Battle of Peiwar Kotal

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Battle of Peiwar Kotal
Part of Second Anglo-Afghan War
Battle of Peiwar Kotal.JPG
"Storming the Peiwar Kotal," by Vereker Monteith Hamilton
Date 28–29 November 1878
Location Kurram Valley
Result British Victory

United KingdomBritish Empire

British Raj India
Commanders and leaders
Sir Frederick Roberts Karim Khan
13 guns
25 guns
Casualties and losses
21 killed, 75 wounded 200 casualties (Estimate)

The Battle of Peiwar Kotal was fought on 28–29 November 1878 between British forces under Sir Frederick Roberts and Afghan forces under Karim Khan, during the opening stages of the Second Anglo-Afghan War. The British were victorious, and seized the strategic Peiwar Kotal Pass leading into Afghanistan.

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Captain John Cook was awarded the Victoria Cross for his role in the battle. First Battalion the Fifth Gorkha Rifles was awarded its first battle honour.