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October 31 , 2009

The Story of the Malakand Field Force


As a 22-year-old subaltern in the 4th Hussars stationed in Bangalore in 1897, Winston Churchill was an ambitious young soldier. Seeking military distinction, he talked his way onto the Malakand Field Force to battle restless frontier tribes after meeting the commander, Sir Bindon Blood, at a social engagement. There were no openings for junior officers – but Churchill convinced the commander to allow him to come along as a war correspondent. And thus a great career was born.

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