Capturing the strength of the British Army from 1815 to 1914, this groundbreaking reference presents the most recent research on the most significant wars, campaigns, battles, and leaders.
During the Victorian Era, Britain's empire covered approximately one quarter of the world's landmass. Such an empire required the development of a powerful army, and this volume explores all aspects of the history of that imperial army from 1815 to 1914, including its many wars, campaigns, military leaders, weaponry, training, and education.
The Victorians at War, 1815–1914: An Encyclopedia of British Military History surveys the major wars, campaigns, battles, and expeditions of the British Army as well as its weaponry, tactics, and all other aspects of its operations from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to the dawn of World War I.
Containing numerous maps depicting various theaters of war, this all-encompassing volume explains why the numerous military operations took place and what the results were. Biographies reveal fascinating facts about British and Indian Army officers and other ranks, while other entries deal with recruitment, training, education and literacy, uniforms, equipment, pay and conditions, social backgrounds of the soldiers, diseases and wounds they fell victim to, and much more. This volume is indispensable to those wanting to gain information about the British Army during this remarkable imperial era.
• Over 350 A–Z entries including important commanders, adversaries, battles, tactics, weapons, training, education, and military reform
• Easy-to-understand maps depicting various theaters of war, campaigns, and battles
• Comprehensive chronology of all major British wars, campaigns, and expeditions during this period
• Informative appendices including lists of British Army and Indian Army commanders-in-chief
• The only encyclopedia of its kind that deals comprehensively with British military history during this period
• Includes detailed information on British Army and Indian Army officers, including their pay, provisions for retirement, social background, sources of commissioning, training and education, and uniforms and equipment