After a fierce clash the 21st Lancers drove them back (resulting in three Victoria Crosses being awarded).  On a larger scale the British advance allowed the Khalifa to re-organize his forces. He still had over 30,000 men in the field and directed his main reserve to attack from the west while ordering the forces to the northwest to attack simultaneously over the Kerreri Hills.

After a fierce clash the 21st Lancers drove them back (resulting in three Victoria Crosses being awarded). On a larger scale the British advance allowed the Khalifa to re-organize his forces. He still had over 30,000 men in the field and directed his main reserve to attack from the west while ordering the forces to the northwest to attack simultaneously over the Kerreri Hills.

Rare photos of Napoleon III's Imperial Guard - Armchair General and HistoryNet >> The Best Forums in History

Rare photos of Napoleon III's Imperial Guard - Armchair General and HistoryNet >> The Best Forums in History

The first step in this memorable siege was the daring march of 4000 Arabs to the Nile, by which, on March 12, they cut off the 800 men at Halfaya, a village to the north of Khartoum, from the city.  A steamer was sent down to reconnoiter, and the moment she reached the front of the Arab position a volley was fired into her, wounding an officer and a soldier. The steamer returned the fire, killing five.  Thus hostilities began.

The first step in this memorable siege was the daring march of 4000 Arabs to the Nile, by which, on March 12, they cut off the 800 men at Halfaya, a village to the north of Khartoum, from the city. A steamer was sent down to reconnoiter, and the moment she reached the front of the Arab position a volley was fired into her, wounding an officer and a soldier. The steamer returned the fire, killing five. Thus hostilities began.

Often called the Last Patrol, the painting depicts a scene from the Boer war, showing a party of Lancers bringing a riderless horse back from patrol. Art prints reproduced by kind permission of the 9th / 12th Lancers.

Often called the Last Patrol, the painting depicts a scene from the Boer war, showing a party of Lancers bringing a riderless horse back from patrol. Art prints reproduced by kind permission of the 9th / 12th Lancers.

Ethnographic Arms & Armour - Period Photos of People with Ethnographic ArmsWhere: Sudan When: Unknown, early 1900s? Who: Bisharin warriors (sub group of Beja) Weapons visible: Spears, kaskara Source if known: French post card

Ethnographic Arms & Armour - Period Photos of People with Ethnographic ArmsWhere: Sudan When: Unknown, early 1900s? Who: Bisharin warriors (sub group of Beja) Weapons visible: Spears, kaskara Source if known: French post card

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The Desert column at the beginning of the Battle   of Abu Klea. Illustration by R Caton Woodville   for the Illustrated London News

The Desert column at the beginning of the Battle of Abu Klea. Illustration by R Caton Woodville for the Illustrated London News

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