On the retreat from Kabul of General Elphinstone's army in 1842, a hill near Gandamak was the scene of the Battle of Gandamak, during which the last survivors of the force—twenty officers and forty-five British soldiers of the 44th East Essex Regiment—were massacred leaving only one survivor. Gandamak is also notable for the Treaty of Gandamak, which was signed here on May 26, 1879, between the British government and His Highness Muhammad Yakub Khan, Amir of Afghanistan and its dependencies.
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- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- Reynolds, Francis J., ed. (1921). "Gandamak". Collier's New Encyclopedia. New York: P.F. Collier & Son Company.
- See  for photographs of modern Gandamak village and battlefield
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