Amberley Publishing - Transport, Military, Local and General History

The Siege of Delhi

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Author: Amarpal Singh, Foreword by Lieutenant Colonel Mike Snook

On 10 May 1857, the most serious threat to British supremacy in India appeared at Meerut, a large military station near Delhi.

After months of increasing tension, sepoys of the 3rd Light Cavalry along with the 11th and 20th Native Infantry pointedly refused to use the new cartridges supplied to them. ‘The company Raj is over forever,’ declared the men to their British officers as they burned their cantonments, and the cry of ‘Dilhi chalo’ (Let's go to Delhi) was heard as they marched to the old Mughal capital. There the Mughal empire was declared as resurrected and the Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, an ageing pensioner of the British Government, affirmed as the ruler of all Hindustan once again.

With the mutiny spreading rapidly, it became imperative for the British Government to recapture Delhi as the success or failure of the uprising hinged entirely on the possession of the city and the destruction of the rebel army. It would take three months of bloody fighting for the British Delhi Field Force to defeat the rebel sepoys and recapture the city, a period in which it became unclear quite who besieged whom. Singh comprehensively narrates the story from the uprising at Meerut to the climactic capture and sack of Delhi.

Book ISBN 9781445682358

Book Format Hardback

pages 544 pages

Publication Date 15 Nov 2020

Height 234

Width 156

Illustrations 100

Available on: Sunday 15th November 2020

Regular Price: £30.00

Special Price: £27.00

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