Artist – Jason Askew
The Siege of Delhi by British forces between June and September of 1857 during what is often referred to as the Indian Mutiny is one of the most important events of that conflict. Many rebel troops, having rebelled against their British officers for a number of reasons, flocked to the city, which had fallen to the rebels earlier in the year, and it quickly became a centre of revolt. British troops sent to regain control of the city, including Gurkhas, were met with attacks from both the besieged troops and other rebel forces. In September an assault composed of four columns of troops was launched. The third of these columns, which included the Kumaon Battalion, an ancestor of 3rd Gurkha Rifles, attacked the Kashmir gate to the north of the city. After the gate was blown open the column, along with two of the three others, successfully carried out their assaults. Whilst initially the assault looked in danger of being repulsed, with one British general holding another at gunpoint to ensure that no withdrawal order was given, British troops rallied and pressed forward in the coming days the city would go on to be captured later that month, after heavy street-by-street fighting.