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The Last Swashbuckling Victorian Adventure,
This review is from: Khartoum: The Ultimate Imperial Adventure (Paperback)
Though this book has been criticised for not containing a large amount of technical detail, it is I think a very entertaining and informative read. I never read pre-WW1 history normally, but decided to give this a go and was very impressed.
It accounts the famous rise of the Mahdi and how that took place, the infamous fall of Gordon and Khartoum and then finally the resurgence of the British under the new leadership of Kitchener.
The book to me demonstrated above all the famous phrase said of british soldiers which is "lions fighting for donkeys", the ineptitude of the british commanders in this defeat and eventually victory many years later, was at times laughable, with perfectly capable men like Kitchener overlooked due to the "class" system. Sadly this style of leadership choice perpetuated right through to the First World War, causing many casualties.
If you want a really interesting, exciting and readable final account on victorian and colonial adventure and want to witness the pivotal moment when modern military warfare tasted first blood in the British army then you really should read this book!