: 09
    -1
    vladcub (Svyatoslav), dear, in Britain today the ancestors of relatives and in-laws, from the 13th-14th century, are known and remembered by those who consider themselves to be among the elite. Not forgetting to emphasize: what lands they owned and what castle and house who built, and who burned, in what regiments they served, on what ships under whose command they went where, what they captured, what college or university they studied in, in what order they grew up to what rank , whether or not they sat in the wards, with whom and from which party ... In British India, divisions were made into warlike peoples and peaceful ones, into those that serve the crown in their units with weapons in their hands, and which do not. This was not the case in Portuguese India ... Dear Boltorez (Alex), you need to ask how they are today ...
    My great friend's nephew was invited to the Isle of Man for 3 years to work as a doctor by the locals. Well, they didn’t want to see doctors from Pakistan on the island, and here a Slav comes from Czechoslovakia, father is Russian, mother is Czech, speaks English since childhood, and most importantly - white ... And how did the British treat and treat the Scots, Welsh and the Irish - everyone knows. And when were the Jews on the Island purged? And the gypsies? And the payment for scalps in the colonies of North America - and it doesn’t matter the scalp of a warrior, woman or child ... And Oswald Mosley and his union? ...
    In the early years of service with the British, jackets and robes in Skinner's cavalry were yellow with dark patterns, these patterns remind me of Mongolian ones. And in 1830, the officers of the regiment, which since 1823 - Skinner's 1st Local Cavalry Regiment (1st Skinner's Local Horse), wore the uniform of light lancers, abolished in the British army in 1812. In the army list of 1830, this uniform is described as blue with a red breast lining (plastron) with 2 buttons under the collarbones and 7 buttons on each side and silver cords, silver twisted epaulettes of almost rectangular shape, not shoulder straps, the cuffs were not with an even red stripe, and on the outer side of the sleeve above the red stripe - a silver square with the top up. That uniform in front is very similar to the dress summer uniform of officers of the 154th separate commandant's Preobrazhensky Regiment, only ours have 2 buttons on the plastron under the collarbones and 4 buttons on each side, below the belt and plastron on each side there is still a button ... If there is time and desire - take a look: https://forma-odezhda.com/encyclopedia/uniforma-indijskogo-kavalerijskogo-polka-1803-1914/
    1. vladcub
      vladcub 21 February 2022 07: 18
      +1
      Thanks. Decomposed in detail. Didn't know about the form.
  13. Tests
    Tests 20 February 2022 17: 20
    0
    Болторез (Алекс), уважаемый, скиннер - шкуросъёмный нож в Википедии : https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A8%D0%BA%D1%83%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%8A%D1%91%D0%BC%D0%BD%D1%8B%D0%B9_%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B6
    It is from the tail of a squirrel that the spine can be pulled out by holding it with your teeth, and the head, especially the ears and paws, from the skin, without a convenient knife, from a squirrel or marten, or even smaller from an animal, such as an ermine or weasel - an almost impossible task.
    1. Bolt cutter
      Bolt cutter 20 February 2022 17: 53
      +1
      skinner - skinning knife on Wikipedia:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skinner_(profession)#:~:text=A%20skinner%20is%20a%20person,driver%20or%20wrangler%20of%20mules.
      Not only a knife, but also a person fellow . And also on wikipedia yes
      .And how the British treated and treat the Scots, Welsh and Irish - everyone knows. And when were the Jews on the Island purged? And the gypsies?
      You still authoritatively tell about reptilians, a connoisseur of Albion tongue
      Slav native from Czechoslovakia
      His diploma is of little use here, actually.
  14. Tests
    Tests 20 February 2022 20: 00
    +2
    Bolt cutter (Alex), respected, medical degree, obtained in the UK in the UK "not good for anything here, actually." - however, you surprised me, a lover of labels. We are with you in the "History" section. From Wikipedia: "The Edict of Expulsion is a document signed in 1290 by the English king Edward I Plantagenet, who, under pain of death, ordered all Jews to leave England." And we won’t forget about the antigypsy laws of 1530 and a little later ... If Wikipedia is lying - "tell me authoritatively, expert on Albion."
    1. Sergey Sfiedu
      Sergey Sfiedu 21 February 2022 12: 10
      +1
      Ahti, what antiquity did you remember then? When did the Pale of Settlement be canceled in Russia? When were the last pogroms? And give the inhabitants freedom, gypsies in many towns will be killed today, though there is something to say.
  15. Tests
    Tests 21 February 2022 18: 58
    -1
    Sergei Sfiedu (Sergei Sfiedu), dear, remembered not the ancient Xi Xia or Song. Or on "V.o." Will we discuss only what we ourselves witnessed? So some of what they saw and heard will lie in the archives for a long time, some will be burned, and only acts under the stamp on the destruction of documents with stamps are hemmed, numbered and sealed with an imprint of a mastic seal, and when they are declassified .... And for historians - there is no source - there is almost no event ... In Russia, the Pale of Settlement was abolished de jure in 1917, de facto in 1915-1916. Pogrom in Kiev - autumn 1945. And? ... Conversions in the Russian Empire made careers, but the Old Believers did not, they could be merchants and industrialists, but they were not taken to the civil service. Not a nation - religion was put at the forefront in the Russian Empire. In Britain it's a little different...
  16. Looking for
    Looking for 21 February 2022 20: 40
    0
    "our shooter has ripened here too." Evidently, Mr. Shpakovsky loves money very much.