Last updated: 5 February 2013
The 1st Afghan War ended in Britain's greatest imperial disaster of the 19th century. William Dalrymple explains how an entire army of what was then the most powerful military nation in the world was ambushed in the snows of the high passes, and there routed and destroyed by simply-equipped Afghan tribesmen. He explores the important lessons for the present of this first disastrous entanglement in Afghanistan.
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