Thursday, July 14, 2011

Empire's First Soldiers - A short review

I received this book, and some others, from On Military Matters yesterday.


Unfortunately, it isn't quite as I expected, extending up to modern times and covering the War of 1971, UN operations and counter-insurgency. The theme of the book is stated to be to show how India has stood to  benefit from professional soldiering but is now seen by the world as a soft state, cowering in front of all and sundry. It is a call by the author for India to face the terrorist threat of today.

The author, DP Ramachandran,  is a veteran of the 1971 war. It is published by Lancer Publishers of Delhi in 2008. Quality wise, this is a nice book, well bound - one is always uncertain as to quality when getting a book from India!

There are 10 maps, three of which deal with the Carnatic, Maratha Wars and Burma campaign of 1824. The other seven maps deal with the Kashmir war of 1947 and subsequent campaigns.


The first 129 pages are of most interest for the subject of this blog, covering from 1746 to 1824. As an introduction to the period it is quite good, but general in nature. The information, however, can  be obtained from other sources dealing with the topics in greater depth. It is, however, a very good overview of the Indian military from 1746 to date.



I wouldn't recommend this book if your interest doesn't extend beyond the Mutiny. It is highly recommended if you want a good overview of the Indian military from 1746 to date. There are no illustrations other than the maps.

Regards
gwz

3 comments:

  1. Any stuff on the 1971 war is welcome as is post mutiny info. People forget that the Indian army of WW2 was the largest volunteer army in the world- perhaps of all time.

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  2. There are 9 pages on WW1, 10 on WW2, 16 on the 1965 war with Pakistan, 14 on the war with Bangladesh in 1971 and 18 on the 1971 war with Pakistan.

    Regards
    gwz

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