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First Afghan War 1839-42

The first Afghan war was an early round in the gathering 'Great Game'. The struggle for power and influence on India's northern frontiers between Britain and Russia, with the lawless mountainous country of Afghanistan as the battleground, and nearby Persia [Iran] holding the ring. Fearing that the Afghan ruler, Dost Mohamed, was in league with Russia and Persia to undermine British rule in India, the new British Governor-General of India, Lord Auckland organised an expedition to overthrow Dost and replace him with Shah Shuja, a pro-British rival in April 1839. The British took Quetta and Kandahar without resistance. The fort of Ghazni however, held by Dost's son Hyder Khan, was a tougher nut, storming it cost the British 200 casualties. Kabul fell next, on August 7th, but the Afghans did not appreciate their new rulers. British officials and Shah Shuji were murdered, discontent grew, and fearing they would be cut off without hope of relief the British decided to retreat. 16,000 men, women and children under Lord Elphinstone set off from Kabul, but continuous attacks, bitter weather, and sheer exhaustion reduced the force to a handful, then a remnant, then a single survivor (though some hostages taken by the Afghans were later ransomed) called Dr William Brydon, a military physician. The retreat from Kabul was the greatest British military disaster of the early 19th century.

First Afghan War 1839-42



RETREAT AND RETRIBUTION IN AFGANISTAN 1842
Two Journals of the First Afgan War
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RETREAT AND RETRIBUTION IN AFGANISTAN 1842 Two Journals of the First Afgan War
Product Code: 22621

At a time when British forces are once again fighting in the inhospitable terrain of Afghanistan, this account of this country's disastrous First Afghan War in 1842 - when thousands of Britons were massacred to a man -is especially relevant and topical. Based on two eye-witness reports, by Lady ...
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MILITARY OPERATIONS AT CABUL: Which ended in the Retreat and Destruction of the British Army in January 1842
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MILITARY OPERATIONS AT CABUL: Which ended in the Retreat and Destruction of the British Army in January 1842
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Vincent Eyre (1811-1881) had a distinguished military career in Afghanistan and India. Blockaded in Cabul in 1840 and seriously wounded in a sortie, Eyre and his family were among the hostages kept by Akber Khan in return for permission to evacuate the British force. He also distinguished himself...
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CAMPAIGN OF THE INDUS IN A SERIES OF LETTERS FROM AN OFFICER OF THE BOMBAY DIVISION
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CAMPAIGN OF THE INDUS IN A SERIES OF LETTERS FROM AN OFFICER OF THE BOMBAY DIVISION
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A series of letters describing the experiences of a young officer of the Queen's Regiment (2nd Foot) in the First Afghan War (1839).
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JOURNAL OF THE DISASTERS IN AFGHANISTAN 1841-42
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JOURNAL OF THE DISASTERS IN AFGHANISTAN 1841-42
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An intriguing and horrifying journal of the disastrous siege and retreat from Kabul kept by Lady Florentia Sale who was wounded, captured, held for nine months and rescued.
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NARRATIVE OF THE MARCH AND OPERATIONS OF THE ARMY OF THE INDUS
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NARRATIVE OF THE MARCH AND OPERATIONS OF THE ARMY OF THE INDUS
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The best account of the First Afghan War, 1838-1839, dedicated to the Governor-Gneral of India, the man who started it.
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ROUGH NOTES OF THE CAMPAIGN IN SINDE AND AFGHANISTAN IN 1838-9 (GHUZNEE CAMPAIGN 1839)
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ROUGH NOTES OF THE CAMPAIGN IN SINDE AND AFGHANISTAN IN 1838-9 (GHUZNEE CAMPAIGN 1839)
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Eye-witness account of the first Afghan War (1838-39) by Major James Outram, later a distinguished British General in the Indian Mutiny.
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CHAR-EE-KAR AND SERVICE THERE WITH THE 4TH GOORKHA REGIMENT IN 1841: AN EPISODE OF THE FIRST AFGHAN WAR
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CHAR-EE-KAR AND SERVICE THERE WITH THE 4TH GOORKHA REGIMENT IN 1841: AN EPISODE OF THE FIRST AFGHAN WAR
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EXPEDITION INTO AFGHANISTAN: A PERSONAL NARRATIVE DURING THE CAMPAIGN OF 1839 AND 1840.
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EXPEDITION INTO AFGHANISTAN: A PERSONAL NARRATIVE DURING THE CAMPAIGN OF 1839 AND 1840.
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Valuable eye-witness account - with many telling topical parallels - of the disastrous British intervention in Afghanistan in 1839-42.
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JOURNAL OF A MARCH FROM DELHI TO PESHAWUR AND FROM THENCE TO CABUL WITH THE MISSION OF LIEUT-COLONEL SIR C.M. WADE (GHUZNEE 1839 CAMPAIGN)
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JOURNAL OF A MARCH FROM DELHI TO PESHAWUR AND FROM THENCE TO CABUL WITH THE MISSION OF LIEUT-COLONEL SIR C.M. WADE (GHUZNEE 1839 CAMPAIGN)
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Appealing journal of an artillery officer in the Punjab and Afghanistan during the first Afghan War.
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MILITARY SERVICE AND ADVENTURES IN THE FAR EAST
Including Sketches of the Campaigns Against the Afghans in 1839, and the Sikhs in 1845-6
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MILITARY SERVICE AND ADVENTURES IN THE FAR EAST Including Sketches of the Campaigns Against the Afghans in 1839, and the Sikhs in 1845-6
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A two-volume memoir by a Cavalry officer serving in the 1838-39 Afghan War and the 1845-46 Sutlej camapign against the Sikhs. A full-blooded picture of fighting in the Khyber Pass and on the North-West Frontier.
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