Storming of Ghazni

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Storming of Ghazni
Part of 1st Afghan War 1839-42
Date: 23 July 1839
Location: Ghazni, Afghanistan
Presidency: Bengal
Co-ordinates: 33.549438°N 68.416483°E
Result: British victory
British & Indians Afghan garrison
Lieut Gen Sir John Keane Ghulam Hyder Khan
9,500 Bengal Army
5,000 Bombay Army
6,000 Shah Shujah's Army
3,500 garrison
18 officers, 162 other ranks killed & wounded 500 killed
1,600 prisoners

This was an event during the 1st Afghan War
For context see main article Invasion of the HEIC Army


The Combined Army under Sir John Keane set out for Kabul from Kandahar and reached Ghazni on 21 July 1839. At three o'clock in the morning on 23 July a firing party led by Lt Henry Durand blew in the Kabul Gate of the Ghazni fortress. Storming parties led by Col William Dennie and Brig Robert Sale took the city then captured the citadel.

The Ghuznee Medal was awarded to those taking part in the attack.

Storming Forces


Entries in the Dictionary of Indian Biography 1906:
William Dennie (1785?-1842)
Henry Durand (1812-1871)
Robert Sale (1782-1845)

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