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View from Bimaru, shewing the Kohistan Route.

View from Bimaru, shewing the Kohistan Route.

Photographer: Bengal Sappers and Miners

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1879

Shelfmark: Photo 197/(37)

Item number: 37

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a view from the hill to the north-east of the Sherpur Cantonment, looking across the Kabul Valley in Afghanistan with ruined villages in the foreground, taken by the Bengal Sappers and Miners, an engineering arm of the Indian Army in c. 1879. This photograph was taken during the course of the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-80) when British forces commanded by General Roberts occupied the area around Kabul and endeavoured to gain control of the surrounding hills. 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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