"Proceed to Peshawar"
"The Great Game is finished when everyone is dead. Not before." - Rudyard Kipling

Written by George Hill and published in 2013 by the Naval Institute press, “Proceed to Peshawar” is a story of adventure in the Hindu Kush Mountains, and of a previously untold Military and Naval Intelligence Mission along about 800 miles of the Durand Line in World War II. The American officers passed through the Tribal Areas and the princely states of the North-West Frontier Province, and into Baluchistan. It also provides an insight into the background and daily life of a Naval Intelligence Officer who was stationed in Karachi, India (now Pakistan), in World War II. He was probably the first American official to travel to all of the Provinces that now comprise the country of Pakistan, and he also traveled in India and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

Barnet Schecter, author of “George Washington’s America: A Biography through His Maps”

“With engaging prose and a wealth of carefully researched detail, Hill brings together the historical context and personalities involved in a forgotten but momentous episode: America’s first official introduction to the terrain and culture of a region that continues to bedevil U.S. foreign policy today… Hill tells an important cautionary tale of how the U.S. got a taste for the Great Game, which had already cost the British and the Russians so much blood and treasure.”


Rear Admiral Joseph F. Callo, USN (Ret.), author of “John Paul Jones: America’s First Sea Warrior”

“Proceed to Peshawar take the reader on a one-of-a-kind journey in a Jeep through south-central Asia, one of the world’s most politically intriguing—and generally dangerous-regions. The unique trip during World War II by two U.S. military intelligence officers, one of whose papers are the core of the story, jounces through rugged terrain at the geographic nexus of American, British, Chinese, and Russian interests of the time. Day by day and mile by mile, the diplomatic hubris, military infighting, political intrigue, ethnic crosscurrents, and cultural clashes that are unfortunately are still with us are bared. For the reader, however, there’s useful knowledge and insight to be had along the way.”

Adm. Harry D Train II, USN (Ret.) NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (1978 – 1982)

“Hill’s story is a valuable insight into the tumultuous era of India and Afghanistan in 1943. It portrays the intricate life of two American intelligence officers in a remote location under minimal guidance and almost minimal support. History is often shaped from such tenuous threads. It is satisfying to be granted a view of the details of the world.”

Excerpt from a review written by Mary Sloan, published in the Journal of International Affairs, Volume XVII, Summer/Fall 2014.


“In Proceed to Peshawar, George J. Hill tells the story of the first U.S. officials to be invited into the border region between Afghanistan and India, now Pakistan. This 1943 expedition was commissioned by the British and intended to highlight the difficulties that they were encountering with the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Baluchistan tribes. In the context of the century-old British-Russian rivalry in Central Asia, and with WWII straining Britain’s ability to resource its empire, it was hoped that the American officers would see the importance of the region and the British (or potentially American) role in it. […]

Proceed to Peshawar offers a glimpse into a time in which U.S. military officers could freely travel the Durand Line, constrained only by geography.”