Ranjit Singh and his generals

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Sujlana Publishers, 1976 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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Sardar General Gurmukh Singh Lamba was one of eminent general of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who was wounded fifteen times ,eight times by masket balls,thrice by sword cuts, thrice by spear thrusts and once by the arrow.At one time his annual Jagirs was over 3.5 Lacs. Sir Lepel Griggen writes in his book Chief of Punjab" The detail account of military services of sardar would be the history of all wars of sikh empire".Title and Order of Merit-The Sikh Empire [1799-1839 ] says"Izazi-i-Sardari was the highest honour,most distinguished sikh generals, Gurmukh Singh Lamba.,Hari Singh Nalwa and Dal Singh Nahama received"
2.The sketch portrait painting of sardar General Gurmukh Singh Lamba is displayed at Central Museum of Lahore at serial D-40 with caption.,brings out enmity of Main brothers( Dogar Rajajas),having influence over the Maharaja tried to cut down his power and wealth. Maharaja on,death bed,realised,his mistake and reconciled his mistake,commissioned his son Kharak to restore the general power and wealth who was through out his life faithful to Sarkar Khalsa and refused to toe in line with Dogra brothers Gulab and Dhain singh.Sardar defeated their father Kishora Singh.
3.In 1837,after the death of Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa,Khalsa Sarkar Wazir Jawahar Singh nominated Sardar General Gurmukh Singh Lamba to consolidate sikhs gain right to Kyber Pass and to protect the Fort of Jamrud.Samadhi made of Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa still exist inside the fort.
4. The observation made by the British Sikh historian Josph Devey commingham that Gulab Singh had a secret under standing with the British,Lord Dalhousie dismissed , the historean for leaking out secret miltary papers and the observation made by another historian Shah Mohammed"Sikh lost due to treachery of men like Taja Singh Glub and Dhain Singh and the conspiracy of British
5.The important aspects of character qualities of Maharaja and his adviser, loyalty of military generals when he was alive,and the leader ship after is death Where the sikhs lost their hard earned kingdom. Dogra got Jammu and Kashmir up to Ladkh and the British got the Punjab by destroying major sikh force,there by, got the signal to rule India
6.Information listed may be of some use for revised issues,as most of Indian writers preferred to depend on each other work ,rather getting in to details.
Posted by Col(Rted) Harjeet Singh Lamba Psc,Msc(Military Sciences)


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