Proceed to Peshawar

The Story of a U.S. Navy Intelligence Mission on the Afghan Border, 1943
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Published:November 15, 2013
By George J. Hill (Author)

Proceed to Peshawar is a story of adventure in the Hindu Kush Mountains and of a previously untold military and naval intelligence mission during World War II by two American officers along 800 miles of the Durand Line, the porous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. They passed through the tribal areas and the princely states of the North-West Frontier Province, and into Baluchistan. This appears to be the first time that any American officials were permitted to travel for any distance along either side of the Durand Line. Many British political and military officers believed that India would soon be free, and that the Great Game between Russia and Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries would then come to an end. Some of them thought that the United States should, and would, assume Britain’s role in Central Asia, and they wanted to introduce America to this ancient contest.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Military History, World War II
  • Paperback : 288 pages
  • Illustrations: 40 b/w photos; 2 maps
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (November 15, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1612512801
  • ISBN-13: 9781612512808
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 18.88 oz
  • “…the unusual perspective offered by this brief work allows it to make a unique contribution to the existing historiography. George Hill, a retired U.S. Naval Reservist, has uncovered an interesting story, part travelogue, part biography and part history lesson.” —The Naval Review

George J. Hill graduated from the Harvard Medical School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the Public Health Service, retiring as a captain in the Navy Reserve in 1992. He lives in West Orange, NJ.

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