Tag: Napoleonic

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The Sepoys of Britain’s Indian Army 17981805

The British Indian Army which conquered much of India under the command of George Harris, Gerard Lake and Arthur Wellesley (the later Duke of Wellington) in the years 17981805 was an unlikely mix of men. It was an amalgam of the local East India Company (EIC) Presidency armies and of King’s regiments sent out to the continent from home. Native troops (sepoys) always made up the great majority of the Indian Army. There was no prospect of attracting sufficient European troops to fulfil Britain’s expansionist policies and to protect the EIC’s interests. It was these sepoys who fought against their countrymen – the Mysoreans and the Marathas in dramatic pitched battles such as Assaye, Delhi and Laswari, and epic sieges such as Seringapatam, Gawilghur and Bhurtpore.

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Author Video: Bernard Wilkin – Was Napoleon short?

It is often said that Napoleon was a short man. This might even have explained his desire for conquest. In this video, Dr. Bernard Wilkin, historian at the State Archives of Belgium, answers the question and explains where the debate about the emperor’s size comes from.

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Author Video: Bernard Wilkin – How did one become a Marshal of Napoleon?

We hope you enjoyed Dr. Bernard Wilkin’s recent video.

In this new video, Dr. Bernard Wilkin, historian at the State Archives of Belgium, looks briefly at the common traits of various Napoleonic Marshal and tries to detect a pattern. If you’d like to pose a question, let us know!

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Author Video: Bernard Wilkin – How did one become a French soldier in the Napoleonic army?

Today on the blog we have a new video from Pen and Sword author Bernard Wilkin. Bernard works as a historian at the State Archives of Belgium and specialises in the history of the French army and the French people at war. In this video, Bernard explain how young men were conscripted in Napoleon’s army between 1798 and 1814. Enjoy!

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