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Chitral Charlie : the Rise and Fall of Major General Charles Townshend - NASH N.S.

Chitral Charlie

the Rise and Fall of Major General Charles Townshend


Hardcover Published: 20th September 2010
ISBN: 9781848842762
Number Of Pages: 332
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old

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Charles Townshend achieved international fame, as a captain, when he commanded the besieged garrison at Chitral (now Pakistan) in 1895. As a result, he became known as ?Chitral Charlie?. Decorated by Queen Victoria and lionized by the British public, his passage up through the Army was assured and, in 1916, he was given command on 6th Indian Division and sent to Mesopotamia. Here he won a series of stunning victories as his ill-supported division swept all before it in a devastating advance to the River Tigris. He triumphed brilliantly at Kurna, Amara and Kut but then, against all the tenets of military common sense, he advanced up the River Tigris to take Baghdad. By now over reached, he was confronted by a determined Turkish foe. His Division was depleted and exhausted. Townshend withdrew to Kut, where he was besieged and forced into a humiliating surrender. The mistreatment of the British POWs by the Turks only added to Townshend?s shame. This fascinating and objective biography examines Townshend?s controversial conduct during and after the siege and assesses whether his dramatic fall from grace and popularity was fair. AUTHOR: N.S. ?Tank? Nash CBE, is a retired brigadier. His highly amusing ?Sustainer? articles in military journals attracted a wide following. SELLING POINTS: ? Describes the turbulent career of a controversial military figure ? The disaster at Kut, Iraq during the Great War was laid at Townshend?s door ? Townshend fell victim to hubris and despite earlier acclaim; he was found seriously wanting and abandoned by his supporters ? An entertaining biography written by an author with a strong following 16 pages of b/w plates *

Maps and Figuresp. vii
Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
1861 and 1919. The Beginning and Almost the Endp. 1
1861-1885. Egypt and the Sudanp. 5
1886-1893. India and the Hunza-Nagar Expeditionp. 28
1893-1895. The ChitrĂ¡l Campaignp. 54
3 March-20 April 1895. Besieged in ChitrĂ¡lp. 71
1895-1898. Celebrity and Return to the Sudanp. 93
1899-1900. India and South Africap. 118
1900-1903. Service in the United Kingdom and the Canadian Expeditionp. 132
1903-1908. Indiap. 141
1909-1911. South Africap. 150
1911-1914. Major General's Command, the Territorial Army and Indiap. 154
1915-1916. The Campaign in Mesopotamiap. 164
October-November 1915. The Advance to Ctesiphon and the Retreat to Kutp. 195
November 1915-April 1916. Besiegedp. 220
April 1916-October 1918. Prisoner of Warp. 271
1918-1924. Soldier to Civilianp. 282
1924-2010. Epiloguep. 308
'Mesopotamia'p. 316
Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 318
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ISBN: 9781848842762
ISBN-10: 1848842767
Audience: General
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 20th September 2010
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.7