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Michael Asher á 0 Read Read & Download Ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á Michael Asher Read Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure The British campaign in the Sudan in ueen Victoria's reign is an epic tale of adventure thrilling than any fiction The story begins with the massacre of the 11000 strong Hicks Pasha column in 1883 Sent to evacuate the country British hero General Gordon was surrounded and murdered in Khartoum by an army of dervishes led by the Mahdi The relief mission arrive. Having read much on the British Army in the twentieth century and on Victorian society and empire one area I had done little than scratch the surface the sand even was Sudan The reader is given a background to the political arrangements and past rulers up to the British presence in what was a sideshow for the Empire when compared to South Africa and the shining jewel India This British interest and clearly at times in London plain disinterest and a man who is God s Expected One The Mahdi are the centre for a war that would see the world s first islamic state rise from defeating the 19th century s superpower before Victoria s men expunged the memory of defeat 14 years laterThe land much blood was spilt on and over was a mix of harsh and unforgiving landscapes with at its heart a thin ribbon of green vegetation emanating from the river Nile and it s two tributaries the White and Blue Nile populated by nomadic tribes or people who lived in abject poverty in the few towns with little infrastructureMr Asher provides excellent descriptions on both forces including the main characters their relationships influences and organisation including the building of a railway it is Victorian Britain after all so you d expect it surveyed with great skill by members of the Royal Engineers He also clearly knows the country well and his descriptions of the land and the areas where battles were fought are excellent To my mind he provides a fair assessment of both armies during the two separate and distinct phases of the war and the tactics used Although Britain was a modern power with well trained troops and considerable firepower at its disposal it would be wrong to think of the native forces as only having spears swords and shields They did and employed these with both skill and courage but they also used firearms and artillery and when coupled with their traditional warrior culture and sheer weight of numbers they were a formidable foe to be treated with caution and respectMichael Asher s informative exciting and balanced account of the wars during the period 1883 1898 was a perfect entry for me It has left me wanting to read and has added to my knowledge of Gordon particularly Lord Kitchener and the most of all Sudan a country that today has a population of some 42 million people and since the 1950s has been beset by civil wars and strife that look set to continue for some time yet in one of the world s most complex geo political areas

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Michael Asher á 0 Read Read & Download Ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á Michael Asher Read Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure Uthor Michael Asher has reconstructed this classic tale in vivid detail Having covered every inch of the ground and examined all eyewitness reports he brings to bear new evidence uestioning several accepted aspects of the story The result is an account that sheds new light on the most riveting tale of honour courage revenge and savagery of late Victorian tim. Funny how just last week thanks to that book on Stanley Livingstone I realized how little I knew about African history and found this in my stack next up From the Central African slave trade of the 1860s and 1870s I learnt in this one all about the slave traders in Northern Africa in the 1880s 90s and all the repercussions from this Sudan was the first African country to have a successful revolt against its colonial overlord but the reason for the revolt was the new ban on slavery Turkey enacted under British and European pressure Arab traders who had settled in Sudan who were used to raiding villages to the south killing all the men and enslaving the women and children found themselves with no economy At the same time Egypt Turkey decided to modernize Sudan and passed ruinous taxation The Turks were also horrible rulers with corrupt officials pouring civil servant and army wages right into their own pockets Some troops hadn t been paid in years and were on the verge of mutinyInsert one religious fanatic the Mad Mahdi who thinks he s the second coming to fight along Jesus in an apocalyptic battle against the apostates just what ISIS believes And this is the birth of Islamic fundamentalism From women going around in loincloths in a fun communal atmosphere the Mahdi forces strict dress codes on all females over 5 and floggings for all sorts of crimes He gathers his dervishes pissed off slavers those angry about taxation and wages those gang pressed and falls upon a 11000 of Turkish Egyptian troops led by an English commander Hicks slaughtering them all God s perfect idiot General Chinese Gordon is now dispatched to Khartoum to get the lay of the land and prepare an evacuation On no circumstances is he to say that the British are coming to the rescue he goes about his mission in perhaps the worst way ever The author is pretty pro Gordon and is upset about his reputation s fall and the fact the Gordon statue got uietly taken down in Trafalgar Suare but he seemed ridiculously stupid to me Granted he went out nobly but he also ordered every male over 8 to join him in defense When the situation that you personally bungled horribly is now officially ruined and you re going to make a last stand it seems kind of bad to institute a Hitler Youth defense Especially since he seemed a little pedophile ish but I guess no way to know for sure Sad his head got cut off but so did 11000 other peopleGordon s death and the fall of Khartoum was ueen Victoria s personal low point of her reign It s surprising that there was not a constitutional crisis because it seemed pretty obvious how much she hated Gladstone and her views on the rescue attempt British government toppled over the public furor of this historical version of Benghazi The death tolls and mass rapes in this book are on the sobering massive size and the author does a good job showing the panoramic of the disaster The US ambassador was also killed so was the Austrian ambassador and his family gruesomely even his pet parrot There was a half hearted attempt eventually that had some success with all British troops but the British military really didn t want to fight in Sudan and took advantage of distractions in Afghanistan to retreat The Mahdi died soon after from disease or poisoned by a woman whose family he killed and his henchman takes over 15 years of atrocities wars with Ethiopia and Eritrea and the British come back for revenge well revenge and the fact that France has been looking too close at Sudan herself and now UK wants it again Book picks up here with Lord Kitchener taking it over and you see why he was such an icon The railroad he had built to ferry the troops across the desert is still in use in Sudan and you can see one of his gunboats used in Cairo Winston Churchill still a puppy manages to sneak into the troops with a press pass and is there to witness most of the war s great events Sometimes ahead of the front lines since he seemed to get himself cut off in front of the enemy getting hit by friendly fire uite a bit in his excitement First time British used special forces The rise of the Egyptian Army The last regimental cavalry charge Last time a medieval army fought I had no idea this war was so monumental Currently there s probably no war in the past that affects us so much today presently The Mahdi were anti any technology invented after Mohammed so guns were out as apostate tools They suborned or bribed a pagan tribe from the hills as rifleman but majority found with spears and swords He stressed this a bunch but when he later talks about the bullet factories run by the Mahdists and how Abdallahi s son was the general of the rifleman I d have liked explanationsThe Mahdi and his successor Abdallahi while their rise from penniless drifters to absolute power is amazing were tyrants And it s hard to feel sad about the takedown of first radical terrorists it seems a lot went down with them and even the British were shocked at the slaughter The dervishes many said were the greatest enemy the British empire ever fought against beyond perfection and on one day in the Battle of Omdurman entire villages and tribes walked into machine guns 50000 dervishes with spears against 25000 British Egyptians with Maxims and artillery None of the dervishes even made it within 800 yards of the British front lines Some of the British soldiers in this battle later were mown down themselves at the Somme Giant points to the author for what happened after portion so many don t do that with a wrap up for all the main personages How Kitchener after Sudan in Egypt worked for pro Arab revolt against Turkey dying on the day it broke out How Mahdism always lurked beneath the surface in Sudan springing out again with the same platform in 1946 And how a Mahdist politician took in Osama Bin Ladin who left Sudan even radical than before You can t help also reading in this book about the herds of elephants numbering a thousand that you know are not there now Or anything to do with Darfur which has parallels throughout this book It s a huh moment when you realize that 911 can be tracked directly to slavery and a British Ottoman pact Anyways if you were like me and knew absolutely nothing about Sudan in 1890s this book will tell you everything you need to know

