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By Ian Heath Osprey

The Taiping stream started because the Pai Shang-ti Hui (the Society of God-Worshippers), based in Kwangsi province in 1846 by means of Hung Hsiu-ch'uan. A sickly person of questionable sanity. Hung had develop into topic to visions which interpreted as demonstrating that he used to be Jesus Christ's 'Divine more youthful Brother', with God's mandate to manipulate China. This interesting paintings through Ian Heath examines the company, costume and guns of forces on each side of the Taiping uprising – a clash which observed the involvement of round 10 million troops in the course of 15 years of clash; as many as six hundred towns switch arms time and time back; and 20-30 million deaths.

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They saw action only once, against unruly Imperialist troops in the so-called 'Battle of Muddy Flat' in April 1854, in which 50 British and 25 American volunteers took part alongside an Anglo-American naval brigade. However, during the Taiping attack on Shanghai in January 1862 they performed the duty of 'guarding nightly the inner line of defences'. They were initially equipped with a smoothbore musket and bayonet, which were later replaced by a rifle and sword. A 30-strong cavalry troop called the Shanghai Mounted Rangers was added in December 1861.

The other colours are hypothetical, albeit likely. G3: Private, Shanghai Volunteer Corps Volunteers were responsible for providing their own uniform, which appears to have comprised a red shirt and white trousers in summer, a skirted red jacket and black trousers with a red stripe in winter, and a black trilby with cock-feather plume. However, photographs taken in the 1870s indicate that elements of summer and winter uniforms were often worn together. North China 1860 HI: Sowar, Fane's Horse Fane's Horse was one of two Sikh cavalry regiments that served in this campaign.

Most of the force was 44 armed with percussion muskets, but a few had Enfield rifles. E2: 'Chinese' Gordon The dress of EVA officers was varied. Certainly a uniform existed by April 1861, perhaps the same blue jacket, trousers and cap as comprised the uniform of the force while it was still entirely composed of foreigners. B. Morse, wrote earlier this century that officers wore green uniforms with black braid round the cuffs. Photographs show jackets similar to a British Army patroljacket or frock-coat.

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