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European missionaries, formerly prisoners of Emperor Tewodros II (or King Theodore) of Abyssinia, 1868

Photograph, Abyssinia, 1868.

The primary objective of the expedition to Abyssinia (1867-1868) was to secure the release of British hostages held by Emperor Tewodros II (or King Theodore) of Abyssinia. The expeditionary force advanced over 600 km of difficult country to the capital, Magdala, near to which the decisive action was fought.

An Army photographic team, attached to the 10th Company, Royal Engineers, led by Sergeant John Harrold, accompanied the British force that took the Abyssinian fortress of Magdala in April 1868.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1983-10-127-26


National Army Museum, London


National Army Museum, Study collection

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