Action at Boothak

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Action at Boothak
Part of 1st Afghan War 1839-42
Date: 7 January 1842
Location: Botkhak, Kabul, Afghanistan
Presidency: Bengal
Co-ordinates: 34.499263°N 69.352971°E
Result: British retreat
British & Indians Various Afghan tribes
Maj-Gen William Elphinstone
Brigadier John Shelton
Mohammad Akbar Khan

This was an event during the 1st Afghan War
For context see main article Retreat from Kabul to Gundamak

Bagrame to Boothak

This was the second day of the Retreat from Kabul to Gandamak. Most of the Shah's 6th Infantry deserted and parties of Afghan horse started to harass the rear of the column under Brigadier Anquetil. Much baggage and the two mountain guns were lost. Later two Horse Artillery guns had to be abandoned because the horses could no longer pull them through the snow. Only five miles were made from Bagrame to Bootkhak where Gen Elphinstone was forced to call a halt. Akbar Khan declared that he would provide supplies and protection in exchange for six hostages. This was agreed and hosilities ceased overnight. There was no food or shelter and they were at the entrance to the Khoord Kabul Pass.

Spelling Variants

Modern name: Botkhak/ Bot Khak
Variants: Boothak/Bootkhak/Buta-i-Khak

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