The Charge of the 21st Lancers at the Battle of Omdurman, 1898

The Charge of the 21st Lancers at the Battle of Omdurman, 1898
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

The Charge of the 21st Lancers at the Battle of Omdurman, 1898.

Coloured photogravure after Richard Caton Woodville, 1898.

During the Battle of Omdurman the 21st Lancers charged what they thought was a small group of Dervishes blocking the British Army’s route to the settlement. In fact, thousands of Sudanese warriors lay hidden in a depression in the desert. The Lancers had to ride straight through and after a fierce clash, drove them back. During the engagement three Victoria Crosses were won. The 21st lancers lost five officers and 65 men. Winston Churchill was one of the officers who survived the charge.

Image Details

Negative No.
 
1005021
Accession No.
 
NAM. 1971-04-44-1

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