British in Afghanistan, 1800s.

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OpanaPointer
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British in Afghanistan, 1800s.

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I digitized some British documents covering their adventures in the 'Stan back in the 1800s. Fascinating reading for those interested in deep background. https://www.history.navy.mil/content/hi ... 78-80.html
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Re: British in Afghanistan, 1800s.

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Thanks for that, not one of our more successful ventures, I think we lost about 16000 men in 1842.
Afghanistan seems to be one of those counties which is almost impossible for a foreign invasion to succeed, I believe we tried again in the 1880s when we were armed with the then modern breech loading Martini Henry and once more in 1919 with even more modern magazine rifles and machine guns.
The Russians didn't fare too well either!
The last 20 year escapade by NATO forces was, in my humble opinion, always ultimately doomed to an eventual failure, waging a war against people fighting guerrilla warfare on home ground was always going to be a no win situation in the end. There was a very good article in one of the mainstream papers on Sunday where the author stated that we cannot and should not, try and force our western values on another country by the barrel of a gun. How true.
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Re: British in Afghanistan, 1800s.

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After digitizing those books it really bothered me that with such sterling examples we still sent our guys into that area.
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