"Russians at the Gates of India"? Planning the Defense of India, 1885-1900

  title={"Russians at the Gates of India"? Planning the Defense of India, 1885-1900},
  author={Rob Johnson},
  journal={The Journal of Military History},
  pages={697 - 743}
  • Rob Johnson
  • Published 1 July 2003
  • History
  • The Journal of Military History
The annexation of Central Asia by Russia in the second half of the nineteenth century, which brought the Tsar's armies to the borders of Afghanistan, compelled the British to consider how to defend their prize imperial possession, India. In the absence of a General Staff, senior officers and the Intelligence Division in London drew up a series of plans over a twenty year period. A variety of solutions were proposed, including amphibious operations in the Black Sea, a thrust through Persia and… 
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