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Lessons in Imperial Rule: Instructions for British Infantrymen on the Indian Frontier
'Don't be misled into believing that the camel is an evil brute without guts, who lies down and dies just to spite you. I know a lot about the camel, and I know him to be a lion-hearted beast who will not lie down to die until he knows he is dying'.A delightful collection of guidelines for British troops based in India, Lessons in Imperial Rule was first published in the e ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by Frontline Books,
(first published November 2008)
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Curiously chatty for a technical manual on infantry soldiering, this is a brief but fascinating look at how the North West Frontier was managed in the early 20th century. Genial and unassuming, Skeen focuses on the basics (patrolling, communications, ground, man management, etc) and gives an engaging pen picture of the land and people. What surprised me for an account of hard campaigning against a tough and often merciless enemy was that there was none of the hatred that one might expect to see ...more
Interesting perspective on tactical operations with some links to the larger picture. It brings back the idea that punitive raids can be effective to disrupt adversaries - although the political climate may not accept this, as military force levels across the world decline, this might be the only means to achieve national security interests.
The war on terrorism byWestern nations has been going on for hundreds of years. Originally written in 1932 as advice for junior British infantry officers serving on the Afghan-Indian frontier much of the advice is still relevant today.