chosen period is 1812 to 1816. This allows us to represent the 33rd
Foot both at home and on campaign.
On its return form
India in 1811 the regiment came back both low in numbers and in
much need of new clothing and equipment. Volunteers and drafts
from the militia came in, so it was important to get the battalion
re-issued with new clothes and equipment as soon as possible.
It is very probable that the 33rd
were one of the first battalions to be re-clothed in the new regulations
of 1812, ie new cap (the so-called Belgic shako), regimental coat
– square fronted - grey trousers and short grey gaiters.
That was fine for
1812 but how do we operate now in a re-enactment context?
Well, we don't expect a new recruit to get everything straight away.
We have instead within the 33rd
a system of “uniform priority” on all items of clothing and equipment:
a minimum, which more or less consists of the basic clothing
you would a have received on joining your regimental depot; a basic,
which is what is required to take the field; and optional,
the nice-to-have items, but a low priority! Uniform and equipment
is centrally ordered though the regiments’ quartermaster.
Full details and current prices of all 33rd
uniform and equipment are available on request.
Drill jacket – white wool, red faced. Sometimes known
as the waistcoat
Necessaries – numerous! Brushes, buffing stick etc.
Basic period cleaning items
Greatcoat - grey wool
Knee breeches - white wool, for full dress and home service
Knee gaiters - black wool, worn with the knee breeches
White duck overalls
Wool flannel shirt
Mess tin – 1812 'D' tin.
Home service mess kit – tin mug, bowl & pewter spoon
Personal items – hand towel, razor, soap etc
Additional shirts – more than one is highly recommended.
Three were the norm.
there you are: the basis of soldiering in Wellington's Army.
We aim high, but not so high that it cannot be achieved over a period
does not compromise or cut corners on our historical impression.
Good re-enactment is about being able to constantly evaluate one’s