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THE 95TH RIFLES

 

The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) was a regiment of the British Army, and the first to use military camouflage regiment-wide. The purpose of the regiment, along with that of the 60th was to be the sharpshooters, skirmishers and scouts of the British Army.

 

They were armed with the Baker rifle which, though it took twice as long to load and required a separate gunpowder (leading to supply issues), was considerably more accurate and effective at a longer range than the standard issue Brown Bess musket of the line regiments and regular light infantry companies. The success of the 5/60th lead in 1800 to the raising of an entire regiment of riflemen - the "Experimental Corps of Riflemen", later renamed the 95th Regiment of Foot in 1802. The 95th then became the Rifle Brigade in 1816.