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The First Anglo-Sikh War Hardcover – 1 Aug 2010

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (1 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848689837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848689831
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 769,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With this book in hand, the battlefields of the Punjab come alive once again. --Professor Peter Doyle, Battlefield Archaeologist, Co-Secretary, All Party War Graves and Battlefield Heritage Group.

The First Anglo-Sikh War' unearths a wealth of rarely studied sources and marries them to exhaustive field research to produce a detailed study of an important but largely forgotten campaign. --John Keay, Historian, Author of India: A History

The sections on the battlefields today, which include vivid descriptions of the aftermath of combat by eyewitnesses, so often overlooked in works of military history, will help to make this a key work for a long time to come. --Dr. Tony Pollard, Battlefield archaeologist (BBC TV series presenter Two Men in a Trench)

About the Author

Amarpal Singh Sidhu was born in the Punjab, India. He spent over 20 years working in the software industry before turning to his real interest in military history and the exploration and analysis of battlefields. His first book "The First Anglo-Sikh War" has been well received. Amarpal has appeared and collaborated on history programs for several TV channels. He currently lives in London with his wife and two sons. His other interests include the later Roman Empire, Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire and World War Two.


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This review was first posted on the Army Rumour Service, Book Reviews section [...]

This book is a cracking read. Buy it. Do it now.

The First Anglo-Sikh War is a singular book in that it manages to elicit favorable comments from proper historians, battlefield archeologists and now, from History Poodles like me.

The foreword by Prof. Peter Doyle BSc PhD Cgeol FGS; Battlefield Archeologist; Co-Secretary, All Party War Graves and Battlefield Heritage Group says "With this book in hand, the battlefields of the Punjab come alive again". And Professor Doyle aint wrong. The sleeve reviews are by people of stature in the serious history game.

But for those of us who like to poodle through our history, cherry-picking obscure wars and events, and who get bored easy, this book is also a fascinating page-turner.

It is set in 1845. Just after the horrible retreat from Kabul. So John Company and British Pride weren't exactly screaming from the terraces. We had captured most of India using a simple but effective proposition:

"See things our way and you can keep your Palace and some of your revenue. Oppose us, and you see those Irish guys polishing their bayonets over there? Look. They are waving". Superior military technology and back-stabbing diplomacy, God love us.

I had assumed the Sikh wars were pretty much the same sort of thing. A couple of wars, the Sikhs see things our way then come to be as useful to us as the Gurkha for the next hundred years or so.

Wrong.

My first surprise was my definition of `Sikh'. Having spent time in and around Amritsar as a younger man, I assumed that would be their capital. Wrong again. It was Lahore in Pakistan. They had also nicked Kashmir and hoofed the Afghan out of Peshawar.
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This is the most complete and definitive work I have read on the subject. One of the recommendations on the book flap reads "An extremely detailed study providing as definitive a narrative..". I thought it was the usual blurb but as I went through the book I found this was actually spot on for a change. There's more detail of the war in this book than in any other. The book starts of with a good historical perspective of the situation on the eve of the war. There's a good rundown of the machinations and intrigues that went on in Lahore. The author covers the British view of the infighting going on north of the Sutlej and in a matter of fact way and sticking to the facts he details the various preparations the British made for war. The battles themselves are covered in real heavy detail - and more. There's more though - there's a battlefield guide for each battle at the end of the book. Definitely one for military history fans. Thoroughly recommend it. This is the book to have if you want to read about this war !!
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As a self confessed 'Empire' addict to get a new history of the 1st Sikh war is always welcome.I have read lots of histories on the Sikh wars and inevitably they are most written from the British point of view, the wonderful thing about this book is that it comes from a much more Sikh point of view. This gives the book a freshness that has been missing form a lot of the histories I have read before.

The author gives a nice brief description of the background to the cause of the war but the real strength of his book is the chapters outlining each major battle.

For each battle the author gives us an overview of the battles context within the war, a nice break down of the forces involved, a good narrative of the actual battle and then the aftermath of the battle and where this leaves us within the wider war.

The best thing about each chapter is the maps. The author uses modern maps but overlays them with older maps so you can see where the battle and incidents happened within the landscape (if I ever get to see the battle landscapes then this is the book I'm taking!)

This is a well written and researched book that is useful for people who have only just started reading about the Sikh Wars but also bring new insights which would interest the more experienced reader.

This is a wonderful history of the 1st Sikh war and I highly recommend it to anyone with a passing history of the Formation of the British Raj and the Bravery of the Sikh Armies.
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Amarpal S. Sidhu's First Anglo-Sikh War is a superb book. Anyone with an interest in C19th military history, in India, in Sikhism, in the British Army, in the Indian Army and its historic roots in British India should read it. Sidhu writes clearly and well, his account is balanced and very well researched. The publisher has served Mr Sidhu well, with beautifully clear plans of the battlefields showing the deployments superimposed on present-day features. I would have liked the book to be sewn but that is too much to hope for in what must be quite a small print run, at least the perfect binding is robust and the plates do not pop out at the first opening.
A large proportion of the book is devoted to detailed descriptions of what remains to be seen today. I have visited these battlefields and without local knowledge or language did not see a tenth of what Mr Sidhu lists. (I did see the curious museum of the Sikh Wars, in which over-enthusiastic and unsupervised workmen had splashed whitewash over all the exhibits. Paintings, weapons, artefacts - all splattered. The poor curator must have cried when he or she went back into their exhibition hall.) I want to go back armed with what will be a very well-thumbed copy of 'Sidhu'. Very helpfully he gives GPS coordinates so that you can maximise your time on site but also follow the campaign virtually, on Google Earth or a similar online resource. This is huge fun and very very informative. (Remember you get height readouts whenever you require them, e.g. checking how far one river bank dominates the other.)
And if all that were not enough, there is a superb collection of illustrations, extremely well chosen, nicely reproduced, and in colour!
A wonderful, beautiful book.
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