A huge, mountainous, landlocked Central Asian state, Afghanistan has defied invaders for 2,500 years. Jules Stewart takes a look at the country’s military longue durée. Taken in historical context, the 13-year presence of NATO combat troops in Afghanistan amounted to scarcely a footnote to centuries of foreign military intervention in the country. From the […]
Map of the Battle of Maiwand, 27 July 1880: the decisive action of the Second Afghan War. General Burrows’ little army of 2,700 men was caught in the open by a force around seven times the size. The Afghan warlord Ayub Khan played his advantages to the full, threatening the ranks of the British line, […]
The first aircraft to be deployed in the war swooped to strafe the Afghans fleeing across the frontier after their defeat. A map of the Third Afghan War of 1919 showing the deployment of force on either side and the locations of the principal engagements. Taken from our series on Britain’s four Afghan Wars. To read […]
It is time our leaders acknowledged that military involvement in Afghanistan has done more to undermine Britain’s standing in the world than enhance it.
From the start, what little order there was went awry. As pillaging Afghans moved into the emptying cantonment, panic ran through the straggling camp-followers, causing a stampede and the abandonment much of the stores.
The invaders of Afghanistan find themselves waging a war against an enemy who is never there.
The first part of our Afghanistan series begins in Issue 1, with an in-depth chronicling of the British army’s disastrous retreat from Kabul. This exclusive map details the stages of the retreat, and features a condensed account of the massacre of the Anglo-Indian army.
Liar and self-promoting charlatan? Or military genius and romantic revolutionary? Dr. Neil Falkner explores T E Lawrence’s relevance to contemporary warfare.