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Flagstaff House Peshawar, North West Frontier, HQ Visitors Book and Waziristan Campaign Photograph Archive by  North West Frontier  Commander of the Peshawar District - 1920's-1941 - from Paul Haynes Rare Books (SKU: Biblio641)

Flagstaff House Peshawar, North West Frontier, HQ Visitors Book and Waziristan Campaign Photograph Archive

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Flagstaff House Peshawar, North West Frontier, HQ Visitors Book and Waziristan Campaign Photograph Archive

by Strettell, Major-General Sir Chauncy Batho Dashwood, Commander of the Peshawar District, North West Frontier

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Visitor's Book. Flagstaff House, Peshawar. Full morocco. Landscape octavo. (23 x 18cm). Gilt lettering to upper board. Inner gilt edge tooling. All edges gilt. Worn and cracked to spine and rubbed to corners and edges. Upper hinge reinforced with linen tape. Marbled endpapers. Bookplate Army and Navy C.S. Ltd. Stationery Dept. 105 Victoria Street, S.W.1. Pages ruled, in four columns: Name; Address; Arrival; Departure. Five photographs tipped in to verso ffep. Four further photographs tipped in. 218 signatures for Flagstaff House Peshawar between 1936 and 1941. One signature for Flagstaff House, Cherat, 1939. Ten signatures for The Polo Bungalow Bhopal, April 1941. The signatures of senior military officers and British Government agents, with their base address, and dates of arrival and departure at Peshawar HQ, at the Eastern end of the Khyber Pass, provide an exceptional and definitive primary source for historical research of the 1936-39 Waziristan Campaign and operations undertaken against the Faqir of Ipi. Signatories include Field Marshal Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, Major General Neil Charles Bannatyne, Major General Roland Dening, Major General Harold Victor Lewis, General Sir Henry Edward ap Rhys Pryce, Lieut-Col Sir William Kerr Fraser-Tytler, General Sir John Francis Stanhope Duke Coleridge, Major General Arthur Verney Hammond, Major-General Sir Charles Hamilton Boucher, Colonel Roland 'Tim' Debenham Inskip, Lieutenant-General Sir William Henry Goldney Baker, General Sir Harry Beauchamp Douglas Baird, Field Marshal Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck, Eric Dorman-Smith and many many more.

150 photographs. Many annotated to verso by Strettell. Approx 14cm x 8.5cm. 42 on Velox paper, 33 on K Ltd postcard, 25 signed by Tundan to the negative. Tundan Razani, Afghani photographer from Kabul who accompanied the British troops. Including 38 by Hiro Photographer; 1 by Arora, signed to the negative; 1 by Rai, Quetta; 2 by Butani Bros., The Regimental Photographers, Bruce Road, Quetta; 3 Mehra and Sons, Peshawar; 2 by Narain, Robert Barracks, Quetta; "Johnny Stores" Camp Karachi; 2 by Lucknow Publishing; 2 by Mahatta. Subjects include military terrain reconnaissance, troops, tribesmen, forts, roads, Khyber Pass, tunnels, camel trains, railways, aircraft, military dramatic entertainment (Strettell taking a key role), border posts, Military Camps, official photographs etc. The Commander's staff car features in several of the photos. Peshawar provided access to an enormous photographic environment and photography flourished here in a highly sophisticated form. Some of the earliest photographs taken in Afghanistan were by photographers based in Peshawar.

Major-General Sir Chauncy Batho Dashwood Strettell KCIE, CB (1881-1958) Commander of the Peshawar District, North West Frontier: the gateway to the Khyber Pass and Afghanistan. In 1901 Lieutenant Chauncy Dashwood Strettell arrived in Waziristan with the 13th Rajputs. He served for the 3rd Punjab Cavalry as part of the Punjab Frontier Force in the Waziristan Campaign of 1901-2 during the jihad declared by Pashtun Tribes following the demarcation of the Durand Line. Dashwood Strettell was in Burma as part of the Mnai-Hka expedition in 1912, and after taking command of the newly formed 6th Inniskilling Dragoons, the Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force in 1916, returning in 1919 for the Third Anglo-Afghan War. He was Commandant of the Frontier Force from 1924. By 1934 Strettell was Major-General and Director of Movements in India from 1935. In 1936 he became Commander of the Peshawar District, the British Frontier Headquarters near the eastern end of the historic Khyber Pass, close to the border with Afghanistan. The Waziristan Campaign of 1919-20 was sparked by the Afghan invasion of India. Trouble continued through to the uprising which led to the Waziristan campaign of 1936–1939 against the guerrilla forces of the Pashtun nationalist Mirzali Khan, who became known as the "Faqir of Ipi". By 1937, 40,000 troops were deployed to crush the guerrilla uprising in this difficult terrain of high mountains, wild landscape and extreme temperatures. Using a network of caves in this remote area the Fakir of Ipi evaded capture and eventually died in 1960.

"There can be few British families who have a longer connection with India since 1780 than mine. My great-grandfather was Advocate-General, Bengal, about 1815. My grandfather and father were in the Indian Army. In the nineteenth century over twenty of my near relations, uncles and cousins, served in India, mostly in the Army, but also in the Forests, etc. My brother and son served in the British Service in India. My wife was an officer for the Indian Army, and I have served in it for forty four years, and I am still, as far as I know, Colonel of my Regiment." The Indian army before and after 1947 Major‐ General Sir Dashwood Strettell K.C.I.E., C.B. Journal of The Royal Central Asian Society Volume 35, 1948 - Issue 2.


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Flagstaff House Peshawar, North West Frontier, HQ Visitors Book and Waziristan Campaign Photograph Archive
Strettell, Major-General Sir Chauncy Batho Dashwood, Commander of the Peshawar District, North West Frontier
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Peshawar, Afghanistan
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Afghanistan, India, Peshawar, Westland Wapiti, War, Military, Indian Army, North West Frontier, Waziristan, Khyber Pass, Photographs, Archive
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Travel and Exploration; History; Military History; The Middle East, India and Asia;

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