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GO STRONG INTO THE DESERT: The Mahdist Uprising in Sudan 1881-85 A Military History and Uniform Guide

GO STRONG INTO THE DESERT: The Mahdist Uprising in Sudan 1881-85A Military History and Uniform Guide
by Snook, Lt Col Mike with color plates by Michael Perry


On 11 August 1881, two companies of Egyptian infantry landed on an island in the White Nile to arrest a remarkable imam by the name of Muhammad Ahmad ibn al-Saiyid 'Abd Allah, who called himself the Mahdi. Within the hour most of the soldiers concerned were dead - routed by a poorly armed and numerically inferior band of disciples. The subsequent dramatic rise of the Mahdist movement, culminating in the siege of the Sudanese capital, the death of General Gordon, and a serious fundamentalist threat to Egypt, is told in Go Strong into the Desert, an original and authoritative military history of events in Kordofan, Khartoum and the Red Sea Littoral between 1881 and 1885.

Expert Mike Snook has recently returned from serving in the Sudan and has once again approached the old interpretations of Victorian military history with a fresh eye, an inquiring mind, and his reader's enjoyment at heart. Go Strong into the Desert focuses in close detail on the combat waged across the Sudan and is characterized by absorbing blow-by-blow narratives of what actually happened during such dramatic actions as:

The Siege of El Obeid and the massacre at Sheikan of Hicks Pasha's Kordofan expedition.
The defeat of Valentine Baker Pasha's gendarmerie at El Teb.
Sir Gerald Graham's costly victories over Osman Digna at El Teb and Tamai.
The desperate fights of Sir Herbert Stewart's Desert Column at Abu Klea and Abu Kru.
The epic of General Gordon's stand at Khartoum.
Sir Charles Wilson's river dash and the rescue mission mounted by Beresford RN.
The Battles of Hashin, Tofrek and Giniss.

In addition the book's battle narratives are supported by analysis, copious illustrations, contemporary sketches, maps, detailed orders of battle, a comprehensive guide to the dress and equipment of the participants on both sides, modern photography of the virtually unchanged battlefields, and more than 30 full-color uniform plates by renowned sculptor, artist and designer Michael Perry.

1 vol, 216 pgs 2010 UK, Perry Miniatures
NEW-softcover, back in print ......$48.00

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