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Red Shirts Rebellion on the North West Frontier

March 16 2004 at 11:26 AM
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Response to unique between-the-wars figure release


In 1931 there was a series of riots and attacks by the Red Shirts a Pathan led Anti British campaign in and around Peshawar. It is possible that this might be the campaign that this figure is based on.

In Military Illustrated No 25 June 1990 on page 30 there is an illustration of a Sergeant of 2Bn Seaforth Highlands, and on page 32 an photo of an officer in the same regiment in 1930 when they were fighing the Afridia tribes.

There were some interesting vehicles present in these campaigns including Crossley Armoured cars with electrified body work to deter riots climbing onto the hulls.

In 1937 Light Tanks were used to climb up very steep hills into areas that had never seen vehicles in 1937.

Donkeys and men were used to assist them around hairpin bends to save brake wear in the same way Scammels pulled Matildas around the bends on Halfaya Pass in Wavell's Offensive.

The tribes men sent messengers to complain that the use of tanks was unsporting!


Nick Balmer

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  1. Peshawar (Pakistan) - G Creager on Mar 18, 8:28 AM
    1. Indian Army Campaigns 1915 - 1921 - Nick Balmer on Mar 18, 11:57 AM

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