Afghan War Books Acquired by Navy Department Library
The Naval Historical Foundation is pleased to announce the successful acquisition of three vintage 19th century books for the Navy Department Library. If you recall in November, NHF made an appeal, called “Bucks for Books,” to raise funds for the acquisition of these books for the Library. A number of generous donors stepped forward, and over $2200 was raised. Three books (one of which is a two-volume set) were acquired by NHF, and gifted to the library.
The books were written in the late 19th century, and detail the experiences of the British military campaign in Afghanistan. As the U.S. presence in Afghanistan continues, there is value in studying and understanding the experiences of past campaigns in that rugged nation. The Library plans to digitize these books, and then post them on their website. They have previously posted similar items from their collection, such as “A Journal of the Disasters in Afghanistan, 1841-2” and “The Afghan Wars 1839-42 and 1878-80,” and the content of these books has been used in briefings to Navy leadership.