The River War: An Account of the Reconquest of the Sudan: An Account of the Reconquest of the Sudan (Google eBook)

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Digireads.com Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - History
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Before he was the Prime Minister of England, and before he was even in Parliament, Winston Churchill was a soldier, stationed first in India and then in Sudan. His early years in the British army form the background for this historical work, which is actually his second published book. Written in 1899, it is an account of Britain's re-conquest of the Sudan, providing a description of the British conflict led by Lord Kitchener against Islamic Jihadists set to conquer Egypt and drive out infidels. Many battles and important figures are described, from the murder of General Charles George Gordon, to the siege at Khartoum, to the Battle of Omdurman. Throughout the work there is also a generous amount of commentary concerning Mohammedanism, British attitude to the war, the modern machinery of war, such as the telegraph, and its relative effectiveness. Churchill was ready to criticize if he found fault, and some of this censure was removed when his political career began. This edition is an unabridged version of Churchill's work, first written as a soldier, war correspondent, and young man with a bright and momentous future before him.
  

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THE REBELLION OF THE MAHDI
5
THE FATE OF THE ENVOY
24
THE DERVISH EMPIRE
43
THE YEARS OF PREPARATION
54
THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR
64
FIRKET
74
THE RECOVERY OF THE DONGOLA PROVINCE
79
THE DESERT RAILWAY
92
THE BATTLE OF THE ATBARA
129
THE GRAND ADVANCE
138
THE OPERATIONS OF THE FIRST OF SEPTEMBER
145
THE BATTLE OF OMDURMAN
151
THE FALL OF THE CITY
168
THE FASHODA INCIDENT
175
ON THE BLUE NILE
183
THE END OF THE KHALIFA
193

ABU HAMED
103
BERBER 66
113
RECONNAISSANCE
121
APPENDIX A
204
APPENDIX B
210
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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill is best remembered as the Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II. He served his country in a variety of ways, holding many high offices of state under four different prime ministers, as a member of Parliament for more than 60 years, and for serving two terms as prime minister. He was born at Blenheim Palace on November 30, 1874, and educated at Harrow and Sandhurst. His military service included periods spent in Cuba, India, the Sudan, and in France during World War I. Churchill's writing career began with pieces written for British newspapers while in the military. Some of his most famous works include Marlborough, a four-volume biography of his ancestor, the 1st Duke of Marlborough; The World Crisis, a four-volume history of World War I; The Second World War, a six-volume history; and A History of the English Speaking Peoples, a six-volume work was completed toward the end of his life. In 1953, Churchill received the Nobel Prize for Literature, in recognition of his extensive writing as well as for his speeches throughout a long, distinguished career as a statesman. That same year, Queen Elizabeth II knighted Winston Churchill. Winston Churchill died on January 24, 1965, at the age of 70.

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