Retreat and Destruction of the British army in Afghanistan

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  1. Retreat from Kabul: The Catastrophic British Defeat in Afghanistan, 1842 , in 1838 the British launched the First Anglo-Afghan War and attempted to impose a puppet regime under Shuja Shah. The regime was short lived, and unsustainable without British military support. By 1842 mobs were attacking the British on the streets of Kabul and the British garrison agreed to a retreat from Kabul with guaranteed safe passage. Unfortunately for the British, the guarantee proved to be worthless. The retreating British column consisted of approximately 4,500 military personnel and 12,000 camp followers including many women and children. During a series of ruthless attacks all but a few dozen were killed and taken prisoner the rest where butchered
    The only survivor to reach Jellalabad was a Dr Brydon,

    casualty list 1842
  2. My, you're a cheery wee fella.
  3. You should send that link to Downing Street and ask them what shape the wheel will be this time. :roll:
  4. your right there, don't you just need him in a sanger with you.
  5. Not to cheerfull a picture though and cant help thinking what a spanking the russians took
    they admitted to 15000 killed, I think we are on a hiding to nothing
  6. Surely not an ancestor?
  7. ROFL yeah he is a right wee cheery chops, however I’m glad he likes my avatar.
  8. You could have chosen to highlight the second Anglo-Afghan War where, under General Roberts, we administered a good kicking to the towel heeds.
    However, this wouldn't suit the people determined that we're doomed, now would it?
  10. Yeah, that threw me off. I searched my PMs for your account to make sure you didn't change your name :lol:
  11. Sorry, the words 'casualty list 1842' were part of the heading which I should have deleted before posting.
  12. Unterfeldweble Blast Arbiet is his usual cheery self, I trust he has informed Dear Leader of the consequences of an Halfgan adventure.
    Proably has as Tone dear Tone is sending more men about half of who are TA and many medical specialists, Rob All My Comrades, as my uncle used to refer to them.
    A couple of companies from here and a platoon or two from there and they will find an extra heli or so to run the lads around in.
    My my and when it all ends in tears, just who will take the can?
    Tom will take the box, the wooden one, but now't new there.
    Is there.
  13. 4,500 British (mainly Indian) troops and approximately 12,000 'camp followers' were slaughtered by a numerically superior force of Ghilzais en-route from Kabul to India having been granted safe passage by the Afghanis. The British Army, as a result of the massacre, returned to Afghanistan and exacted tremendous retribution. The 13th Foot (later the Somerset Light Infantry) did a particularly fine job.
    Again during the second Afghan War 1878-80 (Bobs Bahadur etc.,) the British kicked ass though the battle of Maiwand proved particularly disastrous for the 66th of Foot (later the Royal Berkshire Regiment) who, outnumbered and out gunned, fought to the last man. The Brits also won the the third Afghan War in 1919. Three out of three aint bad despite L/Cpl Blowhard's subliminal message predicting doom for the Brits.
  14. All these assertions that we won the 2nd and 3rd Afghan wars leave out one valuable point - to whit,
    we couldn't control the place afterwards and were doomed to leave in failure and ignominy. Ringing any bells?