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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Lord Curzon's famous 'forward' frontier policy starting in 1900 when, in the North West Frontier Province, the army was withdrawn from tribal territory and replaced with disciplined tribal irregulars under British officers.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.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

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


Picked up the dirk this morning and actually waited until I got back home before unwrapping the package. It really exceeded my expectations...whilst the photos were good, to see and feel it in three dimensions was very exciting. A beatutful piece Chris, and worth the wait.

C C, Australia, 20.08.2010

Thank you for a such a smooth transaction, I'll be sure to visit your site on a regular basis.

L M, Channel Islands, 14.02.2009