A Special Corps - A. P. ColemanThe Pentland Press, 1999, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Very slightly ruffled edges of DJ. Edges of the textblock very lightly soiled. Text bright and tight. A nice copy.
The Beginnings of Gorkha Service with the British. Illustrated with B&W photographs. From the cover: “This superb work traces the early recruitment of Gorkhas into the East India Company’s Bengal Army and is based on sound research and documentary evidence, a significant par of which has so far been unpublished. The work centres on the friendship of two Highland Scots: David Ochterlony, an army officer with a penchant for diplomacy, and William Fraser, a civil servant with a hankering for military command. Both were involved in the Anglo-Nepal war of 1814- 1816. Ochterlony, commanding an army division in the Cis-Sutlej Hills, employed the skills of Gorkhas and other hillmen captured from the Nepalese Army. Impressed by their military discipline and efficiency, he took the opportunity of his enforced capitulation of the Nepalese Western Army at Malaun in 1815 to enlist some 4700, of whom perhaps 1500 were Gorkhas, into the Bengal Army.”