'F' Company 1st Battalion The Royal Fusiliers presenting arms, Tibet, 1904
Photograph, Tibet Expedition (1903-1904), 1904.
The British invasion of Tibet was aimed at preventing the Russian Empire from interfering in Tibetan affairs and thus gaining a foothold in one of the buffer states surrounding British India. The 3,000-strong British Indian force, including the 1st Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), marched on Lhasa, easily defeating Tibet's poorly armed army, and dictated a treaty to the state's rulers.
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