Professional Papers of the Corps of Royal Engineers. Occasional Papers Volume 8

Professional Papers of the Corps of Royal Engineers. Occasional Papers Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ... a battering train from Agra. The town of Dig is of considerable size, about I5 miles by 1 mile and the circuit of the walls is 4f miles. It is surrounded by lofty walls with round bastions connected by earthen ramparts. Within the town is a citadel about 150 yards square, with ramparts 70 to 100 feet high and 20 to 50 feet thick, surrounded by a wet ditch. At the time of the attack the town walls mounted 31 guns of all sizes, from 74-pounders to 4-pounders. The point chosen for attack was the south-west angle which is formed by a small enclosed work called the Shah Burj, about 50 yards square, having an exposed masonry wall 36 feet high which could be breached from a distance. Five hundred yards south of this is a detached work called Gopal Garb. On 13th December, General Lake took up a position west of the fortress, and the same night trenches were opened. The work does not appear to have been very skilfully conducted, and the enemy was in sufficient force outside the place to cause loss and annoyance and impede progress. However, by the night of 23rd December a practicable breach had been formed and was successfully stormed. During the night of the 24th December the enemy evacuated the citadel, thus leaving the whole place in the hands of the British. The loss in the siege amounted to 43 killed and 184 wounded, 2 European officers amongst the former, and 13 amongst the latter. It was fortunate for General Lake that the wall of the Shah Burj was capable of being breached from a distance. His batteries were 800 yards from the place. He was totally wanting in proper equipment for a regular siege.f Moreover the enemy neglected the simplest precautions, neither making any attempt to repair the breach nor to stockade or retrench it in any way. It is...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236514173
  • 9781236514172