Royal Nepal Army in the Indian Rebellion of 1857

Royal Nepal Army in the Indian Rebellion of 1857

The Indians had started their independence struggle against the British Empire in the 1800s. The struggle spread to the Indian Native Armed Forces serving the British. The mutiny began from the Meerut cantonment. The British Empire requested Nepal for help. The shrewd Prime Minister and Commander–in–Chief Jung Bahadur Rana himself took part in the suppression of the rebellion with Col Pahal Man Singh Basnyat and Col Bhairab Narsingh Rana along with some 17,000 Nepalese troops. About 5,000 mutineers were killed and some 500 captured in Gorakhpur, Jompur, Lucknow, Pipre Sahebgunj, Shish Gunj, Balewa and Jalalpur, with this Nepalese expedition the relation between the British and the Nepalese naturally further improved.

On 18th November 1860 an agreement between the two governments was signed. The plains lying between Mahakli River and Rapti River, which was lost by Nepal in the 1816 Sugauli Treaty, was returned by the grateful British.

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