Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Pipers Hill, Jalalabad

This photograph of Pipers Hill in Jalālābād is from an album of rare historical photographs depicting people and places associated with the Second Anglo-Afghan War. Jalālābād was occupied by the British and Indian Peshawar Valley Field Force during its march towards Kabul in 1878 at the start of the war. The occupation was lengthy but unremarkable and passed without major armed clashes. One of several tribesmen in the foreground is digging with a pick, manned sentry posts are visible in the middle distance, and Jalālābād appears in the background at the far left. Pipers Hill may have been so named because of its suitability for buglers or bagpipers signaling a British encampment.

Source: Library of Congress