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Taku Fort, China, 1860

Photograph, 2nd China War (1856-1860), 1860.

The failure of the Chinese to adhere to the full terms of the Treaty of Nanking (1842), and interference with British commercial shipping, led to the despatch of a punitive force in 1857. Canton was captured in January 1858, and the Treaty of Tientsin signed on 20 May 1858, brought hostilities to a close. However, a further show of force was thought to be necessary in 1860, during which the Taku Forts were occupied on 12 August.

From a photograph album of 39 photographs.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1962-08-16-3


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study collection

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