Sikh Wars

The two Sikh wars of the 1840s were caused by the anarchy of the Punjab spilling over into the territory administered by the British East India Company.

The first campaign (1845-46) would see a celebrated cavalry charge by the 3rd Light Dragoons (later Hussars) at the battle of Mudkee which caused the Sikhs to name the regiment as “The Devil’s Children”, and the rest of the army as the “Mudsee Wallahs”. British victories at Ferozeshah and Sobroan followed, resulting in the Sikh army being driven back across the River Sutlej.

The second Sikh war (1848-49) saw further victories for the British which would lead to the Punjab region becoming a part of British India.

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