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Indian officers of the 9th Bengal Cavalry, 1885 (b / w photo)

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Indian officers of the 9th Bengal Cavalry, 1885 (b / w photo)

5920081 Indian officers of the 9th Bengal Cavalry, 1885
(b/w photo) by Unknown photographer, (19th century); National Army Museum, London; (add.info.: Indian officers of the 9th Bengal Cavalry, 1885.
Photograph, 1st Sudan War, 1885.
The 9th Bengal Cavalry (also known as HodsonAs Horse) were converted to lancers in 1885, the year in which they arrived at Suakin on the Red Sea coast of Sudan. Large numbers of Indian Army troops were shipped from India to Sudan to help defend the few remaining outposts left in Anglo-Egyptian hands after the fall of Khartoum, Kassala and Sennar to Mahdist forces in 1885.
From an album of 72 photograph taken by the Royal Engineers with the Suakin Field Force.); eNational Army Museum; out of copyright

Media ID 23664576

© National Army Museum / Bridgeman Images


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This photograph captures a group of Indian officers from the 9th Bengal Cavalry in 1885. The image, taken during the 1st Sudan War, showcases the transformation of the cavalry into lancers that same year. These brave soldiers arrived at Suakin on the Red Sea coast of Sudan to aid in defending remaining outposts after several key locations fell to Mahdist forces. The significance of this photo lies not only in its historical context but also in its portrayal of unity and strength within the Indian Army. As part of a larger album compiled by Royal Engineers with the Suakin Field Force, this particular image stands as a testament to their contribution. The composition highlights each officer's distinct presence while emphasizing their collective purpose as defenders and protectors. Their proud stance and military attire exude confidence and determination, reflecting their commitment to duty. Preserved by the National Army Museum in London, this print offers viewers an insight into an important chapter in colonial history. It serves as a reminder of India's significant role within British armed forces during this era. Bridgeman Images has expertly captured both the historical importance and artistic value inherent within this photograph through Fine Art Finder.

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