Ali Masjid, 1919
Photograph, 3rd Afghan War, 1919.
Ali Masjid fort is visible on the hilltop in the middle distance, with a temporary British camp in the foreground. The fort sat upon steep cliffs and was located at the centre of the Khyber Pass, protecting its narrowest point. During the 3rd Afghan War (1919) Afridi tribesmen attacked British convoys in the pass as they advanced to relieve Landi Kotal. In response, units from the 2nd Division were stationed at Ali Masjid to guard the lines of communication in the Khyber.
From an album of 43 photographs, 1920 (c)-1925 compiled by Major G A Clarke, 12th Pioneers (The Kelat-i-Ghilzie Regiment).
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