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.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Urgent Dispatch from the Hazara Field Force: Treachery in Serai

Early morning of August 1st, 1890.  The sun rises over the Malakand Pass, and Captain Carey's Signal Section stationed on the tallest peak thereof...

They spot the FLASHING GLINT from a distant heliograph and receive the following MESSAGE:


Captain L. Gie, Signal Corps

Village of Serai

BG Channers and his Political Officers taken hostage during Jirga


Protection force and one signaler killed


Tower is currently burning


Pathans falling back


Captain Carey rapidly relays the message to Brigadier Gnl. Ruff-Husband, Commander of 1st Brigade, Peshawar Field Force, at their Cantonments on the South side of the pass... 

The Brigadier quickly consulted with his staff, who double-check their map with Google Sahib and confirmed that the village of Serai did indeed lie 22 miles distant via foot (as opposed to via one of those newfangled Horseless Carriages) from their present position alongside Dargai Village, as seen here...

The Brigadier quickly dictated his reply message, entrusted it to the fastest rider in his Brigade -- Daffadar  Ishar Singh of 12th Bengal Cavalry, who rode through the pass at whirlwind speed...

The Daffadar Ishar Singh delivered the message to Capt. Carey...

Who then used the Heliograph to send it to Capt. Gie:

FROM: BGnl Ruff-Husband, Commander 1st Brigade Peshawar Field Force
TO: Officer Currently Commanding Hazara Field Force

My brigade is 1 day's forced march from your position at Serai


Request you advise rapidly if you require relief



  1. to quote a famous Admiral " Its a trap"

  2. Watch out for the wily Pathan!
    Best Iain

  3. wackmole9 & Iain: Can't pull the khaki wool over either of your eyes! Time will tell, to be tracked on the frontier in sand... lead... and blood.