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Armies of the East India Company 1750-1850


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Origins – defence companies raised for trading stations · The reforms of Stringer Lawrence and Robert Clive 1740s–50s · Campaigns: Against Dupleix 1751–54 – Suraja Dowla and the ‘Black Hole of Calcutta’ 1756 – battle of Plassey, 1757 · The Mysore Wars 1766–69, 1780–83, 1789–92 · First Maratha War 1779–82 · Fourth Mysore War, 1799 – Tippoo Shaib and Arthur Wellesley at Seringapatum · Second Maratha War 1803–05 · Hindustan & Gurkha Wars 1804–16 · Third Maratha War 1817–18 · Burma War 1823–26 · First Afghan War 1839–42 · Sind 1843 · First and Second Sikh Wars 1848–49 · Evolution of uniforms and equipment

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A concise history of the exotically uniformed regiments that defeated a whole contingent of French forces, won India for Britain and helped determine the future structure of the British Army.

About the Author

Stuart Reid was born in Aberdeen in 1954 and is married with one son. He has worked as a librarian and a professional soldier and his main focus of interest lies in the 18th and 19th centuries. His interest stems from having ancestors who served in the British Army and the East India Company and who fought at Culloden, Bunker Hill and even in the Texas Revolution. His previous works for Osprey include highly acclaimed titles on King George's Army 1740–93 (Men-at-Arms 285, 289 and 292) and the British Redcoat 1740–1815 (Warrior 19 and 20). Gerry Embleton has been a leading illustrator and researcher of historical costume since the 1970s, and has illustrated and written Osprey titles on a wide range of subjects over more than 20 years. He is an internationally respected authority on 15th and 18th century costumes in particular. He lives in Switzerland, where since 1988 he has also become well known for designing and creating life-size historical figures for museums.


"Essentially a brief overview of the organization and uniforms of the forces available to Madras, Bengal and Bombay, Armies of the East India Company 1750-1850 displays remarkable depth for such a slender volume. Perhaps the highlight of the book is the unrivaled detail of the exotic uniforms, combining traditional Indian and British dress, worn by the varied regiments. Ably supporting Stuart's text in this regard are beautiful color plates by Gerry Embleton, an internationally respected authority on 18th century military uniforms." --Andrew Hind, Strategy and Tactics Magazine "As this series is generally about uniforms and equipment, throughout the book the author and illustrator have shown these items as used by the soldiers of the various units. They are quite colorful and in keeping with what you'd expect of Napoleonic era uniforms. Of course, they have been adapted to the climate and somewhat to the culture of the soldiers. Thanks to the excellent choice of period illustrations and those done specifically for the book, we get an idea of how these men were dressed and outfitted. This all makes yet another great addition to the superb library of Osprey titles and one you can purchase with confidence." --Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (October 2009)

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