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Con Coughlin

Churchill’s First War: Young Winston and the Fight Against the Taliban

Last updated: 17 April 2013

Con Coughlin

16 April 2013, 7.00pm

Just over a century ago British troops were fighting a vicious frontier war against Pashtun tribesmen on the North-West Frontier. Winston Churchill, then a young cavalry lieutenant, wrote a vivid account of what he saw during his first major campaign.

'The Story of the Malakand Field Force', published in 1898, was Churchill’s first book and, a hundred years later, is required reading for military commanders on the ground, both British and American.

In this talk acclaimed author and foreign correspondent Con Coughlin will tell the story of that campaign, a story of high adventure and imperial success, which contains many lessons and warnings for today.

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1 comment

Earl Rodney
3 April 2013, 1.41am

I believe that the first war

I believe that the first war Churchill experienced was in 1895 while visiting Cuba when he came under fire from the rebels. He became fond of Cuban cigars during that visit.

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