The River War - An Account Of The Reconquest Of The Sudan By Winston S. Churchill

















































 -  The two Soudanese
brigades, formed into a division under command of Major-General Hunter,
with the artillery, reached Kunur on - Page 290
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The Two Soudanese Brigades, Formed Into A Division Under Command Of Major-General Hunter, With The Artillery, Reached Kunur On The Night Of The 15th.

The British brigade - the Lincolns, the Warwicks, and the Camerons - marched thither from Dabeika.

The Seaforth Highlanders, who on the 13th were still at Wady Halfa, were swiftly railed across the desert to Geneinetti. Thence the first half-battalion were brought to Kunur in steamers. The second wing - since the need was urgent and the steamers few - were jolted across the desert from Railhead on camels, an experience for which neither their training nor their clothes had prepared them. By the 16th the whole force was concentrated at Kunur, and on the following day they were reviewed by the Sirdar. The first three days at Kunur were days of eager expectation. Rumour was king. The Dervish army had crossed the Atbara at Hudi, and was within ten miles of the camp. Mahmud was already making a flank march through the desert to Berber. A battle was imminent. A collision must take place in a few hours. Officers with field-glasses scanned the sandy horizon for the first signs of the enemy. But the skyline remained unbroken, except by the wheeling dust devils, and gradually the excitement abated, and the British brigade began to regret all the useful articles they had scrupulously left behind them at Dabeika, when they marched in a hurry and the lightest possible order to Kunur.

On the 19th of March the gunboats reported that the Dervishes were leaving the Nile, and Mahmud's flanking movement became apparent.

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