Memoir ... to illustrate the origin and foundation of the Pollock medal [by J.L.A. Simmons].

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Page 44 - ... by the infliction of some signal and decisive blow upon the Afghans, which may make it appear to them, and to our own subjects and to our allies, that we have the power of inflicting punishment upon those who commit atrocities and violate their faith, and that we withdraw ultimately from Afghanistan, not from any deficiency of means to maintain our position...
Page 54 - With regard to our withdrawal at the present moment, I fear that it would have the very worst effect — it would be construed into a defeat, and our character as a powerful nation would be entirely lost in this part of the world.
Page 70 - In this way we were enabled to move The night before I left Gundamuck, I received an official letter and a survey report, setting forth that the whole of the camels of one regiment were unserviceable, and that they could not get up even without their loads. This was rather provoking, for I have only three Native regiments with me. My answer was short. ' Tell the commanding officer, that if his regiment can't march, he will relieve the two wings ordered to remain behind, and who are willing to go...
Page 87 - ... drooping spirits ; and he succeeded. If the Macedonian phalanx needed such an address from the mighty conqueror who led them, let us not judge too harshly of our Sepoys, if, in the midst of similar difficulties, they yielded for a moment to a sense of depression. Now, what were the military services of General Pollock ? He forced the Khyber Pass by a series of operations carried on from the 7th to the 16th of April. He reached Jellalabad on the 16th of April, although in the pass 10,000 men had...
Page 55 - Nott might hold his post ; at all events till a more favourable season. " I have no reason, yet, to complain that the troops are more unhealthy than they were at Agra. If I am to march to Peshawur, the climate is certainly not preferable; and here I can in one or two marches find a better climate, and I should be able to dictate better terms than I could at Peshawur. " I cannot imagine any force being sent from Cabul which I could not successfully oppose. But the advance on Cabul would require that...
Page 55 - Peshawur, the climate is certainly not preferable; and here I can in one or two marches find a better climate, and I should be able to dictate better terms than I could at Peshawur. " I cannot imagine any force being sent from Cabul which I could not successfully oppose. But the advance on Cabul would require that General Nott should act in concert and advance also. I therefore cannot help regretting that he should be directed to retire, which, without some demonstration of our power, he will find...
Page 57 - It would be desirable, undoubtedly, that, before finally quitting Afghanistan, you. should have an opportunity of striking a blow at the enemy; and since circumstances seem to compel you to remain there till October, the governor-general earnestly hopes that you may be enabled to draw the enemy into a position in which you may strike such a blow effectually.
Page 43 - Kelati-Ghilzye, and Candahar ; to the security of our troops now in the field from all unnecessary risk ; and, finally, to the re-establishment of our military reputation by the infliction of some signal and decisive blow upon the...
Page 87 - If we wanted anything else to add to the interest of these scenes, it would be found in their association with the ancient history of the world. I was struck by the recollection that it was in the self-same region, and in the midst of similar scenes, that one of the greatest of ancient conquerors, 2,300 years ago, was displaying his power and encountering the same difficulties that for a time depressed the spirit and damped the courage of our Sepoys. And I was struck by the account given by the Roman...
Page 47 - Caubul may be moving a force to attack you. In this improbable case should any respectable number of troops have descended into the plain below Jugdulluck with that intent, it would be most advisable to inflict such a blow upon them as to make them long remember your parting effort.

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