13TH SEPTEMBER

13th September 1857 – British troops capture and ransack Delhi during the Empire’s repression of the Indian mutiny, killing almost everyone they see and looting almost every home. Lieutenant Charles Griffiths commented

“There is no more terrible a spectacle than a city taken by storm. All the pent up passion of men are here let loose without restraint. Roused to a pitch of fury from long continued resistance and eager to take vengeance on the murderers of women and children, the men in their pitiless rage showed no mercy…. Each street was filled with a mass of debris consisting of household effects of every kind… Not a single house or building remained intact.”