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Queen Victoria's Enemies: India No.3 (Men-at-arms) Paperback – 22 Mar 1990

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (22 Mar. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850459435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850459432
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Knight was born in 1956. He was a freelance writer on military history for ten years before studying Afro-Caribbean History at the University of Kent. He has written widely on Zulu history and travelled extensively in Zululand. Ian was the editor of the Victorian Military Society journal for many years, and has written several books for Osprey.


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On the last day of January 1600 Queen Elizabeth I affixed has seal to the Royal Charter of the 'Governor and Company of Merchants of London trading to the East Indies'. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Enquirer VINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2008
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This book 'does what it says in the tin'. I found it concise, straightforward and without any glaring inaccuracies. Osprey titles are notorious for the latter, which is a pity since such errors are really quite rare. More often out-of-date scholarship is the issue. Fortunately the British have always been fascinated by their enemies and this has led to a plethora of useful information for books such as this one.

My only real criticism is with the photographs, which are really too similar. The majority are of Afghans. I get the reason - lack of photography in earlier wars, but still a bit dull. Other plates are often to small to be useful, for instance the reproductions of battle scenes from the Sikh wars.

The great strength is the usual one - the plates. These are very well conceived and executed. The text was also very clear, and had no 'filler' at all - all useful and well expressed. One of the better Ospreys.
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Armies of 19th Century Africa 22 Sept. 2008
By K. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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This Osprey volume covers a somewhat miscellaneous collection of enemies faced by Britain in the mid-late 19th Century from Egypt to Kenya, notable among them being the fearsome Asantes, the Abyssinians, and the fanatical Muslim Madhists, as well as some minor tribes and the following of the rebel Egyptian leader Ahmed 'Urabi.

The text provides good coverage of the often inadequate arms of these peoples as well as their respective fighting styles, and the how's and when's of their surpressions. The color plates particularly impressed me as well, being very life-like and colorful.
No surprises…reliable research material. 30 April 2015
By Victor Meldrew - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting stuff. Learned a few things.
Standard research fare. Got what I needed, as usual.
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Excellent Primer 11 July 2014
By danny boy - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a 2nd hand copy which features different illustrations on the cover. This is an excellent primer by Ian Knight on the Indian subcontinent during the Victorian era. It succinctly puts into context the Afghan wars, Sikh and Maratha uprisings, the Indiann Mutiny and later North West Frontier actions. The illustrations by Rick Scollins are excellent.
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Useful 27 Mar. 2012
By Roxanne C. Patton - Published on Amazon.com
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Provides useful information on the most notable tribes/political entities that faced Great Briton. Would have liked the volumn to have had more info on the Sepoys during the Mutiny such as organization, uniforms, weapons.
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Good coverage on Victorian African colonial campaigns 3 July 2014
By danny boy - Published on Amazon.com
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I got my own 2nd hand copy. It is a very good book, nice and concise and covers the main and minor campaigns of the Victorian armies in the North African area. Basically, anything outside of the Boers and Zulus which are covered in books in this series. Quite a lot of stuff on the Mahdists, Ashantis and surprisingly, the Abyssinians. The plates are very good.
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