Sahib: The British Soldier in India 1750-1914

Sahib The British Soldier in India Sahib is a magnificent history of the British soldier in India from Clive to the end of Empire making full use of personal accounts from the soldiers who served in the jewel in Britain s Imperial Cro

  • Title: Sahib: The British Soldier in India 1750-1914
  • Author: Richard Holmes
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Sahib is a magnificent history of the British soldier in India from Clive to the end of Empire, making full use of personal accounts from the soldiers who served in the jewel in Britain s Imperial Crown.This is a stunning account of Indian soldiering in peace and war, from the barrack rooms to the cavalry swirling across open plains Bestselling military historian RichardSahib is a magnificent history of the British soldier in India from Clive to the end of Empire, making full use of personal accounts from the soldiers who served in the jewel in Britain s Imperial Crown.This is a stunning account of Indian soldiering in peace and war, from the barrack rooms to the cavalry swirling across open plains Bestselling military historian Richard Holmes not only illuminates the lives and feelings of the men who served, but also those of the women who followed them across a vast continent, bore their children, and suffered alongside them in the merciless conditions.

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    1. Huuuge and well worth reading. Many insights into the daily lives of the British soldiers in India, and glimpses at all that surrounded them. Just the sort of thing I need for researching a novel!

    2. Exhaustive and exhausting. The writer has clearly decided to tell us everythingd yet leaves questions unanswered. I would say it's over-researched, in fact.On the other hand, I'd recommend it to anyone who is TRULY interested in the period and the subject. The biggest problem is sorting out a timeline. The subjects flit from decade to decade constantly, which rather spoils any sense of continuation, or gradual change.

    3. Read this primarily because a number of my ancestors served in India - Richard Holmes is an excellent military historian. A good history of the British soldier in India from the 18th century to WWI. The sources are mainly the writings of officers - as you might expect - but he makes good use of letters & diaries by NCOs and ORs.

    4. I found the book a bit scattered. The beginning was difficult because it started out as "military history" rather than "history of the military" (if you know what I mean). Though Holmes returns to battle scenes, one does get more of a sense of the lives of the soldiers later in the book. But it doesn't seem clearly organized.

    5. interesting book by the late richard holmes looking at the british solider in india from the time of the east india company through to the outbreak of ww1 on par with his book tommy

    6. Finally finished this, its taken me 18 months. A massive and wide ranging book that exposes so much of the day to day lives but also the overall nature of the Raj.

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