Forty - One Years in India
Frederick Roberts arrived in India in 1852 as a sub-altern and departed in 1893 as the Commander-in-Chief. This biography is a soldiers memoir and details all the military campaigns that he was a part of. The most significant was the 2nd Afghan war in 1878, where he distinguished himself and earned the title of Roberts of Kandahar. In this book the reader will find mention of other campaigns – like the one in Burma. The work is replete with personal observation of the author on the British and well as the natives of India. He describes their cantonment and military lives, the customs, the history, the prevailing systems of law and land ownership, etc. A large part of the book is dedicated to the mutiny of 1857, has and graphic of the campaigns in Delhi, Lucknow, Kanpur and other minor locations of engagements. This book too lays to rest the question of the greased cartridge that was the catalyst for the mutiny : he admits that the cartridge was indeed greased with tallow and lard. This book is a reprint of the 1901 edition.
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