Thursday, 23 April 2009

Sikhs in British Armed Forces

"their valour, loyatly, toughness, endurance, elan in battle, and their soldierly appearance made them valued by many officers above all other classes."

"infantry battalions from the Punjab increased from twenty-eight in 1862, to thirty-one in 1885, and to fifty-seven in 1914."

"During World War II 300,000 Sikhs served in the army..."

"Of the twenty-two Military Crosses awarded to Indian soldiers in World War I, fourteen were won by Sikhs."

"Armies of the Raj", Byron Farewell, 1989


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heOhHWbNjZowatch?v=heOhHWbNjZo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBwHUU9OfHU&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWp3CtSQyaM&feature=related


Battle of Saraghari, 12th September 1897, North West Frontier:

"The British...are proud of the 36th Sikh Regiments. It is no exaggeration to record that the armies which possess the valiant Sikhs cannot face defeat in war", British Parliament, House of Commons.

"You are never disappointed when you are with the Sikhs. Those 21 soldiers all fought to the death. That bravery should be within all of us." Field Marshall William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim

"Unparalleled bravery and sacrifice in the history of military battle" :
21 Sikhs (36th Sikhs) fight to death defending British fort against 15,000 Afghan tribesmen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Saragarhi
http://www.saragarhi.org/
http://www.strategypage.com/militaryforums/72-16107.aspx
http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php?title=Battle_of_Saragarhi

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