Navy and Army Illustrated Volume 13

Navy and Army Illustrated Volume 13

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...and a well-planned concentration on any given point may be badly marred, if not altogether ruined, by unforeseen delay. Vhether for this reason, or because they did not wish to enter into any organised campaign, the Indian Government evidently did not care to employ the converging column system against the Vaziris, but preferred to adopt the plan of a four-fold raid, the entire success of which will doubtless lead to future developnientsin the same direction. Four columns under the control of Brigadier-General Dening--who did excellent work against the Mohmands during the Frontier risings-were ordered to enter the Mahsud country without guns or animal transport, carrying their own food and ammunition. These columns were from 900 to 1,500 strong, and composed largely of Sikhs and Punjab Infantry, a special feature being the co-operation ofa number of the new tribal Militia, on whom the safeguarding of the Frontier is, for the future, largely to depend. The manner in which these four columns, between the morning of November 25 and the evening of November 27, made the Vaziris " sit up " was wholly admirable. I cannot enter into the detail of the operations here, but it may be recorded that the main portion of the most important of the.lahsud villages was destroyed, a number of the enemy killed, and 192 prisoners and quantities of cattle were captured. As might be expected, the Mahsuds, although here and there they showed fight, were a good deal bewildered by the four simultaneous and vigorous attacks from different directions, and it is quite probable that they will take the lesson deeply to heart. For the blow must have hit them hard, and without any compensations such as these highly sophisticated barbarians generally contrive...
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  • Paperback | 498 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 880g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236956001
  • 9781236956002