By that time, however, it had successfully convinced Habibullah that Afghanistan was an independent nation and that it should be beholden to no one. [4] In this regard, the outcome of the Third Anglo-Afghan War is contentious. The Third Anglo-Afghan War began on 6 May 1919 and ended with an armistice on 8 August 1919. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. In his book on the campaign, Lieutenant-General George Molesworth gave the following evaluation of the Amir's army: "Afghan regular units...were ill-trained, ill-paid, and probably under strength. Outbreaks continued throughout the country, and the British eventually found their position untenable. [22], Meanwhile, the previous day, British and Indian forces had launched an attack on 'Stonehenge Ridge', where an Afghan force of about 3,000 men had established themselves with a number of artillery pieces and machine guns. He subsequently agreed to receive a permanent British embassy at Kabul. [37], On 27 May the British commander in Quetta decided attack the Afghan fortress at Spin Baldak, capturing it and in the process seized the initiative in the south, however, the situation in the centre of the war zone, around Kurram, remained desperate for the British. The British gained a command and control advantage with their use of motor transport and wireless communications while armoured cars and RAF detachments increased their firepower and reach, the latter being demonstrated to the Afghans by a bombing raid on Kabul itself. For the British in India, Afghanistan was long seen as a … This request was denied by the Viceroy, Frederic Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford, since attendance at the conference was confined to the belligerents. YaÊ¿qÅ«b abdicated the throne, which remained vacant until July 1880, when Ê¿Abd al-Raḥmān, nephew of ShÄ«r Ê¿AlÄ«, became emir. After the second Anglo-Maratha war, the Marathas made one last attempt to rebuild their old prestige. Lord Trenchard seized on the bombing of Kabul as justification for the role of strategic bombing for the independent Royal Air Force. The cavalry was little better than indifferent infantry mounted on equally indifferent ponies. It was a minor tactical victory for the British. They wanted to retake all their old possessions from the English. [18] Bagh was strategically important to the British and Indians as it provided water to Landi Kotal, which was at the time garrisoned by just two companies of troops from the British Indian Army. [22][29] Coinciding with this, three BE2c aircraft from the Royal Air Force carried out a bombing raid on Dacca in Afghanistan, attacking a group of hostile tribesmen. However, the ruler of Afghanistan at the time, ḤabÄ«bullāh Khan, was able to maintain a policy of noninvolvement throughout the war. However, the ruler of Afghanistan at the time, ḤabÄ«bullāh Khan, was able to maintain a policy of noninvolvement throughout the war. When ḤabÄ«bullāh was assassinated on February 20, 1919, by persons associated with the anti-British movement, his son Amānullāh Khan took possession of the throne. [57] Additionally, it should be noted that the honour was not awarded to regiments that had been disbanded,[57] e.g. [22] On 13 May British and Indian troops seized control of the western Khyber without opposition and occupied Dacca,[13] however, the British camp was poorly sited for defence and as a consequence they came under an intense long-range artillery barrage from Afghan artillery before Amanullah launched an infantry assault on them. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. One infantry division and a so-called "mounted" brigade were also detailed for operations on the Baluchistan–Zhob front. Not only were the Afghans themselves a threat, but for a long time the British worried about Russian intentions in the region, concerned that a possible invasion of India could be launched by Tsarist forces through Afghanistan. It was a minor tactical victory for the British. [23], But the main problem for the British was discontent among their soldiers. In going to war in 1919 against British India, Amir Amanullah's war aims were complicated. Rifles varied between modern German, Turkish and British types, to obsolete Martinis and Snyders. [18] However, of this force the entire North-West Frontier Province had three infantry divisions and two cavalry brigades, although there was also GHQ India's central reserve of one infantry division and one cavalry brigade. British forces were again dispatched, and before the end of October they occupied Kabul. In the