By Ian Heath Osprey
The Taiping flow all started because the Pai Shang-ti Hui (the Society of God-Worshippers), based in Kwangsi province in 1846 by means of Hung Hsiu-ch'uan. A sickly person of questionable sanity. Hung had develop into topic to visions which interpreted as demonstrating that he was once Jesus Christ's 'Divine more youthful Brother', with God's mandate to manipulate China. This interesting paintings by way of Ian Heath examines the supplier, costume and guns of forces on either side of the Taiping uprising – a clash which observed the involvement of round 10 million troops in the course of 15 years of clash; as many as six hundred towns switch fingers time and time back; and 20-30 million deaths.
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By July 1863, now 1,100-strong and commanded by Lieutenant Cardew, the force was at Quinsan, and in the autumn at least part of it accompanied Gordon in the advance towards Soochow. When the EVA's 3rd Regiment, disbanded because of misconduct in August 1863, was reconstituted in October, Kingsley's force even provided the men. ANGLO-FRENCH INVOLVEMENT Unhappy with the Ch'ing Government's refusal to consider additional trading concessions to those agreed at the end of the Opium War, the seizure of the crew of a ship (the Arrow) registered in Hong Kong and the murder of a Catholic missionary by Ch'ing officials were used by Britain and France as an excuse to declare war on China in 1857.
CHINESE TACTICS Though Westerners considered the Chinese timid, it would be fairer to describe them as supremely cautious; they saw nothing meritorious in heroics or selfsacrifice. ' Another observer Charles Gordon in the banner; the other, green costume of a mandarin. edged in red with a black The flags in the inscription, is perhaps the background are probably one described as bearing his own as commander of the names of his victories the Ever-Victorious Army. in Chinese characters. One is a red dragon39 wrote that Chinese soldiers did not consider themselves to have 'any self-respect to lose, or credit to gain', so that even headlong flight brought no disgrace, and as soon as the scare was over they were ready to fight again.
However, in most actions he fielded a maximum of about a dozen pieces. Only after British involvement in the force increased following his death did artillery become more readily accessible; then guns of all shapes and sizes were made available to Holland and Gordon by the authorities in Shanghai. By April 1863 the EVA's artillery park comprised two 8-in. howitzers, four 32-pdrs, three 24-pdr howitzers, a dozen 12-pdr howitzers, 18 12-pdr mountain-howitzers, four 8 in. brass mortars, ten 42/5 in51/2-in.
Osprey Men-at-Arms 275 - The Taiping Rebellion 1851-66 by Ian Heath Osprey