Lahore to Lucknow: The Indian Mutiny Journal of Arthur Moffatt Lang
Had the camp been allowed to award one VC, the recipient of that honour would have been Arthur Lang, and that by universal acclamation... In September1857, an inexperienced young Engineer officer, was given what turned out to be a key role at the turning point of the Indian Mutiny. He had to decide weather the breaches at the Kashmere bastion were wide enough to allow for the attack, and had then lead the assault on himself. To those who saw him then, 'fighting like a paladin,' through the recapture of Delhi, and later through the relief and the final capture of Lucknow, Lang seemed to bear a charmed life. He was the only Engineer officer to fight in all those major back to building roads. He was awarded no VC, never published his own story. He left behind him a reputation for kindness and contentment- and a journal of his life. This book takes from that journal his story of the Mutiny It gives an intensively dramatic day-by-day account of how Lang and his easy-going friends were transformed into fierce and vengeful warriors, and why in the end he decided that they had done enough.
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Foreword by LieutenantGeneral Sir Derek Lang xl
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1st Punjab Cavalry Agra Alam Bagh arms army assault Baird Smith Banthra barracks Bastion battery Bengal Boileau breach breakfast bridge Brigadier British Bulandshahr bullets camp canal Cawnpore Chandni Chowk column command course Dacres daybreak Delhi Dilkusha Elliot Brownlow enemy Engineer officers Europeans fellows fighting fire galloped going Gomati grape Greathed Gurkhas Gwalior Hodson Horse Artillery India Infantry Jalalabad jhil jolly Kabul Kabul Gate Kaisar Bagh Kashmere Gate killed Ladies Lahore Lahore Gate Lancers Lang's last night letters Lucknow marched Martiniere Meerut mess Mian miles morning Mutiny native Nicholson November Oudh Outram Pandy Pandy's party picket poor Punjab Cavalry ramparts regiments river road rode round shot rushed sandbags sappers sent sepoys Serai siege siege-train Sikandar Bagh Sikhs Sir Colin smashing soldier sowars Taylor tent took trees troops tulwars village walls wounded yards Yesterday