Comment: Charge! Winston Churchill Rode the Last Cavalry Charge, 1888

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Charge! Winston Churchill Rode the Last Cavalry Charge, 1888

    Winston Churchill and the Last Cavalry Charge

The Sudan: “Cape-to-Cairo” to create a chain of British colonies to prevent foreign powers, most notably the French, from entering into the Sudan. The order was given for a British & Egyptian army ... go to the Sudan and defeat the Sudanese Mahdist forces and retake the city of Khartoum.

Winston Churchill joined in the last great cavalry charge in British history.

The Charge: September 2, 1898, the 21st Lancers were on a reconnaissance patrol between the main battle and the city of Khartoum, when they spotted 150 spear carrying Mahdists. As the cavalrymen charged toward the enemy, they became aware they had ridden into a trap, as they found over 2,000 Mahdists hidden in a shallow ravine. It began what Churchill had described as the two most dangerous minutes of his life.

What followed was fierce hand-to-hand combat. Churchill later said he owed his luck to not being injured or killed because he was on the side of the line with the fewest enemy and was carrying an automatic pistol and not a sword. After two minutes of brutal fighting, the Mahdists were routed, but the British, with 340 officers and men in the charge, lost 28 men killed, 50 wounded, as well as 119 horses killed... The fighting was so brutal that Churchill wrote afterwards, “The shoddiness of war. You can not gild it. The raw comes through.”

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