may memories / 06

 NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

6th May, 1904 : A brisk battle was fought today high up in the Karo Pass between the column protecting the British Mission to Lhasa and a force of some 3,000 Tibetans. At one stage the affair took dangerous turn with the British force held up by riflemen positioned behind the wall and in two flanking stone-built native forts. The day was saved by Major Row’s Gurkhas, who climbed the face of a nearly sheer precipice and fired down on Tibetans. At the same time the Sikhs climbed to the edge of the glacier and flanked the forts. Tibetans then fled, pursued by the Mounted Infantry. They lost 400 dead.

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