Thursday, January 13, 2011

T.D.I.H. - Jan 13

On this day in 1842 Afghan tribesmen wiped out a British army, almost literally to the last man. The British responded by marching a new army into Afghanistan, razing Kabul for revenge, and then wiping their hands of Afghanistan. The incident is marked by a particular shameful surrender by the commander Gen. William Elphinstone and his second in command, Brigadier Shelton, to save their own lives while the rest of the army continued to be killed. There is so much more to this story, a defiant rejection of surrender, a British officer literally rescuing his wife from captivity, the desperate ride of the only British soldier to escape capture and survive. This is just crying out for a movie, especially today with coalition forces in Afghanistan.

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