3rd Light Dragoons at Mudki


After a march of 120 miles from Ambala, starting on 11th Dec, the 3rd Light Dragoons reached Mudki on the 18th where they covered themselves with glory. Sir Hugh Gough, in his dispatch, described the brave actions of this cavalry regiment: '...With praiseworthy gallantry, the Third Light Dragoons, and the second cavalry brigade of cavalry.. turned the left of the Sikh army, and sweeping along the whole rear of it's infantry and guns, silenced for a time the latter, and put their numerous cavalry to flight.' They earned the nickname the Mudki Wallahs from this battle, and the Sikhs named them Shaitan-Ke-Bachche (The Devil's Children). Painting by E. Croft.


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