Sepoy Rebellion

Rebellion between India and Britain

Background Knowledge of the Sepoy Rebellion

Tension was growing between Britain and India before March of 1857. Britain gained two-thirds of Indian land, recruiting Indians for the military. After Britain conquered Indian land, Imperialism started to take place, affecting every part of the Indian lifestyle. Military advancements were made creating more tension between the two countries, and eventually bloody revolts broke out. This resulted in mutineers murdering every European they could find.


New and improved Lee Enfield .303 caliber rifles were invented. The cartridges were covered in greasy animal fat to improve accuracy. The cartridges were shoved in the Indians mouths. This went against the religion because of the animal fat. This led to the rebellion. There were 2,028 European troops vs. 2,357 sepoy troops (Indian Military). The rebellion was about fair in numbers, but was incredibly unfair in artillery. The British had 12 field guns and the Sepoys and no artillery at all. Major General William Hewitt could have ended the war had he cut off the bridge between Meerut and Delhi that had added weapons. In a struggle, the native Sepoy Indians managed to defeat the powerful British army.

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Khudadad Khan was the first muslim soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross. The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration that can be awarded.
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This is a map of the Indian states during the rebellion in 1857. The key indicates states involved in rebellion or not involved. It also indicates states that were loyal and caring for the British.
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This is the bridge that Major General William Hewitt failed to cut off during the rebellion. He could have stopped the Sepoys from gaining weaponry and eventually winning.
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This is a British soldier that was a part in the powerful British military and fought in the Sepoy Rebellion.
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