Malakand Field Expedition

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Malakand Field Expedition
7 August-6 December 1897
Chronological list of Wars and Campaigns
Location: Malakand, NWF
British & Indians Various Swat Valley tribes
Submission of tribes
India General Service Medal (1895-1902)
Clasps: Malakand 1897
Category: North West Frontier Campaigns


Increasing unrest culminated in a general uprising under a Pashtun fakir named Saidullah. The British forces at Malakand Camp and Chakdara were attacked but were relieved by forces from Nowshera. The Malakand Field Force fought a series of actions pushing into the Swat and Mohmand Valleys.

Earlier Actions

See also Battle of Malakand Camp 1897 and Battle of Chakdara.
These two actions resulted in the Malakand Field Expedition.

Malakand Field Force

Commanded by Maj Gen Sir Bindon Blood KCB
First Brigade
Brig Gen W.H.Meiklejohn CB CMG

Second Brigade
Brig Gen P.D.Jeffreys CB

Third Brigade
Brig Gen J.H.Wodehouse CB CMG

Divisional Troops

External links

Wikipedia - North West Frontier Military History
NWF Expeditions
Malakand Field Force

Historical books online

  • The Story of the Malakand Field Force by Winston L Spencer Churchill.1916 First published 1898 (A portrait of Maj Gen Bindon Blood KCB provides a frontpiece to this edition)
A Roving Commission My Early Life by the Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill 1930 He arrived in India 1896, as an officer with the 4th Hussars, who were based in Bangalore. He took leave from his regiment to join the Malakand Field Force as a correspondent. He resigned from the Army and left India 1899.
Churchill's first war : young Winston and the fight against the Taliban by Con Coughlin 2013. Books to Borrow/Lending Library.

Recommended Reading

Campaigns of the North-West Frontier by Capt H.L.Nevill DSO 1916
Reprinted by The Naval & Military Press Ltd 2005
ISBN 1-845741-87-0