Afghan Fighters

Afghanistan was a very divided sector of the Himalayas - it was too much to call it a country. There were many tribes who often fought with one another but could unite when posed with a common enemy. They also could have an advantage over the British with their long-barrelled and long-ranged Jezails. These could fire far further than the British smoothbore guns could manage. This was particularly useful when firing down from the heights to densely packed forces in the valleys and passes below.

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by Stephen Luscombe