In the Sudan in 1881 an obscure son of a carpenter pronounced
himself the 'Mahdi' or 'Guided One of the Prophet',
the long-expected Messiah of the Islamic faith. His influence was
so strong that Egypt (co-ruled by Britain and France) was plunged
into war. Robert Wilkinson-Latham provides an absorbing account of
the Sudan campaigns, including the siege of Khartoum, the
unpredictable General Charles Gordon, and the Nile Expedition. The
author details the organisation and fortunes of all forces
involved, painting a fascinating picture of the place and its
peoples from 1881-98.
Robert Wilkinson-Latham specializes in military uniforms and weapons and has written many titles to include a multitude of historical events. His previous works for Osprey include the highly acclaimed 'Napoleon's Artillery'.
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