This Day in History: 1819-12-07

Detached from the Bombay Garrison, the 47th Foot (later 1st Loyals) forms part of an Expeditionary Force of 3000 men and several warships sent from India to finally subdue the Arab tribes of the Persian Gulf’s Pirate Coast, whose savage plundering of British and Indian shipping had resumed and increased since a similar punitive expedition 10 years before. After days of bombardment, the troops enter the main stronghold of Ras Al Kaimah, which is later blown up.