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

















































 -  At about
ten minutes to six it was evident that the masses were in motion and
advancing swiftly. Their Emirs - Page 350
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At About Ten Minutes To Six It Was Evident That The Masses Were In Motion And Advancing Swiftly.

Their Emirs galloped about and before their ranks. Scouts and patrols scattered themselves all over the front.

Then they began to cheer. They were still a mile away from the hill, and were concealed from the Sirdar's army by the folds of the ground. The noise of the shouting was heard, albeit faintly, by the troops down by the river. But to those watching on the hill a tremendous roar came up in waves of intense sound, like the tumult of the rising wind and sea before a storm.

The British and Egyptian forces were arranged in line, with their back to the river. The flanks were secured by the gunboats lying moored in the stream. Before them was the rolling sandy plain, looking from the slight elevation of the ridge smooth and flat as a table. To the right rose the rocky hills of the Kerreri position, near which the Egyptian cavalry were drawn up - a dark solid mass of men and horses. On the left the 21st Lancers, with a single squadron thrown out in advance, were halted watching their patrols, who climbed about Surgham Hill, stretched forward beyond it, or perched, as we did, on the ridge.

The ground sloped gently up from the river; so that it seemed as if the landward ends of the Surgham and Kerreri ridges curved in towards each other, enclosing what lay between.

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