This book is chock full of fascinating and forgotten moments of conflict. Starting with the Kandy wars in treacherous jungle it pulls you through moments of red coated and wooden shoe wearing soldiers fighting in the foothills of the Himalayas to machine gun wielding exchanges in Africa. This is an excellent book to underline the huge diversity and scope of challenges the British army had to face in the 19th century.
There are however problems. As 1 other reviewer points out for no properly explained reason there's one chapter on the US army vs. Native Americans a very strange inclusion in a book about the British army. Secondly the conflicts are not in chronological order and this at times gets confusing as in one situation soldiers have modern weapons piling on the firepower only to find in the next chapter they are standing in long red coated lines firing muskets. The organisation could have been forgiven if this jumbling up was to make a point but there's nothing really linking these chapters, no overarching theory or point.
It is always interesting reading, I am just not convinced that the book has much value other than a series of "boys own" stories.
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