Battle Story: Omdurman 1898

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752468723
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Series: Battle Story Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 818,394
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

William Wright is a former journalist and chairman of the Victorian Military History Society of Great Britain. He is the author of A Tidy Little War and has written many articles for Savage and Soldier and Soldiers of the Queen.
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