aftermath, the Afghans were able to resume the right to conduct their own foreign affairs as a fully independent state. [22][27], Meanwhile, a cordon was thrown around Peshawar and demands were made for the population to hand over the uprising's ringleaders. For the artillery much black powder was used, both as a propellent and bursting charge for shells. [22], In response to this the British Indian government declared war upon Afghanistan on 6 May and ordered a general mobilisation of the British and Indian forces. They also stopped arms sales from India to Afghanistan. Apr 19, 2020 - Explore Matt Brookman's board "Third afghan war" on Pinterest. From this they formed a striking force of two infantry divisions and two cavalry brigades for offensive operations on the Kyber front with the possibility of using it also in the Tochi and Kurram areas. [37] The following day Handley Page bombers attacked Kabul;[Note 7] however, it did little to stem the tide and the supply situation in Landi Kotal grew worse. The rout was total and the tribesman that might have otherwise have been expected to counterattack in support of the Afghans decided against doing so, instead turning their efforts to looting the battlefield and gathering the arms and ammunition that the retreating Afghans had left behind. [54], British and Indian infantry units that participated in the conflict received the battle honour "Afghanistan 1919". [6] This period became known as the Great Game. After tension between Russia and Britain in Europe ended with the June 1878 Congress of Berlin, Russia turned its attention to Central Asia. [31] Two days later, on 11 May, a second attack was made on Bagh by the 1st and 2nd Infantry Brigades, under Major General Fowler, and this time it proved successful. John Morris was an officer with the 3rd Gurkha Rifles from 1918 until 1934 in Palestine, Afghanistan (the Third Afghan War in 1919), Waziristan and the North West Frontier of India. 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[24] Like other units of the British Army many of the troops considered the war over and looked forward to being demobilised. [7][8], The end of the Second Afghan War in 1880 marked the beginning of almost 40 years of reasonably good relations between Britain and Afghanistan under the leadership of Abdur Rahman Khan and Habibullah Khan, during which time the British attempted to manage Afghan foreign policy through the payment of a large subsidy. Afghan troops were initially victorious, but the British responded by using their air force to bomb Kabul and Jalalabad. Thus the extent of the British tactical victory was limited and the Afghans also made strategic gains. A peace treaty recognizing the independence of Afghanistan was signed at Rawalpindi (now in Pakistan) on August 8, 1919, and was amended in 1921. With Great Britain and Russia maneuvering for influence in Afghanistan, Dōst Moḥammad was forced to balance his country between the two great powers. However, the Afghan army suspected Amanullah's complicity in the death of his father. With these they launched a campaign of resistance against British authority on the North-West Frontier that was to last until the end of the Raj. However, of these all but 10 (two cavalry and eight infantry) had been withdrawn in order to fight in Europe or the Middle East. [18] In addition to this, however, in a boost to the army's strength, the Afghan command could call upon the loyalty of up to 80,000 frontier tribesmen and an indeterminate number of deserters from local militia units under British command. With this a cease fire came into effect, however, some fighting continued, particularly in Chitral and in North Baluchistan,[48] and it was not until 8 August 1919 that the settlement was finally concluded when the Treaty of Rawalpindi was signed. Viceroy Lytton decided to crush his neighbouring “pipkin” and launched the Second Anglo-Afghan War on November 21, 1878, with a British invasion. Not only did it allow them to extend their reach beyond the border and bomb Kabul, but it also enabled them to harass the retreating enemy and to break up tribesmen as they attempted to form larger groups prior to launching an attack. Further negotiations were scheduled, though, but before they could begin Habibullah was assassinated on 19 February 1919. [Note 2] Many of its units still had not returned from overseas, and those that had, had begun the process of demobilisation and as such many regiments had lost almost all their most experienced men. The Situation Preceding the War In 1919 HABIBULLAH KHAN, Emir of