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The Defence of Lucknow is a memoir of the dramatic events of 1857, when the native sepoy troops of the Bengal army dramatically rose up against their colonial masters. The ensuing insurrection was to become the bloodiest in the history of the British Empire, with several thousand killed on both sides. With only 1,700 men, including loyal sepoys, the British fought off many ferocious attacks. The author describes the rebels’ desperate attempts to breach the walls, as well as their extensive use of tunnels. After ninety days, with the British reduced to just 600 soldiers, relief finally arrived. The response to the mutiny was fearsome. Reinforced by Gurkhas from Nepal and the Queen’s regiments fresh from the Crimea War, the British began a bloody campaign to re-establish their rule in India. Whole villages were hanged for real or imagined sympathy for the mutineers. Later, convicted mutineers were lashed to the muzzles of cannon and had a roundshot fired through their body. It was cruel punishment known by the Indians as ‘the devil’s wind’.
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T. F. Wilson fought during the Indian Mutiny.
Saul David is a renowned historian, and the author of The Indian Mutiny: 1857, Salerno: An Injustice Exposed and Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879.Review:
Military Heritage, October 2007
“A riveting day-by-day account of the horrors faced by the British and their allies during the siege of Lucknow ... Wilson’s journal is rich with detail of the horrible conditions the residents of Lucknow were forced to suffer for nearly three months. As Saul David states in his introduction, Wilson’s account is ‘Among the finest war diaries ever written.’ The book adroitly captures the fighting spirit of the British and native soldiers who endured much in their despairing defense of Lucknow.”
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Book Description Greenhill Books, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # mon0000808282
Book Description Greenhill Books, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11185367723X
Book Description Greenhill Books, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M185367723X
Book Description Greenhill Books, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX185367723X