B-P on patrol in the
Matopo Hills. Matabele War, 1896
||Major Frederick Russell
Burnham, D.S.O. Military scout. Friend
and admirer of Baden-Powell. It was on patrol,
scouting in the Matopo Hills, that B-P first met
Major Frederick Burnham, an American military
scout in the employ of Cecil Rhodes and the
British South Africa Company. The meeting made a
lasting impression on Burnham. Burnham’s
description of their scouting days together is
one of the earliest pictures of B-P’s military
exploits and his thoughts about the future.
ribbon on the right displays the colors of the 13th
Hussars–blue and white with officer’s gold trim–on the
khaki background of the field uniform then in use by the
British Army in India and the African colonies.
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