Afghanistan, was assassinated; under him Britain by and large had controlled Afghanistan's foreign affairs. ANGLO-AFGHAN TREATY OF 1921, the outcome of peace negotiations following the Third Anglo-Afghan War.After the cease-fire of 3 June 1919, negotiations were begun at Rawalpindi between an Afghan mission headed by Ê¿AlÄ«-Aḥmad Khan, commissary for home affairs, and the British delegation headed by Sir A. H. Grant, foreign secretary to the government of India. [22][30][Note 6], Following this the 2nd and 3rd Infantry Brigades of the 1st Infantry Division were dispatched from Nowshera and Abbottabad, concentrating at Jamrud and Kacha Garhi. Terms for their withdrawal were discussed with Akbar Khan, Dōst Moḥammad’s son, but Sir William Hay Macnaghten, the British political agent, was killed during a parley with the Afghans. …Auckland, ordered an invasion of Afghanistan, with the object of restoring Shah Shojāʿ to the throne....…, …Afghan adventure and the First Anglo-Afghan War (1838–42). They were in no way prepared for a hard fought campaign on the Indian frontier. [5] While part of the division was detached to defend Kohat, the 45th Infantry Brigade under Brigadier General Reginald Dyer—who had been at the centre of the Amritsar massacre—set out to relieve Eustace's force at Thal. Artillery was ponydrawn, or pack, and included modern 10cm Krupp howitzers, 75mm Krupp mountain guns and ancient 7 pounder weapons. In an effort to negate this threat, the British made numerous … The British army occupied Kabul, as it had in the first war, and a treaty signed at Gandamak (Gandomak) on May 26, 1879, recognized ShÄ«r Ê¿Alī’s son, YaÊ¿qÅ«b Khan, as emir. In 1919 the Afghan regular army was not a very formidable force, and was only able to muster some 50,000 men. In 1937, it was eventually decided that should another war break out with Afghanistan, or in the event of a major tribal uprising, the RAF would take the offensive, while the ground forces would act defensively. The attack, however, failed when the brigade commander decided to split his forces and detach almost half his force to protect his flank and as a result was unable to achieve the necessary concentration of force to capture all of his objectives. Afghanistan thereby became one of the first states to recognize the Soviet government, and a “special relationship” evolved between the two governments that lasted until December 1979, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan during the Afghan War. At the same time, the 6th Brigade from the 2nd Infantry Division moved up to Peshawar from Rawalpindi to help quell the unrest there. In a battle at Parwan on November 2, 1840, Dōst Moḥammad had the upper hand, but the next day he surrendered to the British in Kabul. Even up against a depleted British Indian Army, a tactical victory was unlikely; however, the war served the dual purpose of deflecting domestic criticism and also offering the opportunity for strategic political gains. Colonial conflicts involving the English overseas possessions/, Following a similar trend to what was happening in Afghanistan, there had been a rising nationalist movement in India at the same time, culminating in riots and disorder in Punjab. The British Invade Afghanistan in 1878 British troops from India invaded Afghanistan in late 1878, with a total of about … [5], The circumstances behind the war were complicated as was the final settlement. Following the Third Anglo-Afghan War in 1919, King Amanullah unsuccessfully attempted to modernize the country, but throughout the first half of the 20th century maintained good relations with the Soviets. On 13 April 1919, Dyer learnt that a large political meeting was taking place at the, The Indian Army sent over a million men overseas, and suffered approximately 115,000 casualties, see, The term regiments in this case is used to describe infantry. With the outbreak of World War I (1914–18), there was in Afghanistan widespread support of Ottoman Turkey against the British. [Note 4] After four years of mundane garrison duty, away from their families and disaffected, most of these men were really only interested in demobilisation and returning to Britain to get on with their lives. Before signing the final document with the British, the Afghans concluded a treaty of friendship with the new Bolshevik regime in the Soviet Union. Russian envoys arrived in Kabul on 22 July 1878, and on 14 August, the British demanded that Sher Ali accept a British mission too. Habibulllah son of Abdur Rahman was assassinated on 20th February 1919. [20], In meeting this