Afghanistan Its Political and Military History, Geography and Ethnology; Including a Full Account of the Wars of 1839-42 and an Appendix on the Prospects of a Russian Invasion of India

Afghanistan Its Political and Military History, Geography and Ethnology; Including a Full Account of the Wars of 1839-42 and an Appendix on the Prospects of a Russian Invasion of India

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ... escaped in disguise from the prison to which the treacherous Ameer of Bokhara had betrayed him, was dashing from height to height among the mountains, raising at Khulm a standard to which Afghan soldiers deserted and the wild Usbegs flocked by thousands, creating a panic in Kabul, and employing our troops in harassing pursuits and ineffectual skirmishes. " The Afghans," said Macnaghten, "are powder, and the Dost is a lighted match." Defeated in the Bamian mountains, he reappeared in the Kohistan. " I am like a wooden spoon," he said; "you may throw me hither and thither, but I shall not be hurt." On the 2nd of November, Sir Robert Sale oamo up with the Dost in the Purwandurra valley. Calling on his small body of troops, in the name of God and the Prophet, to aid him against the infidels, Dost Mahomed dashed forward. Our officers met him gallantly, but their Hindu cavalry fled like frightened sheep. Lieutenants Crispin and Broadfoot and Dr. Lord were killed, and their bro By Lieutenant (now General) Colin Mackenzie, whose chase of the Dost over the Bamiau mountains is one of the most spirited episodes of the war. ther officers had to cut their way back to Kabul, Sir Alexander Burnes, who was with them, sending to urge our minister immediately to concentrate all available troops there. Sir William was taking his evening ride when Burnes's message reached him; while he was still considering it a horseman approached, and said, "The Ameer is at hand." " What Ameer? " asked the envoy. " Dost Mahomed Khan," was the reply, as the Dost himself rode up, sprang from his horse, and offered Sir William his sword. He had ridden sixty miles at a stretch, but...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236915917
  • 9781236915917