They Fight like Devils: Stories from Lucknow during the Great Indian Mutiny, 1857-58

They Fight like Devils: Stories from Lucknow during the Great Indian Mutiny, 1857-58

by D. A. Kinsley

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They Fight like Devils: Stories from Lucknow during the Great Indian Mutiny, 1857-58 by D. A. Kinsley

Vastly outnumbered, British soldiers and civilians were threatened with extermination in their most valued colonial possession. As the vaunted Victorian army began a counteroffensive, the key to final victory lay at Lucknow, where 3,000 British men, women and children were besieged by 30,000 Indian mutineers. For nine months fierce battles raged at Lucknow as British relief columns tried to fight their way through the city, often grappling with swords, bayonets and the butts of their rifles. On both sides, feats of heroism took place by the score until the largest British army ever assembled in India finally resolved the campaign.In They Fight Like Devils-a phrase that applies to both sides in the war-we see the military course and human consequences of close-quarters combat waged with bestial ferocity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306812170
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 09/01/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 0.57(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

D. A. Kinsley has written highly regarded biographies of Captain Richard Burton and General Lord Clive, as well as the award-winning two-volume biography of George Custer, Favor the Bold. He lives in Florida.

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1A Perfect Storm of Fire21
2Take Those Damned Guns!31
3Hot Work, This45
4We Expected to Find Only Your Bones!67
5Under Fire Night and Day85
6Plucky Wee Bobs is Done For!105
7Will We Get Medals for This, Sir Colin?123
8You Must Take it--at All Costs!145
9Second to None in the World159
10The Fire Was Most Deadly167
11Cloth and Leather and Flesh and Bone177
12No Quarter Was Sought or Given187
13A Desperate Fight Now Took Place203
14In All Its Ruined Grandeur211
Bibliography217
Index221

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