Retreat from Kabul: The Catastrophic British Defeat in Afghanistan, 1842 Patrick Macrory

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Retreat from Kabul: The Catastrophic British Defeat in Afghanistan, 1842 by Patrick Macrory
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Using research from contemporary letters, dispatches, and journals, Patrick MacRory provides a compelling and gripping account of what became known as the First Afghan War, the culmination of which was the catastrophic British flight from Kabul inMoreUsing research from contemporary letters, dispatches, and journals, Patrick MacRory provides a compelling and gripping account of what became known as the First Afghan War, the culmination of which was the catastrophic British flight from Kabul in January of 1842, which resulted in the deaths of 16,000 people.

Only a single man survived.The war was Britains folly: At the height of its power in India, Britain sought to create stability in the Subcontinent -- and prevent Russian and Persian encroachments -- by removing from the Afghan throne a colorful and popular leader and replacing him with the unpopular though legitimate king.The experiment ended with the British Resident in Kabul butchered by an angry mob, a British envoy shot by an Afghan leader during a discussion -- his dismembered corpse hung in the Kabul bazaar -- and the ill-fated retreat.Seven days after Britains Army of the Indus -- consisting of four thousand English and Indian troops, as well as twelve thousand followers, including a number of British wives and children -- left the gates of Kabul, a solitary horseman, bruised and bleeding, made his way slowly to the safety of the British garrison ninety harsh miles away.

As officers rushed to bring him inside, orders were given to light a signal fire to guide others to safety. But there was no one else to view to beacon.Retreat from Kabul is the absorbing and gruesome story of how the worlds greatest military power learned a bloody and previously unimagined lesson by underestimating the Afghans iron resistance to foreign invasion and intrigue. It is a tale of heroism in the face of unspeakable brutality, of diplomatic folly, of great sacrifice, andterrible tragedy. It is an entrancing look, well-told and deeply researched, at what happens when cultures collide -- a cautionary tale of the results of trying to control by force a country whose people deeply resent the foreign invader.



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