Sahib: The British Soldier in India 1750-1914: The British Soldier in India 1750-1914

Paperback | April 3, 2006

byRichard Holmes

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From bestselling author of 'Tommy' and 'Redcoat', the rich history of the British soldier in India from Clive to the end of empire considered to be the jewel in Britain's imperial crown.'Sahib' is a broad and sweeping military history of the British soldier in India, but its focus, like that of Tommy and Redcoat before it, will be on the men who served in India and the women who followed them across that vast and dusty continent, bore their children, and, all too often, mopped their brows as they died.The book begins with the remarkable story of India's rise from commercial enclave to great Empire, from Clive's victory of Plassey, through the imperial wars of the 18th-century and the Afghan and Sikh Wars of the 1840s, through the bloody turmoil of the Mutiny, and the frontier campaigns at the century's end. With its focus on the experience of ordinary soldiers, 'Sahib' explains to us why soldiers of the Raj had joined the army, how they got to India and what they made of it when they arrived. The book examines Indian soldiering in peace and war, from Kipling's 'snoring barrack room' to storming parties assaulting mighty fortresses, cavalry swirling across open plains, and khaki columns inching their way between louring hills. Making full use of extensive and often neglected archive material in the India Office Library and National Army Museum, 'Sahib' will do for the British soldier in India - whether serving a local ruler, forming part of the Indian army, or soldiering with a British regiment - what 'Tommy' has done for the ordinary soldier in World War I.

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From bestselling author of 'Tommy' and 'Redcoat', the rich history of the British soldier in India from Clive to the end of empire considered to be the jewel in Britain's imperial crown.'Sahib' is a broad and sweeping military history of the British soldier in India, but its focus, like that of Tommy and Redcoat before it, will be on t...

Celebrated military historian and television presenter Richard Holmes is famous for his BBC series 'Rebels and Redcoats: The American Revolutionary War'; 'Wellington: The Iron Duke'; 'Battlefields'; 'War Walks' and 'The Western Front'. He is the author of many bestselling and widely acclaimed books including 'Firing Line', 'The Western...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pagesPublished:April 3, 2006Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007137540

ISBN - 13:9780007137541

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Falls short of my expectations This book like another by Mr. Holmes bogs down in the minutia of every day life for Officers & other ranks serving in India during the Raj. It goes on chapter after chapter listing the hardships of India service, the disease, the drunkenness, the boredom of service, etc etc and much of it intersection, but the book makes little attempt beyond statics for the accomplishments and betterment of life they at least attempt to pass on the native peoples of India. The thousands of miles of railroad that benefited not only the British occupies, but the transportation of goods & people of India itself. Only a passing reference is made to the British officers and men who broke the obscenity of "Thuggee" which benefited the native population of India far more the those who destroyed it. The book was about the British experience in India and frankly it left me with more questions then answers it provided. I Live Ike another of
Date published: 2013-09-30

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'For anyone interested in the Raj this book is a must.' Observer'Richard Holmes's mastery of the British Army is unequalled.A worthy memorial of one of the extraordinary experiences in British history.' Max Hastings, Sunday Telegraph'Holmes is a passionate and richly entertaining champion of the rank and file.' Daily Telegraph'Insightful, colourful, relevant and pithy.' The TimesPraise for 'Redcoat':'It would be hard to exaggerate the excellence of this book. vivid, comprehensive, well writtten, pacy, colourful.' Simon Heffer