When the British Indian Army Marched on Beijing!

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  1. Rayc

    Rayc RIP

    When the British Indian Army Marched on Beijing!

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    Troops of the Eight nations alliance of 1900. Left to right: Britain, United States, Australian colonial, British India, Germany, France, Austria-Hungary, Italy, Japan.

    he Boxer Rebellion, also known as Boxer Uprising or Yihetuan Movement, was a proto-nationalist movement by the "Righteous Harmony Society" in China between 1898 and 1901, opposing foreign imperialism and Christianity. The uprising took place in response to foreign "spheres of influence" in China, with grievances ranging from opium traders, political invasion, economic manipulation, to missionary evangelism. In China, popular sentiment remained resistant to foreign influences, and anger rose over the "unequal treaties", which the weak Qing state could not resist. Concerns grew that missionaries and Chinese Christians could use this decline to their advantage, appropriating lands and property of unwilling Chinese peasants to give to the church. This sentiment resulted in violent revolts against foreign interests.
    In June 1900 in Beijing, Boxer fighters threatened foreigners and forced them to seek refuge in the Legation Quarter. In response, the initially hesitant Empress Dowager Cixi, urged by the conservatives of the Imperial Court, supported the Boxers and declared war on foreign powers. Diplomats, foreign civilians and soldiers, and Chinese Christians in the Legation Quarter were under siege by the Imperial Army of China and the Boxers for 55 days. The Chinese government was split between destroying the foreigners in the Legation Quarter and extending olive branches. Clashes were reported between Chinese factions favoring war and those favoring conciliation, the latter led by Prince Qing. The supreme commander of the Chinese forces, Ronglu, claimed three years later that he acted to protect the besieged foreigners. The siege was ended when the Eight-Nation Alliance brought 20,000 armed troops to China, defeated the Imperial Army, and captured Beijing. The Boxer Protocol of 7 September 1901 ended the uprising and provided for severe punishments, including an indemnity of 67 million pounds (450 million taels of silver), more than the government's annual tax revenue, to be paid as indemnity over a course of thirty-nine years to the eight nations involved.

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    Boxer Rebellion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  2. Is this the beginning of another racist anti British rant?
     
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  3. Are they the new uniforms taking over from MTP once we leave Afghanistan?
     
  4. Under Sir Hope Grant in 1860, they should have burnt down the Forbidden City instead of The Summer Palace. Would have saved a lot of trouble later on.
     
  5. Aussies were scruffy bastards then as well.
     
  6. Your point ? There's nothing new here. Diana Preston wrote a book on the subject and Charlton Heston and David Niven led the defence of the foreign legation.
     
  7. Bet the yanks were hacked off when the Brits managed to find a soldier who could top their guy in the photo parade; pith helmets obviously had their uses ("stuff some more newspaper under it, and you'll be taller than the yank"...) ...... meanwhile the Jap soldier is thinking "fluck me, why i am I always dicked to go left end of the line?"....
     
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  8. I seem to recall that the majority of the relief force was made up of Russian troops.
     
  9. Rayc

    Rayc RIP

    It is not an anti British rant.

    It is history and the display of grand uniforms of yesteryears.

    The yellow uniform is of the Skinners Horse.
     
  10. It seems to be anti Chinese at the moment, but I'm sure Pakistan will get a mention.
     
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  11. I get it now. Going after yellow people in yellow uniforms was camoflage.
     
  12. To be honest, I suspect it would have caused more. The Summer Palace was the personal property of the Imperial Household while the Forbidden City was the symbolic heart of the Empire. For all that the Qing were growing unpopular, the best thing that could have happened for them right then would have been the creation of a national cause celebre.

    I think Elgin got it right, at least in terms of striking his intended target. Mind you, I think the path that led us there was a pretty disgraceful episode in our national history.
     
  13. It was the Japanese, I think. They had an Infantry Division complete, plus some naval and marine forces.
     
  14. Now, now. The poor chap's probably still reeling in his pink gin.

    The idea of his government giving up the line 'British India's legacy defines modern India's boundaries, except where it doesn't suit us like in Goa' must have come as a bit of a shock.
     
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  15. The only nation in that photo that we havn't been to war against at one time or another is the scruffy digger....unless you count the ANZAC myths surrounding Gallipoli of course. What a bunch of belligerent bastards we are.