Change and Discontinuity: Planning for War in Afghanistan, 1904-1924
In the imaginations of many, war in British India had its focus on the North-West Frontier and was fought against the tribes of that region. However, British thinking about Indian defence involving Afghanistan underwent tremendous change over the period under consideration. British plans to meet a Russian invasion on the Kabul-Kandahar Line in 1904 resembled those of any other Nineteenth Century Imperial campaign, with numbers of infantry and cavalry still being thought of and referred to as bayonets and sabres. Twenty years later, heavily influenced by the experiences of the Great War in the region and the Third Afghan War and associated operations, the calculus was different with logistics changed by motor vehicles and the introduction of what today are referred to as force multipliers, such as aeroplanes and machine guns. It was over this period that warfare as fought and conceptualised by men like Napoleon gave way to modern practices familiar to us today.
Presented by Dr Chris Wyatt, Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security, School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham,
1 June 2016
Where: The Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1
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