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Battle of Omdurman, September 2, 1898. The climactic battle of the Mahdist wars, a mixed force of 25,000 British, Sudanese and Egyptian troops under the command of Herbert Kitchener defeated a much larger force of Dervishes commanded by Abdullah al-Tasshi. Most of the Dervish forces were concealed at the start of the battle, and Kitchener started to move without knowing a substantial force was still on his flank. Quick action by Hector MacDonald's Sudanese brigade saved the day.

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21lancers-The Battle of Omdurman cost the Mahdists a stunning 9,700 killed, 13,000 wounded, and 5,000 captured. Kitchener's losses were a mere 47 dead and 340 wounded. The victory at Omdurman concluded the campaign to retake Sudan and Khartoum was quickly reoccupied. Despite the victory, several officers were critical of Kitchener's handling of the battle and cited MacDonald's stand for saving the day.

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Battle of Omdurman - When The British With 11,000 Soldiers Took On 60,000 Natives in Sudan, Losing 47 Killed - https://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/battle-of-omdurman-when-the-british-with-11000-soldiers-took-on-60000-natives-in-sudan-losing-47killed.html

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At the Battle of Omdurman (2 September 1898), an army commanded by the British General Sir Herbert Kitchener defeated the army of Abdullah al-Taashi, the successor to the self-proclaimed Mahdi, Muhammad Ahmad.

Lull in the fighting at the Battle of Omdurman, 2 September 1898. Omdurman is today a suburb of Khartoum in central Sudan, with a population of some 1.5 million. The village of Omdurman was chosen in 1884 as the base of operations by the Mahdi, Muhammad Ahmad. After his death in 1885, following the successful siege of Khartoum, his successor (Khalifa) Abdullah retained it as his capital.

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2 September 1898, Sir Herbert Kitchener’s Anglo-Egyptian army decisively defeated the successor of the Mahdi Khalifa Abdullah Ibn-Mohammed’s forces at the Battle of Omdurman, virtually ending the Mahdist War in Sudan and marking the transition from 19th to 20th century warfare.

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After a fierce clash the 21st Lancers drove them back (resulting in three Victoria Crosses being awarded). On a larger scale the British advance allowed the Khalifa to re-organize his forces. He still had over 30,000 men in the field and directed his main reserve to attack from the west while ordering the forces to the northwest to attack simultaneously over the Kerreri Hills.

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