Colonel Lionel James (b 1871).English War Correspondent.Entering journalism, he became Reuter’s correspondent in the Chitral Campaign 1894-95, and was ‘Times’ correspondent in South Africa 1899-1901. He acted in the same capacity in other campaigns and during the Great War served in France and Italy. He was highly critical of aspects of the campaign the chaotic transport forced to travel over appalling ground in un-mapped country, vulnerable to sharp-shooting tribesmen who were skilled in guerrilla tactics and against which screw-guns and Maxims were ineffective. It remains one of the most vivid accounts of the campaign.In his Preface, James blames the lack of success of the Expedition on the Indian Government “who chose to equip the force with inefficient Transport.”
Colonel Lionel James, Reuter’s Special Correspondent
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2005 N&M Press reprint (original pub 1898). SB.xvi+ 300pp with numerous contemporary illustrations & one map.