Saturday, October 27, 2018

40th Pathans




40th Pathans attacking German positions near Ypres (Belgium), 26 April 1915. Illustration by AC Michael.

The 40th Pathans were the only Pathan regiment of British Indian Army and the combination of its number and the reputed proclivities of the Pathan resulted in the inevitable nickname of the Forty Thieves; equally inevitable was the unenviable label of Ali Baba for their colonel. [Defence Journal - Volume 3, Issues 7-12]