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Monday, July 9, 2012

Re: [mukto-mona] British Army in India in 1858

 "Crowning Jewel"?  The term is rather 'Jewel in the Crown'.  British Army in India was not the biggest army in any single country till date.  The Mughal Army was much bigger in previous days and even when it faced the British on different occasions.  The superior quality of the British guns and better discipline in their army brought them the victory.   

On Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 1:37 AM, Farida Majid <> wrote:

                     Now you know how keen the British were to make India the "Crowning Jewel" of the Empire!  How scared they were of the very idea of 'India'!  No wonder then why they could not tolerate the idea of leaving it intact when the Crown had to give it up.  If only we did not suffer so miserably from our inferiority complex -- but the that is the PSYOP trick they played on us and we are continuing their game to this day ---
                                                                                         Farida Majid

British Army in India , biggest army in any single country in history till that date in 1858 for fighting Indian rebels

British Army in India , biggest army in any single country in history till that date in 1858 for fighting Indian rebels

The Honourable Sir John William Fortescue KCVO (28 December 1859 – 22 October 1933) was a British military historian.

Fortescue is best known for his monumental work on the British Army, which he wrote between 1899 and 1930. During most of this time (from 1905 to 1926) he was working as the librarian of Windsor Castle. In 1911, he was elected to deliver the Ford Lectures at Oxford University. He served as president of the Royal Historical Society from 1921 to 1925.

Fortescue wrote as following about strength of British troops in India in 1857-58:--

" Never ,I think, before 1858 , there had been a British army of equal strength in any one country--a vast country , it is true--as in India during the Mutiny.Excluding the British troops in the East India Company's service , there were in India at the end of 1858 eight regiments of British cavalry and sixty-eight battalions of British infantry."

This makes all three Afghan Wars , English East India Companys successful humbling of China in two opium wars and humbling of Iran in 1856 , minor military affairs.

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