When the self-proclaimed Mahdi (“Guided One”) gathered Islamic forces and kicked the Anglo-Egyptians out of the Sudan, he unleashed a backlash. With the image of the heroic General Charles Gordon dying at Khartoum, the British public was ready to support a war to reclaim the lost territories. And when the political time was right, a British-Egyptian-Sudanese expedition led by the redoubtable Herbert Kitchener set out to do just that.
The river involved was the Nile. For millennia, its annual flood has made habitable a slender strip, though hundreds of miles of deserts, between its tributaries and its delta. Through this desolate region, man and beast struggled to supply the bare essentials of life. Though this same region, the expedition had to find and defeat an enemy several times larger than itself.
The young Churchill was hot to gain war experience to aid his career, and so he wangled a transfer to the 21st Lancers and participated in the last successful cavalry charge the world ever saw, in the climactic battle of Omdurman. He also had a position as war correspondent for the Morning Post, and on his return to England he used his notes to compose this book.
Chapter 01. The Rebellion of the Mahdi – 00:00
Chapter 02. The Fate of the Envoy – 1:24:09
Chapter 03. The Dervish Empire – 2:45:41
Chapter 04. The Years of Preparation – 3:33:13
Chapter 05. The Beginning of the War – 4:15:26
Chapter 06. Firket – 5:00:59
Chapter 07. The Recovery of the Dongola Province – 5:21:57
Chapter 08. The Desert Railway – 6:15:20
Chapter 09. Abu Hamed – 7:04:52
Chapter 10. Berber – 7:46:23
Chapter 11. Reconaissance – 8:22:42
Chapter 12. The Battle of the Atbara – 8:52:56
Chapter 13. The Grand Advance – 9:21:50
Chapter 14. The Operations of the First of September – 9:50:47
Chapter 15. The Battle of Omdurman – 10:17:57
Chapter 16. The Fall of the City – 11:34:01
Chapter 17. The Fashoda Incident – 11:55:29
Chapter 18. On the Blue Nile – 12:28:57
Chapter 19. The End of the Khalifa – 13:12:58
Appendix – 13:54:27