(This was originally written on Feb 17, 2006 and published on www.ryze.com)
Reinforcements arrived Landi Kotal fortress. Seventeen officers, seven hundred men. Scouts dispatched. Colonel Sanderson. 14 July, 5 PM.
Fortress on high ground. Overlooks Khyber. Afridis cooperative. Col. Sanderson. 20 July 5 PM.
Pass secured. Defences mounted. Rations for three months. Col. Sanderson. 25 July 5 PM.
Telegrapher tower top. Movements across frontier. Col. Sanderson. 25 July 5 PM.
Afghans assembling west of Khyber. Three thousand infantry. Col. Sanderson. 27 July, 5 PM.
Van at saddle. Forty men. Ghurkhas. Col. Sanderson. 28 July, 5PM.
Skirmishes at frontier. Three fallen. Urge reinforcements. Col. Sanderson. 29 July, 3 PM.
Van overcome. No quarter given. Urging Battalion at Peshawar advance. Col. Sanderson 29 July, 9 PM.
Going to men. Fortress besieged. Corp. Dulai Ram will telegraph. Col. Sanderson. 30 July, 6 AM.
Whither reinforcements? Seige continued. Four down. Telegrapher. 30 July, 5 PM.
Seige holding. Six down. Telegrapher. 31 July, 6 AM.
Outer north wall weakening. Gunpowder running low. Telegrapher. 31 July, 3 PM.
Outer north wall sapped. Eighteen. Reinforcements urged. Afghans four thousand plus. Telegrapher. 31 July, Midnight.
Inner north wall holding. Outer South wall breached. Six. Telegrapher. 1 August, 5 AM.
Salaries disbursed. Maj. Withers fallen east wall. Nine men. Afridis defected. Col. Sanderson. 1 August, 9 AM.
Outer south wall sapped. East wall undermined. Lt. Johnson, thirty-three. Telegrapher. 1 August, 10 AM.
Inner north wall breached. West wall holding. Gunned at east wall, Capt. Millikan, seventy-three. Where reinforcements? Telegrapher. 1 August, Noon.
Topkhana blown. Dynamite exhausted. Cartridges seized Afghans. Telegrapher. 1 August, 1 PM.
Maj. Saunders, Capt. Wilkins, Capt. Morgan, forty-five men east wall. Telegrapher. 1 August, 4 PM.
Afghan mules destroyed west wall. Gunpowder finished. Telegrapher. 1 August, 5 PM.
Lt. Col. Montmorency, thirty-nine men inner south wall. All defences breached. Telegrapher. 1 August, 7 PM.
Temporary truce. Afghans surrender terms. No quarters given. Telegrapher. 1 August, 8 PM.
Men vote. Fight to death. Maj. Rawlings, Lt. Muckerjey sixteen men. Rations seized. Telegrapher. 1 August, 9 PM.
North flank Capt. Clowdisley, Capt. Grierson, Lt. Perkins, One hundred fifty-three men. Captured and slaughtered. Telegrapher. 1 August, 10 PM.
Central citadel defended by three hundred. Lt. Michelin, Sixty fallen east wall. Telegrapher. 1 August, 11 PM.
West wall gunned. Lt. Thatcher, Twenty-three. Telegrapher. 1 August, Midnight.
Col. Sanderson, Lt. Sprightly, fourteen men east citadel gate.. Telegrapher. 2 August, 2 AM.
Maj. Lawley Command. Seventy-nine. Final fight. Telegrapher. 2 August, 4 AM.
Eighty-three, east gate breached. West gate thirteen. Telegrapher. 2 August, 6 AM.
Maj. Lawley fallen. Nineteen. Afghans stalled below tower. Bayonetting. Telegrapher. 2 August, 7 AM.
Tower entered. Twenty four. Telegrapher. 2 August, 8 AM.
Three men standing. Afghan commander bayoneted by Sgt. Ramgulam. Telegrapher. 2 August, 9 AM.
Sgt. Ramgulam, Pvt. Joti Persaud fallen. Am last survivor. Telegrapher. 2 August, 9 AM.
This last telegraph. Picking up gun. Long live the Queen! Telegrapher. 2 August, 9 AM.
Afghans pushed back from fortress. Telegraph recovered. Six thousand infantry, horse and guns. Brig. Josephson. 2 August, 5 PM.
Landi Kotal Avenged. Afghans surrender. Brig. Josephson. 7 August, 5 PM.
END OF STORY.
509 words (telegrams only).