The Baloch Regiment is an infantry regiment of Pakistan Army. The modern regiment was formed in May 1956 by the merger of 8th Punjab and Bahawalpur Regiments with the Baluch Regiment. Since then, further raisings have brought the strength of the Regiment to more than fifty battalions.









British Expedition to Abyssinia

The British Expedition to Abyssinia was a rescue mission and punitive expedition carried out in 1868 by the armed forces of the British Empire against the Ethiopian Empire. Emperor Tewodros II of Ethiopia, then known as Theodore, imprisoned several missionaries and two representatives of the British government in an attempt to get the attention of the British government, which had decided against his requests for military assistance.




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Lieut. Wilbur Dartnell V.C.




Notably, here was the later recommendation for another such award, due to go to Subedan Ghulam Haidar, who commanded the 130th Baluchis, for his bravery to save General Malleson on May 5, 1915 at the expense of his own life “overlooked” and never ratified, since then a badge of shame for many on the British Armed Forces to have so blatantly shafted aside Haidar’s sacrifice, long suspected to be entirely due to his origin and nothing at all to do with his bravery.






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Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs Together In Service for the Indian Army during 1914 to battle on the Western Front.

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The Ugandan Railway Volunteer Reserves, 1914

At the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914 there was another armed military unit in the British East Africa Protectorate as well as the King’s African Rifles.  This other unit was the Uganda Railway Volunteer Reserve.



The Battle of El Alamein WW2


Fact File : First Battle of El Alamein

1-4 July 1942

Theatre: North Africa

Area: Around the Egyptian town of El Alamein, 100km (60 miles) west of Alexandria.

Players: Allies: General Claude Auchinleck's 8th Army consisting of 30th Corps, 13th Corps and 10th Corps (British, Australian, South African, Indian, New Zealand and French troops). Axis: Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Panzer Armee Afrika (German and Italian troops).

Outcome: Allies halt Axis drive into Egypt. This was followed by a tense stand-off lasting until the Second Battle of El Alamein, with neither army giving up much ground.




Second Battle of El Alamein

  • Theatre: North Africa
  • Dates: 23 October to 4 November 1942
  • Location: Around the Egyptian town of El Alamein, 100km (60 miles) west of Alexandria
  • Outcome: Allied victory, forcing Rommel to retreat into Tunisia.
  • Note: Three hundred Sherman tanks that were hastily shipped to Egypt from the USA were a crucial influence on the outcome of this battle. The tanks gave Montgomery a significant advantage in firepower
  • Players:
  • Allies: General Bernard Montgomery's 8th Army, consisting of 30th Corps, 13th Corps and 10th Corps (British, Australian, South African, Indian and French troops)
  • Axis: Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Panzerarmee Afrika (German and Italian troops)



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Field Marshal Rodolfo Graziani: Responsible for the Genocide of One Million Ethiopians

This is Field Marshal Rodolfo Graziani, The Butcher of Ethiopia. The Global Alliance for Justice – The Ethiopian Cause condemns in the strongest terms the Italian government’s construction of an official memorial to the convicted war criminal Field Marshal Rodolfo Graziani.  During the Italian war on Ethiopia 1936-1941, Italy carried out a systematic mass extermination campaign in Ethiopia with poison gas sprayed from airplanes and other horrific atrocities that claimed the lives of no less than 1,000,000 Ethiopian men, women and children, including 30,000 massacred in only three days in Addis Ababa as well as the reprisal killings of the entire monastic community at the historic Debre Libanos Monastery. In addition, 2,000 churches and 525,000 homes were destroyed by the Italian Fascists. These atrocities were carried out under the direct command of Graziani known as the Butcher of Ethiopia.



We come across every single day that Al-Qaeda and ISIS are both mean killing machine. Whether Sunni or Shia, Salafi or Sufi, conservative or liberal, Muslims – and Muslim leaders – have almost unanimously condemned and denounced both Terrorist groups, not merely as un-Islamic but actively anti-Islamic. Here we had a vile incident that required the apology from the Vatican for Complicities in the Christian Ethiopian country where by a Genocide in between 1935-1941 took place.

People who are devoted in their respectful faith and follow it accordingly through peaceful means will never ever divulge into such heinous atrocities.

