In September 1879 rebels against Emir Yaqub
Khan massacred the British residents of Kabul. The British put together a
column of 7,000 men to march on Kabul, punish the rebels and restore
Led by the famous General Fred Roberts VC (later Earl
Roberts) the column reached Kabul but was soon surrounded by a vast
force of some 50,000 Afghan tribesmen. The siege that followed showed
the bravery of the Afghans and the steadiness of the British in equal
In this book the author looks at the events of the
Battle of Kabul and at the events that caused it. He also describes the
weapons used by both sides and looks at how the battle was fought.
The Battle of Kabul proved to be just the first in the grinding and bloody conflict known to history as the 2nd Afghan War.
About the Author
Hayes is a student of military history who has written a number of
books and articles on military subjects and has taken a particular
interest in colonial wars of the 19th century.
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