Modern Egypt
by Evelyn Baring Cromer (9781117644851)

Modern Egypt
Evelyn Baring Cromer
Release Date: 03 December 2009
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 616
Category: History
ISBN: 9781117644851
ISBN-10: 1117644855

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER XXXI THE DEFENCE OF EGYPT 1886-1892 The Egyptian army?Negotiations with the Dervishes?Fighting on the frontier?The siege of Suakin?Defeat of Osman Digna? Wad-el-Nejumi?Nejumi advances?The battles of Argin and of Toski?Death of Vad-el-Nejumi?Results of the battle?Situation at Suakin ? The reoccupation of Tokar?Defeat of Osmau Digua. Although British military aid to a very limited extent was subsequently on one or two occasions afforded to the Egyptian Government, it may be said that from the date of the battle of Ginniss (December 30, 1885) the defence of Egypt against the Dervishes practically devolved on the Egyptian army. That army was now officered by a well- selected body of Englishmen. Its organisation had been greatly improved. The men were gaining confidence in themselves. A small Egyptian Camel Corps had fought at Kirbekan, and its conduct had obtained General Brackenbury's commendations. A more considerable Egyptian force had taken a creditable part in the battle of Ginniss. Hopes, therefore, began to be entertained that for the future the Egyptian army would of itself suffice to repel any attack which might be made by the Dervishes. The sequel showed that these hopes were destined to be realised. It has been already shown that a great shrinkageof Egyptian territory had taken place. The army was no longer called upon to defend remote regions in the centre of Africa. Its task was of a more modest nature. In the first place, it had to prevent the Dervishes from descending the valley of the Nile farther than Wadi Halfa; in the second place, it had to maintain whatever was left of Egyptian authority in the Eastern Soudan. For the time being, this latter task was confined to the defence of the town of Suakin, for Egyptian authority did not extend beyond ...

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