Robert Kelly's depiction of the Kholifa's flight was wholly imaginative, but still suggests the impact which the exotic image of dervish power had on British opinion .
September 2, 1898
Near Khartoum in central Sudan
British and Egyptians
Major General Sir Herbert Kitchener
Approx. # Troops
8,000 British, 17,000 Egyptians
35,000–50,000 Sudanese Dervishes
Brings Anglo-Egyptian control of the Sudan
In the September 2, 1898, Battle of Omdurman, British, Egyptian, and Sudanese forces defeated nationalists in the Sudan, leading to the establishment of the Anglo- Egyptian Sudan. The battle also illustrated the technological advantage of European military establishments over their brave but primitively armed opponents in the wars of imperialism that preceded World War I.
Concern over the security of the Suez Canal, Britain’s lifeline to India, led the British ...read more