Bowie, John.


Batsford, 1st ed., 1989. 127 pp., 113 photo-ills. D.j., 25 x 19cm. FINE. This collection of photographs brings together the first pictures ever taken during military campaigns, spanning the period from 1848 to 1908, and is a fascinating record of the men in action. Over 100 photographs depict the most salient battles, including drawn-out campaigns such as the Boer Wars, and shorter, bloody sorties such as the siege of Cawnpore during the Indian Mutiny of 1857. The Dervishes, the Zulus, the Indian Mutineers and the Chinese Boxers all presented different challenges but, although fighting on familiar territory and in larger numbers, they often proved no match for superior British strategy and artillery. The objective eye of the camera freezes these moments and distils an epoch of cavalry charges, heliographic communications, ornate uniforms and regalia, besieged fortresses and ravaged armies.

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