Military Service and Adventures in the Far East: Volume 1

Military Service and Adventures in the Far East: Volume 1 : Including Sketches of the Campaigns against the Afghans in 1839, and the Sikhs in 1845-6

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This two-volume work, published in 1847 by cavalry officer Daniel Henry Mackinnon (1813-84) describes his military service in India, in the campaigns against the Afghans in 1839 and the Sikhs in 1845-6. In the first edition, reissued here, the author is referred to only as 'a cavalry officer', but in the second edition of 1849, Mackinnon, a career soldier and writer, abandons his anonymity. Volume 1 begins with a lively account of the Andaman Islands, before 'arrival in India' at Calcutta and a long march past the foothills of the Himalayas to the North-West Frontier province. Mackinnon fought at the decisive battle of Ghuzni in the First Anglo-Afghan War, and provides an eye-witness account of the storming of the city, though his description of the political and diplomatic conflicts which preceded the outbreak of the wars is somewhat simplistic, and inevitably more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
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  • 1139178733
  • 9781139178730

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1. Arrival in India, and march to the north-western provinces; 2. Visit to the Himalayah Mountains; 3. Matters relating to the Afghans; 4. Arrival at Buhawulpore; 5. Advance from Shikarpore; 6. Kandahar; 7. Storm and capture of Ghuzni; 8. Arrival at Caubul; 9. The army at Caubul broken up; 10. Peshawur; 11. Cross the Chemab and more