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North West Frontier Tribesmen – Cavalry charging with sword mounted

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The hillmen of the North-West Frontier were often called Pathans (pronounced P’than). This name did not describe a race or nation, but apparently was derived from the Afghan name for the language Pashtu (or Pukhtu) and was generally applied to tribes of Afghan origin resident in mountainous country along the Punjab frontier. The Pathans were divided into tribes, the tribes into clans, and the clans into sections.

  • Afridis. The most powerful and formidable of the frontier tribes (30,000). The eight Afridi clans (Khel), in order of military strength were Adam (6,500), Zakha (5,000), Kuki (5,000), Kambar (5,000), Malikdin, Aka, Sipah and Kamrai (700) Khel.
  • Bunerwals. Regarded buy the British as the most honourable and worthy of the Pathans (8,000).
  • Isazais. ‘Black Mountain’ tribe (5,300).
  • Mohmands. Made up of nine clans (Khel) including Baizais, Burham, Dawezais, Halimzais, Tarakzais and Utmanzais Khel (16,000-25,000).
  • Orakzais. Made up of seven clans (Khel) including Bizotis, Chamkannis, Massuzai and Rubia Khel (25,000-30,000).
  • Swatis. Abdul Ghafur, the Akhund of Swat advocated peace with the British (40,000).
  • Turis.  Assisted the British in the Second Afghan War (7,000).
  • Waziris. The largest of the frontier tribes (56,000) and regarded as the most lawless and predatory. The principle clans (Khel) were the Darwesh 29,000), Mahsuds 14,000), Dawaris (6,500) and Bhittanis (6,500) Khel.
  • Yusufzais. One of the largest Pathan tribes (65,000).  


Source: The Colonial Wars Source Book, PJ Haythornthwaite, Caxton Editions, London, 2000. A fascinating and highly readable text with a significant amount of useful detail for the wargamer.


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