By Stuart Reid
Opposite to renowned trust, the seize of India used to be no longer complete through the British military, yet by means of the personal armies of the East India corporation, whose basic goal used to be 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 dimension 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 till the nice Mutiny of 1857 resulted in its disbandment and its troops handed into Crown carrier. one of many many British military officials who fought with this strength was once Arthur Wellesley, the long run Duke of Wellington. this can be the attention-grabbing historical past of the East India corporation military, analyzing the numerous conflicts within which they fought, and their gear and coaching, with its regiments of horse, foot and weapons, which rivalled these of such a lot eu powers. The unique uniforms combining conventional Indian and British costume are illustrated intimately and make for a perfectly colourful account of a personal band of adventurers that effectively captured the jewel of the British Empire.
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