Category Archives: Waziristan Campaign, North West Frontier, 1938-1939

Fighting the notorious tribal forces of Ipi, the Osama Bin Laden of his day, in the mountains of Waziristan.

August 15th 1939 – Razani


Had an inter-Coy football game on Sunderland ground today. Some time before halftime, the bullets started to come over, about half a dozen I should think, and a few landed on the pitch. We all ran like bloody cheetahs and … Continue reading

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August 13th 1939 – Razani


Did advance guard to Narai and sat on Duncan’s piquet. A bit of sniping from slopes behind Toady and the Scouts did a gasht in the hills west of Pink Hills. They had a good battle there and most of … Continue reading

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August 11th 1939 – Razani


Up Dun the other day, but no shooting. I chat with the locals in Pashtu and Urdu fairly successfully. Colonel May was shot in his car yesterday evening, outside Bannu on the Mari Indus road. He dined here about 10 … Continue reading

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August 7th 1939 – Razani


The 5/11 went out at 12pm the other night and lay up round Green Dome and Bare Patch. Then 3 Bn Brigade went out the next morning but no one was caught. One British other ranks shot in the stomach … Continue reading

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August 4th 1939 – Razani


The guns never open up. It was that gunner Langford, with the head like a latrine bucket, who started it. I smelt a couple of bullets on the R.P. A new system of Company areas and local gashts was tried. … Continue reading

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July 31st 1939 – Razani


I find two more pieces of lead, on my chest and forearm, making three in all. I hear all the guns are going to open up at 7pm tonight, suddenly, on the Sidar Alghad, at a range of 4500′. It … Continue reading

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July 29th 1939 – Razani


R.P. as far as Crocus to cover a perimeter camp being built there for a scout post. D Coy advance guard and my platoon on the right. A couple of shots hear the tower, but the range was too far … Continue reading

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July 26th 1939 – Razani


The rifles have apparently been given up as lost, and as we are duty battalion, I spend the morning clearing scrub from round the 2/8 lines, from which they snipe the camp at night. Did so yesterday to a chorus … Continue reading

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July 22nd 1939 – Razani


I spend all morning looking for bloody rifles. I dig up the nullah bed, but no go. Mac has taken over the Company, so I must watch my step, I believe. I give the khassadars this morning a few “daltah … Continue reading

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July 21st 1939 – Razani


A really glorious storm on just now. 2pm, the usual time for rain, but this time it has got a real good wind at its back. This produces pukka driven spray such as I haven’t seen since I left Tiree. … Continue reading

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