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Title North Waziristan Militia pouch belt badge
Nationality British Empire
Period c 1900-22
Price £150.00

This exotic unit was raised under Lord Curzon's famous 'forward' frontier policy starting in 1900 when, in the North West Frontier Province, the army was withdrawn from tribal territory and replaced with disciplined tribal irregulars under British officers. Four battalions of militia were formed in Waziristan totalling 3,200 men.

After massive desertions from this unit in the Afghan War of 1919, the remaining elements then helped form the Tochi Scouts which served India with distinction in the next two decades.

A bazaar casting in low grade silver, this would have been worn by a Viceroy's commissioned officer on a brown leather pouch belt. The securing nuts and backplate are missing. It is 2.75" high.

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[Militaria : Badges : British Empire : 20th Century]


We just got the hat! Looks great so many thanks ... very pleased with the hat.

P D, USA, 24.03.2011

Having received the beautiful medal that has been the subject of many recent phone calls, I am absolutely delighted with it. More importantly, the research you provided into the military backgrounds of all those involved made it all the more poignant. Thank you for your highly professional and friendly help and advice throughout the transaction.

Edward Hudson, UK, 10.02.2011