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By Angus Konstam

The French progressive and Napoleonic Wars encompassed a interval whilst rival ecu fleets vied for naval supremacy, and naval strategies have been evolving. The British Royal military emerged victorious because the top international sea strength, and the epitome of Britannic naval power used to be the Ship-of-the-Line. those 'wooden walls' have been greater than purely floating gun batteries: they contained a team of as much as 800 males, and sometimes needed to stay at sea for prolonged sessions. This booklet deals special insurance of the complicated vessels that have been the biggest man-made buildings produced within the pre-Industrial era.

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Indeed, some of the enlisted ranks saw service in Mexico as a death sentence. 48 The mutineers included disgruntled veterans who had recently been forced to leave their families behind at far-away El Obeid, and new recruits recently obtained as ‘tribute’, or ‘liberated’ from slavers. Combined with bad discipline, soldiers’ morale was further reduced by salaries six months in arrears. Fighting erupted on 3 July, when over 1,000 Sudanese attempted to storm Kassala’s citadel. Hasan Bey, the loyal commander, could call on less than 300 defenders, a motley collection of Bashi Bazouks, Egyptian artillerymen, and European travellers.

Although maintaining their traditional role as skirmishers, mountain warfare experts, and muscle for conscription authorities, they were also seen as an insurance policy against the regulars. 23 Another innovation was the creation of a camel corps. Envisioned mainly for internal security, its function was to increase the army’s mobility along Egypt’s desert frontiers. Indeed, despite contemporary claims that Abbas was a reactionary, completely uninterested in western products, he continued previous efforts to build a fleet of steam-powered river craft for the Nile, and allowed British interests to construct Egypt’s first railways.

Visually, he wanted his troops to be à la française, and then some. 7 Egypt’s new chasseurs à pied battalions epitomized this trend. Although useful troops, whose training allowed them to be deployed as skirmishers or line infantry, the desire to make them visual copies of their French counterparts entailed considerable expense. 8 Although Said combined a collector-like interest in militaria with profligate spending, sometimes he picked good products. For instance, he hired the French inventor and ballistics expert, Colonel Claude-Étienne Minié, who established a Cairo factory for his rifled muskets.

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