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Michael Asher á 0 Read Read & Download Ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á Michael Asher Read Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure D 2 days too late The result was a national scandal that shocked the ueen and led to the fall of the British government Twelve years later it was the brilliant Herbert Kitchener who struck back Achieving the impossible he built a railway across the desert to transport his troops to the final devastating confrontation at Omdurman in 1898 Desert explorer and a. The author is an ex soldier and long time resident of Sudan He displays all of his experience in writing this military history on the English in Sudan the various attempts to rescue General Gordon Gordon s death and the eventual return of the English to finally revenge Gordon and remove the troublesome dervishes His tale is full of the English professional soldier the incompetent but beloved officers and a healthy respect for the dervish as fierce brave and determined fighters He also even includes the names of soldiers and NCOs rather than leaving them nameless as most military histories doThe pointlessness of the whole affair and the lose of so many lives is just sad


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    Read Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure PDF NEW [Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure] Read & Download Ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á Michael Asher If I were a cleverer man I’d write this review in the idiom of a blustering Englishman It would be peppered with

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    Read Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure Read & Download Ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á Michael Asher Michael Asher á 0 Read Very entertaining book that covers the two campaigns fought by the British in the Sudan in 1883 1885 and 1896 1898 Proclaiming himself the long expected Mahdi – the Guided One of the Prophet – Mohammed Ibn Admed el Sayyid Abdullah led a revolt of the Sudanese against their Egyptian occupiers It soon became abundantly clear the Egyptian Government which was essentially installed by the British after the Arabi Pasha revolt of 1882 was no

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    PDF NEW [Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure] Having read much on the British Army in the twentieth century and on Victorian society and empire one area I had done little

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    PDF NEW [Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure] Read & Download Ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á Michael Asher Read Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure The author is an ex soldier and long time resident of Sudan He displays all of his experience in writing this military history on the English in Sudan the various attempts to rescue General Gordon Gordon's death and the eventual return of the English to finally revenge Gordon and remove the troublesome dervishes

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    PDF NEW [Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure] Read & Download Ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á Michael Asher Read Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure A well balanced account of the conflict in Sudan between the Anglo Egyptians and a collection of Sudanese tribes between 1883 9This is a military historical book told in thorough detail It includes strategic insight as well as areas of weakness in each side and a good feel for what each side was fighting forWhat bothered me the most was the sheer number of fighters and civilians who died I’m not sure exactly how many

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    PDF NEW [Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure] This is a historical period that has long interested me It covers the time between 1880 1898 in the Sudan I remember that as a young boy fascinated by maps I had been curious at the designation of the “Anglo Egyptian Sudan” on the map It was huge and the Nile flowed right through it I wondered how it had been both British and Egyptian As a college student of Asian civilizations I had done a large research project on the Taiping rebelli

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    Michael Asher á 0 Read Read & Download Ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á Michael Asher Read Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure Funny how just last week thanks to that book on Stanley Livingstone I realized how little I knew about African history and found this in my stack next up From the Central African slave trade of the 1860s and 1870s I learnt in this one all about the slave traders in Northern Africa in the 1880s 90s and all the rep

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    PDF NEW [Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure] Read & Download Ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á Michael Asher I picked this book up in an airport somewhere For some reason I prefer to read history when I am travelling I know it makes no sense This book is a fascinating insight into the mechanics of the Victorian era when it comes to politics and the military they were very different times when military force was seen as a weapon of justi

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    PDF NEW [Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure] Read Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure This was a great and fairly balanced despite than occasional flashes of old school gung ho rah rah type British patriotism style telling of both of the Mahdist Wars between the British some Sudanese and Egyptians on one side and most Sudanese

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    Michael Asher á 0 Read PDF NEW [Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure] I love history but this book was a bit of a struggle to get through Too many names of places to remember to fully understand the battle of Omdurman etc otherwise a well researched book

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