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3.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly, the British managed to win this Test Match !, 8 Aug. 2014
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I feel a bit mean giving this book only three stars but although I found it interesting (as an element of history I have read about previously and elsewhere) somehow the timeline seemed rather jagged and never quite balanced the need to establish a general strategic picture against the many miniscule descriptions arising from many of the individual accounts and memoirs (which may have been compiled after the event). The narrative bounds along (and maintained a certain fascination thereby )- but at other times I felt I had lost the thread amongst the almost unending and quite graphic accounts of injury, pain, disease and death. The author brutally records levels of senior command absurdities, procrastinations and inefficiencies of the British military command of that time and place that to a modern reader it is amazing that even a modest element of victory was ever achieved, still less was it deserved - perhaps because the leadership of the 'mutineers' was even more chaotic. There was genuine heroism, on both sides. But for someone like myself whose family later was involved in setting up and maintaining the imperial Raj, one can only wonder in retrospect how it actually was ever able to grow and survive for almost a further century on such a sandy foundation.
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