1st ed., 1979. X + 277 pp., 6 photo & other plates + 7 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. The Battle of Maiwand on 27 July, 1880 was one of the main battles of the Second Anglo-Afghan War in which the Afghans defeated two brigades of British and Indian troops. It was probably the most crushing defeat ever suffered by the British Army in India. The various inquiries into the cause of the disaster did more to obscure the issue than to explain it. It suited the political and military authorities to sweep the mess under the carpet but almost a hundred years later the author sets the record straight. Although Maiwand is the focal point of the story, the author also details the military and political background to the campaign and the events leading up to it. The result is an excellently balanced book which gives a vivid reconstruction of life on the North-West Frontier in the late nineteenth century.