British Retreat from Waziristan

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British Retreat from Waziristan, Mark Jacobsen
Published in Khyber.ORG on Thursday, May 27 2004 (http://www.khyber.org)


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British Retreat from Waziristan

Mark Jacobsen

Publishing Date: Thursday, May 27 2004

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An Indian army column moves to counter Afghans invading the Northwest Frontier in May 1919 (Fouikes Papers, Liddel I Lart, Centre for Military Archives, King's College London).


British aircraft bomb the Afghan capitaI of Kabul on May 17, 1919, in a fanciful illustration by Achille Beltrame for the Italian publication La Domenica del Corriere (Mary Evans Picture Library)


When Afghans threatened the passes of the Northwest Frontier, British forces withdrew from their more vulnerable posts - at the risk of encouraging rebellion.


Wazir warriors, photographed during their 1917 uprising. In 1919, the Afghan threat in the Northwest Frontier encouraged them to rise against British and Indian forces in their territory once more


A typical Wazir fortified village. On May 25, 1919, General F.G. Lucas ordered the North Waziristan Militia to abandon its most vulnerable frontier posts.


Mahsud tribesmen survey the terrain along India's Northwest Frontier in 1919. Many of the Mahsuds joined the Wazirs in mutiny against the British.



British troops establish a hilltop Picket post. Control of the high ground was essential to the retreating columns of Major Guy Russell and his subordinates, Captain H.R. Traill and Lieutenant A.R. Barker.


The looted remains of a British convoy litter the roadside after an ambush in Waziristan. A local fort stands in the background. Ammunition was among the most prized booty for the attacking tribesmen.


Colonel Guy Russell, seated in the second row, third from right, joins past and current officers of the South Waziristan Scouts and their mascots for a photograph in 1933.

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British Retreat from Waziristan, Mark Jacobsen
Published in Khyber.ORG on Thursday, May 27 2004 (http://www.khyber.org)