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General view of camp with signalling tower, Chakdarra

General view of camp with signalling tower, Chakdarra

Photographer: Caddy, Alexander E.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(969a)

Item number: 1003969a

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the military camp at Chakdarra in the North West Frontier Province, taken by Alexander Caddy in the 1880s. Chakdarra is located in the northern territory of Pakistan on the south bank of the Swat River. Alexander the Great visited this site around 327 BC on his way to invade India although the site was first fortified some time later, by the Mughal Emperor Akbar's general Zain Khan in 1587. Chakdarra was the scene of fierce fighting in the late nineteenth century. In 1895 Chakdarra was garrisoned by the Chitral Relief Force, made up of regiments from the British and Indian armies, and kept on as an outpost. Two years later it was the scene of a siege by 8,000 tribesmen; the garrison was finally relieved on August 2nd 1897. In this photograph, a military camp can be seen in the foreground with a signalling tower on the hillside beyond.

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