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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