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    (EBOOK/EPUB) Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure Michael Asher à 1 CHARACTERS SUMMARY Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure If I were a cleverer man I’d write this review in the idiom of a blustering Englishman It would be peppered with “cheerio” and “bully” and “capital” and every “r” would be dropped The phrase “bloody ‘ell” would be repeated several times In all it would be a review as narrated by Kipling’s Tommy Atkinson Unfortunately I’m not all that clever The point however is that Michael Asher’s Khartoum is a pugnacious th

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    DOWNLOAD ✓ SALAMUSEO.CO Ã Michael Asher (EBOOK/EPUB) Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure Very entertaining book that covers the two campaigns fought by the British in the Sudan in 1883 1885 and 1896 1898 Proclaiming himself the long expected Mahdi – the Guided One of the Prophet – Mohammed Ibn Admed el Sayyid Abdullah led a revolt of the Sudanese against their Egyptian occupiers It soon became abundantly c

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    DOWNLOAD ✓ SALAMUSEO.CO Ã Michael Asher (EBOOK/EPUB) Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure Having read much on the British Army in the twentieth century and on Victorian society and empire one area I had

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    SUMMARY Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure (EBOOK/EPUB) Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure The author is an ex soldier and long time resident of Sudan He displays all of his experience in writing this military history on the English in Sudan the various attempts to rescue General Gordon Gordon's death and the eventual return of the English to finally revenge Gordon and remove the troublesome dervishes His tale is full of the Engli

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    (EBOOK/EPUB) Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure SUMMARY Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure A well balanced account of the conflict in Sudan between the Anglo Egyptians and a collection of Sudanese tribes between 1883 9This is a military historical book told in thorough detail It includes strategic insight as well as areas of weakness in each side and a good feel for what each side was fighting forWhat bothered me the mo

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    SUMMARY Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure (EBOOK/EPUB) Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure DOWNLOAD ✓ SALAMUSEO.CO Ã Michael Asher This is a historical period that has long interested me It covers the time between 1880 1898 in the Sudan I remember that as a youn

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    (EBOOK/EPUB) Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure Funny how just last week thanks to that book on Stanley Livingstone I realized how little I knew about African history and found this in my stack next up From the Central African slave trade of the 1860s and 1870s I learnt in this one all about the slave traders in Northern Africa in the 1880s 90s and all the repercussions from this

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    Michael Asher à 1 CHARACTERS DOWNLOAD ✓ SALAMUSEO.CO à Michael Asher (EBOOK/EPUB) Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure I picked this book up in an airport somewhere For some reason I prefer to read history when I am travelling I know it makes no sense This book is a fascinating insight into the mechanics of the Victorian era when it comes to politics and the military they were very different times when military force was seen as a weapon of justice and good and life in the army was a good adventure for a young manBefore i picked up this book I

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    (EBOOK/EPUB) Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure This was a great and fairly balanced despite than occasional flashes of old school gung ho rah rah type British patriotism style telling of both of the Mahdist Wars between the British some Sudanese and Egyptians on one side and most Sudanese following the self declared Mahdi on the other The details from the battles is particularly great and as fun and shocking to read as if they had been written in narrative fictionThe only potential d

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    (EBOOK/EPUB) Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure I love history but this book was a bit of a struggle to get through Too many names of places to remember to fully understand the battle of Omdurman etc otherwise a well researched book

