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Album of photographs from service in Waziristan, 1930-1.
Waziristan: [but probably compiled at the] Staff College, Quetta,, 1930-1. Foolscap light card green folder (280 x 175 mm). Printed paper label, "Staff College Quetta. North West Frontier Tour. 1930" mounted to front panel. 12 black thick-paper leaves tipped in, with 94 original photographs (all approx. 82 x 56 mm, 4 of these combined to make 2 panoramas) and 19 professional silver gelatin prints (approx. 90 x 140 mm; signed and captioned in the images) mounted rectos and versos, with hand-written captions in white ink. Folder slightly sunned, rubbed and marked, second leaf tipped in at a slight angle, a very small number of photographs lifting at edges, leaves faintly creased along fore edges, the images unaffected. Very good condition overall, with only a minimum of fading to the photographs. Deceptively extensive photograph album of military service in Waziristan during the Afridi and Red Shirt rebellions, with almost 100 original photographs of views, cantonments, operations, and native and British troops, complemented by attractive prints (mostly views) by prolific North-West Frontier photographers B. R. Tundan, B. D. Arora and Sons, and Randolph Bezzant Holmes, all exhaustively captioned and arranged in what appears to be broad chronological sequence. The compiler seems to have approached Waziristan from the south (probably Multan), crossing the Indus at Dera Ismail Khan and passing through Manzai, Chagmalai and Splitoi before arriving at Wana, the British camp there and the various surrounding picquets documented in a series of photographs including native troops (Madras sappers and miners, a khasadar at Madijan) and one of the 10th Baluchistan Regiment (possibly his own unit); thence to Shagai Fort (with a photograph of two officers amusingly captioned "'Dreadnought' & another heavyweight, Major Meade 2/0 Rajputana Rifles") and Peshawar, depicted in a general view and two attractive street scenes including a "wayside shave". From Peshawar the unit seems to have travelled along the Khyber Pass to the Indo-Afghan frontier at Michni Kandao, documented in a series of photographs, with stops at Landi Kotal (the photograph depicting a unit of Gordon Highlanders) and Fort Salop. The next sequence of photographs is perhaps the most indicative of British operations in this period, depicting the construction of the "New Bridge" over the Bara River on the Khajuri Plain: "After the tribal uprising of 1919-1920, it was decided during the spring of 1922 to locate the main garrison of Waziristan at Razmak. The self-contained cantonment, capable of holding 10,000 men, was established in January 1923. New roads linking the garrisons and camps in the area were constructed to permit speedier troop movements" (National Army Museum, online). Original photographs depicting the subsequent journey, up to Razmak past Dhatta Khel, is accompanied by three Tundan photographs depicting the newly-laid Waziristan Circular Road. Another attractive Tundan print depicts the "Razmak Column in action", and an original photograph intriguingly depicts Brigadier Arthur Mills, commander of the Razmak Brigade, inaugurating the Razmak "golf course" on Christmas Day, 1930. The garrison is portrayed in a number of professional and original photographs, interspersed with a Tundan print of a "Wazir woman", Arora photographs of Jandola Bridge and "Representative types, South Waziristan Scouts, Jandola", original images of Merobi tribesmen, a column of Gurkhas near a "typical Wazir tower", and several original views of Takki Zam and Ahnai Tangi, followed by a closing sequence of street scenes back in Peshawar and views of the new Attock Bridge, redesigned by Sir Francis Callaghan in 1929.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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