WHEN did British forces under Francis Younghusband
reach |the "Forbidden City" of Lhasa?
En 1903, preocupado por la influencia rusa en Asia Central, el gobierno britanico mando un regimiento militar, liderado por Francis Younghusband
, a invadir el Tibet.
Until then, with the exception of a few adventurers, (including Francis Younghusband
, who led a punitive British expedition into Tibet in 1904, and the Italian scholar Giuseppe Tucci with photographer, Pietro Francesco Mele, who photographed Densatil in 1948), little was known and not much available on the market.
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: "Anything to do with the Col Francis Younghusband
expedition to Tibet is incredibly collectable.
Britain did much of the legwork for its assault on Mount Everest through a series of largely clandestine surveys conducted during the 19th century, culminating in a major campaign in the early 20th century led by Sir Francis Younghusband
, who commanded attacks on Tibetan soldiers at Guru, and elsewhere, en route to Lhasa.
March 31 - British expedition to Tibet - Battle of Guru: British troops under Colonel Francis Younghusband
defeated ill-equipped Tibetan troops.
THE HEART OF A CONTINENT by Sir Francis Younghusband
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The pictures had been taken during the expedition of Edwardian adventurer Francis Younghusband
, who marched into the country with around 3,000 troops in 1903-04, famously killing around 700 lightly armed Tibetan monks in the village of Guru.
The second figure, about whom much is known and has been written, is Francis Younghusband
, for whom the title "unashamed arch-imperialist" in an age of High Empire might have been coined as a personal motto.
The letter was sent to friend Sir Francis Younghusband
Grombtchevski and Britain's Captain Francis Younghusband
met by chance while trying to add the kingdom of Hunza to their respective spheres of influence.
Tim handed me a copy of the Spectator with its review of of a recently-republished book, The Heart of a Continent, by Sir Francis Younghusband
who, he said, was a relative of ours,' says Tom, now 44 and working as a Merseyside supply teacher, living in West Kirby.