The training of the Tibetan army by the British in Gyantse in 1922 (photographs by H. R. C. Meade)

“What event brought together such a disparate crowd in this mountainous landscape? Who are these Asian soldiers wearing European uniforms?”

Alice Travers analyses an image taken by Captain H.R.C. Meade, Officer of the British Survey, as part of the editorial project “The Darkroom of History” proposed by the EHNE (Encyclopedia of digital history of Europe).

(video in French)

To know more about this picture and others taken by Captain H.R.C Meade in 1922 during his mission to map some areas of Bhutan and southern Tibet, please see the dedicated article on the EHNE website (also in French).

The images are kept at the Royal Geographical Society in London.