Churchill's First War

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Over a century ago, a young cavalry lieutenant wrote a riveting account of what he saw during his first major campaign, a war against tribal insurgents on the North-West Frontier. Winston Churchill's The Story of the Malakand Field Force, published in 1898, made his reputation as a writer and as a soldier. More than 120 years later it is still required reading for military commanders on the ground, both British and American. Author and foreign correspondent Con Coughlin tells the story of that campaign in Churchill's First War, a vivid piece of military history that gives rare insight into both the 19th-century 'Great Game' and the 21 century conflict that has now raged longer than the Second World War.


Con Coughlin

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jgarbuz from Queens

The US first got involved in Afghanistan when the Soviets invaded in 1980. I remember years before when hippies used to trek to Afghanistan to get hashish and opium.
Well back over a century ago when the British were still riding high and India was part of the Empire "upon which the Sun never Sets" the expansion of Czarist Russia was the perceived threat. The "Russian bear." Although intrinsically worthless, Afghanistan has been a burial ground for many armies since Alexander the Great.

May. 28 2014 12:10 PM

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