The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War ... (Google eBook)

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Longmans, Green, and Company, 1901 - India - 337 pages
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User Review  - Majid Khan - Goodreads

Being residence of the area, I found it pretty much wonderful. Always passing through the fortess and Bridge of Chakdara, and specially seeing the Churchill Pact on the top of the rock I never feel ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Higgins - Goodreads

I enjoyed the book. I read in kindle format. I had to open maps in my pc to get a better understanding of the geography. One interesting aspect of British EMpire writing of this era is the underlying ... Read full review




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Page 226 - Some for the Glories of This World; and some Sigh for the Prophet's Paradise to come; Ah, take the Cash, and let the Credit go, Nor heed the rumble of a distant Drum! XIV Look to the blowing Rose about us 'Lo, Laughing...
Page 139 - No other institution is left standing which carries the mind back to the times when the smoke of sacrifice rose from the Pantheon, and when camelopards and tigers bounded in the Flavian amphitheatre.
Page 70 - The profession of medicine, and surgery, must always rank as the most noble that men can adopt. The spectacle of a doctor in action among soldiers, in equal danger and with equal courage, saving life where all others are taking it, allaying pain where all others are causing it, is one which must always seem glorious, whether to God or man. It is impossible to imagine any situation from which a human being might better leave this world, and embark on the hazards of the Unknown.
Page 141 - ... long streak of vivid green rice crop by the river; and in the foreground the brown-clad armed men. I can never doubt which is the right end to be at. It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.
Page 42 - Ghazi - he who has killed an infidel - is depicted in heaven as fewer than seven degrees above the Caaba itself. Even after the fighting - when the tribesmen reeled back from the terrible army they had assailed, leaving a quarter of their number on the field - the faith of the survivors was unshaken. Only those who had doubted had perished, said the Mullah, and displayed a bruise which was, he informed them, the sole effect of a twelve-pound shrapnel shell on his weird person.
Page 88 - All among the rice fields and the rocks, the strong horsemen hunted the flying enemy. No quarter was asked or given, and every tribesman caught, was speared or cut down at once. Their bodies lay thickly strewn about the fields, spotting with black and white patches, the bright green of the rice crop. It was a terrible lesson and one, which the inhabitants of Swat and Bajaur will never forget. Since then their terror of Lancers has been extraordinary.
Page 33 - June Lord Rosebery's Cabinet replied decisively, with courage if not with wisdom, that 'no military force or European agent should be kept at Chitral, that Chitral should not be fortified, and that no road should be made between Peshawar and Chitral'.
Page 159 - Far beneath was a valley upon which perhaps no white man had looked since Alexander crossed the mountains on his march to India. Numerous villages lay dotted about in its depths, while others nestled against the hills. Isolated forts were distinguishable, while large trees showed there was no lack of water. It was a view that repaid the exertions of the climb, for the thirsty spectators.
Page 11 - Wycherley's indecency is protected against the critics as a skunk is protected against the hunters. It is safe, because it is too filthy to handle and too noisome even to approach.
Page iii - The Story of the Malakand Field Force, An Episode of Frontier War. By Winston L. Spencer Churchill, Lieutenant, the 4th Queen's Own Hussars.' The title-page has a motto drawn from Lord Salisbury : ' They (Frontier Wars) are but the surf that marks the edge and the advance of the wave of civilisation...

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