Risalder Fatteh Khan, 1848

A legendary figure from the Guides history who distinguished himself at Mooltan. On receiving news of a raid on General Whish's camels, Risaldar Khan took the 70 men available to him to attack what he thought was a 20 strong party. They turned out to be 1200, but undaunted, he galloped into the middle of them with his men, taking the enemy completely by surprise. Having come through that successfully, he turned them round and went in again, causing the whole lot of them to flee back to Mooltan.

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