T.A. Heathcote's study of the conflicts that established British rule in South Asia, and of the military's position in the constitution of British India, is a classic work in the field. By placing these conflicts clearly in their local context, his account moves away from the Euro-centric approach of many writers on British imperial military history. It provides a greater understanding not only of the history of the British Indian Army but also of the Indian experience which had such a formative an effect on the British Army itself. This new edition has been fully revised and given appropriate illustrations.
Dr T.A. Heathcote was for many years the MOD's principal curatorial officer as senior curator at RMA Sandhurst Collection. His many publications on military and naval history include The Afghan Wars: 1839-1919, Wellington's Peninsular War Generals and Their Battles, Mutiny and Insurgency in India 1857-58, The British Field Marshals, The British Admirals of the Fleet and Nelson's Trafalgar Captains.