Articles By Edmund Candler

Soldiers: The Rajput and Brahman

Soldiers: The Rajput and Brahman

By: Edmund Candler | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Sepoy | Date: 25 Aug , 2018

In the early days, before the British Raj had spread North and West, there was a period when the Bengal Army was enlisted almost exclusively from the high-caste Hindu. In the campaigns against the...

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The Fearless Mahratta Soldier

The Fearless Mahratta Soldier

By: Edmund Candler | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Sepoy | Date: 05 May , 2018

I saw it stated in a newspaper that one of the surprises of the war has been the Mahratta. “Surprise” is hardly a tactful word; and it points back to a time when two or three classes of sepoy...

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The Brave Sikh

The Brave Sikh

By: Edmund Candler | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Sepoy | Date: 28 Apr , 2018

It has often been said that the Indian Army has kept Sikhism alive. War is a conserver of the Khalsa, peace a dissolvent. When one understands how this is so, one has grasped what Sikhism has done...

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The Jat: Backbone of Punjab

The Jat: Backbone of Punjab

By: Edmund Candler | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Sepoy | Date: 10 Apr , 2018

The Jat, as we have seen, is the backbone of the Punjab; for it is from this Scythian breed that most of the Sikhs and a number of the Punjabi Mussalmans derive their sinews and stout-heartedness....

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The Gallant Dogra

The Gallant Dogra

By: Edmund Candler | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Sepoy | Date: 24 Mar , 2018

Chance threw me among the Dogras after a battle, and I learnt more of these north-country Rajputs than I had ever done in times of peace. Everybody knows how they left Rajputana before the...

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The Fighting Gurkha

The Fighting Gurkha

By: Edmund Candler | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Sepoy | Date: 09 Mar , 2018

So much has been written of the Gurkha and the Sikh that officers who pass their lives with other classes of the Indian Army are tired of listening to their praises. Their fame is deserved, but...

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The Garhwali Soldier

The Garhwali Soldier

By: Edmund Candler | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Sepoy | Date: 15 Jan , 2018

The Garhwalis’ début  in Mesopotamia was worthy of their inspiring record in France. It was at Ramadie. They made the night march on September 27th, I916, marched and fought all the 28th, and...

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