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Charge of the 21st Lancers at Omdurman, 2 September 1898

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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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.

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  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    91.6 x 152.5 cm

  • Accession number

    NAM. 1957-04-4

  • Acquisition method

    gift from Miss Cicely Hale, 1957


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