'Waiting for the attack, Omdurman', 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.
From a collection of 18 photographs relating to the Lincolnshire Regiment and the Sudanese Army, 1896-1898.
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