'Waiting for the attack, Omdurman', Sudan, 1898

Walter James

'Waiting for the attack, Omdurman', Sudan, 1898
3 2 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

'Waiting for the attack, Omdurman', Sudan, 1898.

Photograph by Walter James, 2nd Sudan War, 1898.

Members of the 1st Battalion, The Lincolnshire Regiment, man a makeshift line prior to the deciding battle of the 2nd Sudan War (1896-1899). Omdurman was situated just north of Khartoum and marked the culmination of Major-General Sir Horatio Herbert (later Field Marshal, 1st Earl) Kitchener's re-conquest of the Sudan. Kitchener commanded a force of 8,000 British regulars and a mixed force of 17,000 Sudanese and Egyptian soldiers. Armed with modern rifles, Maxim guns and artillery they easily defeated the 50,000 strong Dervish army of Abdullah al-Taashi. Kitchener's force lost 48 men with 382 wounded as opposed to the 10,000 dead and 13,000 wounded of the Dervishes.

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