The Sikh Army, 1799-1849

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.
Publisher: Botley, Oxford : Osprey Publishing, 2005.
ISBN: 9781841767772
Branch Call Number: 355.00954 HEA
Characteristics: 1 volume (various pagings) :,illustrations (some color), map ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Perry, Michael 1961-


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Mar 30, 2019

Interesting reading as Sikh warlord created from power vacuum of Mugful Empire collapse hired Anglo-Indian & later mostly French Napoleonic war veterans as technical advisers to counter British Army. Results mixed. Infantry & artillery good but cavalry meh. Never knew game of thrones after Sikh warlord died or that the army gave British army near run in their two wars.

Oct 23, 2012

Great and less seen pictures / paintings of 18th century Sikh army men.

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