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This was one of the last full-scale cavalry charges of the British Army. The battle took place outside Omdurman, just north of Khartoum and marked the culmination of Kitchener’s campaign for the re-conquest of the Sudan. The 350 men of the 21st Lancers attacked what they believed to be a body of about 700 dervishes. However, the situation soon changed; 2,000 tribesmen who had remained concealed in a deep ditch or gulley sprang out and engaged the lancers in desperate hand-to-hand combat.
oil on canvas
91.6 x 152.5 cm
gift from Miss Cicely Hale, 1957
National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, Greater London SW3 4HT EnglandView venue
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