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War Along the Nile

Major General Charles George Gordon was killed along with almost his entire force on January 26,1885. Though Gordon disregarded orders from London, the gallantry in which faced his end and the brutality of his enemies, his corpse was found decapited, caused the British people to hold him in high esteem. Later in the 1890’s, a force of nearly 25,000 British, Sudanese, and Eygptain soldiers marched south. Along the lower Nile, the would engage by a “Mahdist” force of over 50,000 men. On September 2, 1898, the two armies clashed at Battle of Omdurman. Despite the “Mahdist” forces numerical superiority, the discipline and superior firepower of the Empire's forces took the field and routed the enemy. The campaign was also notable for for soldiers that fought that day that would go on to be important players in later events. The British commander at Omdurman, Herbert Kitchener would later be the Secretary of War for Great Britain. Douglas Haig commanded a squadron of Cavalry at Omdurman, and he would later rise to command the British Expeditionary Force during the Great War. Another Cavalry officer that day was Winston Churchill, “The British Bulldog” wrote a book accounting his days on this campaign named, The River War. WBritains tradition of excellence and exacting detail ensures the collector that each of these figurines will conform to the highest standards. By never wavering from their focus on quality, WBritains have built a reputation for excellence that is well deserved.

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