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Come In Nighthawk25 Nov 2021 1:39 p.m. PST

Just wondering…

What if the British govt., instead of sending half the army in Britain out to the Crimea, the govt. had commissioned ("hired") the Honorable East India Company to send an army from India to conduct operations instead? Would the HEIC have been more successful at less cost? For example, the HEIC seemed to be able to conduct operations with a better management of logistics.

Just a thought…

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2021 2:14 p.m. PST

They may have been better able logistically but would they have been any more survivable during the Crimean winter? After all, most of the HEIC operations were conducted in the more favorable climes of India rather than the more severe climes of the Russian Black Sea coast.


advocate26 Nov 2021 12:08 p.m. PST

Might there have been a mutiny?

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2021 2:00 a.m. PST

The climes of India were every bit as inhospitable as those of the Crimea in their way, weren't they? And it's hard to see the corporate incentive for the HEIC. Where's the return on investment?

Related to this, though, and not a what-if but an actual historical intervention from India: the Anglo-Persian War of 1856-1857

This was the setting for one of Mark's excellent Christmas specials back in 2015:

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