Warfare History Network
The Chinese Army of the mid-19th century was in serious decline, its decay a reflection of the Qing Dynasty that produced it.
The Qing originally sprang from the Juchen peoples, hard-riding tribesmen who occupied the territory north of Korea. In the 17th century Nurhachi of the Ansin Gioro clan united the Juchen tribes under his leadership. He created military units called “Banners,” each distinguished by a colored flag.
Eventually there were eight...
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