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CHARACTERS Ø Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure The British campaign in the Sudan in ueen Victoria's reign is an epic tale of adventure thrilling than any fiction The story begins with the massacre of the 11000 strong Hicks Pasha column in 1883 Sent to evacuate the country British hero General Gordon was surrounded and murdered in Khartoum by an army of dervishes led by the Mahdi The relief mission arrive. If I were a cleverer man I d write this review in the idiom of a blustering Englishman It would be peppered with cheerio and bully and capital and every r would be dropped The phrase bloody ell would be repeated several times In all it would be a review as narrated by Kipling s Tommy Atkinson Unfortunately I m not all that clever The point however is that Michael Asher s Khartoum is a pugnacious throwback type of history Its subtitle the Ultimate Imperial Adventure doesn t contain a hint of irony This really is an adventure story A Kipling esue tale of empire filled to brimming with hard eyed suare jawed British soldiers and whirling sword wielding dervishes meeting toe to toe in battle Asher shows no interest in exploring post colonial hand wringing or the excesses of 19th century British imperialism rather the focus is on the battles on warriors going at each other with bayonets and scimitars there are also camels Khartoum begins in 1883 with the destruction of General William Hick s Egyptian expeditionary force Hicks a British commander had been charged with putting down the Mahdist Revolt The revolt was led by Muhammad Ahmad a northern Sudanese religious leader who d proclaimed himself the Mahdi and vowed to secure the Sudan in the name of Islam At this time the Sudan was administered by Egypt and Egypt as a result of the Anglo Egyptian War was a protectorate of Great Britain After the Mahdi s army defeated General Hicks at the Battle of el Obeid and cut off Hicks s head Great Britain was pushed to a decision whether to abandon the Sudan or put British boots on the ground The locus of this decision was Khartoum the capital of the Sudan located along the Nile The powers that be decided that the Sudan was not worth the effort Under pressure from Great Britain Egypt decided to abandon the territory at least for the time being However Egypt needed a man to organize the withdrawal of the Khartoum garrison The man eventually chosen to oversee the retreat was General Charles Chinese Gordon As it turned out though Gordon had no plans to leave Chinese Gordon was one of the most famous British generals of the age He was a small weird little fellow what the Victorians called a mystic A five foot two bachelor of eccentric beliefs he surrounded himself with a retinue of young boys Though Asher contends his interest in young boys was purely charitable I have a hard time buying Gordon s innocence something just seems off about this situation Put a clerical collar on the guy and we d know him for a pedophile for sure I m barely kiddingWhen Gordon got to Khartoum he informed London that a pullout was impossible and that the British Army would have to rescue him or else watch him die The Mahdi s host soon enveloped Khartoum and Gordon s impending martyrdom forced Great Britain to send an expedition to rescue the beleaguered city This expedition would be under the immediate command of General Herbert Stewart and would include future World War I heavies such as Herbert Kitchener and John French All this context is drawn by Asher is broad clear strokes He doesn t get muddled in the geopolitical triangle of Great Britain Egypt and the Sudan Even the controversial choice of Gordon to assume Khartoum s command is dealt with briskly As I said before this is first and foremost a military history and all those other details just get in the way of the bloodletting The bloodletting begins uickly For a book with the title Khartoum there is surprisingly little space devoted to the actual siege of the city I suppose this is due to a paucity of primary sources On January 26 1885 the Mahdi s army took Khartoum with relative ease What details we get about the battle concern Gordon s fate There are actually several proposed endings for Gordon In one favored by the Victorians Gordon presents himself to the Mahdists unarmed a Christ like figure dying for the foreign policy sins of the Gladstone government In another scenario Gordon engages the dervishes in a wild sword melee slashing and parrying like Inigo Montoya No matter which scenario is true likely it s an unknown third option Gordon s head ended up on a pikeMeanwhile the bulk of Khartoum is devoted to Stewart s fraught rescue mission The expedition was the brainchild of General Garnet Wolseley who conceived of it as a special forces operation Handpicking the best soldiers from British cavalry regiments he had the soldiers mounted on camels and set out across the desert from Korti The hope was that these men could reach the Nile board steamships and then sail down to Gordon at Khartoum By heading east across the desert from Korti Wolseley intended to avoid the Great Bend of the Nile Instead Stewart s expedition ran into Mahdist forces at Abu Klea and Abu Cru These relatively unknown battles were exceedingly vicious with fatalities that soared past famous engagements such as Gettysburg and Antietam It was colonial warfare at its iconic and savage dervishes armed with swords and clad in armor attacking British infantry suares en masse Asher takes very real very detailed delight in describing these vicious encounters In most nonfiction books battles are usually described in generalities with perhaps a personal recollection or two thrown in for color Asher however goes for a personal approach as often as possible following the actions of individual soldiers He gives you a literal blow by blow account telling you how many bullets a certain soldier fired and how many hit By now the gap had closed The front rank had reached the enemy gun bank British and Beja met in a hand to hand clash It was sword against sword and bayonet against spear Bennett Burleigh saw three or four soldiers cut down after missing shots at point blank range Others fired with deadly accuracy The veteran warriors among the York Lancs and Marines cooly parried spear thrusts and sword cuts and riposted with their bayonets Often the bayonets hit bone and buckled Sometimes they made a wound so slight the dervish hardly seemed to notice it When they struck soft flesh they sliced in deep and were hard to get out Some of the dervishes grabbed hold of the bayonets with their hands and tried to push them asideBeja swords and spears were sharp as razors and cut through bone and muscle without the edges being turned By comparison the British officers swords were second rate Captain Littledale of the York Lancasters cut at a dervish across the head only to have his blade bend almost double He tried his revolver and missed A second later the warrior wrestled him down almost severing his arm at the shoulder with his sword The dervish was stopped by a British private who rammed his bayonet up to the hilt in the warrior s back Another comrade blew the man s head apart with a45 calibre dum dum fired at hard contact rangeIf this all seems excessive I m a bit inclined to agree Too often Asher who served in the British SAS seems a bit of a homer Instead of relating history he s cheering on his team which in this case is the British Army He s a bit too enad of the Tommy with his wry wit and pith helmet and the Martini Henry ammunition that he has turned into a hollow point round At certain points he is openly gushing about the professionalism of the British Imperial Army and their formidable suare formations studded with gleaming bayonets and Gatling gunsTo Asher s credit however he has also lived in the Sudan and speaks Arabic and Swahili He spends a fair amount of time describing the makeup of the Mahdi s forces The Mahdi s men were not all fanatical Muslim s intent on conversion by sword Rather it was comprised of many individual tribes each with their own goals For instance Asher goes into great detail about the Beja To the Beja tribesmen Baker s force was about to confront though Baker and his men were the barbarians They had a history that spanned no less than forty centuries They were the Bugiha of Leo Africanus the Blemmyes of the Romans the Bugas of the Axumites and the Medja or Bukas of the pharaohs They had inhabited the chasms gorges plateau and valleys of the Red Sea hills even before the ancient Egyptian kings had sent their armies here looking for goldAsher goes on to describe the Beja s nationalist aims They were not Arabs and they were not fervid Muslims They were fierce fighters and they wanted their country back The I think about it the I sense that it isn t simply the British Army that gets Asher off rather it s warriors in general The clashes between the British Army and the Mahdist forces represent a coming together of two great warrior traditions As much as he drools at the mention of a British Tommy Asher gives the dervishes their due Even today it s hard not to think of the dervishes in savage terms I mean these were guys who charged Gatling guns Krupps artillery pieces and Maxim machine guns with swords and spears and body armor It seems suicidal Indeed it seems to stem from a culture that doesn t value life Yet Asher carefully parses the dervish mindset and warrior ethos so that it is no longer a mass of humanity charging the British lines it is a mass of individuals each man imbued with a combat ethic instilled and reinforced since birth And Asher also reminds us that less than two decades after the end of the Anglo Sudanese War the old guard of Western civilization in all its high minded life valuing enlightenment would destroy itself by emulating dervish tactics in the face of barbed wire machine guns and heavy artilleryYou can t describe a desert war without describing the desert and Asher does an admirable job in giving the reader a sense of place It is helpful here that Asher is a military man who has lived in the Sudan and walked these battlefields As a former soldier he can look over a piece of ground and assess it as a general leading troops must assess it This is no small thing When I look at land I m seeing it with a civilian s eyes When I look at a hill I attempt to find a suirrel humping a prairie dog When I look at a meadow I try to see if somewhere a snake is eating a rabbit When a soldier looks at that hill or that meadow he is evaluating fields of fire room to maneuver and places to bivouac Those kinds of concerns loomed large in the Sudan as the British Army had to move from waterhole to waterhole My main concern with Khartoum is its sourcing There are precious few endnotes and the endnotes that are included usually cite to only one source In other words this is a big story spun from a small spool of thread I d like to believe that everything within these pages actually happened but I lack complete confidence especially with some of the smaller details Still this was really just a nagging concern Khartoum is about men at war in the desert The causes and conseuences are not as important as the warriors on the field of battle It feels wrong to say that an account of a brutal colonial war is exciting but that s what Asher accomplishes He gives you an account that it immediate visceral and yes an adventure

