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The Extermination of a British Army: The Retreat from Cabul

Terence R. Blackburn (Author)

This book has been compiled from contemporary accounts of the First Afghan War, personal accounts, and the military despatches. These were sent to the Governor General at Calcutta or his summer retreat at Simla, from where they were soon published in the English or Vernacular Press. One is amazed at the frankness of the published material. The first hand descriptions of the suffering of the troops and camp followers make distressful reading, while the cruelty and treachery of the Afghan leaders and their cohorts beggars belief.

The source of the material has been The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British and Foreign India, China and Australasia, which was first published in 1816, with the final journal being printed in 1845. These are extremely rare books, and when found on the internet and at book sales, expensive. For those with an interest in the descriptions of life in British India during the 19 century, the contents will be found most rewarding.

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About the author

Terence R. Blackburn

Terence R. Blackburn was born in London in 1938. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Germany, and later continued his work in the field of health care until his retirement.

He firmly believes that there are always two sides two sides to every story and that equal weight should be given to both.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Extermination of a British Army: The Retreat from Cabul
Format Hardcover
Date published: 25.09.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8131304112, 9788131304112
length liii+206p., Maps; Plates; 26cm.
Subjects History