Battle of Khushab

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Battle of Khushab
Part of Anglo-Persian War
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British-Indian forces attacking at the Battle of Khushab
Date 7 February 1857
Location Bushehr Province, modern Iran
Result British Victory
Belligerents
United Kingdom Persia
Commanders and leaders
Major General Sir James Outram Khanlar Mirza
Strength
4600 total, including 2200 European infantry, 2000 Indian infantry, 400 cavalry, and 18 guns. 5,000
Casualties and losses
50-80 dead, 64 wounded 70 dead, 100 prisoners

The Battle of Khushab (Battle of Khoosh-Ab) took place on 7 February 1857 and was the largest single engagement of the Anglo-Persian War. Having taken Borazjan without a fight, the British expeditionary army under Sir James Outram was in the process of withdrawing to Bushehr when it was ambushed by a far larger Persian force under Khanlar Mirza, drawn up in battle order to its rear.

The distinguishing action of the battle was the charge of the 3rd Bombay Light Cavalry (now amalgamated into The Poona Horse) against an infantry square of the 1st Khusgai Regiment of Fars, in which two Victoria Crosses were won. The recipients were the commander's adjutant Lieutenant Arthur Thomas Moore, who first broke into the square, and Captain John Grant Malcolmson, who then extricated Moore. Only twenty of the five hundred soldiers in the square escaped. Having beaten off the ambush, the British continued their withdrawal to Bushehr.