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August 19, 2017

History in Art: Battle of Aliwal, January 28, 1846

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Battle of Aliwal, artist unknown
Battle of Aliwal, artist unknown

On 28 January, 1846, a 12,000-strong British-Indian force led by General Sir Harry Smith faced off against approximately 20,000 Sikh troops under the command of Ranjodh Singh Majithia between the villages of Aliwal and Bhundri in the Punjab, northern India. Smith and his infantry drove the Sikhs out of Aliwal and with strong calvary and artillery support, drove the Sikh army into the Sutlej river. The British lost 564 men as opposed to the nearly 3,000 Sikhs reportedly killed, wounded or missing. The British victory was seen as a turning point in the First Anglo-Sikh War. 1


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