Going by the numbers, East India Company Forces during the rebellion is no mean force and all what the Company Forces said regarding overwhelmingly outmanned by Indians can never be correct. They had a total of ~70000 Europeans and ~232000 Indian forces. Of these, ~135000 are from Bengal and since we know for sure that there are no rebellions of size in the other two Presidencies and assuming 70% of Bengal Garrison rebelled, the Indians got 95000 soldiers and the British got 137000 Indian soldiers, totalling their forces to 207000 soldiers. Even if we take half of them were left to guard the garrisons, we have got 95000 rebels in East India Company pay pitted against 105000 East India Company Forces on field. This doesn’t consider any disbanded or decimated forces, which will further bring down Rebel numbers. While Indians got may be double the numbers by rebellions in Gwalior and Indore and civilian volunteers, the Company got far more due to the involvement of major players like the most of the Punjab and all Rajputana(except Kota) forces, Kashmir, Baroda, Nepal and Hyderabad along with many minor and import of forces from all over the world. This simply means that there were no heroics on the British side, but an overwhelming brute strength on their strength from day one. If they lost some battles, it simply means the Indian Commander is better than his British counterpart or as in most of the cases, the British commander is more incompetent than that of the Indian.

 

  Bengal Madras Bombay
Royal Troops Dragoons   Regiments 2 1 1
Officers 56 34 25
Rest 1310 605 656
Infantry   Regiments 15 3 4
Officers 473 102 118
Rest 13956 3039 3919
Company Troops Engineers and Sappers   Officers 120 74 57
NCOs 88 7 15
Rest – Indian 1289 1189 565
Artillery   Brigades 3 1 1
Officers 63 33 23
Rest – European 999 502 528
Rest – Indian 447 212 0
Gun Lascars 351 0 98
Infantry European Regiments 3 3 3
Officers 114 113 108
Rest 2460 2687 2956
Indian Regular Regiments 74 52 29
Officers 1276 981 512
NCOs 136 104 19
Rest – Indian 83103 41288 25441
Irregular Regiments 35 0 10
Officers 126   26
NCOs 56   3
Rest – Indian 27355   7860
Artillery European Foot Battalions 6 4 2
Officers 102 82 47
Rest – European 1899 1511 980
Gun Lascars 774 625 259
Ordnance Drivers 757 493 239
Native Foot Battalions 3 1 2
Officers 76 27 35
Rest – European 27 2 8
Rest – Indian 1836 691 990
Gun Lascars 0 149 194
Ordnance Drivers 466 208 174
Cavalry Regular Regiments 10 8 3
Officers 106 121 57
NCOs 28 26 6
Rest – Indian 5002 3055 1475
Irregular Corps 24 0 9
Officers 91 0 15
Rest – Indian 14061 0 6880
Veterans   Officers 85 61 17
Rest – European 186 279 0
Rest – Indian 0 2918 695
Medical   Officers 370 240 204
Apothecaries and Stewards 0 306 128
Rest – Indian 326 110 215
Warrant Officers   European 163 126 96
Total   European 40161 14476 15148
Indian 135767 51244 45213
  Total 160133 61970 55643
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