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Field Operation - Zakka Khel, 1908. Bazar Valley Field Force. Division of the Chief of Staff. Army Head Quarters. Mobilisation Branch. Case No. 672.

VARIOUS (1908].)


4to. Original quarter cloth over printed boards, somewhat wormed and browned, rear inner hinge cracked. pp. 28, 8, 134. [Government of India Central Printing Office, 7-4-

Designated "Confidential" this one of only 30 copies.

It reprints the official correspondence relating to the campaign together with a complete register of despatches.

The Zakka Khel lived in the Bazar Valley, south of the Khyber. Between 1901 and 1908 their raiding parties, which penetrated as far as Peshawar, killed thirty-two, wounded twenty-nine and kidnapped thirty-seven British subjects. This triggered a punitive expedition by the B.V.F.F., which commenced on the 14th of February and ended on the 1st of March that year with the submission of the tribes.

In North-West Frontier (Hutchinson, London, 1967) Arthur Swinson remarks that the expedition was "notable solely for the fact that it provided a baptism of fire for the future Field Marshal Wavell, then a young subaltern."

We cannot locate any other copy. Not in Copac or Worldcat.

Stock Code: 79960