Author: Ian Heath
Illustrator: Michael Perry
Publication Date: 1 Jan 2005
Number of Pages: 48
ABOUT THIS PRODUCT
The beginning of the 19th century saw the rise of a remarkable Sikh leader in the Punjab province of north-west India. Unifying the feudal rulers under his authority, the conquering Maharaja Ranjit Singh pursued campaigns of expansion for nearly 40 years, creating for the purpose a new regular army on the Western model. His death in 1839 found the frontiers of Sikh and British power in confrontation; in the 1840s the inevitable trial of strength brought British crown and East India Company troops into battle against the most formidable Indian army they ever faced. Its story is told here in fascinating detail, illustrated with rare early paintings and with colourful reconstructions of Punjabi regular soldiers and feudal warriors.
Ian Heath is a highly respected author and has written a number of Osprey titles, including Men-at-Arms volumes 89: ‘Byzantine Armies 886-1118’, 287: ‘Byzantine Armies 1118-1461’ and 275: ‘The Taiping Rebellion 1851-66’. He is currently working on a five-volume project covering the armies of 19th-century Asia. Ian lives and works in Cambridgeshire, UK. Michael Perry has worked for 22 years as a sculptor/designer at Games Workshop and 16 years for the historical figure company, Wargames Foundry, along with his twin brother Alan. He has illustrated several books for Osprey, specialising in Chinese subjects, including Men-at-Arms 275: ‘The Taiping Rebellion 1851-66’.
The Sikh Khalsa army The Lion of Lahore – Ranjit Singh and the creation of the Fauj-i-Ain regulars Political unrest and intrigue following Ranjit’s death, 1839 – weakening of army discipline – consequences of British defeat in Afghan War and annexation of Scinde Outbreak and campaigns of First Sikh War, 1845-46 Second Sikh War, 1848-49 Sikh regular infantry Irregular infantry Cavalry: regular regiments Artillery