FROM SEPOY TO SUBEDAR: BEING THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SUBEDAR SITA RAM, A NATIVE OFFICER OF THE BENGAL ARMY WRITTEN AND RELATED BY HIMSELF.

Lunt, James (Ed.).


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New ed., (MBS) 1970. Xxix + 187 pp., numerous ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Spine of d.j., faded o/w Nr.FINE. As far as it is known, this is the only published account by an Indian soldier of his experiences when serving in the East India Company's Army. These memoirs, covering a span of more than forty years of active service, were first published in English in 1873, after translation from the original Hindi. Later they became the standard textbook for British officers taking the Higher Standard examination in Urdu, but knowledge of them was restricted very largely to Army officers who had served in India. These memoirs, now re-edited with explanatory notes, tells of a full life of campaigns, battles, privations and personal tragedies. Above all it provides a wonderful insight into the relationship that existed between the Indian soldiers of those times and the British officers who commanded them, and it is also a fascinating account of an Indian soldier during the period when the British were finally consolidating their hold over the Indian sub-continent. Illustrated with authentic drawings.


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