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View from Sha Sahid's Mosque [Kabul].

View from Sha Sahid's Mosque [Kabul].

Photographer: Burke, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1879

Shelfmark: Photo 430/3(20)

Item number: 20

Length: 14.3

Width: 24

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View in Kabul, Afghanistan by John Burke, 1879-80. The photographer accompanied the British Army on route through the North-West Frontier Province (Pakistan) and Afghanistan during the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-80) where he captured topographical and military scenes. Following the death of the British resident, Cavagnari and his mission at Kabul in September 1879 General Roberts and his forces entered the city and occupied the Sherpur Cantonment. Roberts was tasked with punishing those responsible for the death of Cavagnari, securing his force at Kabul and establishing a line of communication with British forces via the Khyber Pass. Kabul was in a strategically important position giving access eastwards through the Khyber Pass towards Peshawar, northwards towards Kohistan and westwards into the Chardeh Plain.

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