Barthorp, Michael.


1st ed., 1996. 128 pp., 8 cold., plates + numerous b&w photo-ills., ills., + maps & plans. D.j., 32 x 24cm. FINE. In June 1897 the ambush of a British-officered column by Madda Khel Waziris marked the outbreak of the greatest Indian frontier war ever fought by the British Raj. Goaded by their protests, nearly all the Pathan tribes rose as one. It took eight months and over 60 battalions supported by cavalry, artillery and engineers, to put down the great Pathan rising; and the enemy remained uncowed and dangerous to the end. The author’s fascinating account of the operations of the Tochi, Malakand, Buner, Mohmand and Tirah Field Forces is the first to be devoted solely to the whole course of the Great Frontier War 1897-98. He describes the country, its peoples, the British and Indian soldiers who fought there, their weapons and tactics. Superbly illustrated including colour plates.

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