Story and Gallantry of the North West Frontier 1849-1947
by Robert Vivian, Eric Hobson, Susan Patricia England
ISBN 0954265009 (0-9542650-0-9)
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The North West frontier of India was ruled by Durrani kings from Afghanistan then by the Sikhs,some of whom came from the Punjab, and eventually by the British after they had defeated the Sikhs in 1846. The Story & Gallantry of the North West Frontier 1849-1947 describes the various expeditions during British rule in order to keep the peace, and attempts to civilize the independent tribes with descriptions of many acts of courage and gallantry. The British fought three wars with Afghanistan where even today war of a different kind and scale rages. During World War II a battalion of Afridis and other independent tribes was re-enlisted into the Indian Army to train as commandos. They were sent to PAIFORCE and helped to protect communications by road and rail for vast quantities of arms imported for Aid to Russia.On return to India the battalion reverted to the Civil Armed Forces and became the Khyber Rifles once again. [via]
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