threat, the British could call on a much larger force. [22] They could also direct the fire of the 60-pdrs. The Third Anglo-Afghan War (Persian: جنگ سوم افغان-انگلیس‎), also known as the Third Afghan War, the British-Afghan war of 1919 and in Afghanistan as the War of Independence, began on 6 May 1919 when the Emirate of Afghanistan invaded British India and ended with an armistice on 8 August 1919. On 4 May 1919 the undeclared third Anglo – Afghan War began when two Afghan columns crossed into the North-West Frontier province of British India. The cavalry brigades each had a Royal Horse Artillery battery with 13-pdrs. Notwithstanding these outbreaks, though, the frontier generally remained settled at a time when Britain could ill afford trouble. [37][41][42], Seeing that the situation was deteriorating for the British and seeing an opportunity, Nadir Khan decided to attack Thal. The Third Anglo-Afghan War (Persian: جنگ سوم افغان-انگلیس‎), also known as the Third Afghan War, the British-Afghan war of 1919 and in Afghanistan as the War of Independence, began on 6 May 1919 when the Emirate of Afghanistan invaded British India and … This is by virtue of the fact that the British repulsed the Afghan invasion and drove them from Indian territory, while Afghan cities were subjected to attack by Royal Air Force bombers. However, in achieving this, the British and Indian troops suffered almost double the amount of casualties that the Afghans suffered and the Afghans were ultimately able to secure their strategic political goals in the aftermath of the conflict. [13][22][Note 5], The conflict began on 3 May 1919 when Afghan troops crossed the frontier at the western end of the Khyber Pass and captured the town of Bagh. On September 3, 1879, the British envoy, Sir Louis Cavagnari, and his escort were murdered in Kabul. For the British in India, Afghanistan was long seen as a potential source of threat. The root cause of the Third Afghan War lies many years before the actual fighting commenced. THIRD ANGLO-AFGHAN WAR. Soon after Lytton arrived in India, he notified ShÄ«r Ê¿AlÄ« Khan—the third son of Dōst Moḥammad, who succeeded to the throne upon his father’s death—that he was sending a “mission” to Kabul. That same summer, Russia sent an uninvited diplomatic mission to Kabul. Ostensibly, the result of the conflict was a British tactical victory. Sher Ali Khan, the Amir of Afghanistan, tried unsuccessfully to keep them out. This was subsequently rectified and the award to these two units was withdrawn. [54] The tribesmen, always ready to exploit governmental weakness, whether real or perceived, banded together in the common cause of disorder and unrest. With the end of the First World War, Habibullah sought to gain reward from the British government for his assistance during the war. Corrections? Yet, of all these Anglo-Afghan conflicts, the Third War probably deserves to be remembered more than it is because it was the only occasion on which Afghan regular forces invaded British India. [21] There were also three frontier brigades as well as a number of frontier militia and irregular corps. [5][47], On 3 June, the Afghan camp at Yusef Khel was seized by two platoons from the 1st/25th London and two troops from the 37th Lancers supported by a section of guns from the 89th Battery, and shortly afterwards the armistice was signed. 31 Squadron and No. The survivors, under Major Russell, the commandant, were forced to fight their way out to a column of the North Zhob Militia which had been sent out to relieve them. See more ideas about Afghan war, War, Afghan. [53], 2nd/5th Royal Gurkha Rifles, North-West Frontier 1923, Casualties during the conflict amounted to approximately 1,000 Afghans killed in action,[3] while the British and Indian forces lost 1,751. Upon reaching the escarpment they found that the Afghans had left the battlefield, leaving most of their equipment, artillery and a number of standards. While the Official History recognised the limitations of aircraft in short range tactical reconnaissance, this did not stop the Royal Air Force pursuing a doctrine of imperial air policing in its fight to survive. [11][13] Through continual prevarication he resisted numerous requests for assistance, however, he failed to keep in check troublesome tribal leaders, intent on undermining British rule in India, as Turkish agents attempted to foment trouble along the frontier. The invasion is meant to coincide with an uprising in Peshawar, but is five days early. Not only were the Afghans themselves a threat, but for a long time the British worried