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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

British Army’s Second Attack on Nalapani

Khalanga, Nalapani Campaign -13
     Anglo Nepalese War with   Reference to Gurkha Rule over Uttarakhand & Himachal -63
History of Gorkha /Nepal Rule over Kumaun, Garhwal and Himachal (1790-1815) -182   
             History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) -705
                                         By: Bhishma Kukreti (A History Student)
             The above details state that for capturing 600 Gurkha soldiers, back office people, women and children, British called 2775 army personnel, 100 Irish Dragons and two companies of 53 Battalion (Sitaram, From Sipoy to Subedar).  Though, British army men were five times more than Gurkha , British army men hesitated to go near Gurkha fort in Nalapani. The forest and hilly terrain were main hurdles before British Army. Gurkha soldiers were habitual for forest battle or guerrilla war.  When British gun men fired guns on Gurkha, Gurkha used to throw arrows suddenly. British soldiers were always afraid of Khukri attack by Gurkha soldiers.
          It was decided that British guns would be firing till noon and would break the fort wall.  Then the soldiers collectively would attack on Nalapani fort. Before the decision, all five divisions already surrounded the region. It was ordered that within five minutes, five guns would be fired. Every division commander checked their watch and set time as it was on Gillespie watch.
 Major Kelly marched at two o clock in Night and after one hour Fast and Campbell also marched from camp.  The local guides were with each division. However, Gillespie had apprehension that a few guides would deceive them due to future harm from Gurkha.



Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti Mumbai, India, bckukreti@gmail.com2/9/2015
History of Garhwal – Kumaon-Haridwar (Uttarakhand, India) to be continued… Part -706
*** History of Gorkha/Gurkha /Nepal Rule over Kumaun, Garhwal and Himachal (1790-1815) to be continued in next chapter
(The History of Garhwal, Kumaon, Haridwar write up is aimed for general readers)
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History Gurkha /Gorkha Rule over Garhwal, Kumaon, Uttarakhand; Himachal; History Gurkha /Gorkha Rule over Pauri Garhwal, Udham Singh Nagar Kumaon, Uttarakhand; Sirmour Himachal; History Gurkha /Gorkha Rule over Chamoli Garhwal, Nainital Kumaon, Uttarakhand; Kangara Himachal; History Gurkha /Gorkha Rule over Rudraprayag Garhwal, Almora Kumaon, Uttarakhand; Baghat Himachal; History Gurkha /Gorkha Rule over Tehri Garhwal, Champawat Kumaon, Uttarakhand; Punar Himachal; History Gurkha /Gorkha Rule over Uttarkashi Garhwal, Bageshwar Kumaon, Uttarakhand;  Nahan Himachal; History Gurkha /Gorkha Rule over Dehradun Garhwal, Pithoragarh Kumaon, Uttarakhand; History Himachal; 
Nepal Itihas, Garhwal Itihas, Kumaon Itihas, Himachal Itihas; Gurkha/Gorkha ka Kumaon par  Adhikar Itihas , Gurkha/Gorkha Garhwal par Shasan Itihas;  Gurkha/Gorkha Rule in Kumaon, Garhwal Uttarakhand; History Gurkha/Gorkha  Rule in Himachal