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The Khakee Ressalah

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Author(s): by Robert Henry Wallace Dunlop
Date Published: 10/2005
Page Count: 136
Softcover ISBN-13: 978-1-84677-009-8
Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1-84677-017-3

Ride with the Moss Troopers in the bloody days following the Sepoy Revolt. After a sporting holiday Dunlop, a typical Victorian English Civil Servant of the Raj returns to Meerut to discover mutiny and uprising has swept away lives and institutions. This is his true account of the period that followed when the Khakee Ressalah rode out on missions of vengeance. Often harrowing reading, this is a story of a man of his times swept up in bloody events.

As we swept through the fields, now dotted all over with fugitives, the Khakees themselves being completely scattered in the excitement of pursuit, the usual cutting and pointing commenced in all directions. My horse having recovered from the effects of the revolver going off just over his head, I took care to keep to the sword only; which, as the enemy’s matchlocks were all discharged, was quite sufficient.

A regular Hindoostanee Sowar has no chance against a good English fencer. They can parry a cut well, but never attempt to parry the thrust. I saw two of our party lose their horses from desperate sword-cut wounds, inflicted by a swordsman, who sprang up in a sugar-cane field; but this was from bad management on their part. Instead of putting spurs to their horses and riding straight at him with the thrust, they turned short round, avoiding the cuts themselves, but got their horses so injured they had to be destroyed. A Duffadar of my Nujeeb footmen, a very gallant fellow, sprang at the man and pinioned his arms in his own; he, however, seized one of the Nujeeb’s arms with his teeth, and compelled him to relinquish his hold, then struck him down with a blow on the head, receiving a similar sword-cut at the same moment himself. Both men were down on the ground when one of the Rifles went up, and as the Duffadar unfortunately was not in uniform, he fired his rifle into him, and drove his bayonet through his opponent.