Omdurman 1898

Omdurman 1898

eBook - 2011
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Four Victoria Crosses and 23,000 enemy dead and wounded -- 8,000 regular British soldiers, of whom just 43 lost their lives The battle took place at Kerreri, north of Omdurman in the Sudan. Kitchener commanded a force of 8,000 British regulars and a mixed force of 17,000 Sudanese and Egyptian soldiers. He arrayed his force in an arc around the village of Egeiga close to the bank of the Nile, where a gunboat flotilla waited in support, facing a wide, flat plain with hills rising to the left and right. The British and Egyptian cavalry was placed on either flank. Al-Taashi's followers, known as Ansar and sometimes referred to as Dervishes, numbered around 50,000, including some 3,000 cavalry. In a few hours and at a loss of less than 400 officers and men killed and wounded, the Anglo-Egyptian army defeated the more than 50,000 brave tribesmen who charged their enemy, regardless of the hail of maxim bullets, many of them armed only with spears, swords, and ancient chainmail armor. In concise detail, the author shows how Omdurman was a superb example of logistics in warfare. First-hand accounts from both sides help the reader to understand all the horrors and glory of that day including the famous charge of the 21st Lancers, often called the last great cavalry charge of the British Army. This was arguably the height of British Empire military dominance.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : The History Press, [2011]
ISBN: 9780752478876
Branch Call Number: 962.403 Wr
Description: 1 online resource (160 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)


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Mar 22, 2013

This book was so interesting. It is in the black powder era of Islandwana and Kabul when the British were looking around the globe for chances to trade gunfire with less advanced nations so they could enjoy their advantages in martial prowess. Thanks to a lack of tactics on the muslim side, Omdurman is one of the battles that added a much needed victory on the British scorecard of the imperial age which helped to offset the darker wars in Zulu Land, the Crimea, South Africa and Afghanistan. Even Douglas Haig shot up the muslims with his cavalry shoot-and-scoot tactics which was a record of good leadership later swept under the rug by his WW1 experience. Kitchener and Churchill are also involved along with Haig and other British fellows, whom later concocted the Gallipoli and Somme adventures.


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