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Khartoum 1885

General Gordon's last stand

Khartoum 1885 by Donald Featherstone
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Early in 1881 unrest in the Sudan began to crystallise around Mohammed Ibn Ahmed el-Sayyid Abdullah. Proclaiming himself the long-expected Madhi, the Guided One of the Prophet, he preached that the Sudan was to be purged of its Egyptian oppressors. Drawn in by the Egyptian failure to deal with the situation, the British sent General Gordon to organise an evacuation. On reaching Khartoum however, General Gordon believed, incorrectly, that the Madhi could be reasoned with. Instead of negotiating, the Madhi besieged the town for 317 days. This book looks in particular, although not exclusively, at the battles fought by the British columns sent to relieve Khartoum.

Osprey Publishing Ltd; May 2013
ISBN 9781472803849
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Title: Khartoum 1885
Author: Donald Featherstone
 

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