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Second Anglo Sikh War - View of the Town of Guzerat, in the Punjab
The Illustrated London News - "The Guzerat district is distinguished as being the battle-field of British conquest in the Punjaub. Here took place the engagement at Sudoolapore, in December, 1848, followed by the sangulnary battle of Chillianwallah, and ending the fighting at Guzerat, where the Sikhs lost there kingdom they won and consolidated eighty-five ears before." 27/8/1864

The fight at Gujrat was a disaster though, the coup de grace was, however, delivered again by the Arch Traitor, Gulab Singh Dogra. He helped Abbott to cut off Sher Singh Attariwala's retreat towards the frontier. The prospect of continuing the fight with Afghan help was thus obviated. He also arranged for the supply of boats for the British army to cross the Jhelum. Thus driven by adverse circumstances, the Attareewalas, both father and son, came to the British Camp with their faces covered under their shawals and formally surrendered their swords to General Gilbert at Hurmuck on March 11, 1849. Three days later the whole Sikh army laid down their arms. General Thackwell has again vividly described the scene, "The reluctance of some of the old Khalsa veterans to surrender their arms was evident. Some could not restrain their tears; while on the faces of others, rage and hatered were visibly depicted." The remark of one veteran grey beared as he put down his gun summed up the history of the Punjab: "Aj Ranjit Singh mar gaya" today Ranjit Singh has died.
- Sir Winston Churchill's accounts of Anglo-Sikh Wars, Karnail Singh

 

 

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