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

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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During the Battle of Omdurman, the 21st Lancers charged what they thought was a small group of Dervishes blocking the British Army’s route to the settlement. In fact, thousands of Sudanese warriors lay hidden in a depression in the desert. The Lancers had to ride straight through and after a fierce clash, drove them back. During the engagement three Victoria Crosses were won. The 21st lancers lost five officers and 65 men.

National Army Museum





oil on canvas


H 72.1 x W 127.6 cm

Accession number

NAM. 2000-06-184

Acquisition method

gift from Mrs A. P. Whitford, 2000

Work type



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