Above is a pic of Lt. Colonel James Galbraith, Regimental Colour in hand, alongside Bobbie the regimental dog and some of the other "Last Eleven" survivors of the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment, making their last stand in one of the walled gardens just South of Khig village, a few miles West of the Afghan town of Maiwand.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
THE MAIWAND LION
A month or so ago I happened across this item on eBay and -- thankfully -- was able to win it at auction. There was only one other bidder and I doubt they wanted/needed it as badly as I did!
It arrived from England soon after and turned out to be somewhat in scale with 25mm-28mm figures. It's a bit on the small side compared to the real thing (might be more perfectly in scale with 20mm or 15mm figures) but to me it still looks fantastic!
See for yourself:
It's a porcelain souvenir version of the MAIWAND LION monument to the men of the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment who fell at the Battle of Maiwand, which stands in Forbury Gardens, a park in the English town of Reading.
Here's a pic of the real thing: