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Indian Mutiny 1857-59

The causes of the Mutiny are complex and are shrouded in legend. The immediate trigger may have been Muslim and Hindu sepoys [native Indians serving in the East India company's army] objecting to defiling themselves with pig and cow fat respectively when they bit a newly introduced British greased cartridge. But the main cause was the continuing spread of British control over northern India, in particular the annexation of Oudh in 1856. When the initial revolt began at Meerut in May 1857, all those who had grievances against the British joined the rebellious sepoys, and a widespread revolt began. After several massacres of Europeans, particularly at Cawnpore and Delhi, the rebellion was put down without mercy. Delhi was taken by the rebels who proclaimed the decrepit last Mughal Emperor as their nominal leader, and was besieged and successfully stormed by British and loyal Indian troops, whilst at Lucknow a small British garrison and its civilian dependents under Sir Henry Lawrence was besieged by a large rebel force. These 'original defenders' were augmented by the First Relief Force under Generals Havelock and Outram which broke through to them, but it was not until 1858 that Lucknow and its surrounding area were finally relieved by forces commanded by Sir Colin Campbell. Many battles, skirmishes and sieges across the northern part of India were carried out in extreme heat, the troops formed into long flying columns which became noted for their rapid marches over long distances. Major operations ended in July 1858 and the Britsh Government assumed direct rule of India from the East India Company.

Indian Mutiny 1857-59



HISTORY OF THE ROYAL AND INDIAN ARTILLERY IN THE MUTINY OF 1857

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HISTORY OF THE ROYAL AND INDIAN ARTILLERY IN THE MUTINY OF 1857
Product Code: 5969

A history of the Royal Artillery's role and the three Indian artillery regiment's part in the Indian Mutiny from Delhi to Lucknow. Appendices list awards, rolls of honour etc.
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BRITAIN’S SEA SOLDIERS
A History of the Royal Marines & Their Predecessors & of Their Services in Action, Ashore & Afloat, & Upon Sundry Other Occasions of Moment

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BRITAIN’S SEA SOLDIERS A History of the Royal Marines & Their Predecessors & of Their Services in Action, Ashore & Afloat, & Upon Sundry Other Occasions of Moment
Product Code: 23059

For 350 years the Royal Marines have been in the front line of British military history on land and sea. This handsome, lavishly illustrated history by Col. Cyril Field covers the marines' first 250 years, up to the Great War, and includes such campaigns and actions as the siege of Gibraltar, the...
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HISTORY OF THE INDIAN MOUNTAIN ARTILLERY

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HISTORY OF THE INDIAN MOUNTAIN ARTILLERY
Product Code: 23163

A first class history, covering the entire period from inception in 1840 through to post World War II operations in Indochina. Many officers, and some other ranks are mentioned in the text.
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UBIQUE
War Services of All the Officers of H.M.'s Bengal Army 1863

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UBIQUE War Services of All the Officers of H.M.'s Bengal Army 1863
Product Code: 23164

Subtitled “Exhibiting the Rank & Various Services of Every Officer in the Army; Distinguishing Those Who Have Received Medals & Other Distinctions & Who Have Been Wounded, & In What Actions, with their Dates of Commissions; & Showing The Languages & Other Examinations They have Passed in, or who ...
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HISTORICAL RECORDS OF THE 24th REGIMENT (South Wales Borderers)

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HISTORICAL RECORDS OF THE 24th REGIMENT (South Wales Borderers)
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Regimental history of the unit which won immortal fame in its defence of Rorke's Drift against the Zulus in 1879, when it won 7 of the 14 VCs awarded. Contains colour plates of regimental uniforms, officer rolls etc.
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HISTORY OF THE XX REGIMENT 1688-1888 
Lancashire Fusiliers

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HISTORY OF THE XX REGIMENT 1688-1888 Lancashire Fusiliers
Product Code: 21256

A full unit history of one of the British Army's most famous names - the Lancashire Fusiliers. Covers the regiment's role in the battles of Dettingen, Fontenoy, Culloden, Corunna, the Peninsular War, the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny.
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HISTORICAL RECORDS OF THE QUEEN’S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS 1793 - 1885

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HISTORICAL RECORDS OF THE QUEEN’S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS 1793 - 1885
Product Code: 21206

Regimental history of a Scottish unit, first raised in 1793 during the French Revolutionary Wars, which saw service in Egypt, the Peninsular War, the Waterloo campaign, the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny. In the 1880s - when this history was first published - the regiment took part in the Ni...
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“CHINA JIM” 
Being Incidents and Adventures in the Life of an Indian Mutiny Veteran

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“CHINA JIM” Being Incidents and Adventures in the Life of an Indian Mutiny Veteran
Product Code: 12405

An account of the author's experiences in the Indian Mutiny and the Second China War. The author acquired his nickname as a result of the immense amount of loot he acquired from the Summer Palace at Peking!
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OLD MEMORIES

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OLD MEMORIES
Product Code: 12390

An account of the author's experiences during the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny at Meerut, the march on Agra and the relief of Lucknow. Gough later won the Victoria Cross at Alumbagh in November 1857.
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MUTINIES IN RAJPOOTANA

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MUTINIES IN RAJPOOTANA
Product Code: 9295

In this personal memoir the author sets out to remedy the lack of any record of the mutinies in Rajputana so that historians of the future will have a reference when studying and analysing the Indian Mutiny
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