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Sikh and Indian soldiers with drawn swords, France, ca. 1915. The sword has a special significance for Sikhs. To learn more see the SikhMuseum.com Exhibit - Doctor Brighton's Pavilion
Restored Photo - British Indian (Sikh) Soldiers were extensively used by the British Army during the Boxer uprising as, with the concurrent long running Boer troubles in Africa, there simply weren't enough white Britons in uniform to go around. The Sikhs gained a reputation for good soldiering, but were feared for their harsh brutality and aggressive looting. This picture shows an infantryman with a Chakram circular blade on his turban, ready for use.
Soldier, 15th Sikhs, India Pc Johnston & Hoffman
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"The Akali of the Sikhs," The Akali army was called the Akal Sena or Akal Fauj but was informally known as the Budha Dal or army of Baba Budha Ji. Its primary function was to defend Sikhism and all who sought the protection of the Sikhs from the then oppressive Mughal empire which had tortured and executed the fifth Guru, Arjandev. It was his son, Akali Guru Har Gobind, who engaged the Mughal forces in four battles and gained four victories.