Battle of Purwandurrah

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Battle of Purwandurrah
Part of 1st Afghan War 1839-42
Date: 2 November 1840
Location: Parvan Darah, Parvan Province, Afghanistan
Presidency: Bengal
Co-ordinates: 35.023785°N 69.032097°E
Result: British defeat
British & Indians Various Afghan tribes
Maj-Gen Robert Sale Dost Mohammed

This was an event during the 1st Afghan War
For context see main article Invasion of the HEIC Army


A field force under Sir Robert Sale encountered Dost Mohammed in the Parvan Valley. Two squadrons of the 2nd Bengal Light Cavalry were ordered to charge but broke leaving their officers to advance alone. Lieutenants Broadfoot and Crispin were cut to pieces and the political officer Dr Lord was shot and then stabbed. Captains Fraser and Ponsonby escaped severely wounded.

External Links

1st Afghan War Wikipedia
Battle of Purwandurrah Google Books
Dost Mohamed's Last Charge Google Books