Highlanders, Sikhs and Gurkhas in the Rebellion
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The list of the military heroes produced by the Rebellion was long, and such men were widely celebrated in contemporary military and popular sources. There also emerged during the Rebellion three groups of soldiers who came to be feted above all others as representatives of collective military heroism: Highland Scots, Punjabi Sikhs and Nepalese Gurkhas. Stories that celebrated their valour, ferocity and gallantry articulated new connections between British soldiers and the most loyal Indian soldiers, and between military service in the Empire, ideal masculinity and racial superiority. Although there were many such military figures who filled the pages of despatches, newspapers and journals, two men dominated national attention to a far greater extent than any of the others - Henry Havelock and Colin Campbell. As a result of narratives produced by both Havelock and Campbell, Highlanders quickly became associated with manly heroism during the suppression of the Rebellion.

Martial races

The Military, Race and Masculinity in British Imperial Culture, 1857–1914


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