Pen and Sword Books: Chitral Charlie by N.S Nash

Chitral Charlie
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The Rise and Fall of Major General Charles Townshend
by N.S Nash
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Found in: World War One Books
Military Biography
Hardback
320 pages
ISBN: 9781848842762
Published: 2 June 2010
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Charles Townshend achieved international fame, as a captain, when he commanded the besieged garrison at Chitral (now Pakistan) in 1895. As a result, he became known as ‘Chitral Charlie’.

Decorated by Queen Victoria and lionised by the British public, his passage up through the Army was assured and, in 1916, he was given command on 6th Indian Division and sent to Mesopotamia. Here he won a series of stunning victories as his ill-supported division swept all before it in a devastating advance up the River Tigris. He triumphed brilliantly at Kurna, Amara and Kut but then, against all the tenets of military common sense, he advanced up the River Tigris to take Baghdad.

By now over-reached, he was confronted by a determined Turkish foe. His Division was depleted and exhausted. Townshend withdrew to Kut, where he was besieged and forced into a humiliating surrender. The mis-treatment of the British POWs by the Turks only added to Townshend’s shame.

This fascinating and objective biography examines Townshend’s controversial conduct during and after the siege and assesses whether his dramatic fall from grace and popularity was fair.

N S ‘Tank’ Nash CBE, is a retired brigadier. His highly amusing ’Sustainer’ articles in military journals attracted a wide following. He is the author of K Boat Catastrophe (Pen and Sword, 2008). He lives near Edinburgh.
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Since studying the Operation Market Garden from an early age, I have had a keen interest in military incompetence. Arguably, one of the most well-known military disasters was that of Arnhem. Whether Boy Browning was... [read full review]
Daly History Blog
The story of Charles 'Chitral Charlie' Townshend is an enthralling tale detailing a unique and turbulent military career. Townshend prematurely achieved hero status as a young captain - his decoration by Queen Victoria for his... [read full review]
JB
Major General Charles Townshend was one of the more controversial British generals of the First World War. In 1915 he led a successful advance up the Tigris towards Baghdad, winning a series of impressive victories... [read full review]
History of War
Charles Townshend achieved international fame, as a captain, when he commanded the besieged garrison at Chitral (now Pakistan) in 1895. As a result, he became known as ‘Chitral Charlie’. Decorated by Queen Victoria and lionised... [read full review]
Spartacus Educational
No student of military history, and particularly of the First World War, can be unaware of the Mesopotamia campaign of 1915-16 and of its early successes but disastrous and tragic end. Chitral Charlie is the... [read full review]
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About N.S Nash
N S ‘Tank’ Nash CBE, is a retired brigadier. His highly amusing ’Sustainer’ articles in military journals attracted a wide following. He lives near Edinburgh.
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