Peshawar 1930

Discussion in 'Other Conflicts' started by clivetemple, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. clivetemple

    clivetemple New Member

    I've been reading an old letter from Peshawar (India now Pakistan) in April 1930 from Owen West of 1st Armoured Car Company. It appears they were on a 'peace-keeping' mission. He describes an incident when they were in a riot situation and a despatch rider was knocked from his machine, had a petrol soaked carpet thrown over him and was burnt alive.

    Can anyone cast any light on what 'we' were doing there? It's an interesting read.
  2. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

    Peshawar is in the North West Frontier, and at that time was near the very edge of British India. Usually the trouble came from the local tribes and/or attacks from over the border in Afganistan.

    However, in this instance the troubles started because the British decided to arrest some local Indian Independence Movement activitists. A large crowd gathered when the news spread, and became agitated enough to start rioting. It took 3 or 4 days to quell the unrest, and over 20 people were killed
  3. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

    Reports from The Times

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  4. clivetemple

    clivetemple New Member

    Thanks Kyt.

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