The Sikh Army 1799–1849

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The Sikh Army 1799–1849

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The beginning of the 19th century saw the rise of a remarkable Sikh leader in the Punjab province of north-west India. Unifying the feudal rulers under his authority, the conquering Maharaja Ranjit Singh pursued campaigns of expansion for nearly 40 years, creating for the purpose a new regular army on the Western model. His death in 1839 found the frontiers of Sikh and British power in confrontation; in the 1840s the inevitable trial of strength brought British crown and East India Company troops into battle against the most formidable Indian army they ever faced. Its story is told here in fascinating detail, illustrated with rare early paintings and with colourful reconstructions of Punjabi regular soldiers and feudal warriors.

Table of Contents

The Sikh Khalsa army · The Lion of Lahore - Ranjit Singh and the creation of the Fauj-i-Ain regulars · Political unrest and intrigue following Ranjit's death, 1839 - weakening of army discipline - consequences of British defeat in Afghan War and annexation of Scinde · Outbreak and campaigns of First Sikh War, 1845–46 · Second Sikh War, 1848–49 · Sikh regular infantry · Irregular infantry · Cavalry: regular regiments · Artillery

Product details

Published 01 Jan 2005
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781841767772
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 39 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 421
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Michael Perry


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