Bayonets To Lhasa; The First Full Account of the British Invasion of Tibet in 1904

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1961. First Edition [stated], presumed first printing. Hardcover. 319, [1] pages. Footnotes. Maps. Illustrations. Bibliography. Index. DJ has wear, tears, soiling and chips. Previous owner's mailing label and ink mark on fep. The Story of The British Invasion of Tibet at The Turn of The Nineteenth Century. Robert Peter Fleming OBE DL (31 May 1907 – 18 August 1971) was a British adventurer, journalist, soldier and travel writer. He was the elder brother of Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, and attained the British military rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Peter Fleming was one of four sons of the barrister and Member of Parliament (MP) Valentine Fleming, who was killed in action during World War I in 1917, having served as MP for Henley from 1910. Fleming was educated at Durnford School and at Eton, where he edited the Eton College Chronicle. The Peter Fleming Owl (the English meaning of "Strix", the name under which he later wrote for The Spectator) is still awarded every year to the best contributor to the Chronicle. He went on from Eton to Christ Church, Oxford, and graduated with a first-class degree in English. Fleming traveled from Moscow to Peking via the Caucasus, the Caspian, Samarkand, Tashkent, the Turksib Railway and the Trans-Siberian Railway to Peking for The Times. His experiences were written up in One's Company. He then went overland from China via Tunganistan to India on a journey written up in News from Tartary. . Peter Fleming, a reserve officer in the Grenadier Guards, was recruited by the War Office research section investigating the potential of irregular warfare (MIR). Derived from a Kirkus review: A prolific, accomplished English writer now brings American readers the story of the British punitive expedition into Tibet in 1904 which slowed Russian imperialism, created havoc in Foreign Office politics, and caused the public censure of a man long devoted to His Majesty's Service. The man was Col. Francis Younghusband. Under the auspices of Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, he led a mission to the "Forbidden City" of Tibet to negotiate with a recalcitrant Dalai Lama and thwart the Russians. With him went Col. J.R.L. MacDonald and 1200 troops. Not only are their fierce battles and agonizing months in the mountains told with clarity, but so are the political forces at Whitehall made understandable. The mission was accomplished in spite of the conflicts of its leaders, but the British people proved unsympathetic to the casualties of Tibetian soldiers in battle. This and other political reasons which caused Younghusband's tragic censure are examined calmly, and dispassionately, in the light of half a century gone by. A very interesting work. Condition: Good / Fair.

Keywords: Tibet, Lhasa, Dalai Lama, Francis Younghusband, Curzon, Khamba Jong, Guru, Chang Lo, Jingals, Karo La Defile, Chomolhair, Phari, Dorjieff, Gyantse, Potala, Amban Yu-t'ai, Ampthill

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