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The First Anglo Sikh War

The First Anglo-Sikh War broke out in 1845; from the start it was marred by Victorian arrogance and bluster on the British side, and personal ambition, intrigue and treason in the Sikh camp. Five keenly fought contests ensued, including the great battle of Ferozeshah. With its ammunition spent, artillery destroyed and with no food and water, the British force found itself caught between two powerful Sikh armies. The Governor-General Sir Hardinge accompanying the army gave orders to burn all state papers in preparation for the worst; the fate of India would be decided that day.

Amarpal Sidhu's book uses numerous eye witness accounts of the First Sikh War, a conflict characterized by treachery, suffering and incredible bravery on both sides. Over a hundred photographs and new scale maps show the campaign as never before.

Each chapter of The First Anglo-Sikh War has a corresponding 'Guide' chapter giving firsthand accounts of visitors to the battlefield from just a few hours after the battle, when fresh corpses and the detritus of war cover the ground, to up to 30 years later, when the land has been reclaimed by forest and agriculture. The reader is then invited to take his own tour of the battlefield. GPS coordinates of particular assaults and troop and artillery formations have been meticulously collected by the author to provide an accurate map of events, which can be plotted against the modern landscape using accessible software such as Google Earth. Detailed walking guides of the battlefields are also given.

'With this book in hand, the battlefields of the Punjab come alive once again.'  Professor Peter Doyle, All Party War Graves and Battlefield Heritage Group

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