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  • The history of Helmand province

    I was reading this article by Robert Fisk, when to my amazement I stumbled on a familiar name...

    A small teaser, as this is copyrighted material:

    "Hands up any soldiers who know that another of Britain's great military defeats took place in the very sands in which your colleagues are now fighting the Taliban. Yes, the Battle of Maiwand - on 27 July, 1880 - destroyed an entire British brigade, overrun by thousands of armed Afghan tribesmen, some of whom the official enquiry into the disaster would later describe as "Talibs". The Brits had been trying to secure Helmand province. Sound familiar?"

    http://news.independent.co.uk/world/...cle2303021.ece

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    Re: The history of Helmand province

    Yeah most of our map makers read things like this for inspiration of sorts!

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      Re: The history of Helmand province

      Originally posted by Riki_Rude_BTYC View Post
      Yeah most of our map makers read things like this for inspiration of sorts!
      Excellent, I'll be looking up some more of this stuff. Who wanted that storyline?

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        Re: The history of Helmand province

        I do enjoy Robert Fisk. He has a very good sense of historical context.

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