Originally Posted by katana
It seems that during the Victorian era there were only 4 lancer regiments ...
The 5th Royal Irish
The 12th (Prince of Wales's Royal )
All saw action in Africa ....and most of these units saw action in India.
My guess is that they were deployed against poorly-armed and poorly-trained opponents for a reason. Why waste expensive ammunition and wear and tear of the firearms, when a lancer can pick as many running natives as he wishes?
I just bought a lot of three lances myself, haven't looked at them properly yet. This is a a useful thread.