Queen Victoria's Army
With two years to go before her Golden Jubilee, Queen Victoria’s Empire in 1885 was approaching its zenith. Already, as dawn broke anywhere in the world, a Union Jack was being hoisted somewhere along that meridian. That Empire owed its existence to Great Britain’s mastery of the sea, gained with skill and courage by the Royal Navy. However, although the Navy protected Britain’s (and most other nation’s) trade by keeping the sea lanes open, the maintenance and protection of that Empire on the ground was the duty of the British Army.
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