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RE 101 — Blockhouse on Siah Sang

A square, two-storied military building with loopholes and pitch-noses on all sides, standing on the northern promontory of the hillock Tapa Maranjan (called Siah Sang at that time). The only access to the building is a ladder leading to the first floor.
[Album:] Photo. No. 6. / Blockhouse on Siah Sang. (Works Drawing No. 4). Table of ranges from Blockhouse. Fort Ibrahim Khan, 1200 yards. Old Kabul bridge, 1275 yards. Fort Roberts, 650 yards. [S&M List:] 2-50 Block House, Seah Sung.
  • Original:
    Chatham: Cabul Defences, Photo No. 6, “Green Album”, No. J1 6/256
  • Collection Cabul Defences, Plan No. 4 “Block House on Siah Sung”.
  • Not in the albums of the usual RE Collections.
Image No.
RE 101
Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive 1878-1880 1878-1880
RE 100-115, Confidential Photographs/Plans
Albumen paper with gold toning, 195/275 mm, on brittle, brown paper with captions
good, background faded
Place, date
Kabul, spring 1880
  • 0101. Kabul City
  • 2.126 Kabul and SE-Afghanistan
  • 4.364 Second A.-A. War (1878-1880)
  • 4.83 Military Installations, Buildings
  • Latitude / Longitude34.519442 / 69.204531
    Google Earth34°31'12" N / 69°12'10" E / 1830 m
    Survey of India MapSheet 38 (1917), Kabul: Kabul, 2B 26

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