about Russian intentions in the region, concerned that a possible invasion of India could be launched by Tsarist forces through Afghanistan. [13] Casualties during the battle, later known as the Second Battle of Bagh, amounted to 100 Afghans killed and 300 wounded, while the British and Indian forces lost eight killed and 31 wounded. [9] The British also made some political gains, most notably the reaffirmation of the Durand Line – which had long been a contentious issue between the two nations – as the political boundary separating Afghanistan from the North-West Frontier, and the undertaking that the Afghans made to stop interference on the British side of the line. The Third An­glo-Afghan War (Pashto: د افغان-انګرېز درېمه جګړه ‎), also re­ferred to as the Third Afghan War, began on 6 May 1919 when the Emi­rate of Afghanistan in­vaded British India and ended with an armistice on 8 Au­gust 1919. [19], In support of the regulars, the Afghan command expected to call out the tribes, which could gather up to 20,000 or 30,000 fighters in the Khyber region alone. During the reign of Ê¿Abd al-Raḥmān, the boundaries of modern Afghanistan were drawn by the British and the Russians. The Third Anglo-Afghan War. [56], Pursuant to Governor General's Order 193/26:[58], Pursuant to Governor General's Order 1409/26:[58], Pursuant to Governor General's Order 1927:[58]. The Third Anglo-Afghan War was one of Britain’s briefest, lasting just over 3 months during the summer of 1919, from May 6th to August 8th. As in past years, the upper levels of the officer corps were riddled with political intrigue. [9], Although the fighting concluded in August 1919, its effects continued to be felt in the region for some time afterwards. Nasrullah had been the leader of a more conservative element in Afghanistan and his treatment rendered Amanullah's position as Amir somewhat tenuous. [37][46], After this Dyer continued his attack and as Nadir Khan's force withdrew from the area, Dyer followed them up with cavalry and armoured cars from the 37th Lancers, while the RAF, using machine guns and iron bombs, attacked and dispersed about 400 tribesmen that were in the area and which posed a threat of counterattack. This period became known as the Great Game. Afghanistan: Dōst Moḥammad (1826–39; 1843–63). [43] As a result of this, the British decided to bring the 16th Infantry Division, consisting of the 45th and 46th Infantry Brigades, up to Peshawar from Lahore,[43] for the purpose of advancing on Jalalabad and have it move up to Kurram. Fighting was confined to a series of skirmishes between an ineffective Afghan army and a British Indian army exhausted from the heavy demands of World War I. [12], Despite remaining neutral in the conflict, however, Habibullah did in fact accept a Turkish-German mission in Kabul and military assistance from the Central Powers as he attempted to play both sides of the conflict for the best deal. He stated that there should be no forced labour, tyranny or oppression, that Afghanistan should be free and independent and no longer bound by the Treaty of Gandamak. Ammunition was in short supply and distribution must have been very difficult. [51], King Amanullah objected to the British about the air raids on Kabul citing British condemnation of the German Zeppelin attacks on London. The Third Anglo-Afghan War (Pashto: د افغان-انګرېز درېمه جګړه), also referred to as the Third Afghan War, began on 6 May 1919 and ended with an armistice on 8 August 1919, and ended in an Afghan victory according to some authors. Many of these units did not exist at the time of the war but were formed as part of the reorganisation of the Indian Army in 1922, however, the decision was made to award the battle honour to the successor units of those involved in the war. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Although in the summer of that same year British forces reoccupied Kabul, the new governor-general of India, Lord Ellenborough, decided on the evacuation of Afghanistan, and in 1843 Dōst Moḥammad returned to Kabul and was restored to the throne. The earliest, Army Order 97/24, granted the honour to 14 British units. [18] Although initially considered a minor border infraction, this attack was actually part of the wider invasion plan. The root cause of the Third Anglo-Afghan War lies many years before the actual fighting commenced. [5] During the siege, the British suffered 94 casualties, of which eight were killed, four died of wounds and 82 were wounded. Against this, the British at Thal, under Brigadier General Alexander Eustace, possessed