Q. With reference to Battle of Saragarhi, Consider the following statements.
1. The battle happened in 1897 between the British Indian contingent and the Afghans Tribesmen.
2. Sikh soldiers were led by Gurmukh Singh.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
September 12 marks the 124th anniversary of the Battle of Saragarhi that has inspired a host of armies, books and films, both at home and abroad.
About Battle of Saragarhi
The Battle of Saragarhi is considered as one of the finest last stands in the military history of the world.
The battle happened in 1897 between the British Indian contingent comprising 21 Sikh soldiers of the 36th Sikhs (now known as Indian Army’s 4th Battalion) who were stationed at Saragarhi and 10,000 to 12,000 Afghans Tribesmen. (Statement 1 is correct)
Though heavily outnumbered, the 21 Sikh soldiers led by Havildar Ishar Singh managed to hold the Saragarhi tower for seven hours till their last breath, killing 200 tribals and injuring 600.(Statement 2 is incorrect)