Encyclopedia of Modern British Army Regiments by P. D. Griffin

By P. D. Griffin

The present-day regiments of the British military, many relationship again to the 17th century, have lengthy and special histories. Campaigns in conflict and peace internationally, from Flanders to the North West Frontier and from Spain to New Zealand, are nonetheless celebrated in regimental customs and conflict honors. because the first version of this e-book, there were dramatic cuts in protection spending and finished position alterations for lots of of the Army's oldest regiments. A reappraisal of the makeup and traditions of the Army's easy construction blocks, its regiments, is accordingly well timed. The regiments and corps of the British military, many holding conventional titles resembling Dragoon Guards, Hussars, Lancers and Fusiliers, are thought of so as of priority. info given for every regiment contain insignia, conflict honors, anniversaries, customs, mascots, costume differences, marches, nicknames, headquarters and recruiting components. furthermore, there's a 'family tree' for every regiment, exhibiting its lineage for the reason that its unique starting place. a big variety of colour and black & white photos illustrate key moments in every one regiment's background and its present actions around the globe.

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In the event, the strain of events took a heavy toll on him, and he died of cholera on 27 May, to be succeeded in command by Major-General Barnard, who was joined by the remnant of the garrison at Meerut under Colonel Archdale Wilson. 37 On 8 June, in an attempt to stop the numerically inferior British force from reaching Delhi, 30,000 rebels with 30 guns established an entrenched position at Badli-ki-Serai, 5 miles (8km) north-west of the city. Wilson drove them off and established himself on a 2-mile (just over 3km-) long feature known as the Ridge which ran north to south, overlooking the north-west walls of Delhi.

British Library) 3, 000 available Anglo-Indian troops extremely difficult; and the commissariat was woefully short of vehicles and animals to pull both men and supplies. Notwithstanding all these difficulties, small detachments from many different posts were summoned to unite as a single column, known as the Delhi Field Force. Regaining the initiative for the British, Anson then set off immediately with the intention of depriving the enemy of the focus of their rebellion and defeating them The fighting in detail.

The siege settled into a wearisome contest punctuated by intermittent artillery The infamous 'Well of the Innocents' at Cawnpore. Having butchered their captives on the night of 15-16 July 1857, Nana Sahib's men flung the dismembered bodies down this dry well, where the gruesome remains were discovered by the horrified men of Havelock's relief force. (Author's collection) bombardments, the regular rattle of musket fire, and constant sniping. On some days the mutineers would launch concerted attacks against the defenders, but all such forays were driven back, sometimes with heavy losses.

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