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ASHE, Waller.

Personal Records of the Kandahar Campaign by Officers engaged therein.

Edited and Annotated, with an Introduction...

Published: London: David Bogue, 1881

Stock code: 112747

Price: £300

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First edition of an important and uncommon source for the Second Afghan War. “Major Walter [sic] Ashe has compiled a group of twenty-three letters written by several unnamed officers of the British Army during the Second Afghan War… [they] focus mainly on General Burrow’s disastrous defeat at Maiwand, and the consequent relief force led by General Roberts… While unquestioning of the British presence in Afghanistan, the variable quality of British generalship does not pass unnoticed. Although written by various individuals, they form a coherent whole in theme and prose quality” (Riddick). Ashe was also author of The Story of the Zulu Campaign (1880) and translator of The Military Institutions of France (1869).

Octavo (216 137 mm). Recently, neatly rebound in blue cloth, red morocco spine label, brown endpapers. Half-title bound in. Ink-stamps of the Railway Clearing House Literary Society to the first few leaves, light browning, some foxing front and back, but overall very good.

Bibliography: Bruce 4495; Riddick 271.

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