only four battalions. [36] By this time the troops were exposed to the heat of the day; nevertheless, after another barrage was called down, the Sikhs attacked the Afghan line despite the heat and the attack was carried to the top of the ridge. [40] To make matters worse, the only troops protecting the upper Tochi Valley were the disaffected North Waziristan Militia. The British, feeling that Dōst Moḥammad was either hostile to them or unable to resist Russian penetration, moved to take a direct role in Afghan affairs. [5] After repelling an infantry assault on 29 May, the following day the garrison was subjected to a heavy bombardment from Afghan guns. Sensing post-World War I British fatigue, the frailty of British positions along the Afghan border, unrest in British India, and confidence in the consolidation of his power at home, Amanullah, the new ruler of Afghanistan, suddenly attacked the British in May 1919 in two thrusts. [13][26] It was decided next that the two companies of Sikhs and Gurkhas that had been sent to Landi Kotal needed to be reinforced, however, the mobilisation process had only just begun and at that stage there was only one battalion available for this, so on 7 May the 2nd Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry[13] were brought up clandestinely through the Khyber Pass aboard a convoy of 37 lorries. This assault was defeated and the British launched a counter-attack the following day, however, they were unable to consolidate their position and as a result it was not until 17 May that the area was secured and the Afghans withdrew. These men were organised into 21 cavalry regiments and 75 infantry battalions, with about 280 modern artillery pieces, organised into 70 batteries, in support. Amir Amānallāh (1919-29) ascended the Afghan throne on 25 February after the assassination of Amir ḤabÄ«ballāh (r. 1319-37/1901-19) and the five-day rule of Naá¹£rallāh Khan. First they negotiated unsatisfactorily with Dōst Moḥammad, and then an invasion of Afghanistan was ordered by the governor-general of India, Lord Auckland, with the object of restoring exiled Afghan ruler Shah Shojāʿ to the throne. For whatever reason the attack had been launched ahead of schedule, however, for Amanullah had intended initially to time it to coincide with an uprising that was being planned in Peshawar for 8 May. [37] During the assault the British and Indian forces lost 22 killed and 157 wounded, while Afghan losses were estimated at around 200 killed and 400 wounded. 1,751 killed, wounded or died of disease. [57] Governor General's Order 1409/26 made awards to Indian States Forces[57] and finally a further Governor General's Order in 1927 made awards to a further three Gurkha regiments. The Third Anglo-Afghan War 1919: A.) General Staff Branch, Army Headquarters India (2004) [1926]. He possessed no regular British infantry and his four battalions were all inexperienced Indian units, consisting mainly of young recruits. In what was called the "Great Game," the Russian Empire moved south while the British Empire moved north from its so-called crown jewel, colonial India.Their interests collided in Afghanistan, resulting in the First Anglo-Afghan War of 1839 to 1842. In an effort to negate this threat, the British made numerous attempts at imposing their will upon Kabul, and over the course of the 19th Century fought two costly wars: the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839–1842) and the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878–1880). See more ideas about Afghan war, War, Afghan. Over 1.4 million South Asian soldiers and civilians served in the First World War but it is less well-known that the Third Anglo-Afghan War that followed it continued to play a significant role in shaping the fate of soldiers and civilians along India’s northwestern borders. The order of battle shows, however, that of the 13 British infantry battalions nine were regular, although they had many men who had only volunteered for the First World War. For the British in India, Afghanistan was long seen as a potential source of threat. 172 relations. Meanwhile, on the ground, there was considerable concern at … Following the Third Anglo-Afghan War in 1919 the country was free of foreign influence, eventually becoming a monarchy under Amanullah Khan, until almost 50 years later when Zahir Shah was overthrown and a republic was established. Of these, 236 were killed in action, 615 wounded, 566 died from cholera, and 334 died as a result of other diseases and accidents. 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