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Retreat from Kabul
Patrick Macrory
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Retreat from Kabul

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British defeat in Afganistan in the middle of the nineteenth century.
Published (first published 1966)
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Elliott Bignell
This erudite piece of history covers one of the low points of Britain's 19th-Century imperial adventurism. The combination of hubris and failure to understand the territory they wished to occupy led to the annihilation of a complete garrison, although a later one returned with somewhat greater success. The story of the British retreat is truly pitiable and makes painful reading. The British repeatedly made the mistake of trusting in the hospitable face of Afghan obligations to visitors and were ...more
About as much fun as a well researched, detailed account of ten thousand people being murdered by cold and violence can be.
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