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Bayonets to Lhasa: Francis Younghusband and the British Invasion of Tibet

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  3 reviews

The British invasion of Tibet in 1904 is one of the strangest events in British imperial history. Planned by Lord Curzon as a strategic move in the Great Game, the incursion was in fact ill-conceived and inspired by only the weakest of motivations. Led by the soldier, explorer, and mystic Francis Younghusband, the mission—doomed from the very beginning—became caught in pol
Paperback, 328 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by I. B. Tauris (first published 1961)
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I’m probably going to give Bayonets to Lhasa 4 Stars for two reasons: one, it is an operation I had never heard of and Fleming does a decent job in explaining the background for a British invasion of Tibet and, two, Fleming moves the story along while simultaneously showing the trouble Colonel Francis Younghusband, leader of the “Mission”, is encountering in getting the Tibetans to come to the bargaining table and also explaining the pressures being imposed on the Mission by the Government of In ...more
Who knew that, of all the places that Britain has invaded over the years, Tibet is on the list?

This account of the 1904 British invasion of Tibet by Peter Fleming describes clearly and lucidly the political machinations between the British Government, the Government of India and the key individuals in the story.

He illuminates the characters and their motivations including the fascination felt by many of the British officers and officials for this mysterious forbidden land, which at that time on
Christopher Saunders
Account of Britain's 1904 invasion of Tibet, surely one of the strangest, most pointless conflicts in history. Fleming (brother of Ian) frames this punitive expedition (nominally a border dispute) as an extension of the Anglo-Russian Great Game. A particularly stupid one, given that no Russians were within 500 miles of Tibet at the time. The British easily best the Tibetans in the field (machine guns versus gingals isn't exactly a fair fight) but nearly fall victim to the harsh Himalayan climate ...more
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Adventurer and travel writer. A brother of James Bond author Ian Fleming, he married actress Celia Johnson in 1935 and worked on military deception operations in World War II.
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