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Battle Story: Omdurman 1898 [Kindle Edition]

William Wright
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The battle took place at Kerreri, 11km 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 solders. 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 armour. In concise detail, with orders of battle, maps and over fifty photographs, 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 war arguably the height of British Empire military dominance.

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A well researched and detailed short account of Omdurman, the first major British army engagement to be photographed while the action was taking place. Wright provides a brilliant collection of these photos. --Jules Stewart- Military History Monthly November 2012

About 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2065 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Spellmount (30 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0098P9D6U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #271,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A well layed out peice of history, I found easy to follow with the main players cataloged in the most orderly fashion. I did find it difficult to read the maps, probably because the kindle's pages are so small, but that's not the books fault....
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well written and interesting my old regiment was there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Faith and man 3 Jun. 2013
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Without mass weapons of destruction man can overcome issues without war - now the wars forced upon peoples is horrendous.

Worth reading and learning from these experiences. Other purchases that I have made reflect different viewpoints of this battle.
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