This Day In History: 1879-10-24

As a result of the assassination in Kabul of Sir Louis Cavagnari, the British envoy, and his escort the 2nd Goorkhas left Dehra Dun on 3 October 1879. They joined the 2nd Division commanded by General Bright at Surkhab Bridge near Jugdulluck prior to the invasion of Afghanistan and the capture of Kabul in December.  These were opening moves of the second phase of the 2nd Afghan War.  Click here to read an account of the campaign.