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Battle of Aliwal, 1846
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Battle of Aliwal

This battle was fought on 28 January 1846 during the First Sikh War. A British-Indian force took on the Sikh army of the Punjab. It ended in a decisive British victory and is seen by some as a ‘near perfect battle’.

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Major-General Robert Sale, c1845
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Robert Sale: Fighting Bob

Major-General Sir Robert Sale served in several important campaigns on the Indian subcontinent. He skillfully commanded the besieged garrison at Jalalabad during the First Afghan War, before being killed in action in the First Sikh War.

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Medal awarded to Indian soldier demonstrates substantial role India played in First World War
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Medal awarded to Indian soldier demonstrates substantial role India played in First World War

In October 1918, Indian medical officer Captain Heerajee Cursetjee was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his bravery during the final stages of the First World War campaign in Mesopotamia.

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Glengarry badge, other ranks, 53rd (Shropshire) Regiment, c1874
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53rd (Shropshire) Regiment of Foot

This regiment was raised in 1755. It served in many British Army campaigns until 1881, when it was merged into The King’s Light Infantry (Shropshire Regiment).

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Bronze saker gun, 1530s
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A history of the National Army Museum in a dozen donations

Most of the objects held by the National Army Museum are in public ownership because of the generosity of individuals or organisations who have donated them.

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The last British troops to leave India, 1948
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Independence and Partition, 1947

The birth of India and Pakistan as independent states in 1947 was a key moment in the history of Britain’s Empire and its army.

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Glengarry badge, 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot, c1874
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29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot

This infantry unit was raised in 1694. It served in many British Army campaigns until the reforms of 1881, when it was merged into The Worcestershire Regiment.

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Kensington soldier’s archives describe secret parachute mission in the First World War
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Kensington soldier’s archives describe secret parachute mission in the First World War

One hundred years ago in June 1918, Major John Carter was serving as an intelligence officer in Italy assisting in a top secret and pioneering mission to parachute agents behind enemy lines.

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Rebel sepoys, 1857
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Why did the Indian Mutiny happen?

In 1857, Indian soldiers rose up against their British commanders. The reasons behind the rebellion stretch back to the origins of British involvement in Indian affairs.

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Landing troops from transports at Lao Shan Bay, September 1914
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Siege of Tsingtao

In the autumn of 1914, British soldiers fought alongside the Japanese in China. Their goal was the German naval base at Tsingtao, which finally fell in November after a two-month siege.

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2nd Battalion 5th Gurkha Rifles at Ahnai Tangi in Waziristan, 14 January 1920
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The North-West Frontier

Between 1849 and 1947, British and Indian soldiers undertook a series of punitive expeditions against the fiercely independent tribesmen of this wild and mountainous region.

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