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CHARACTERS Ø Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure D 2 days too late The result was a national scandal that shocked the ueen and led to the fall of the British government Twelve years later it was the brilliant Herbert Kitchener who struck back Achieving the impossible he built a railway across the desert to transport his troops to the final devastating confrontation at Omdurman in 1898 Desert explorer and a. A well balanced account of the conflict in Sudan between the Anglo Egyptians and a collection of Sudanese tribes between 1883 9This is a military historical book told in thorough detail It includes strategic insight as well as areas of weakness in each side and a good feel for what each side was fighting forWhat bothered me the most was the sheer number of fighters and civilians who died I m not sure exactly how many but maybe 250000 I know many participated so that they could fight for what they believe in but it just feels so devastating to have lost that many livesI don t mean to come across as insensitive to human suffering but I am also deeply saddened by the amount of animals that were killed in the crossfire Those poor camels were obliterated The low rating was mostly because as informative as it was it was a very hard read The detail into each event is commendable however for me it was too much Also there were so many names that kept popping up Some for short times others longer and you re trying to take in their backstory and then they seem to meld into everyone elseGordon and Kitchener were the stand out characters I would recommend this to anyone who likes detailed accounts of war

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CHARACTERS Ø Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure Uthor Michael Asher has reconstructed this classic tale in vivid detail Having covered every inch of the ground and examined all eyewitness reports he brings to bear new evidence uestioning several accepted aspects of the story The result is an account that sheds new light on the most riveting tale of honour courage revenge and savagery of late Victorian tim. This was a great and fairly balanced despite than occasional flashes of old school gung ho rah rah type British patriotism style telling of both of the Mahdist Wars between the British some Sudanese and Egyptians on one side and most Sudanese following the self declared Mahdi on the other The details from the battles is particularly great and as fun and shocking to read as if they had been written in narrative fictionThe only potential drawback is that this book did not include the non Anglo Egyptian involved Mahdist wars such as the skirmishes with the Italians in Eritrea or most interesting of all the large pell mel war fought between Sudan and Ethiopia In one of the battles there Meneilik II defeated the Mahdists before then going on to defeat the Italians later on These actions could have been included to show just the scope of events in the Sudan during the late 19th Century

  • Paperback
  • 512
  • Khartoum The Ultimate Imperial Adventure
  • Michael Asher
  • English
  • 13 May 2018
  • 9780140258554