The 1st Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusilers originated in 1644 when thirty volunteers arrived at Fort St George in India calling themselves the Madras European Regiment, the name they kept for their first century until 1748. As the author – himself a former Commander of the Fusiliers – proudly proclaims in his Preface the Fusilers ‘ have ever been famous for their valour and fortitude, having borne a distinguished part in almost every service in Asia and Africa, where British troops have been engaged’. This history takes them from their early campaigns against the French and their Indian allies – such as Tippoo Sultan – under Stringer Lawrence and Robert Clive – culminating in Clive’s famous victory at the Battle of Plassey; through later campaigns against the same enemy. Among actions covered in the history are the capture of Calcutta, the siege of Pondicherry and the three sieges of Wandewash. An indispensible account of early British military history in India. With six appendices, a glossary of Indian terms, 13 illustrations and a map.