Amarna Letters. 14th century BC. Clay tablets with cuneiform script, mostly written in Akkadian. Designate a file of correspondence, mostly diplomatic, between the Egyptian administration and its representatives in Canaan and Amurru. 1350-1330 BC. From Amarna (Upper Egypt). British Museum. London. United Kingdom.
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2nd King Edwards Horse, men of the rank & file on drill gro
Men of the rank and file in the 2nd King Edward's Horse marching on the drill ground at White City where the regiment was quartered in 1914 before going to the front. The Tatler comments that, 'as the above picture shows, the backbone of this corps consists of some really magnificent men, who will do great service when, as is shortly expected, they go to the front.' One suspects that the tallest and handsomest were perhaps placed at the front for the benefit of press photographers! The regiment was raised by Major Norton Griffith. Date: 1914
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Australia - Victorian Mounted Rifles
Victorian Mounted Rifles - 'Troops of the British Empire' series. At the end of the row is the regimental mascot, a real kangaroo!!! The Victorian Mounted Rifles (VMR) was a regiment composed of Australian forces that served in the Second Boer War. It was first raised by Colonel Tom Price in the mid-1880s, composed of voluntary forces. It was composed of several contingents, the most notable being the 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles. Date: circa 1908
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection