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

















































 -  There may have been
seventy horsemen altogether. We could not take our eyes off those distant
specks we had travelled - Page 330
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There May Have Been Seventy Horsemen Altogether.

We could not take our eyes off those distant specks we had travelled so far, if possible, to destroy.

Presently the Dervish patrol approached our right troop, and apparently came nearer than they imagined, for the officer who commanded - Lieutenant Conolly - opened fire on them with carbines, and we saw them turn and ride back, but without hurrying.

The camp to which we returned was a very different place from the one we had left in the morning. Instead of lying along the river-bank, it was pitched in the thinner scrub. The bushes had on all sides been cut down, the ground cleared, and an immense oblong zeriba was built, around which the six brigades were drawn up, and into which cavalry, guns, and transport were closely packed.

Very early next morning the advance was continued. The army paraded by starlight, and with the first streak of the dawn the cavalry were again flung far out in advance. Secure behind the screen of horsemen and Camel Corps, the infantry advanced in regular array. Up to the 27th of August the force marched by divisions; but on and after the 30th of August the whole force commenced to march in fighting formation. The British division was on the left, the Egyptian army on the right. All the brigades marched in line, or in a slight echelon. The flank brigades kept their flank battalions in column or in fours. Other British battalions had six companies in the front line (in company column of fours) and two companies in support.

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