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Go to Your God Like a Soldier: British Soldier Fighting for Empire, 1837-1902 [Hardcover]

Ian Knight
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books; 1st edition (30 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853672378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853672378
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 20.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A portrayal of the British military experience during the reign of Victoria which looks at the way of life of ranker and officer alike, their reasons for enlisting, what they had in common, the barriers that divided them, and information on their daily routine, food, pay and recreations.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good survey. 22 July 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Queen Victoria's soldiers fought for Queen and
Country all over the world, bringing the Pax
Victoriana to Afganis, Maoris, and Boers alike.
Badly treated and regarded as little more than
tramps by the public they served, they nevertheless
fought and died for their country against savage
opponents in some of the most inhospitable regions
on earth, to their lasting glory.

Their story is well told here, not only the campaign
histories but also the soldiers' life; recruitment,
food, pay, uniforms, weapons, and many other details to fill
in the picture of the Victorian soldier.

Generously illustrated, with maps, tactical
diagrams, campaign chronology, useful appendices,
reading list, and well-designed index, this is a
fine introduction to a most interesting era.

(The numerical rating above is a default setting
within Amazon's format. This reviewer does not
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An excellent book by Ian Knight covering briefly all the colonial conflicts during this period. A excellent insight and introduction into the subject
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good survey. 22 July 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Queen Victoria's soldiers fought for Queen and
Country all over the world, bringing the Pax
Victoriana to Afganis, Maoris, and Boers alike.
Badly treated and regarded as little more than
tramps by the public they served, they nevertheless
fought and died for their country against savage
opponents in some of the most inhospitable regions
on earth, to their lasting glory.

Their story is well told here, not only the campaign
histories but also the soldiers' life; recruitment,
food, pay, uniforms, weapons, and many other details to fill
in the picture of the Victorian soldier.

Generously illustrated, with maps, tactical
diagrams, campaign chronology, useful appendices,
reading list, and well-designed index, this is a
fine introduction to a most interesting era.

(The numerical rating above is a default setting
within Amazon's format. This reviewer does not
employ numerical ratings.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Parallels 22 Nov 2004
By Pardus Amicus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Though it has quite a few period photos and engravings I feel some more maps and equipment illustrations would have been better. The illustrations out of period maneuver manuals are nice but with nothing more than a caption very confusing if you are just dipping into the era. Some of the sections, such as uniforms, lack much any illustration though and end up just a mass of details.

The sections on campaigns is nice but where this book really shines is in the details of campaign life and what it took to maintain the Empire. And what it took out of the men doing it. The Appendixes are nice and you may want to read them first. The author has also included a further reading list by topics.

A lot of parallels to the conflicts and situations America has found itself in since WW2 can be found; uncertainty about the enemy, concepts of superiority, frontiers & trade partners, even how the British High Command in Sudan & Afghanistan had to deal with wounded fundamentalists who often attacked troops attempting to succor them.

While a nice, large, hardcover book I would recommend also getting a selection of the appropriate Osprey Men-at-Arms/Warrior/Elite/etc series books to go with it for the details not included.
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