Late 1800s British Soldier
Khaki was officially adopted for troops in Africa in 1882, with the last battle in which British troops wore scarlet being the Battle of Gennis in the Sudan in 1885. Khaki became general campaign wear after that date, and became official overseas dress in 1897. A slightly darker shade of khaki subsequently became the official colour for home service dress in 1902. The white pith helmet was often stained with tea or other improvised dyestuffs on campaign to provide rudimentary camouflage.
The war began in 1899 after tension between the British and the two Dutch Boer republics culminated in the Boers declaring war. The Boers achieved multiple initial victories after launching pre-emptive strikes into British held Natal and the Cape Colony, but once British reinforcements arrived their gains were reversed as they were pushed back into the Transvaal and their capital taken. From March 1900 the war became a protracted guerilla campaign as the Boers could not fight the British conventionally due to the considerable disparity in troop numbers. The war would continue in this fashion for a further two years.
United Bricks Late 1800s British minifigure includes custom printed legs, torso, head and Brickarms SMLE rifle!