Waziristan to Tibet
A newly published e-book, based on the regimental history written by his grandfather, reconstructs Colonel Brander's exciting and colorful personal experiences in the Regiment in which he spent his career, rising from young subaltern to commandant.
The events, which though true often read like fiction, include among others construction of the Harnai Railway to Quetta (called on its completion the "Engineering Miracle of the World"); frontier friction in Afghanistan and on the Black Mountain of Hazara; and most notably the bizarre 1903/1904 expedition to Lhasa.
In Tibet, Colonel Brander's valorous 32nd played the leading role as escort to the British Commission while it was besieged at Gyantse, and fought a successful engagement at the then highest recorded altitude in military history.
The actions are set against the background of the 'Great Game' with Russia, and the political problems of a troubled area which persist to this day. Across the barrier of the 'mores' of a different era,
Lucas believes the record is illuminated by Colonel Brander's admiration for and devotion to the Sikh officers and ranks with whom he regarded it his privilege to serve.
The history of Sikhs in arms is recognized as a noble one which continues to this day, and the traditions of the 32nd Pioneers are maintained in a unit of the modern Indian Army. More information and reviews of the book may be read at Amazon.com. It is priced at $4.39.