Attempt on Jaitak Fort

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Attempt on Jaitak Fort
Part of Gurkha War 1814-16
Date: 27 December 1814
Location: Jaitak Fort, Nahan, Himachal Pradesh
Presidency: Bengal
Co-ordinates: 30.785479°N 77.288895°E
Result: British defeat
East India Company Gorkhas
Maj Gen Gabriel Martindell Ranjur Singh Thapa
738 2,300
3 officers and 78 men killed
5 officers and 220 men wounded


General Martindell sent two detachments to occupy ridges adjacent to Jaitak Fort. One was routed by the enemy and the other forced to retreat due to lack of ammunition.

First Column

Major William Richards commanding

Total 738 men

Second Column

Major J Ludlow commanding

Total 1,000 men

Spelling Variants

Modern name: Jaitak
Variants; Jytuk/Jythuk

External Links

Gurkha War Wikipedia
Actions at Jaitak Gazetteer 1857

Historical books on-line

History of the organisation, equipment, and war services of the regiment of Bengal artillery Vol II by Francis W Stubbs 1877 Move upon Jaitak