By Stuart Reid
Opposite to renowned trust, the trap of India was once now not entire by means of the British military, yet by means of the personal armies of the East India corporation, whose fundamental aim was once the safety in their buying and selling empire. less than the management of the mythical Robert Clive (founder of the East India corporation) and Stringer Lawrence, this small strength of mercenaries and adventurers grew in measurement and energy to finally turn into a military better than that of any eu sovereign kingdom. hugely disciplined undefined, it fought nearly regularly for a century until eventually the nice Mutiny of 1857 resulted in its disbandment and its troops handed into Crown provider. one of many many British military officials who fought with this strength used to be Arthur Wellesley, the long run Duke of Wellington. this can be the attention-grabbing background of the East India corporation military, interpreting the various conflicts during which they fought, and their apparatus and coaching, with its regiments of horse, foot and weapons, which rivalled these of so much eu powers. The unique uniforms combining conventional Indian and British costume are illustrated intimately and make for a superbly colourful account of a personal band of adventurers that effectively captured the jewel of the British Empire.
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Armies of the East India Company 1750-1850 by Stuart Reid