The Battle of Abu Klea, 17 January 1885

William Barns Wollen

The Battle of Abu Klea, 17 January 1885
2 8 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 20cm

The Battle of Abu Klea, 17 January 1885.

Oil on canvas by William Barns Wollen (1857-1936), 1896.

While on its way to relieve General Gordon at Khartoum, the cross-country detachment of the British Desert Column was attacked by the Sudanese followers of Mohammed Ahmed, self-proclaimed 'Mahdi' (guide, or redeemer, of Islam). The Battle of Abu Klea was described by Winston Churchill as 'the most savage and bloody action ever fought in the Sudan by British troops'.

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