Burma, 1842 - "In a humid and disease ridden environment British troops - such as these Light Company men of the 38th Foot - fought in uniforms which were no different from the summer review order of England. Rangoon became "one vast hospital ... it was as gloomy a scene as could be conceived, to see our soldiers crawling about on all sides, in their hospital clothing, ghastly as ghosts." In the collection of 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Staffords)" Art by Rob Chapman
Erhard Schön - Büchsenmyester (Busmeester) - circa 1530 A regiment lansquenets consisted mainly of foot soldiers, but had also an artillery unit. Busmeesters like this 'Jörg Püchsenmeyster' were responsible for the gun. Because of their specific knowledge and skills they enjoyed many privileges. This sheet is very nicely colored. The clothes are even gold find. Heightened
In the first Opium War the Chinese were defeated on sea and land and sued for peace. The settlement after the first war awarded Hong Kong to the British and opened other ports to European trade and residence. By the 1890s, ninety ports were open and foreigners had gained long-term leases over ports and surrounding territory. Opium continued to pour into China. British officials managed China’s foreign trade and customs, and the court had to accept European ambassadors.