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 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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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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