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A History of the SikhsVolume 2: 1839-2004$
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Khushwant Singh

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195673098

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673098.001.0001

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First Anglo-Sikh War

First Anglo-Sikh War

(p.39) 2. First Anglo-Sikh War
A History of the Sikhs

Khushwant Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter studies the first war between the Sikhs and the British. It begins by describing the preparations of the British, which began when Sher Singh became maharajah. It was during the autumn of 1845 when the British forces on the Punjab frontier were composed of 40,000 men and 94 guns. With this staggering number waiting at the frontier, one would expect the Sikhs to launch an equally massive force, complete with battle plans and tactics. The following section, however, shows that this was not the case. In reality, the Durbar adopted a false sense of security and indulged in the pleasures of the flesh. This eventually cost 10,000 Punjabis their lives. This chapter covers the start of the first Anglo-Sikh War at the Battle of Mudki, Battle of Ferozeshahr, Buddowal, until the crushing defeat in Sabraon.

Keywords:   Anglo-Sikh War, British preparations, autumn of 1845, Battle of Mudki, Sabraon, Battle of Ferozeshahr, Buddowal

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