Personal Narrative of the Campaigns in Affghanistan, Sinde, Beloochistan, etc., Detailed in a Series of Letters of the Late Colonel William H. Dennie

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William Henry Dennie (1789–1842) was a British army officer who took part in the First Anglo-Afghan War of 1839–42. During the Anglo-Indian occupation of Kabul in 1840 he was sent with a small force against the army of Dost Mohammad Khan (1793–1863), the former Afghan amir whom the British had overthrown, which he defeated in an engagement at Bamian on September 18. Dennie later succeeded to the command of Sir Robert Sale (1782‒1845) when Sale was wounded in action against Afghan insurgents in October 1841. Dennie himself was wounded in an engagement on April 7, 1842, and died shortly thereafter. Personal Narrative of the Campaigns in Affghanistan, Sinde, Beloochistan, etc., Detailed in a Series of Letters of the Late Colonel William H. Dennie consists of letters written by Dennie between November 11, 1838, and December 5, 1841, and published after his death. Dennie was a fighting soldier, known for his courage and military skills, and the letters are mainly interesting for the first-hand accounts they offer of battles in which he led British and Indian troops. The appendices contain the texts of official dispatches by Dennie and correspondence with the government of India, including those related to the victory over Dost Mohammad. The book was edited by William Steele, a relative of Dennie’s, and includes a preface and an introduction that traces the history of the Afghans from biblical times to the early 19th century. The book contains a fold-out map, on which the lines of march of the units commanded by Dennie are hand colored.

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William Curry, Jun. and Company, Dublin, Ireland

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Personal narrative of the campaigns in Affghanistan, Sinde, Beloochistan, etc., detailed in a series of letters of the late Colonel William H. Dennie

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223 pages : maps ; 18 centimeters

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  1. H.M. Chichester, revised by James Lunt, “Dennie, William Henry (1789‒1842),” in Oxford Dictionary of national Biography (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 2004).

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