The Butcher of Amritsar: General Reginald Dyer

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A&C Black, Oct 15, 2006 - History - 576 pages
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On April 13, 1919, General Reginald Dyer marched a squad of Indian soldiers into the Jallianwala Bagh, an enclosed public space in the holy city of Amritsar, and opened fire without warning on a crowd gathered to hear political speeches, leaving over 200 dead. To some, Dyer was the savior of India, responding decisively to threatened insurrection, but to many in India, including Gahndi and Nehru, his action proved the moral bankruptcy of the British Empire. The bitter debate that followed the shootings, the worst atrocity perpetrated by the British in the twentieth century, almost brought down the Liberal Government and was a decisive turning point in India's march to independence. "The Butcher of Amritsar is a definitive account of the massacre and a biography of Reginald Dyer, a man whose attitudes reflected many of the views common in the Raj.
 

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Contents

Simla
3
Cork and Sandhurst
17
Ireland and Burma
31
The Black Mountain
45
The Relief of Chitral
61
Staff College and the Mahsud
75
Chakrata and Chungla Gully
91
The Zakka Khel
103
THE AMRITSAR MASSACRE
207
Abbottabad and Jullundur
209
Amritsar
229
The Hunter Committee
335
The Army Council
351
Parliament
377
Retirement
403
Epilogue
427

Hong Kong
119
The First World War
135
Sistan
143
The Sarhadd
159
Khwash
179
Glossary
443
Bibliography
515
Index
549
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NIGEL COLLETT is the author of books on Nepalese and Baluchi. As a professional soldier, he commanded a Gurkha regiment. He has travelled widely in Reginald Dyer's footsteps.

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