SHADWELL, Leonard Julius. Lockhart's Advance Through Tirah.
London, W. Thacker & Co. 1898.
8vo. Original maroon cloth, spine lettered in gilt, image of Scottish HighlaNds soldier blocked in gilt onto front cover; pp. vii, , 319, 31 (publisher's catalogue), twolarge colour-printed folding maps, plates after photographs; minimal rubbing to binding, one map with repaired tear and a bit spotted; a very good copy.
First edition. 'In 1897 Lockhart was placed in command of the 40,000 strong Tirah expeditionary force, after Afridis attacked British outposts along the north-west frontier during the most serious outbreak of resistance to British rule in India since the mutiny. During the difficult extended fighting in the inaccessible mountains of Tirah, he skilfully conducted punitive operations against elusive Afridi and Orakzai fighters, armed with modern rifles. Though for the most part consisting of guerrilla warfare, the campaign also included such bitterly contested engagements as the attack at Dargai and the withdrawal of the 2nd division down the Bara valley. For his services he received the thanks of the government of India, was made a GCB, and succeeded Sir George White as commander-in-chief in India in 1898' (ODNB).