* Lord Gough described Sabraon as the Waterloo of India. He paid tribute to the Sikhs: “Policy precluded me publicly recording my sentiments on the splendid gallantry of our fallen foe, or to record the acts of heroism displayed, not only individually, but almost collectively, by the Sikh Sardars and the army; and I declare were it not from a deep conviction that my country’s good required the sacrifice, [could have wept to have witnessed the fearful slaughter of so devoted a body of men”.

Lord Hardinge, who saw the action wrote: “Few escaped; none, it may be said, surrendered. The Sikhs met their fate with the resignation which distinguishes their race”.

Article extracted from this publication >>  March 13, 1987