Furneaux, Rupert.


1st ed., 1963. 183 pp., frontis., + 4 photo-plates + maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. On Sunday 13th, April 1919, during a rebellion in the Punjab, Brigadier-General Dyer marched ninety Indian and Gurkha troops into an enclosed space known as the Jallianwala Bagh, in Amritsar, where a mass meeting was taking place. He opened fire without warning, killing 379 men and children, wounding 1,500 others. The rebellion collapsed; within ten days the whole Punjab returned to peace and order. At first Dyer was praised as 'the saviour of the Punjab', but as the political agitation grew, a Committee of Enquiry was set up which eventually condemned him. National support was split in opinion but Dyer was disgraced without ever being tried even though the House of Lords exonerated him. The author recreates the terrible scene of the Jallianwala Bagh from the stories of eye-witnesses and survivors; he examines the circumstances that led up to it and the deplorable actions that followed it, and offers a new solution to the enigma of Dyer's mind.

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