Military Digest: Robert Napier, the Commander-in-Chief who designed cantonments in north India


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Exactly 152 years before General Manoj Pande became the first officer from the Corps of Engineers to become the Chief of Army Staff of India in April, an officer of the Bengal Engineers, General (later Field Marshal) Robert Napier became the first from that branch of service to become the Commander-in-Chief of Indian Army in April 1870. Napier’s relevance for this part of the country lies in the fact that four cantonments in the northern region were designed by him. Then a Captain, Napier laid out the cantonments of Ambala, Kasauli, Dagshai and Subathu. Another key cantonment that was laid...