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By Stuart Reid

Opposite to renowned trust, the seize of India was once now not complete through the British military, yet by way of the personal armies of the East India corporation, whose fundamental target 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 measurement and energy to ultimately turn into a military greater than that of any ecu sovereign kingdom. hugely disciplined undefined, it fought virtually continually for a century until eventually the good 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 longer term Duke of Wellington. this is often the attention-grabbing background of the East India corporation military, interpreting the various conflicts during which they fought, and their gear and coaching, with its regiments of horse, foot and weapons, which rivalled these of so much ecu powers. The unique uniforms combining conventional Indian and British gown 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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