The Raiders of the Sarhad

Being The Account Of A Campaign Of Arms And Bluff Against The Brigands Of The Persian-Baluchi Border During The Great War

DYER, Reginald

DYER, Reginald The Raiders of the Sarhad Being The Account Of A Campaign Of Arms And Bluff Against The Brigands Of The Persian-Baluchi Border During The Great War

H. F. & G. Witherby, 1921.

First edition. 8vo. Publisher's orange cloth, lettered gilt, in the rare dustwrapper. Photographic frontispiece, seventeen further photographic illustrations on fifteen plates, and two sketch maps. A very good copy indeed, in a very good example of the rare dustwrapper, which is a little dusty with some wear to the spine ends.

General Dyer's important account of his command of military operations in South-East Persia during the First World War.
His two-fold orders, with elements of counter-espionage reminiscent of The Great Game, were; to prevent the passage from Persia into Afghanistan and India of German agents intent on rousing open rebellion; and to quell the attacks on British borderposts in Baluchistan by Yarahmadzai tribesmen dubbed the "Sarhad Raiders".
Dyer's success in executing both of these orders is notable in the wider course of British rule in Asia, for it precipitated his promotion to the command of the Jullundur Brigade in Punjab from which position he ordered the Amritsar Massacre of April 1919.
It is a most difficult book to find in good condition, and in a dustwrapper is especially scarce.

PROVENANCE: The publisher's file copy, with their bookplate to the front pastedown.

Stock ID: 39491

£950.00

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