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Omdurman is a really gripping account of Kitchener s conquest of Omdurman from the Mahdist forces in 1898 The prologue provides the background on the 1885 fall of Khartoum and death of General Gordon The Mahdi died that same year and was succeeded by the Khalifa Abdullahi The rest of that decade, the Egyptian and Sudanese troops of the Khedive were being properly trained to become a disciplined force In 1889 they defeated an attempted Mahdist invasion of Egypt at Toski north of Wadi Halfa in Nubia.Kitchener s success required a huge effort, including building a railway from Wadi Halfa through the Nubian desert to where the Atbara joins the Nile After the Anglo Egyptian force took Dongola in 1896, the reluctance of the British government to allow its further advance was overcome through the sensational reports of the brave spy Reginald Wingate The army, joined by gun boats, easily took Abadia and Berber.On 1st September 1898 the gun boat bombardment first destroyed the island forts then turned their howitzers on the inner city walls Soon the Mahdi s tomb had taken some direct hits Meanwhile the army was establishing itself on the south slopes of the Kerreri hills On the day of battle, the thousands of dervishes that stormed the Anglo Egyptian position were repelled mainly by artillery.The action and the various close shaves are expertly narrated by Ziegler, including the famous charge of the 21st lancers The battle turned into a wholesale slaughter of the Khalifa s forces that retreated into the city As the army entered Omdurman on 2nd September, the Khalifa fled Prisoners were freed and the Mahdi s tomb was razed to the ground the next day On Sunday 4th September representatives of every regiment and corps crossed the Nile to Khartoum where a ceremony was held in Gordon s honor.The text is enhanced by plenty of black and white illustrations and many maps and the book concludes with a bibliography and index The bulk of Omdurman deals with the battle itself and the few days preceding it For in depth history of the campaign, recommended books includeThe Mahdist State in the Sudan, 1881 98 A Study of Its Origins, Development and Overthrowby P M Holt andThe River War An Account of the Reconquest of the Sudanby Winston Churchill. The narrative is engaging and well researched Fairly balanced in its approach, but with obvious deference given to the Anglo Egyptian perspective. Great introduction to the battle Just imagine the Dervish horsemen wearing chain mail captured from Christian Knights during the Crusades five hundred years before And the British on the Nile gun boats and ensconced behind their zeribas Fanaticism against machine guns and artillery What a spectacle The only thing I d read about Omdurman before was Churchill s description of the eve of the battle, and I found this book filled out a lot of information for me I ll read on the subject. For anyone interested in military history, the lessons learned from the river wars are a must read.This book is a necessary companion to Churchill s River War, Reconquest of the Sudan.Omdurman is important for being an early battle decided by the machine gun Also one of the lastbattles fought between new technology and old Also a great treatise that shows planning andlogistics will handily beat religious fervor This belongs in the library of every renaissance man. Just finished this book and was well written and very informative There was a lot to the battle than you realized the individual heroism and actions are revealed in this detailed account The fanatical moslem Jihad were as suicidal then as they are now All in the belief they will reach paradise History does seem to repeat itself. Excellent book This book documents Kitchener s punitive expedition to bring to justice the Mahdist faction that killed Chinese Gordon at Khartoum some 14 years before The recent ISIS, ISIL phenomenon is nothing new The British dealt with similar terrorist factions well over 100 years ago The victory of the British over the Mahdists is one of the great battles of the late 1800 s Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it George Santayana Omdurman is a really gripping account of Kitchener s conquest of Omdurman from the Mahdist forces in 1898 The prologue provides the background on the 1885 fall of Khartoum and death of General Gordon The Mahdi died that same year and was succeeded by the Khalifa Abdullahi The rest of that decade, the Egyptian and Sudanese troops of the Khedive were being properly trained to become a disciplined force In 1889 they defeated an attempted Mahdist invasion of Egypt at Toski north of Wadi Halfa in Nubia.Kitchener s success required a huge effort, including building a railway from Wadi Halfa through the Nubian desert to where the Atbara joins the Nile After the Anglo Egyptian force took Dongola in 1896, the reluctance of the British government to allow its further advance was overcome through the sensational reports of the brave spy Reginald Wingate The army, joined by gun boats, easily took Abadia and Berber.On 1st September 1898 the gun boat bombardment first destroyed the island forts then turned their howitzers on the inner city walls Soon the Mahdi s tomb had taken some direct hits Meanwhile the army was establishing itself on the south slopes of the Kerreri hills On the day of battle, the thousands of dervishes that stormed the Anglo Egyptian position were repelled mainly by artillery.The action and the various close shaves are expertly narrated by Ziegler, including the famous charge of the 21st lancers The battle turned into a wholesale slaughter of the Khalifa s forces that retreated into the city As the army entered Omdurman on 2nd September, the Khalifa fled Prisoners were freed and the Mahdi s tomb was razed to the ground the next day On Sunday 4th September representatives of every regiment and corps crossed the Nile to Khartoum where a ceremony was held in Gordon s honor.The text is enhanced by plenty of black and white illustrations and many maps and the book concludes with a bibliography and index The bulk of Omdurman deals with the battle itself and the few days preceding it For in depth history of the campaign, recommended books includeThe Mahdist State in the Sudan, 1881 98 A Study of Its Origins, Development and Overthrowby P M Holt andThe River War An Account of the Reconquest of the Sudanby Winston Churchill. Personal Accounts Of A Legendary Battle Seen Through The Eyes Of Private George Teigh And Lieutenant Samuel FitzGibbon Cox Amongst Others Both The Private And The Officer Kept Diaries, Both Recorded The Same Events, But With Vastly Differing ViewsDifficulties With Boots, Bullets And Gunboats Are Described, But It Is The Eye Witness Accounts That Give Full Flavour To A Fascinating Campaign,which Saw The Last Full Cavalry Charge