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Afghanistan 1878-80

There were two distinct phases in this war, which were caused by British fears of Russian involvement in Afghan affairs, the decades-long power struggle known as 'the great game'. The first phase (1878-79) began when Shere Ali, the pro-Russian Afghan Amir [ruler], refused to accept a British Resident and signed a treaty with Russia. An ultimatum was sent to the Afghans, and when this was ignored three columns entered the country in November 1878. The Afghans were defeated at Ali Musjid and Peiwar Khotal, and as the British advanced, the Afghans sued for peace. The Amir accepted a Resident in return for a large annuity, and Major Caagnari was sent to Kabul. However, in September 1879 Cavagnari and his escort were massacred and the war recommenced. There was much more fighting in the second phase than in the first. General Roberts marched on Kabul, defeating the Afghans en route at Charasia, and reached the capital in October 1879. A full-scale action took place, and the city fell. There was then a lull in the fighting until April 1880, when another large battle was fought at Ahmed Khel near Ghuznee. In July 1880, General Burrows was severely defeated at Maiwand, near Kandahar, the Horse Artillery and 66th Foot suffering heavily. The force withdrew into Kanahar where it was besieged by a large Afghan force. Roberts collected a force at Kabul and made an epic march to Kandahar, where in a major battle on 1st September 1880, he soundly defeated the Afghans. Following this peace was agreed and the troops withdrew. A wide range of British and Indian troops were involved.

Afghanistan 1878-80


SECOND AFGHAN WAR 1878-1880
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SECOND AFGHAN WAR 1878-1880 Casualty Roll
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The definitive Casualty Roll for the Second Afghan War 1878-1880. Lists 3,000 British and Indian Officers and men, arranged by regiment and giving the precise nature of the casualties wherever details are available.
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HISTORY OF THE NORFOLK REGIMENT 20th June 1685, to 3rd August,1914
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HISTORY OF THE NORFOLK REGIMENT 20th June 1685, to 3rd August,1914
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Written by Napoleonic Wars historian F. Loraine Petre, this huge history of the Norfolk Regiment follows the unit from its foundation in 1685 through the Peninsular, Crimean, Boer Wars and other conflicts down to the eve of the Great War.
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HISTORY OF THE 31st FOOT, HUNTINGDONSHIRE Regt. 70th FOOT, SURREY Regt., SUBSEQUENTLEY 1st & 2nd Battalions THE EAST SURREY REGIMENT. 1702-1914.
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HISTORY OF THE 31st FOOT, HUNTINGDONSHIRE Regt. 70th FOOT, SURREY Regt., SUBSEQUENTLEY 1st & 2nd Battalions THE EAST SURREY REGIMENT. 1702-1914.
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A complete regimental history of the unit that became the East Surrey Regiment from its foundation in 1702 to 1914, covering its role in the Siege of Gibraltar, the battle of Dettingen, the French revolutionary and Peninsular Wars, as well as the Crimean, Afghan, Maori and Boer Wars.
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FORTESCUE’S HISTORY OF THE BRITISH ARMY: VOLUME XII
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FORTESCUE’S HISTORY OF THE BRITISH ARMY: VOLUME XII
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VOl XII of Fortescue's British army history (1839-52) covers wars in Afghanistan and the Khyber pass and mutinies in Australasia.
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WHAT THE FUSILIERS DID 
(Afghan Campaigns of 1878-80)
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WHAT THE FUSILIERS DID (Afghan Campaigns of 1878-80)
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An account of the part taken by the 1st Battalion 5th Northumberland Fusiliers in the Afghan Campaigns of 1878-79 and 1879-80.
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MAJOR-GENERAL SIR FREDERICK S. ROBERTS Bart VC GCB CIE RA: A Memoir
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MAJOR-GENERAL SIR FREDERICK S. ROBERTS Bart VC GCB CIE RA: A Memoir
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A comprehensive biography of General Roberts VC up to 1882. It describes the services of his distinguished father, General Sir Abraham Roberts and traces FS Roberts' life from childhood. A Chronicle of his military career up to the aftermath of the Afghan War is covered extensively.
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