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Revolt—(1919-1920): In the rugged and remote region of
Waziristan on British India's northwest border with Afghanistan,
mountain tribes of indepedent-minded Muslim fighters gave the British
Army a difficult time for decades. The Northwest Frontier is now part
of Pakistan, which is fighting its own war
tribesmen in the early 21st Century
Waziristan Revolt of 1919-1920 was sparked by the Afghan invasion of
British India in 1919. Though the British quickly defeated the
Afghans, the Waziri tribesmen gave the colonial forces a very
difficult fight. Many of the Waziri men were veterans of the
British-led and controlled Indian Army (India and Pakistan were
combined at this time as part of the British Empire), and used modern
military tactics and modern Lee Enfield rifles against the British
and Indian forces sent into Waziristan.
of this conflict is the effective use of air power against the Waziri
fighters. This is similar to Royal Air Force tactics in suppressing
the Arab Revolt in Iraq in 1920 and 1921.
Vehicles in Waziristan 1919 (from National
Army Museum )
British Empire (British and
killed & wounded
Unknown, though likely in
(Related conflicts and events that occurred before)
Anglo-Afghan War (1919)
(Related conflicts occurring at the same time)
Great Iraqi Revolution--known in Iraq as Ath Thawra al Iraqiyya al
Kubra and by the British as the Arab Revolt of 1920.
(Related conflicts that occur later)
in Waziristan 1919-1920--Short
description of the conflict.
Insurrection in Waziristan 1919--From
31 Squadron RAF --Wikipedia
article on a British Royal Air Force unit which served in (over?)
Past Overview of Pakistan's (and by extension the world's) newest
look at Waziristan's people, geography and history as related to the
in India and Frontier Warfare
on British forces and tactics in fighting on the North West
an article from 1921 describing a battle in which an Indian Sepoy won
the Victoria Cross.
on the Sepoy who won the Victoria Cross in Waziristan in
Advances; Pakistan in Mortal Danger--posted
April 22, 2009
Books on the
Phillips, Charles, and Alan
of Wars. 1st ed.
New York: Facts on File, 2004.
Army Headquarters Compiled
by General Staff. Operations
Naval and Military Press, 2003
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