Invasion of the HEIC Army

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This was an event during the 1st Afghan War

Synopsis

The Bombay Force of British and Indian troops under Sir John Keane left by sea and disembarked at the mouth of the Indus at the end of November 1838.
The Bengal Army of British and Indian troops under Maj-Gen Sir Willoughby Cotton set out from Ferozepore in the Punjab in December 1838. It reached Quetta at the end of March 1839 where Sir John Keane from the Bombay Force took command. At the end of April the army reached Kandahar which was taken without a battle.
The Bombay Army reached Quetta on 20 April and joined the Bengal Army at Kandahar on 14 May.
The combined force took Ghazni in July. In August Kabul was reached and Shah Shuja put on the throne.

Related articles

For further details of events during this period see the following articles

Occupation of Kandahar 25 April 1839
Storming of Ghazni 23 July 1839
Wade's Expedition to Kabul 27 July-3 September 1839
Battle of Kalat 13 November 1839
Siege of Kahan 11 May-29 September 1840
Fall of Kalat August 1840
Battle at Nuffoosk Pass 31 August 1840
Battle of Bameean 18 September 1840
Battle of Purwandurrah 2 November 1840

Itinerary

Bombay Force
1838

  • 21 November Left Bombay
  • 27 November Indus
  • 24 December Left Hujamry
  • 24 December Julalkote
  • 25 December Sumarakote
  • 26 December Kurreempore
  • 27 December Thatta

1839

  • 23 January Left Thatta
  • 24 January Sadan
  • 25 January Jerruck
  • 3 February Left Jerruck
  • 4 February Kotri
  • 10 February Left Kotri
  • Sun
  • 15 February Aumry
  • 16 February Lukky
  • 17 February Sehwan
  • 4 March Latkhanu
  • 12 March Left Larkhanu
  • 23 March Gundava
  • 31 March Gajin
  • 1 April Soony
  • 5 April Dadur
  • Bolan pass
  • 20 April Quetta
  • 21 April Kooslak
  • Pishin
  • 1 May Juktapole
  • 14 May Kandahar

Bengal Army
1838

1839

  • 27 January Reached Indus
  • 10 February Left Rohri
  • 16-20 February Shikarpur
  • 23 February Left Shikarpur
  • 24 February Janeedera
  • 14 March Dadur
  • 16 March Bolan Pass
  • Sir-I-Aub
  • 26 March Quetta
  • 6 April Keane joins army
  • Kooslak
  • Kojak Pass
  • 30 April Kandahar

Combined Army
1839

  • 27 June Left Kandahar
  • 21 July Reached Ghazni
  • 23 July Stormed Ghazni
  • 7 August Shah Shujah enters Kabul

Sir John Keane's Combined Army

British

Indian

Indian Sappers and Miners

External Links

1st Afghan War Wikipedia
Afghan Wars Heritage History
The Army of the Indus and the Advance to Kabul www.jmhare.com

Historical books on-line

History of the War in Afghanistan Vol 1 by John William Kaye 1851 (Google Books)