Friday 6 November 2009

Recent book acquisitions

I have already mentioned Osprey's book about the ARMIES OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY 1750 – 1850 by Stuart Reid and Gerry Embleton (Men-at-Arms series No. 453) on my main blog Wargaming Miscellany.

I have now had the opportunity to read the book, and although it is not a period of colonial history that I know much about or have wargamed very often, it was very good.

Its chapters include:
  • Background
  • Chronology
  • The Early Years
    • Madras – Bengal – Bombay
  • Crown and Company
    • The Cornwallis reorganisation plan, 1780s – officers' grievances, 1790s – Europeanization of the officer corps
      The Great Mutiny
  • European Infantry
    • The battalions, 1748 - 62
  • Native Infantry
    • Battalions and uniforms: Bengal – Madras – Bombay
      The Sepoy Line
  • Cavalry
    • Madras – Bengal – Bombay
  • Artillery & Engineers
  • Plate Commentaries
The other book I recently acquired was given to me by my old friend Tony Hawkins. It is entitled A REVIEW OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN CAMPAIGN OF 1879 and is was written by Adrian Greaves and Ian Knight.

The title is a little misleading as it is not so much a history of the Zulu War, but more a series of biographies of the officers who died. As such it is an invaluable source of information to anyone who wants to know about the sort of man who became an officer in the British Army during the middle of Queen Victoria's reign.

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