The Land of War Elephants

The Land of War Elephants

Travels Beyond the Pale : Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India

Book - 2003
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Offering an intimate look at the people and places of Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan, this memoir by adventurer and historian Mathew Wilson recounts journeys into remote areas as a member of the British army and with his family in the late 1960s. Wilson relates stories of crossing the Hindu Kush with his pregnant wife and two-year-old son and running a gauntlet of armed border guards to get his injured son to a hospital. Twenty-one years later, Wilson returned to honour a promise made to a Hindu priest in Central India -- to seek, find, and follow the fleeting shadow of the Rani of Jhansi, one of the heroines of India's 1957 revolt against British rule.
Publisher: Norwich, VT : Nomad Press, c2003.
ISBN: 9780965925891
Branch Call Number: 915
Characteristics: xx, 172 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm.


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Being at home this month, I have had plenty of time to play games like Age of Empires I and II, and have watched several let's plays on Total War: Rome 2. In these games war elephant units are costly to create, but can also wreck havoc on opposing forces. This got me wondering, just how useful were war elephants? Elephants are on record as being used in war on the Indian subcontinent around… (more)

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