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North West Frontier [1959] [DVD]

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This film is paced like a Saturday Matinee serial. More and his cohorts go from one hair-raising experience to another. They must dodge broken rails, an almost missing bridge over a yawning chasm, a spy and the usual hostile tribesman. The movie is worth watching for the scene in which the little party crosses an almost destroyed bridge. I knew how it would turn out and I still couldn't help cringing. Between the wars imperial epics displaying expansive adventure landscapes were produced by the British film industry, including the Korda trilogy of Sanders of the River(1935), The Drum(1938), and The Four Feathers(1939) – the latter two in Technicolor. In the late 1930s Hollywood also made a number of films that celebrated the British empire and bore some resemblance to Westerns, but ceased making such films after the Second World War. While the empire genre in British film continued, there were considerable changes that modernised imperial identity and changed the presentation of imperial heroes and adventure landscapes to bring them into line with the ideal of a Commonwealth of equal nations. In 1895 the Derajat and Hazara Mountain Batteries were part of the relief expedition that was rewarded with the honour C HITRAL. [101] Thompson, Howard (30 April 1960). "Review: Flame over India". The New York Times . Retrieved 8 August 2017.

Moreman, Tim (1998). The Army in India and the Development of Frontier Warfare 1847–1947. Macmillan: London. a b Quarterly Indian Army List January 1919, p. 1255. He was of 13th Bengal Native Infantry Regiment, Cadetship applied for 1833/4. Robert E. L. Masters, Eduard Lea (1963). Perverse crimes in history: evolving concepts of sadism, lust-murder, and necrophilia from ancient to modern times. Julian Press. p.211 . Retrieved 5 April 2011. Kenneth More as the hero of the piece is not the Ringo Kid however. John Wayne was on his own mission when he became part of the Stagecoach ensemble, More is a British officer with a mission.The various maharajahs and nawabs were all pensioned off as per the Mountbatten settlement in 1947. I'd like to think the young prince grew up and inherited his kingdom and got pensioned out of it along with a few hundred others of his class. One kingdom missed the settlement, that of Kashmir which is today the sore point between India and Pakistan. Corps of cavalry and infantry, raised at Peshawar in 1846 by Lt. Harry Lumsden, and later based at Hoti Mardan. [49] Originally one troop of cavalry and two companies of infantry, [50] the cavalry component later expanded to 2½ squadrons, and the infantry to 4½ companies. [49] Two further infantry battalions were raised in 1917. [51] In 1905 on the North West Frontier of British India, a maharajah asks British Army Captain Scott to take his young son, Prince Kishan, to Haserabad and then send him to Delhi to protect him from an uprising. Accompanying them is the prince's governess, an American widow named Mrs. Wyatt. They leave as the rebels storm the palace and kill the prince's father. This makes his six-year-old son the leader of the Hindu population in the region.

The Frontier Corps were not founded expressly on a tribal basis, but the older corps drew their recruits from the local tribal area:

Khyber Pass

During the First World War the cavalry branch of the Corps was deployed overseas to Mesopotamia, but not before winning a further honour in its own territory; 'N.W. F RONTIER I NDIA 1915'. [50] This film was screened last night on PBS. The title "Flame over India" caught my attention. Noting that the movie was made in 1959, I thought this would be one of the slow paced older movies. Surprise! The movie keeps you on the edge of your couch all the time. Some salient features:

