1890s: Native Women, Omdurman. b/w postcard

Vintage postcard of ladies from Omdurman, some with kids. The postcard has been sent to Wien / Austria. The stamp has been removed or dropped. Some creasing, scarce.

Omdurman is widely known because of the Battle of Omdurman (2 September 1898) which marked the defeat of the followers of the slave trader Mohammed Ahmed (1843-1885), also known as the Mahdi ("Expected One").

In this battle Kitchener led a force of 8,200 British troops, 17,600 Sudanese and Egyptians up the Nile to capture a city in the Sudan called Omdurman, the Dervish capital across the river from Khartoum. The army camp formed an arc with it's back to the Nile river, in which there were several armed gunboats anchored. Macdonald's brigade was posted in the center of the arc.

It was feared the Dervishes would launch a night attack on the camp from the surrounding hills, so the troops slept with their rifles. In the morning the men in the camp could see the Dervishes advancing, the 1st battle began with a charge from the Dervish army. With the British army pounding the oncoming force with howitzers and machine guns, the attack was short lived and after the battle 2,000 Dervishes lay dead in front of the British lines.

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1890s: Native Women, Omdurman. b/w postcard

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