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Osprey Men-at-Arms 215 : Queen Victoria's Enemies (2) : Northern Africa

Unlike the situation in southern Africa, where the wars waged against the different local inhabitants were often politically and economically interconnected, the British Army in Queen Victoria's reign had to fight a series of separate and unrelated regional campaigns across the northern half of the continent. The local conditions and peoples varied greatly, from the forest-dwellers of Asante to Moslem fundamentalists in the burning desert wastes of the Sudan, requiring considerable flexibility and professionalism from an Army often popularly held to be rigid and traditionalist. Many of these African groups had complex military traditions which were well suited to their environment, and the outcome of the ensuing fighting was by no means one-sided. Ian Knight tells the stories of some of these campaigns, the organisation, costume and weapons of the forces involved, complemented by many museum and contemporary photographs, and eight full page colour plates by Richard Scollins. He relates the story of Gen. Lord Napier's engagement with the 'mad' Emperor of Abyssinia, Tewdros, and the storming of his mountain fortress, to the struggle against the Mahdi in the Sudan.

    Contents
  • Introduction
  • Abyssinia 1868
    Costume and Weapons
    The Campaign
  • Asante
    Organisation
    Weapons and Tactics
    Costume
    The Campaign
    The 1900 Rebellion
  • Egypt 1882
  • The Sudan
    Costume
    Organisation
    Weapons
  • Kenya, Northern Nigeria, Somaliland
    The Nandi
    The Nigerian Emirates
    Somaliland
  • The Plates


The books in this series are;
Men-at-Arms 212 : Queen Victoria's Enemies (1) : Southern Africa
Men-at-Arms 215 : Queen Victoria's Enemies (2) : Northern Africa
Men-at-Arms 219 : Queen Victoria's Enemies (3) : India
Men-at-Arms 224 : Queen Victoria's Enemies (4) : Asia, Australasia and the Americas

 

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