Chitral Fort

Chitral Fort

Although describing a late 19th-century drama, Robertson’s Chitral: The Story of a Minor Siege gives a full account of what it must have been like to be besieged in a castle in any period. The defenders had some old cannon, which they only tried twice and abandoned. Otherwise, were bows to replace the rifles that both defenders and besiegers used, the investment might have been a little closer, but no other details need have changed from a medieval siege. The anxiety, the negotiations, the importance of water, the care of hygiene, the stench, the hunger, the tight control of food and ammunition, the constant watch, the need to bolster morale, the repair of the walls, the repulse of attacks, and the decisive sortie, could all have been part of a 12th-century siege in Britain. The fortifications, however, would have barely sufficed in medieval times; they were sorely stretched in the era of the modern rifle.

This place was the setting of a more or less famous British India battle in 1895. About 400 on the British side held out here in this fort and suffered heave casualties losing both British officers and over 100 Sikhs. Anyway they were finaly rescued and the britished posted forces here at this fort for many years


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