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Report on the Working of the Army Veterinary Department with the Waziristan Field Force. 1895....

[With:] Report on the Working of the Army Veterinary Department with the Tochi Field Force, 1897-1898.

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Published: London & Simla Printed at the War Office, by Harrison and Sons, [and] G[overnment] C[entral] Press, 1897 and 1898

Stock Code: 131814

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First and sole editions, rare, each of a print run of a mere 200 copies; not recorded on Copac or OCLC as being among any institutional holdings, although we have traced a copy of each at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Detailed reports covering these two minor conflicts on the North-West Frontier, giving statistics on horses, mules, camels and bullocks, wounds to animals, disease and illness, feeding and watering.

The brief conflict in Waziristan (November 1894 - March 1895) opened with the audacious pre-dawn raid on the British camp at Wana by 2,000 Mahsud tribesmen led by the radical Muslim preacher, the Mullah Powindah. "Another punitive expedition was now inevitable and three brigades assembled... under the overall command of Lieutenant General Sir William Lockhart, an officer of great Frontier experience. In the event, there was little fighting but Waziristan was traversed from end to end, towers and defences destroyed and, immense quantities of grain, forage and animals seized" (Brian Robson, Crisis on the Frontier: The Third Afghan War and the Campaign in Waziristan 1919-1920, 2004, p. 157). A similar initial attack on the Political Officer and his escort at Maizar in June 1897, caught the British force at a disadvantage, "the escort made a fighting withdrawal until relieved by troops from Datta Khel. The baggage mules had stampeded early on, taking the reserve ammunition with them, and the guns had been reduced to firing blank until that, too, gave out. It was only sheer determination that prevented total annihilation" (ibid.). This led to the punitive expedition by the Tochi Field Force but it was "only the approach of winter and the potential loss of the spring crops which forced the Wazir surrender in November 1897" (ibid).

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2 works, quarto, bound in one (307 x 198 mm), pp. 10 and 17. Recent maroon cloth, gilt lettered on front cover.


Very good copies.


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