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

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

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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. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ... FORCES. the line of march, had joined their forces with those of Ufzul Khan; and these chiefs were reported to be in command of eight or ten thousand horsemen. The news of Runjeet Singh's death (which occurred on the 27th of June, I839) having set Dost Mahomed's mind at rest, regarding any serious co-operation on the part of the Sikhs against him, he was now preparing to move down with all the forces he could assemble, and attack us whilst engaged with the siege of Ghuzni. His eldest son, Mahomed Akbar Khan, had been detached with about five thousand men to the entrance of the Khyber pass, which Colonel Wade was preparing to enter, in company with the Shah Zada Timoor, Shah Soo_jah's son. Colonel Wade commanded a few companies of native infantry and some raw levies, and was supported by a Sikh auxiliary brigade. Before Colonel Wade entered the Khyber Pass, the Afghan force under Mahomed Akbar had been recalled by Dost Mahomed, under the urgent circumstances then pressing upon him; and the Khyber was entrusted to the defence of the wandering tribes of Khyberees who infest those extensive ranges of mountains. Our own qfiecfive force now scarcely amounted vo thousand eight hundred European cavalry, 1try, and artillery, and about four thousand rys: so much had the army been reduced by 1ess, death, and the detachments left to gar-1 the places we had passed through--viz., kur, Shikarpore, Quetta, and Candahar. xclusive of these, of course, were the Shah's os, whose contingent, in case of an action, .d, it was conjectured, be fully employed in hing the numerous Afghan rabble which flocked nd Shah Soojah. These had now swelled to rge amount by the daily influx of armed emen, who were as likely to be spies and ad-nts of..show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236913868
  • 9781236913869