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Fort Sher, Derwaza. 25

Fort Sher, Derwaza. 25

Photographer: Bengal Sappers and Miners

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1879

Shelfmark: Photo 197/(25)

Item number: 25

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the fort on the Sher Darwaza Heights, a range of hills due west of Kabul in Afghanistan, taken by the Bengal Sappers and Miners, an engineering arm of the Indian Army in c. 1879 during the course of the Second Anglo-Afghan War. In the 19th century the British were engaged in military conflicts with Afghanistan due to British fear of Russian encroachment on their Indian colony and internal divisions within Afghanistan. During the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-80) British forces commanded by General Roberts occupied the area around Kabul and endeavoured to gain control of the imposing hills around the city. An extensive programme of defensive works was begun which included a trench wall along the Bimaru Heights, additional fortifications and new roads for the transportation of artillery. After a series of conflicts the British withdrew from the area in 1880.

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