India’s north-west frontier was famously a source of trouble and strife to the rulers of British India. But, as this book amply shows, the north-eastern borders of the Raj was almost as turbulent. This is the account of a British punitive expedition against one particularly restless people, the Lushai, in 1871-2. The author, Lieut R.G. Woodthorpe was a Royal Engineers officer, engaged on surveying India, when the expedition was mounted and he was invited to join. Woodthorpe gives a detailed description of the appearence, customs and history of the Lushai before describing the expedition under General Bourchier itself. The book is a valuable account of the activities of a typical British Field Force so common in late Victorian times. Illustrated with two engravings and a map.
LUSHAI EXPEDITION (N E India 1871-2)
A junior officer’s account of a British Field Force’s expedition againhst the Lushai people of north-east India in 1871-72. Of great interest to students of the British Empire and the Indian Raj.