Afghan tribesmen ambush a British column in the Hindu Kush mountains during the “Retreat from Kabul” in 1842. First Anglo Afghan War.
The retreat involved 4,500 British and Indian soldiers of the British East India Company, as well as 12,000 civilian camp followers, who were retreating from Kabul to the safety of Jalalabad. Only 1 man of the 16,500 person column would arrive safely in Jalalabad. The rest were either killed in ambushes, died of exposure or exhaustion, or were taken prisoner and later sold as slaves.