Determined to resist Russian influence on the borders of India, the British dispatched a mission to Tibet, commanded by Colonel Younghusband. The Tibetans brought the expedition to a halt and British reinforcements, including four companies from the 1st Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, were summoned. The Fusiliers helped defeat the Tibetans at Gyangtse Jong in July 1904 and became the only British Regiment to fight an action at an altitude of 16,500 feet.