The savage attack by forty thousand screaming dervishes had smashed into the Egyptian column in the forest of Shaykan, Kordofan Province, in the western Sudan, that morning, 5 November 1883. Hicks’s force had been moving tactically in three ragged squares, one up and two back. The leading square had buckled instantly under the onslaught. The riflemen in the flanking squares were so exhausted and racked with thirst that they could hardly focus. They had wheeled and fired blindly into the mêlée, killing their own comrades as well as the enemy.
Asher, Michael. Khartoum: The Ultimate Imperial Adventure (Kindle Locations 125-129). Penguin Books Ltd. Kindle Edition.
|Egyptian Infantry (Waterloo Figs)|
|Krupp cannon and crew (Strelets)|
|Egyptian Lancers from Spencer Smith|
|Newline Egyptian Infantry|
|Waterloo figs painted as Sudanese|
|Hat Egyptian Camel Corps|
|Big old smoothbore cannon (unknown) and Strelets crew.|
|Strelets Bashi Bazouks|
|Waterloo Charles Gordon being used as Hicks. Officers are Hat|
|Ral Partha Cuirassiers (found on eBay)|
|Front view of square|
|Rear view of square|
|Enhanced picture of the Egyptian Camel Corps.|
|Hicks and his officers prepare to meet their doom|