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John Burke 
Afghan prisoners escorted by the 45th Sikh Regiment 
Albumen print 
22.7 x 28.9 cm (image) 
The Royal Collection 
RCIN 2501369 
Photograph of Afghan prisoners escorted by the 45th Sikh Regiment. Three Afghan men are sitting on the ground wearing loose robes and caps. Standing and sitting around them is a large group of Sikh soldiers wearing military uniform and turbans. Among the soldiers are groups of guns stacked upwards against each other. There is a mountain behind with a small stone building at the top. The photographer John Burke travelled with the Peshawar Valley Field Force during the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-80), one of a series of conflicts between Britain and Russia over control of Afghanistan. His images from the war capture landscapes, key strategic sites and people involved in the conflict.
From the collection of King Edward VII when Prince of Wales 

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