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.

September 14th 1939 – Razani


I go up Oak eventually. There is a bit of shooting on several piquets. Some sniping comes from the sangar Bare Patch way, just above me, however they fire on everyone but us. Two shells arrive up there, so I … Continue reading

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September 11th 1939 – Razani


Postings are out and I have the 2/13. The awards also received for Bodhari Sar show. Walshe an M.C. Sgt Blake a DSM – he lead search parties out several times looking for the bodies, and L/Cpl Rawson an M.M. … Continue reading

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September 5th 1939 – Razani


Came back from football about 4.30pm on Sunday and we could just hear Chamberlain saying that a state of war existed with Germany. This was on Ian Mitchell’s wireless and we had to put our heads almost up to the … Continue reading

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September 3rd 1939 – Razani


Went and dined with Pearse in R.A. Mess. The nicest mess in Razmak. Captain Findlay O.H. with one arm was there. On his artificial arm he had a hand which he could unscrew and, in its place, insert a hammer … Continue reading

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August 30th 1939 – Razani


Did advance guard to Crocus the other day. Nick on Pink Hills observed three men come out of a house and sit sunning themselves. He immediately opened up with his V.B., under the “Proscription Act”, and saw one fall, which … Continue reading

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August 25th 1939 – Razani


The two bodies brought in by Khassadars, untouched by mutilation. Four rifles lost, and eight enemy known killed, and Gagu’s brother seriously wounded. P.A., Major Bacon, says there were 400 enemy in that area that day, so we were damned … Continue reading

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August 22nd 1939 – Razani


We were playing a game of Ice Hockey with the C.I.M.H. when at about half time the referee blew the whistle to halt play and a police corporal came and saluted and said “All Leicesters to return to barracks, sir!” … Continue reading

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August 19th 1939 – Razani


It was the post guns yesterday afternoon, but at about 7.30pm the 6-inchers went out onto the aerodrome and opened up. They took some time, as they forgot the rangefinder and had to send back for it. Some locals apparently … Continue reading

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August 18th 1939 – Razani


Road open today and the 6-inchers open up from camp during lunchtime. At least everyone says they are 6 inch. Had a meeting on the Roller Skating Hockey last night, down in the rink, and I hope to get the … Continue reading

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August 17th 1939 – Razani


I manage to get to bed at 10.30pm after listening to Mac’s detail. However what with Clarke’s wireless and sort of thinking of the morrow, I get no sleep and get up at 1am to a cup of tea and … Continue reading

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