Crimson Snow: Britain’s First Disaster in Afghanistan


“We must see what the morning brings and then think what can be done,” said Major General Elphinstone, when told of the rampaging mob outside his residency in Kabul, 1841. Was former Prime Minister Tony Blair wrong in 2001 to allow Britain to be drawn into a fourth conflict in Afghanistan, just as it was wrong for Britain to go into that country in 1839 without a shred of evidence to support widespread fears of imminent Russian invasion? The result of this misadventure was the worst single military disaster the Raj ever suffered: a column of 16,000 troops, their families and camp followers were massacred on the retreat from Kabul.

Author: Jules Stewart,
Foreword By: General Sir David Richards
ISBN: 9780750948258
Binding: Hardback, 254 Pages
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Weight 0.670 kg
Dimensions 24 × 16.1 × 2.6 cm