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Simla Manifesto

Postby ArmyJ » 15 Jun 2015 23:33

Hey all!

First time poster long time lurker. I'm an amateur historian/novelist, currently diving into the First Anglo-Afghan war. As an American servicemember I've had the privilege of visiting many of the sites central to that conflict. I've been pulling my hair out trying to find a copy of the text of the Simla manifesto. Various primary sources reference specific passages, but I can't see to get the entire thing. I hope that's just due to my poor research skills and not that the document doesn't exist. Thanks for all the help!
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Re: Simla Manifesto

Postby Mark » 16 Jun 2015 08:56

You should download a copy of 'A History Of Afghanistan Vol II' by Soloman Gladstone, a copy of the manifesto is included in Appendix A.

To be fair, it is tricky to find, since few books reproduced the text in full.

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Re: Simla Manifesto

Postby Maureene » 16 Jun 2015 14:25

Mark, you appear to be referring to this book and link
https://archive.org/stream/historyofafg ... 1/mode/2up

However, the author given on the title page of the book is Brig-Gen. Sir Percy Sykes, even though the author has been catalogued as Soloman Gladstone by the uploader. Someone has left a note about the author on the webpage for the book
https://archive.org/details/historyofafghani031122mbp.

It is a continuation of Volume I by Brig-Gen. Sir Percy Sykes
https://archive.org/details/historyofafghani031155mbp

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Re: Simla Manifesto

Postby ArmyJ » 16 Jun 2015 18:03

Mark, Maureene,


finally got a copy. Thanks so much for the timely replies. Interesting reading, even if it's mostly propaganda for at-home consumption.

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Re: Simla Manifesto

Postby Mark » 16 Jun 2015 21:50

Maureene - That will teach me to look in the start of the book and not just the description :o

Justin - Glad you found what you needed. Are you writing a book?

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Re: Simla Manifesto

Postby ArmyJ » 17 Jun 2015 18:30

Mark-

I am writing a book. For all the historical pieces published about the war, no one has attempted a novelization since Flashman, and that's not exactly in the genre of historical fiction. Hopefully I'll give a good accounting of the conflict that's accessible to readers who aren't fans of the history books but enjoy a good story. The hardest part is deciding what not to cover, as there are so many interesting facets to the campaign.

The negotiations and reasonings behind the invasion, the long march to Quetta and Kandahar, the storming of Ghazni, siege of J-bad, Occupation and Retreat from Kabul, the Army of Retribution. It'd make for an interesting movie, especially given our countries recent involvements there.

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