The Second Anglo-Sikh War

By Amarpal Singh with foreword by Field Marshal Sir John Chapple

The second Anglo-Sikh War was sparked when a civil servant and an officer of the Bombay European Regiment were murdered at Multan on April 19, 1848. Within in no time Sikh troops and sardars combined in rebellion resulting in a war between the Sikh Empire and the British East India Company. On many occasions the ‘superior’, in equipment and supplies at least, East India Company came close to defeat. The conflict came to an end March 30, 1848 with a victory for the East India Company and an end to the Sikh Empire, however, the resulting mutual respect between the belligerents saw the Sikhs loyally serve the British in all major campaigns up to Independence in 1947. 

This is account of the second war by Amarpal Singh, who has already produced a similar book about the first war, is definitive and incredibly detailed. Considering its size, smallness of font and maximum coverage of every page, this initially intimidating book, is very easy to read and near impossible to put down once its got hold of you. Broken down into five main chapters titled, Prelude, Insurrection, War, Dissolution ad The Battlefields the book also includes a comprehensive appendix with seven sections. There are ten line drawn maps, an A-Section with 41 photographs and at the beginning a very useful Chronolgy which runs from June 23, 1757 (Battle of Plassey) through to October 22, 1893 (Death of Dullep Singh) with a colossal amount of date information in between.

This is a superb account of a period of military history often overlooked – highly recommended. Thanks to Philip at Amberley Publishing for our review copy.

 

ISBN: 978-1-4456-7113-0

Price: £20

Pages: 514

Format: softback – 235mm x 160mm

Publisher: Amberley Publishing

Website: www.amberley-books.com