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Beyond the Reach of Empire Wolseley's Failed Campaign to

In the early 1880s the Mahdi unleashed a spectacularly successful jihadist uprising against Egyptian colonial rule in the Sudan Early in1884 Cairo bowed to British pressure to withdraw Beyond the Reach of Empire describes how Major General Charles Gordon was despatched to evacuate Khartoum and turn the Sudan over to self rule It goes on to explain how and why the mission backfired and then homes in on Sir Garnet Wolseley s planning and execution of the long delayed Gordon Relief Expedition which arrived according to popular myth only two days after the city had fallen and Gordon had been killed Colonel Mike Snook s narrative is characterized by scrupulous attention to detail an instinctive grasp of the period and an intimate understanding of its setting The author argues compellingly that the Khartoum campaign was mismanaged from the outset The outcome is the exoneration of Colonel Sir Charles Wilson the man cast in the role of scapegoat and an indictment of Wolseley s generalship over the course of the last and most deeply flawed campaign of his careerIn the early 1880s the Mahdi unleashed a spectacularly successful jihadist uprising against Egyptian colonial rule in the Sudan Early in1884 Cairo bowed to British pressure to withdraw Beyond the Reach of Empire describes how Major General Charles Gordon was despatched to evacuate Khartoum and turn the Sudan over to self rule It goes on to explain how and why the mission backfired and then homes in on Sir Garnet Wolseley s planning and execution of the long delayed Gordon Relief Expedition which arrived according to popular myth only two days after the city had fallen and Gordon had been killed Colonel Mike Snook s narrative is characterized by scrupulous attention to detail an instinctive grasp of the period and an intimate understanding of its setting The author argues compellingly that the Khartoum campaign was mismanaged from the outset The outcome is the exoneration of Colonel Sir Charles Wilson the man cast in the role of scapegoat and an indictment of Wolseley s generalship over the course of the last and most deeply flawed campaign of his careerIn the early 1880s the Mahdi unleashed a spectacularly successful jihadist uprising against Egyptian colonial rule in the Sudan Early in1884 Cairo bowed to British pressure to withdraw Beyond the Reach of Empire describes how Major General Charles Gordon was despatched to evacuate Khartoum and turn the Sudan over to self rule It goes on to explain how and why the mission backfired and then homes in on Sir Garnet Wolseley s planning and execution of the long delayed Gordon Relief Expedition which arrived according to popular myth only two days after the city had fallen and Gordon had been killed Colonel Mike Snook s narrative is characterized by scrupulous attention to detail an instinctive grasp of the period and an intimate understanding of its setting The author argues compellingly that the Khartoum campaign was mismanaged from the outset The outcome is the exoneration of Colonel Sir Charles Wilson the man cast in the role of scapegoat and an indictment of Wolseley s generalship over the course of the last and most deeply flawed campaign of his career


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  1. says:

    I really liked the two books on the Zulu War obviously describing a single battle is a lot easier than a campaign but to be honest I got lost about half way thro' and gave up Very well researched but I'm not sure that it was worth it there must be other Victorian wars that would be worthy of this amount of effort