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12 JULY

VICTORIOUS BRITISH TROOPS TAKE NO PRISONERS

[ 12 July 1857 ]

On this day in 1857 hundreds of Indian mutineers, including many seriously wounded, were denied any possibility of surrender after loosing the battle of Fatehpur and were shot or bayoneted by the victorious British redcoats under the command of Brigadier-General Sir Henry Havelock.  The historian Saud David notes that, “as would become common British practice during the mutiny, his men took no prisoners.”[1]

FOOTNOTES

  1. Saul David, (2007), “Victoria’s Wars: The Rise of Empire,” Penguin Books, London, p312.

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