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Fire & Sword in the Sudan: Epilogue

The campaign was concluded at this point. Although the Mahdists still hold a few towns in the west and south, their spirit and manpower is broken. On the other hand, the serious casualties suffered by Graham will limit his offensive

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Fire & Sword in the Sudan: April 1884

April 1884: A Damn Close Run Thing! The capture of Abu Hamed by the Berber Field Force (commanded by Baker and Hicks) was something on an anti-climax. Most of the rebels fled the town as the expeditionary force approached. Less

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Fire & Sword in the Sudan: February-March 1884

February 1884: “Graham Saves the Day” The combined Anglo-Egyptian relief expedition, numbering approximately 7700 regulars and supported by another 800 native levies, and now under the command of General Wolseley advanced south from Wad Hamed following the banks of the

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Fire & Sword in the Sudan: January-February 1884

January 1884: “There will be an awful fuss about this at home” Baker’s relief column advanced up-river in an open square to break the siege of Khartoum, with its open flank guarded by Egyptian cavalry. For several hours Gordon, anxiously

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Fire & Sword in the Sudan: December 1883-January 1884

December 1883: “Chinese Gordon” Pulls it Off! General Baker advanced upriver from Atbara, encountering little resistance from the local tribes until a determined effort was made by about 1500 insurgents to contest his traversing of the 6th cataract north of

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Fire & Sword in the Sudan: September-November 1883

September 1883: Baker Advances As predicted, General Baker has advanced from Trinkitat to subdue the rebellious Hadendowa tribes of the Eastern Sudan. His expedition, some 4000 strong and well provided with artillery, met with no opposition as it advanced across

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Fire & Sword in the Sudan: June-August 1883

June 1883: Unrest in the Sudan Our correspondent reports that the tribes of the Southern Sudan have risen in response to the call by the so-called Mahdi and Prophet, Mohammed Ahmed, a carpenter originally from Dongola, for a jihad against

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Fire & Sword in the Sudan: Player Briefings

Colonel (Brevet General) William Hicks Pasha Aged 53, you retired from the Indian army in 1880 after a largely uneventful career, despite being mentioned in despatches for good conduct at the action of Sitka Ghaut during the mutiny and acting

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Fire & Sword in the Sudan: The Essex Version

The following is the account of a Fire & Sword Campaign played by The Essex Warriors, near Chelmsford, in the UK. The campaign was organised and umpired by Simon Walker who also acted as the Mahdist C-in-C for table-top battles,

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