Maiwand 1880


Detailed profiles explore the personalities of the British and Afghan leaders, Brigadier General George Burrows and Ayub Khan.

Diary extracts and quotes detail the intense fighting and the causes of the British defeat.

Maps examine the movements of the British and Afghan forces as they clashed at the Maiwand Pass.

Contemporary images place the reader at the forefront of the unfolding action.

Orders of battle show the composition on the opposing forces’ armies.

Packed with fact boxes, this short introduction is the perfect way to explore this crucial battle.


Edmund Yorke is a senior lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.  He is a renowned expert in nineteenth-century colonial warfare and among his many works are: Rorke’s Drift, Battle Story: Isandlwana and Battle Story: Rorke’s Drift.