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Beyond the Reach of Empire: Wolseley's Failed Campaign to Save Gordon and Khartoum #2020

Beyond the Reach of Empire Wolseley s Failed Campaign to Save Gordon and Khartoum When General Gordon returned to the Sudan in February the Egyptian colonial regime was on the brink of collapse His only weapons were his reputation a flotilla of river steamers and a few thous

  • Title: Beyond the Reach of Empire: Wolseley's Failed Campaign to Save Gordon and Khartoum
  • Author: Mike Snook
  • ISBN: 9781848326019
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Beyond the Reach of Empire: Wolseley's Failed Campaign to Save Gordon and Khartoum By Mike Snook, When General Gordon returned to the Sudan in February 1884, the Egyptian colonial regime was on the brink of collapse His only weapons were his reputation, a flotilla of river steamers and a few thousand demoralized Egyptian troops Less than a fortnight after his arrival in Khartoum, Egypt s last field force was routed in the Red Sea Littoral It was only a widespread poWhen General Gordon returned to the Sudan in February 1884, the Egyptian colonial regime was on the brink of collapse His only weapons were his reputation, a flotilla of river steamers and a few thousand demoralized Egyptian troops Less than a fortnight after his arrival in Khartoum, Egypt s last field force was routed in the Red Sea Littoral It was only a widespread popular clamor to Save Gordon that forced the Prime Minister s hand Conventionally the history books relate that Wolseley s great Nile Expedition came within two days of relieving Khartoum Wolseley was eminently successful in playing up the nearness of the miss and pointing the finger of blame at the politicians Colonel Mike Snook eschews casual acceptance of Wolseley s version of events He subjects the feasibility of the expedition to scrutiny, examines the fragility of the British military position in the Sudan as Khartoum and exposes critical failings in both Wolseley s plan and its execution Drawing on extensive and sometimes hazardous fieldwork, together with participant accounts, Beyond the Reach of Empire brings a fascinating campaign to life The narrative accounts and analysis of the epic fights at Battles of Abu Klea and Abu Kru are the most comprehensive, historically accurate and compelling versions yet published, and are accompanied within the plate section by striking images of seldom photographed battlefields.

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    1. The world s greatest military power sends it s most famous general to rescue one of the most famous heroes of the Victorian age, What could go wrong Well, almost everything it would seem and once again, Colonel Snook does an outstanding job telling a fascinating story while explaining it all to you in clear and easily understandable prose.What makes the story so readable is just how current it all seems The British government wanted to protect the interests of its far flung empire without expand [...]

    2. Terrifically well researched book inn the failure of he Nile River Campaign of 1884 85 to save General Charles Gordon in Khartoum This is documented well with insights from the author as to who was to blame and importantly who was not to blame I would suggest anyone who knows of this dismal episode in British military history to read this One minor complaint is that there needed to be maps to show the profess of the Desert Column.Some of the same mistakes made here are similar to what is happe [...]

    3. Excellent book covering the Sudan Campaign of 1882 1885 written by Colonel Mike Snook He was down on the ground in Sudan and took pictures of each battlefield Not much has change after all this time He goes into the politics of the Royal Army and Wolseley s actions Recommended.

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