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Ravi Lancers Paperback – 1 Jan 1988

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (1 Jan. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722158254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722158258
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is set in the First World War and tells the story of the Ravi Lancers, an Indian cavalry regiment, who go to fight on the side of the allies due to their country and military being ruled by the British, but they soon end up fighting as infantry instead of cavalry and despite some battlefield successes, they also experience the brutality of war and the hellish conditions of the trenches.

There is much more than the harrowing war story though. As the story progresses, from a relatively harmonious environment in India, before the Ravi Lancers go to war, to the unforeseen hell of the battlefield with previously unencountered weapons and methods of war, pressures build and relationships deteriorate. Whilst what happens on the battlefield remains central to the story, many other issues come into play, which helps make "The Ravi Lancers" a deep, thought provoking, entertaining and suspenseful read.

For example; the differing standards, values and expectations of the British and Indian cultures and how the consequent behaviour and practices cause friction between the British senior commander and the Indian senior officer, which eventually leads to out and out defiance and to a position where neither can back down (to say more might result in a spoiler). There is a theme of a condescending, patronising attitude of the British to the Indians, which at the time was perhaps a set of assumptions common throughout society and maybe even accepted without complaint by many Indians, but which now would be considered unacceptably racist, that played a significant part in the story and led to many of the problems between the 2 main characters.
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There are few if any people left alive who really knew the old army of the British Raj in India, but John Masters was such a one. He wrote about it in its twilight years in his autobiography and this novel, a real page turner, tells of a little known aspect of the Indian Army during the Great War: well recommended as a good read that ought to be made available on Kindle.
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Fascinating and gripping story set in the trenches of the First World War. The descriptive writing of the trench warfare conditions of living and fighting in such a hell hole are so vivid that one can almost smell the horror that millions went through. A great story, brilliantly told.
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