'Main Guard of camp at Jatta Post', 1919 (c)
Photograph, India, North West Frontier, 1919 (c).
British soldiers from the Royal Sussex Regiment man a hill top position, probably on the Khyber Front. Their unit was part of Brigadier-General Christian's 6th Brigade and engaged in operations against the Afridis who had taken advantage of the 3rd Afghan War (1919) to launch attacks on British convoys. The soldiers' equipment includes several Mance heliographs. This instrument was a small mirror mounted on a tripod, that worked by reflecting sunlight in order to flash messages in Morse code.
One of 267 photographs probably compiled by Private A E Neal, 2/6 Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment, India 1916-1919, Waziristan, 1917 and Afghanistan, 1919.
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National Army Museum, Orphan work
National Army Museum, Study collection