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September 12, 1897, twenty-one soldiers of the 36th Sikh Regiment, including their commander, Havildar Ishar Singh, faced impossible odds. Over ten thousand Pathans and Afghan tribesmen advanced on their signaling post of Saragarhi, located in the North-West Frontier province of undivided British India. For the next seven hours, the Sikhs fought to the last man, protecting the Indian soil of the British Empire with unflinching courage and determination. Each was posthumously awarded the Indian Order of Merit, the highest gallantry award an Indian soldier could receive from the British crown. Never in the history, or since the battle of Saragarhi, has an entire contingent of troops received the highest gallantry honor for a single action. This is their story, based on the actual dispatches sent during the battle and the days that followed it.
… the name of your race has become almost synonymous in the English language with traditions of desperate courage and unflinching loyalty.
- Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, in Lahore. (The Times, April 07, 1899)
…the conduct displayed by the 21 men of the 36th Sikh Regiment whose names were inscribed on the memorial was characteristic of the [Sikh] nation's traditions. It should be kept as an example to others, in order to show how brave men should behave when facing fearful odds.
- General Sir Arthur Power Palmer (The Times, April 17, 1902)
Posted by Gurpreet Kaur on 9th Sep 2015
A fun way of explaining our history to the kids. Highly recommend
Posted by JAGJETTA on 7th May 2015
I knew nothing about the the Battle of Saragarhi before I read this book. It was engaging, explained the battle very well and made me realize that this Battle makes the Alamo look a fair fight!
Highly recommend this as an introduction to one of the great displays of bravery in history
Posted by Gurdeep on 25th Sep 2014
Thanks for creating such a graphic book which shows the bravery and courage with which those 21 great sikhs fought 10000 enemies.
Posted by Jagga Singh Mukandpur Wala on 17th Jul 2013
Some of my family can not read punjabi and have troubles understanding long complicated punjabi words, so these comic books are great for teaching them sikh history in english due to the language barrier.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to enjoy a interesting, fun, well written, nicely illustrated comic book on the sikh history.
Worth every penny.
Posted by Baljit Singh on 29th Jan 2013
It is a great read for any age. I did not even know some of the facts, especially the map given on front page, which makes it visualize the location.
My kids loved it and keep on reading it
Posted by Dilip Hirani on 8th Jan 2013
Great insight into Sikh Philosophy and Beliefs. Will share to my network!
Posted by England Da Sher on 3rd Dec 2012
A Great read, and good illustrations. this is a monumental battle in sikh history regardin the sikh ethos of no surrender, but die like a man/sher. Also it wudb good if u cud do a book on sant jarnail singh bhindrawale, speakin the truth about the injustices towards sikhi by indian govt, and how the indian govt pre-planned operation bluestar in 1982, when nobody was even inside darbar sahib
Posted by Kuldip on 1st Nov 2012
I love your art work in all of the books and the story they are great
Posted by Taranjeet Singh (Delhi, India) on 12th Sep 2012
I always heard about this great incidence (most still do not know) and always wanted to know the entire detail.
This comic has helped me read about our great history in a comfortable and memorable way because pictures help etch the scenes into your mind.
The paper and print quality is very nice and worth it!
Recommended for all ages
Posted by Param Singh on 11th Apr 2012
Gives me goosebumps everytime I read it and lifts my spirit. Great work!! thanks for this seva. please publish these books in other languages.
Posted by Unknown on 21st Feb 2012
Absolutely amazing work done. It is a great tool for teaching children about our history, and it helps them visualize and understand the stories better.
Posted by Raman Kahlon on 22nd Jan 2012
Outstanding storytelling with amazing grpahics. The best one from the author yet. Our family is looking forward to the next release :)
Posted by Anureet Mander (New Jersey) on 11th Jan 2012
This is the third graphic novel from Sikh comics. great fun to read. Like the first two it is hard to put down this one once you start reading. I am now waiting forthe next one.
Posted by Jaswinder Singh Nagi on 7th Jan 2012
This comic is truly a mark of respect for those who laid down their lives and didn't turn back on their duties. The whole book doesn't let you distract at any step. Very well narrated and graphics were really good. It was like making movie with 21 heroes in just 40 pages. All was done in very professional manner. I congratulate whole team of Mr. Daljeet Singh Sidhu and Mr. Amarjit Virdi for this great uprala. A must read for young children and even adults to learn about our glorious past.
Posted by Ajit Brar (Sacramento, California) on 5th Jan 2012
I am glad Sikh Comics publishd the graphic novel on this great battle. We really need to tell this story to the world. This comic does it really well. Very inspiring indeed. I will now get a few copies for my non-sikh friends.
Posted by Sridhar Govindarajan (Virginia Beach, VA, USA) on 3rd Jan 2012
I just received the book and truly enjoyed it. I have many Sikh friends.... unbounded respect. Unfortunately, so far I knew little of their glorious history. This book not only narrates the true story of the Battle of Saragarhi very well but nicely brings forth the force behind the Sikh spirit of bravery and sacrifice. I look forward to more such titles from the Sikh Comics project.
Posted by Parminder Singh on 25th Nov 2011
I had the privilege of reviewing the proofs yesterday. Oh boy... it is superb. The art, and the story line meshes very well. We really needed to tell this story to the world. I am glad these guys have done it... too well to put it in words here.
I look forward to my copy in a few days