declared on Persia by the British on 1st November 1856, following Persia’s
annexation of the Afghan city of Herat.
A British division landed, unopposed, near Bushire, which surrendered after
its protecting forts were captured, and a short naval bombardment. The
British expedition was reinforced with a second division in January 1857,
and fought a battle at near-by Koosh-ab: where 6,900 Persians under
Shooja-ool-Moolk were soundly defeated by 4,500 British Indian troops
commanded by Outram and Havelock.
Supported by gunboats, the British advanced to Mohmubra and then on to Ahwaz:
with the Persians retreating without fighting. On 5th April, Outram learnt
that a peace had been negotiated by which the Persians agreed to quit Herat,
and the war was over!