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Offline Hu Rhu

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Suggested Reading on Indian Mutiny
« on: January 20, 2018, 04:09:37 PM »
I am looking for some good reading material on the Indian Mutiny.  Is there one 'go to' book that anyone can recommend?

One with good maps would be very useful as I am finding it a little difficult to understand the geography. 

Many thanks.

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Re: Suggested Reading on Indian Mutiny
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2018, 04:51:52 PM »
My favourite is The Great Mutiny by Christopher Hibbert,lots of plates but only one map but clearly marked for all the major areas of conflict.There's also the novel Flashman in the Great Game for period flavour and I can't recommend highly enough a visit to Iron Duke's site for lots of info on all aspects of the campaign.
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Offline Sir_Theo

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Re: Suggested Reading on Indian Mutiny
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2018, 05:05:26 PM »
I'm interested to see the responses here as it's something I know very little about and wouldn't mind giving it some reading.

Another great novel set in this period is The Siege of Krishnapur by JG Farrell which is outstanding.

Offline sjwalker51

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Re: Suggested Reading on Indian Mutiny
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2018, 06:54:59 PM »
Definitely go to the Iron Duke website for a huge amount of relevant information on the campaigns, battles etc.

I’d also start with Hibbert as a first introductory over view of the Mutiny. And Flashman is a ‘must read’.

Then there’s various accounts of the different stages of the war; ‘The Last Mughal’ (Dalrymple) for Delhi, ‘Our Bones are Scattered’ for Cawnpore, ‘A Season in Hell’ (Edwardes) for Lucknow, for starters.

Offline Arundel

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Re: Suggested Reading on Indian Mutiny
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2018, 02:54:49 AM »
Another vote for Hibbert's book. Great, great read.

Offline Hu Rhu

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Re: Suggested Reading on Indian Mutiny
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2018, 04:24:05 PM »
Thanks for the recommendation.  Just bought a paperback copy off Ebay.

Offline RichBliss

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Re: Suggested Reading on Indian Mutiny
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2018, 04:33:10 PM »
I’ll also recommend “The Last Mughal”. It’s one of the best sources for the Indian side of the conflict.

Offline FifteensAway

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Re: Suggested Reading on Indian Mutiny
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2018, 04:55:01 PM »
A Season in Hell by Michael Edwardes about the Siege of Lucknow is an excellent source for inspiration. Don't recall how many maps but I've always liked it better than Hibbert's broad coverage, though Hibbert is good, too - and if memory serves it covers Cawnpore rather well.  It has been many, many years since I read it but I believe there were quite a few illustrations in the version I read, hard bound, and some maps.

I'd love to see a good Orders of Battle source for the period.

Will have to check out Iron Duke it seems.  (though 15s for me per my standard one-scale-only rule, just keeps it so much easier)

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Re: Suggested Reading on Indian Mutiny
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2018, 05:00:55 PM »
I’ll also recommend “The Last Mughal”. It’s one of the best sources for the Indian side of the conflict.

I agree - it's a good read, not easy to put down.

Offline Rogerc

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Re: Suggested Reading on Indian Mutiny
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2018, 07:10:59 PM »
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Offline Bindonblood

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Re: Suggested Reading on Indian Mutiny
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2018, 08:37:35 PM »
The History of the Royal and Indian Artillery in the Mutiny of 1857 is definitely worth a read.  Lots of information and seems to cover most actions.

Offline charla51

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Re: Suggested Reading on Indian Mutiny
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2018, 11:17:35 AM »
Here are a couple of C19th works, but I can't remember the authors' names:

    'Hodgson of Hodgson's Horse'   -good for nitty-gritty detail of actions around Delhi

    'A Year Amongst the Pandies'    -suitably jingoistic/racist

Offline baxterj

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Re: Suggested Reading on Indian Mutiny
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2018, 12:18:40 AM »
BB is on the mark with Jocelyn’s history of the Royal Artillery. Save buying Kaye’s six volume set, it’s the best pure military account with lots of OBS and maps.

Offline sjwalker51

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Re: Suggested Reading on Indian Mutiny
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2018, 12:46:00 AM »
Another vote with Bindon (or ‘Timothy’ to those who know him!) for the history of the RA, which covers much more than you might expect.

And add Rowbotham’s book on “The Naval Brigades in the Indian Mutiny” and Gubbins’ “Besieged in Lucknow” while you’re at it.

Offline Bindonblood

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Re: Suggested Reading on Indian Mutiny
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2018, 07:05:28 PM »
Thanks gentlemen (that includes you Simon! :) )


And here is a link.....

http://www.naval-military-press.com/history-of-the-royal-and-indian-artillery-in-the-mutiny-of-1857.html

Simon, if only you hadn't left civilisation for the untamed north.

You always put on a good game..  :)

 

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