1st Afghan War 1838-42
During the 1830’s Britain became fearful of Russian involvement in Afghanistan that could ultimately lead to the invasion of India. The British Government decided to send troops to Afghanistan to oust the Amir Dost Mohammed Khan and replace him with their own man Shah Suja. He was the former ruler who had been in exile since 1810, and had been decidedly unpopular with his subjects. Not surprisingly the population resented both the installation of Shah Suja, and the occupation of the country by British and Indian troops that were to keep him in power.
Click here for our article on the 1st Afghan War and the Siege of Jellalabad by John French.
Click here for a guide to British Uniforms of the 1st Afghan war by John French.