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  1. 1842 retreat from Kabul. The 1842 retreat from Kabul, also called the Massacre of Elphinstone's army, during the First Anglo-Afghan War, was the retreat of the British and East India Company forces from Kabul. [4] An uprising in Kabul forced the then commander, Major-General William Elphinstone, to fall back to the British garrison at Jalalabad.

    • Afghan victory
    • Britain Invades Afghanistan
    • The Afghans Revolt
    • British Forced to Flee
    • Slaughter in The Mountain Passes
    • A Severe Blow to British Pride

    The British resolved to invade Afghanistan, and the Army of the Indus, a formidable force of more than 20,000 British and Indian troops, set off from India for Afghanistan in late 1838. After difficult travel through the mountain passes, the British reached Kabul in April 1839. They marched unopposed into the Afghan capital city. Dost Mohammed was ...

    The Afghan population deeply resented the British troops. Tensions slowly escalated, and despite warnings from friendly Afghans that an uprising was inevitable, the British were unprepared in November 1841 when an insurrection broke out in Kabul. A mob encircled the house of Sir Alexander Burnes. The British diplomat tried to offer the crowd money ...

    Sir William McNaghten, who had been trying to negotiate a way out of the city, was murdered on December 23, 1841, reportedly by Muhammad Akbar Khan himself. The British, their situation hopeless, somehow managed to negotiate a treaty to leave Afghanistan. On January 6, 1842, the British began their withdrawal from Kabul. About 4,500 British troops ...

    A magazine based in Boston, the North American Review, published a remarkably extensive and timely account titled “The English in Afghanistan” six months later, in July 1842. It contained this vivid description: More than 16,000 people had set out on the retreat from Kabul, and in the end, only one man, Dr. William Brydon, a British Army surgeon, h...

    The loss of so many troops to mountain tribesmen was, of course, a bitter humiliation for the British. With Kabul lost, a campaign was mounted to evacuate the rest of the British troops from garrisons in Afghanistan, and the British then withdrew from the country entirely. And while popular legend held that Dr. Brydon was the only survivor from the...

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  2. 17/06/2022 · Britain’s Retreat from Kabul 1842. by Terry Stewart. The inhospitable terrain, the unforgiving and unpredictable weather, fractured tribal politics, turbulent relations with the local population and armed civilians: these are just some of the issues that led to Britain’s downfall in Afghanistan. This refers not to the most recent war in Afghanistan ...

  3. “the worst British military disaster until the fall of Singapore exactly a century later.” The Economist The Times described Bruce’s books as “well researched, with a keen eye for historical detail.” Retreat from Kabul is a brilliant account of the First Anglo-Afghan War.

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  4. Retreat from Kabul: The Catastrophic British Defeat in Afghanistan, 1842 : MacRory, Patrick: Libros

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