The Fifth Indian Division led by General Heath


The Battle of Keren (or Cheren) was fought as part of the East African Campaign during the Second World War. The battle was fought from 5 February to 1 April 1941 between a mixed Italian army of regular and colonial troops and the attacking British, Commonwealth, and Free French forces. The town of Keren, located in the Italian colony of Eritrea, was of strategic importance to both the Italian and the British-led forces in 1941.



Battle of Madagascar

Kings African Rifles’ 25 pdr battery in action against Vichy positions near Ambositra.

Battle of Madagascar


When most people think of World War II and the wide array of geographical spots the war reached, they don’t generally think of Madagascar. However, this island off of the coast of Africa saw military action too.

The Battle of Madagascar took place there in 1942, and was led by the British, as they tried to capture the area from the French.

The battle heavily revolved around Antsiranana Bay. This important port lies around the northern tip of Madagascar and opens to the east with a pass.

A century before, in the late 1800s, the French had claimed the bay as a coaling station for steamships. Then, they colonized the area in 1885, making the surrounding area and then the entire island into French Madagascar.

During World War II, as Japan moved west through Asia, they sent out their submarines through the Indian Ocean. This caused British ships to move toward the eastern shore of Africa, out of Southeast Asia. However, being in Africa made the British worry that they would be subject to Japanese attacks based out of Madagascar.




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Mother And Son

The askari memorial in Makupa road doesn't attract much attention nowadays. Only country folk gaze at the sculpture. But whenever I pass by I always admire the bronze figures; they look so real.

I remember a moving incident on the day they were unveiled. When all the bigwigs had finished their say, and the police askaris had presented arms and departed, an admiring crowd was left in front of the memorial, among them an old lady. She wanted to see what all the fuss was about, as old ladies of any colour will. And so she pushed forward through the jostling throng to the foot of the plinth. Looking upwards she saw something almost impossible to believe, for there stood her soldier son, who, she had been told, had died in the war. She let out a wail of delight. Holding up her skinny old arms she called to him to come down, and come home. But he neither looked at her nor answered. The kindly folks around who understood, explained to her, and gently led the lonely old mother away.


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King’s African Rifles (Nubians)


Sudanese soldiers were incorporated into the British Army in the late 1880s and brought to Kenya in the early 1900s.



Courageous warrior Officer Daimon Mwete forgotten by his government leaves a legend behind for us all to remember and appreciate.

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With sad regret we say farewell to Warrant Officer Daimon Mwete who passed away today. Let us not forget the sacrifices made by the Northern Rhodesia Regiment. Rest in peace Sir.

Warrant Officer Daimon Mwete who served in the 1st Battalion Northern Rhodesian Kings African Rifles from 1939 to 1960. He was Born in Malawi and came to Zambia as a little boy with his parents. He fought in North African with the 8th Army with Montgomery. In Egypt, Somalia, Ethiopia. Madagascar. Ceylon, India, Burma, Malaya. Station in Iraq, Poland. Singapore. Tokyo. A remarkable record service to the British Crown. He was trained in special Jungle ambush tactics in Burma against the Japanese Imperial Army. His platoon was used many times to infiltrate behind Japanese lines in Burma.
In Malaya during the Malaysian Emergency he was in charge of special unit of African KAR troops that managed to ambush the ring leader of Chinese Communists, after waiting for them in hiding in Jungle for almost one week.
In Tokyo he was stationed there from October 1945 to April 1946. He would share is food rations with the homeless orphan little Japanese children who lost their parents in the. American B29 bombings on Tokyo. The orphan Japanese grew to love him. But it was he who was begging for food and asking for help of food and blankets, cloths, and roof sheets for his house that was falling down.
A sad story indeed that such a brave old warrior should be forgotten by his governments and people of this generation. A man who saw all his friends die in Battle.


Black British Soldiers – The Forgotten Fighters


Nigerians made up more than half of the total force of 90,000 West African soldiers deployed to south east Asia after 1943, as part of the British army’s 81st and 82nd (West Africa) Divisions. But while the role of Indians and Gurkhas in the campaign to drive the Japanese out of Burma is well-known, allied commander General William Slim did not mention the African soldiers in his speech thanking the 14th army.















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