World domination is a vision most kings, queens, and emperors can only dream of and is a path less visited for good reason. It is one that requires patience above all, as well as skill, tenacity, and an impenetrable plan of action.
The only one to ever come close to this impossible level of prestige is the legendary British Empire. It was under the reign of King Henry VII of England this ambitious idea of global expansion was first planted. In March of 1496, the king granted an exploratory charter to John Cabot, who would pilot a successful voyage that resulted in the occupation of an uninhabited island in Newfoundland. Though Cabot's second voyage ended in disaster, the courage and will he displayed during these endeavors inspired English explorers to organize more ventures and take to the seas themselves, as they hoped to see just how far they could push the envelope.
Today, the British army is one of the most powerful fighting forces in the world. Its highly trained professional soldiers are equipped with the most advanced military technology ever made. Its international interventions, while controversial both at home and abroad, are carried out with incredible professionalism and little loss of life among British servicemen and servicewomen.
Naturally, the history and traditions behind this army are also impressive. Britain has not been successfully invaded in centuries. Its soldiers once created and defended a global empire, and during the Second World War, it was one of the leading nations standing against the brutal Axis forces, leading the way in the greatest seaborne invasion in military history.
During the 19th century, Britain was at the height of its power, having proven its strength against Napoleon and emerging as one of the most respected military and political players in Europe. As the Industrial Revolution took hold, its factories and mines drove a staggering period of economic and technological growth. A global empire, supported by the might of the Royal Navy, provided the raw materials and markets the economy needed, as well as military bases and political influence in every corner of the globe.
Queen Victoria’s Army: The History of the British Army During the Victorian Era examines the history of the British army in the late 19th century. You will learn about the British army during the Victorian Era like never before.