Above is a pic of Lt. Colonel James Galbraith, Regimental Colour in hand, alongside Bobbie the regimental dog and some of the other "Last Eleven" survivors of the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment, making their last stand in one of the walled gardens just South of Khig village, a few miles West of the Afghan town of Maiwand.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Ayub Khan's emissaries proclaim Jihad...

"Soldiers of the true Faith! We march to the conquest of our city of Kandahar, now in the possession of our bitter enemy the Feringhi [foreigners], whom we will drive back with our steel, and win back the capital of the south. The garrison is weak and we are strong; besides, we are fighting for our homes and native land, and our foe is not prepared for us with either food or ammunition for a siege. The bazaars of the city are full of British gold, and this shall be the prize of the conquerers when we have chased away the invaders from our soil. Let us march on, then, day by day, with the determination to conquer or die!"*

*As quoted on p.51 of: "Maiwand - The Last Stand of The 66th (Berkshire) Regiment in Afghanistan, 1880" by Richard J. Stacpoole-Ryding

Just added another, slightly wider, view of the same scene. Wish I could really nail down how Blogger positions pics within posts, so I could get everything laid out exactly the way I want it!

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