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The Second Mohmand Campaign - 1935

Mountainous pass with road leading through valley belowAli Masjid and Kjhyber Pass, 1936-1936This operation took place following an attack on key lines of communication and was led by Brigadier Claude Auchinleck, an instructor at Quetta Staff College.

Auchinleck (1884-1981) went on to command British forces in the Middle East and in India during World War Two.Ā 

The campaign was one of several to take place in the region during the 1930s, and the first since the building of new roads across tribal territories.

Photograph of bi-plane flying over arid hillsDropping message to brigade headquarters, 1935-1936This permitted the effective deployment of light tanks and armoured cars.

The RAF was active in the campaign, bombing villages and enemy positions.

Archive collections relating to the operation include photographs from the service of Colonel Alexander Bennett before, during and after the campaign.

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