- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: The History Press (1 Oct. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752445375
- ISBN-13: 978-0752445373
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,220,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Maiwand: The Last Stand of the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment in Afghanistan, 1880 Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Oct 2008
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...meticulously researched history... --Gun Mart , April 09
About the Author
Richard J. StackpooleRidingis the chairman of the U.K. Dr. Watson Society and has a life-long interest in the Battle of Maiwand."
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So when this book came to my notice in 2012 I had to get it & see if what I remembered had been expounded upon. Well it has. This book looks at the 66th Regt. in detail from their garrison service in India, their re-equipping with Martini Henrys & then move North to quell a budding insurrection by a want-to-be new king of Afghanistan. I am not sure that I have ever read a book that goes into such (fascinating) detail of the unit, their earlier disciplinary problems (down to drink mainly), a change of command, & their whipping into shape.
The sources of all this information, letters home, official orders & reports seem to me to be quite exhaustive. The battle itself (taking place the year after the Zulu massacre at Isandlwana), does not occur until half way through the book, by which time the names of many of the soldiers have become familiar.
For those who enjoy military minutae, & learning about forgotten battles then this is highly recommended. For those who follow the current news about the situation in Afghanistan, then this book will be also very interesting. When you read in the papers today about our troops in Afghan, & then compare it to the 1880's British troops in red wool uniforms...well it makes you think "how did they do it".