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f.40' Pass of Nufoosk near Kahun. Advance of the Storm party, 31st Aug. 1840.

f.40' Pass of Nufoosk near Kahun. Advance of the Storm party, 31st Aug. 1840.

Artist: Boyd, George (1800-1850)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1840

Shelfmark: WD247

Item number: 40

Length: 23

Width: 35.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil, pen-and-ink and wash drawing of Naffusak Pass near Kahun by George Boyd (1800-1850) in 1840. The drawing is inscribed: 'Defeat of Major Clibborne in attempt to relieve Capt Browne's post at Kahun Fort. Aug 31st, 1840.' This drawing is for plate 3 of R. Kirk's,' Views of defiles and mountain passes in Affghanistan' (London, 1841).

During the First Afghan War (1839-1842) a detachment of British troops were stationed at the fort of Kahan in Baluchistan under the command of Captain Lewis Brown. The force of 140 men held off attacks from Baluchi tribesmen from May until September 1840 before a relieving party under Major Clibborn approached. In an attempt to storm the Naffusak Pass Major Clibborn’s forces were repulsed receiving heavy losses; of 650 men, 179 were killed and 92 wounded. Many of his force died of heat and thirst. The fort of Kahan was forced to capitulate with the honours of war.

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