Sapper and Miners Bastion, Sherpur.
Photographer: Bengal Sappers and Miners
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Sapper and Miners Bastion in Sherpur taken by the Bengal Sappers and Miners, an engineering arm of the Indian Army in c. 1879. The Sherpur cantonment was situated a mile north of the city of Kabul in Afghanistan. It was planned by Shere Ali Khan (1825-1879) Amir of Afghanistan as the main winter headquarters of his army. The main wall of the cantonment was over a mile and a half long with massive towers at regular intervals for artillery. In October 1879 British forces under General Roberts entered Kabul and occupied the fortress after the death of the British resident Cavagnari and his mission during the Second Afghan War (1879-80). Roberts was tasked with establishing a line of communication with British forces via the Khyber Pass, securing his force at Kabul and punishing those responsible for the death of Cavagnari.