The Battle for Afghanistan
Hardback 610pp Illustrated
9781408818305   Product Code: 20014
Britain's first military engagement in Afghanistan was in 1839 in order to restore the pro-British Shah Shuja ul-Muluk to the throne. It ultimately led to one of the most humiliating defeats in British history: the Kabul Retreat of 1842. This analysis of the First Afghan War draws on a range of recently discovered sources including material in Russian, Urdu and Persian from archives in South Asia, and contemporary Afghan accounts of the conflict, including the autobiography of Shah Shuja. Slightly off-mint.