Cyprus

Swapping Bullets For Bayonets: Personnel Mark Battle Of Meeanee

The 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment in Cyprus has commemorated the historic military victory.

Personnel from the 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment in Cyprus have gone back in time to commemorate the Battle of Meeanee.

Each February, the Mercians celebrate their Regimental Day, marking one of their most historic combat honours.

Sir Charles Napier's forces of 2,500 (from the British East India Company's Bombay Army and the Cheshire Regiment), defeated the 30,000 Baluchi Warriors of the Amirs in Sindh, which is now in Pakistan.

The bayonet charge was a decisive factor of the battle, with many of the soldiers using muskets.

A soldier is put through his paces (Picture: BFBS).

Despite the difference in size between the two forces, the number of losses was much greater for the Baluch.

The province was claimed by the British, and the Cheshire Regiment.

Sergeant Matthew Bourne said: "Bayonet fighting is massively important to the British Army, and soldiers as a whole.

"If your weapon system fails in combat, in close quarter fighting with the enemy, you need to be able to engage them, hands and fists, and whatever instruments you have at your disposal to kill and destroy that enemy.

"Not only does a bayonet have the physical ability to kill and maim the enemy, but also has a massive psychological effect on them as well."