The British Army in the Victorian Era

The British Army in the Victorian Era: The Myth and The Reality


This book examines the myth about the invincibility of the British Army in the Victorian era, paying close attention to three conflicts – The Crimean War, The Zulu War of 1879, and the Second Boer War. It also examines the impact on the officer corps of both the Regimental System and the equally abominable Purchasing System prevalent throughout the nineteenth century, and casts a critical eye on the Victoria Crosses bestowed on the defenders of Rorke’s Drift, as well as those bestowed on two fallen Lieutenants at Isandhlwana.
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