The Anglo-Afghan Wars 1839Â?1919

The Anglo-Afghan Wars 1839Â?1919

During the 19th century Britain entered into three brutal wars with Afghanistan, each one saw the British trying and failing to gain control of a warlike and impenetrable territory. The first two wars (1839Â?42 and 1878Â?81) were wars of the Great Game; the British Empire's attempts to combat growing Russian influence near India's borders. The third, fought in 1919, was an Afghan-declared holy war against British India Â? in which over 100,000 Afghans answered… (more)