1800-1859 | Battlefield butchery | India

10 FEBRUARY

BRITISH TROOPS GIVE NO QUARTER TO THOUSANDS OF SURROUNDED SIKH SOLDIERS [ 10 February 1846 ] On 10 February 1846, British troops slaughtered thousands of Sikhs attempting to flee the Battle of Sobraon in the Punjab. After a fierce two hour engagement, Redcoat infantry and cavalry, under the command of Major-General Sir Hugh Gough, concentrated…

1800-1859 | Executions | Extrajudicial killings | India | Northern Ireland | Prisoners murdered | Punitive operations

18 JANUARY

OFFICER RECOUNTS SAVAGERY OF HUNTING INDIAN MUTINEERS LIKE ‘VERMIN’ [ 18 January 1859 ] Today in 1859,  Major Pemberton Campbell wrote to his mother describing the British military campaign against the last pockets of resistance from Indian mutineers. ‘Our men were very savage,’ he recalled, ‘treating these poor wretches like vermin. Some carried ropes on…