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Battle at Kharlachi

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On 28th May 1919 a force of Afghans crossed the Durand Line and surrounded the post at Kharlachi which was held by 75 Kurram Militia. Two troops of 37th Lancers, 25 Kurram Militia mounted infantry and an additional 50 Kurram Militia infantry were sent from Parachinar to assist along with Number 2 Section of 22nd Battery Motor Machine Gun Service. The machine guns, under command of the battery commander, Major Alexander Molony, arrived first and opened fire on the enemy. When they arrived, the cavalry considered the ground unfavourable for a mounted attack, so they advanced on foot with the militia. The Afghans were driven back. Two Kurram Militia were killed and one wounded. Enemy losses were around 30 killed and more wounded.

The cavalry and machine guns were withdrawn to Kharlachi after dark, as was Number 3 Section 22 MMG, under A/Sjt Bill Macro, which had been in action in the area of Peiwar through the 27th and 28th May.

(Photo Alex Bowell)



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