The First Afghan War 1839–42: Invasion, catastrophe and retreat (Campaign #298) (Paperback)

The First Afghan War 1839–42: Invasion, catastrophe and retreat (Campaign #298) By Professor Richard Macrory Hon KC, Peter Dennis (Illustrator) Cover Image


In 1839, forces of the British East India Company crossed the Indus to invade Afghanistan on the pretext of reinstating a former king, Shah Soojah, to his rightful throne. The reality was that this was another step in Britain's Great Game--Afghanistan would create a buffer to any potential Russian expansion toward India.

This history traces the initial, highly successful campaign as the British easily occupied Kabul and the rebellion that two years later humbled the British army. Forced to negotiate a surrender, the British fled Kabul en masse in the harsh Afghan winter. Decimated by Afghan guerilla attacks and by the extreme cold paired with a lack of food and supplies, just one European--Dr. Brydon--would make it to the safety of Jalalabad five days later. This highly illustrated history then goes on to trace the retribution attack on Kabul the following year, which destroyed the symbolic Mogul Bazaar before troops rapidly withdrew and left Afghanistan in peace for nearly a generation.

About the Author

Richard Macrory Hon KC is Emeritus Professor of environmental law at University College London where he set up and was first director of the Centre for Law and the Environment.

Professor Macrory served as a board member of the Environment Agency England and Wales between 1999 and 2004, and was a long-standing member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. He was the founding editor of the Journal of Environmental Law.

In 2006 Professor Macrory led the Cabinet Office Review on Regulatory Sanctions and his recommendations were reflected in Part 3 Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 which established the framework for civil sanctions in the regulatory field.

Professor Macrory was the first chair of the UK Environmental Law Association, and in 2016-2018 was co-chair of the UKELA's Brexit Task Force. He is a bencher of Grays Inn, and was appointed an Hon. KC in 2008.

Peter Dennis was inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn, leading him to study Illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781472813978
ISBN-10: 1472813979
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2016
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: Campaign