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Blood in the sand : more forgotten wars of the nineteenth century
Hernon, Ian.
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Publication Information:
Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton, [2001]

Physical Description:
viii, 232 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
The Gurkha War, 1814-16 -- The defeat of the Borneo Pirates, 1840-9 -- The storming of Madagascar, 1845 -- The first Sikh War, 1845-6 -- The second Sikh War, 1848-9 -- Eureka Stockade, Australia, 1854 -- The defence of Kars, Turkey, 1855 -- The Fenian Invasion of Canada, 1866 -- The Battle of Orange Walk, Belize, 1872 -- The Hut Tax War, Sierra Leone, 1898.
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The third in Ian Hernon's "Forgotten Wars" trilogy focuses on colonial conflicts in farflung places that have somehow been lost from the nation's collective memory. Some were mere skirmishes, others major campaigns, but all are astonishing stories of courage, occasional cowardice, dogged determination and endurance, incompetence and confusion. They were fought in some of the most inhospitable places on earth - from the high Himalayas to the dense jungles of the West Africa - against both 'savage' and 'civilized' foes. Hernon makes few moral judgements on the bloody aspects of Empire building apart from recording, often in their own words, the breathtaking heroism of participants on all sides. He treats each war with a reporter's eye, chronicling what happened, why and to whom. These are thrilling stories, often with a resonance to today's fractured conflicts: one Queen Mother of the Sikhs conspired with the British to destroy her own army, and saw her wish come true as a river ran red; in Sierra Leone, opposition to a poll tax sparked bloody insurrection; an Irish Republican army, veterans of the US civil war, tried - and dismally failed - to invade British Canada; and a headlong attack by British infantry proved to be a bigger blunder than the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Author Notes

Ian Hernon is the author of Massacre and Retribution (Sutton, 1998) and The Savage Empire (Sutton, 2000), and is also a newspaper journalist. For the past twenty-one years he has been a lobby correspondent at the House of Commons. Ian is married with two daughters and lives in Kent

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
1. The Gurkha War, 1814-16p. 7
2. The Defeat of the Borneo Pirates, 1840-9p. 29
3. The Storming of Madagascar, 1845p. 56
4. The First Sikh War, 1845-6p. 66
5. The Second Sikh War, 1848-9p. 96
6. Eureka Stockade, Australia, 1854p. 128
7. The Defence of Kars, Turkey, 1855p. 147
8. The Fenian Invasion of Canada, 1866p. 175
9. The Battle of Orange Walk, Belize, 1872p. 193
10. The Hut Tax War, Sierra Leone, 1898p. 202
Bibliography and Sourcesp. 225
Indexp. 229