|Last Stand of the 44th Regiment at Gundamuck, 1842. William Barnes Wollen|
Only a single man survived the march from Kabul, while several senior officers, including Elphinstone, had been taken prisoner. The words of a Captain Backhouse, a party in the relief force marching back to Kabul against the lines of retreat, portray a grisly scene: "the sight of the remains of the unfortunate Caubul force was fearfully heartrending. They lay in heaps of fifties and hundreds, our gun wheels passing over and crushing the skulls and other bones of our late comrades at almost every yard." (Dixon, Psychology of Military Incompetence, 78-79).
|Remnants of an Army. Elizabeth Butler|