The fictional town of Haserabad comes under siege by the entirely generic rebels, but Captain Scott – having immediately been established as our almost omnipotent English hero – naturally devises a way to escape with the prince. He finds a rather neglected old steam train that can be rigged up to break out of the city gates and reach safety in the distant city of Kalapur. Besides Prince Kishan and his American governess (Lauren Bacall), Scott will be accompanied by the Governor’s wife Lady Windham (Ursula Jeans), a senior British civil servant named Bridie (Wilfrid Hyde White), Gupta the engine driver (I. S. Johar), and two Indian soldiers who the filmmakers have apparently decided not to burden with either names or characters. No sooner than she gets up steam, however, and she is at an unidentified location in India. Haserbad station appears to be an Indian location. It features what looks to be a metre gauge railway. We first see the line in daylight as the last train departs with its ill-fated passengers and crew. Like many things British, the development of the units of Scouts into the Frontier Corps was organic, unplanned and initially unsystematic. It began, in the British manner, as an improvisation to meet a need; it was maintained because it guaranteed certain unique skills at an acceptable price (the great Empire may have vaunted its 'pomp and circumstance' to wow the impressionable, but behind the scenes the deciding factor was often simply the acceptability or otherwise to HM Treasury) and only then was the principle regularised, standardised and systemised (cf. the development of the Frontier Force, from irregulars to a corps d'elite). Chekhov's Skill: Mrs Wyatt is one of the only civilians on the train who knows how to use a gun. Which comes in handy when Scott is fighting Van Leyden.Officially designated Cavalry, Punjab Frontier Force, the earlier style endured, and was restored in 1901. [85] Now I do know that 1 inch = 25.4mm, so, whereas 6 feet in 4mm or 1/76 scale is 24mm, 6 feet in 1.72nd is 25.4mm. In 1903 the four Sikh Infantry regiments were brought into the new Indian Army Line by adding fifty to their original numbers:- Catherine Wyatt: Are you sure about Mr. Van Layden? I mean, won't you get into a lot of trouble if you're wrong? Captain Scott: Wouldn't you like to see me drummed out of my regiment? Paraded before the troops? Medals torn off my manly bosom? I used to think that would be just your cup of tea. Catherine Wyatt: They don't really do all that, do they? Captain Scott: Well, of course they do! And my best friend calls on me in my quarters, hands me a loaded revolver and says, "Carruthers, its the only way out for a gentleman." Later that day, while stopping to refill the engine's water tank, Scott walks into the pump house to find Van Leyden allowing Prince Kishan to stand dangerously close to the pump's rapidly spinning flywheel. In the evening Van Leyden refuses alcohol and the group correctly deduce he is Muslim. He explains this by saying he is half Indian. During the night, Mr. Van Leyden again approaches the prince, only to notice Lady Windham watching him.

It (killing/fighting) proves that I am a true Moslem. That I care enough to fight and maybe even to die for my faith. For a country that will be all Moslem and I will belong there. Are you capable of understanding that? I accept there are differences, look at the (steampipe?) casing on smoke box side. It's there on the Kohat and 'Haserbad' locomotives, but not Burgundy's. Another obvious difference is that the Kohat and Haserabad locomotives are outside cylindered. Note the differences in the splashers, too. Boilers and boiler mountings are perhaps more likely than other differences to be found in locomotives of the same class. Could it still be the same class that has been rebuilt at some stage, or, at least, a similar standard design? Well, probably not the same class, the step down in the running plate to the cab seems to suggest that the Haserbad locomotive might have larger driving wheels than Burgundy's locomotive. Still, there is a strong family resemblance between the two types, to say the least. India in 1905 was a country in transition and turmoil, the Moslems and Hindus were warring on each other and on other minority groups and everybody wanted the British out. The Congress Party was a going concern at that point and was still a vehicle for both Moslem and Hindu to work within.On arrival at Haserabad, Captain Scott sees that many local Hindus and Europeans are leaving on the last train to Kalapur. The Muslim rebels soon close in and take control of the outer wall and gate beside the railway yard. The British governor tells Scott that he must take the young prince to Kalapur for his safety. In the railyard, the British captain discovers the " Empress of India", an old railway engine cared for by its driver Gupta, affectionately known as Victoria. They calculate that it will manage the journey if limited to pulling a single carriage. For their part in the Second Sikh War the 1st and 2nd (or Hill) regiments were awarded the battle honour 'P UNJAUB'. [72] [73] Transfrontier Brigade [ edit ] Although regarded as nowadays “no good except for shunting”, her driver, Gupta, has boundless confidence in Victoria:

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