the_last_alive wrote:I'm sure I've read references to the Sikhs (will try and remember where) having close ties and huge amounts of respect for the highlanders, so using the highlanders swords doesn't seem that strange to me.
admin wrote:Well, evidence suggests that these Sikhs did wearing bayonet fencing helmets, because they are right there, along with the fencing bayonets. I would imagine that they would have to take the turban off to get the helmet on though.
Ronin wrote:Back to the helmets, the Sikhs with full beards and uncut cut hair would definately not take their turban off to wear the helmets, the turban is a article of faith and there to protect the uncut hair..
But not all Sikhs practise this and do cut their hair (myself included)...they would have no problems with wearing the helmets..
Also I'm not sure that all the men in the photo were Sikhs, at that time Sikhs were a minority in the Punjabi with Muslim and Hindus being the majority. This changed when partitioned in 1947...I'm sure there were regimets that were just Sikhs only but I bet with the demographics at that time most were mixed...
I think Jonathan said earlier that the men were Afridi tribesmen from the North West Frontier...
Oh here's a video of a Gatka competition were the helemets are being worn over the turban...Although these are used to protect the face ot the head, the turban does that..
52nd Sikhs (Frontier Force)
Subsequent to the reforms brought about in the Indian Army by Lord Kitchener in 1903, the regiment's designation was changed to 52nd Sikhs (Frontier Force). In 1914, the regiment's class composition was three companies of Dogras, two each of Pathans and Sikhs, and one of Punjabi Muslims. During First World War, the regiment joined the 18th Indian Division in Mesopotamia in 1917 and fought in the Battle of Sharqat. It moved to Kurdistan in 1919 and took part in suppressing the Iraqi Revolt of 1920.
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