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The Punjab Frontier Force Memorial on the Maidan at Kohat, c.1955

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The various units comprising the Punjab Frontier Force, or ‘Piffers’ as they are affectionately known, were raised from 1843 onwards. However, it is generally held that the unit came into being in 1849 as the Trans-Frontier Brigade, raised by the Punjab Government to protect the Province and especially its much-exposed North-West Frontier. The unit was redesignated the Punjab Irregular Force in 1851 and again as the Punjab Frontier Force in 1865, by which time it had grown considerably in size.

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  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on board

  • Measurements

    76.3 x 102.2 cm

  • Accession number

    NAM. 1998-10-3

  • Acquisition method

    gift from the Punjab Frontier Force Association, 1998


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