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Blood-Red Desert Sand: The British Invasions of Egypt and the Sudan 1882-98 (Cassell Military Trade Books) [Hardcover]

Michael Barthorp
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25 April 2002 Cassell Military Trade Books
Beautifully illustrated from the work of pioneer war photographers, this is a marvellously readable account of the British Empire at war. From the British invasion of Egypt to the tragedy of Gordon of Khartoum, it culminates in General Kitchener's march to Omdurmann that saw Winston Churchill participate in one of the last battlefield charges by British cavalry. Michael Barthorp reveals the strengths and weaknesses of Queen Victoria's army, its brilliant but wayward officer corps and the professional soldiers who inspired so many Kipling poems.


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  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell & Co.; Reprinted Edition edition (25 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304362239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304362233
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gordon of Khartoum and British battles in Sudan

About the Author

Michael Barthorp is an internationally acknowledged expert on the Victorian army. His published books include THE ZULU WAR, WAR ON THE NW FRONTIER and THE BOER WARS.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't like it up 'em! 24 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover
Good reference book to start you off on the subject - in fact i'd rate as a must buy.
Full of good info, maps and jolly spiffing drawings.
Be careful though as it was printed long ago under the title of "War On The Nile".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This volume is worth every penny for the remarkable black and white photographs alone! The splendid pictures featuring many British military units are the work of pioneer war photographers and remarkably date back to as early as 1882, making this volume a must for military historians and family history researchers, together with model makers and militaria collectors alike.

The narrative is engrossing, encouraging the reader to turn the pages and learn more about this fascinating period in British history - a time when many of our regiments were awarded battle honours that remain on regimental colours and form part of their cap badges and uniforms today .

The author initially covers the period when British forces fought the French at Aboukir Bay, he then continues to recall events in 1882 when they again landed in Egypt to secure the strategic Suez Canal. The campaign in the Sudan is featured in excellent detail too and is supported by a number of maps and engravings of early paintings and drawings.

Truly, a valuable addition to any military enthusiasts library .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book...... 14 Jan 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this as a Christmas gift. Unfortunately the first copy I was sent went astray.
However the seller was prompt to email me once the failed delivery was noticed. He immediately had another sent out which arrived in time.
The recipient of this book was a friend who is half Egyptian hald Sudanese who lives in the UK. He was thrilled with this book especially all the old authentic photos along with the very interesting text which showed the history of the two counties.
A well written book sold by a good seller.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Windsow Castle 9 May 2003
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Format:Hardcover
I bought this wondering if it would help me understand the Gulf War (why and how).
The text I found well written and found it a "page turner". The photographs are a bit disapointing. I expected Gettysburg and found instead lots of group pictures.
Reading it, I found my visit years ago to Window Castle coming back to mind and my wondering then what all those trophies are and Gordons Bible etc. Now I know.
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