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Part of Wall, Upper Bala Hissar, [Kabul].

Part of Wall, Upper Bala Hissar, [Kabul].

Photographer: Bengal Sappers and Miners

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1879

Shelfmark: Photo 197/(32)

Item number: 32

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of part of a wall at Upper Bala Hissar in Kabul, 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 (1878-80). The Bala Hissar or High Fortress was the ancient seat of power at Kabul dating back to the time of the White Huns in the 5th century. It was located south of the city overlooking the houses and bazaars from a commanding height. In 1879 the fortress was partially destroyed by General Roberts for the killing of the British resident, Cavagnari and his mission during the Second Afghan War.

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