'Battle of Ferozeshah 21st & 22nd Decr 1845. An officer of HM 9th Regiment Defending his Colours'
Coloured lithograph by W Kohler after L'Enfant Bros, No 2 in the series 'War in the Punjab', published by William Spooner, 1845 (c).
During the First Sikh War (1845-1846) on 21 December 1845, a British Indian force commanded by General Sir Hugh Gough encountered a Sikh army of around 40,000 troops led by General Lal Singh in an entrenched position at Ferozeshah. Gough's 18,000 strong force attacked the defences and by evening only part of them had been taken. A renewed assault the following morning forced the Sikhs out, but at heavy cost to the British.
A new Sikh army then arrived and Gough withdrew his weakened force to the entrenchments to await an attack, but the Sikhs withdrew, possible believing that they would not be able to eject the British and over estimating their strength and supplies. Whatever, the reason for the retirement, it was a lucky escape for Gough.
This print shows an officer of the 9th (The East Norfolk) Regiment of Foot fighting off Sikh soldiers attempting to seize his Regiment's colour during the Battle of Ferozeshah.
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