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Gordon at Khartoum

This introductory vignette is based on the painting by George William Joy, an Irish painter born in 1844. He was probably best known for his painting of the death of General Charles Gordon, a British national hero and icon, who died defending Khartoum against the Mahdi.

In the early 1880’s, a Muslim uprising began in the Sudan, threatening Egypt and British colonial interests. The Leader of the revolt was Muhammad Ahmad who called himself the “Mahdi” or expected one. His object was to restore Muslim practices and eradicate foreign influences. Through awe and fear, the Mahdi managed to gather thousands of loyal followers. Ultimately, Great Britain was obliged to address the situation, and did so by sending a national hero to Khartoum, General Charles Gordon, known as “Chinese” Gordon for his leadership in suppressing the Taiping Uprising in China some years earlier.

Charles Gordon was seen as a “Christian Soldier”, who as previous Governor General of Equatoria and then the full Sudan, ended slavery. He knew the bible well and had even managed to locate the site of the Genesis “Garden of Eden”. As a soldier, Gordon was a military engineer, which would serve him well when forced to fortify Khartoum.

Gordon was also fiercely independent and whose personal view of justice conflicted with political prerogatives. Stubborn, insubordinate, and frequently arrogant, he travelled up the Nile River to evacuate the Europeans and Egyptians despite having publicly criticized this policy in the British press only weeks before his assignment was posted. Gordons own agenda was to defend Khartoum against the Mahdi.

By 1884 it became apparent that Gordon was not leaving Khartoum. The prospect of his death and the loss of the Sudan prompted national outcry in Britain, including Queen Victoria who pressured Prime Minister Gladstone into sending a relief force. On March 25th, the Queen wrote to the Secretary of War, Lord Hartington, “Gordon is in danger: you are bound to try and save him”

 The Forces of the Mahdi breached Khartoum’s defences in January 1885, slaughtering the inhabitants and murdering Governor-General Charles Gordon. His severed head was paraded before the Mahdi on a pike.

 

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SUD100
Desert Base #1 (BASE SIZE 12 ¾” wide x 10” deep x 2” base)

$69.00
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SUD200
Desert Base #2 (BASE SIZE 12 ¾” wide x 10” deep x 2” base)

$69.00
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SUD01

GORDON AT KHARTOUM, 4 figures and Staircase (Limited Edition of 600)

$162.00
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SUD02
Mahdists, 2 pcs. $62.00
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SUD03

Mahdist with Flag

$52.00
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SUD04
Egyptian Defenders $75.00
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SUD05
Mahdists Charging $68.00
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SUD06
Mahdists Attacking

$68.00
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SUD07
2 Mahdists charging

$68.00
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MAD01
2 Beja Warriors, charging #1 $68.00
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MAD02
2 Beja Warriors, Charging #2

$68.00
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MAD03
2 Beja Warrior, casualties $68.00
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MAD04

2 Beja Warrior, casualties

$68.00
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MAD05

2 Beja Warriors, Casualties #3

$68.00
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MAD06
Beja Warriiors with Rifles, 2 figures

$68.00
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MADCAM01
Beja Warrior Charging on Camel

$90.00
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MADCAM02

Beja Warrior and Wounded Camel

$82.00
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MADCAV01
Baqqara Lancer $78.00
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MADCAV02
Baqqara Lancer and Wounded Horse

$82.00
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SRNGUN01
British Naval Brigade, Gatling Gun $39.00
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SRNGUN02
5 Barrelled Gardner Gun

$45.00
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SRN01
British Naval Brigade, Gatling Gun Crew, 3 pcs. Gun not included. $86.00
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SRN02
British Naval Brigade, 2 Sailors Firing $60.00
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SRN03
British Naval Brigade, 2 sailors firing $60.00
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SRN04
British Naval Brigade, 2 Sailors Defending $66.00
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SRN05
British Naval Brigade, Naval Officer, JUST RELEASED

$39.00
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SRN06
British Naval Brigade, Sailor Defending, JUST RELEASED

$39.00
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SRN07
Wounded Sailor and Helper

$78.00
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GDH01

Gordon Highlanders loading, 2 pcs

$62.00
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GDH02
Gordon Highlanders defending, 2 pcs $62.00
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GDH03
Gordon Highlanders wounded $62.00
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GDH04
Gordon Highlanders, Firing #1, 2 figures $62.00
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GDH05
Gordon Highlanders, "Back on Your Feet, Son" $62.00
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GDH06
Gordon Highlanders, Firing, 2 figures $62.00
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GDH07
Gordon Highlanders, Standing, 2 figures $62.00
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GDH08
Gordon Highlanders, 2 Figures at the ready $68.00
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GDH09
Gordon Highlanders, 2 Figures Marching $68.00
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GDH10
Gordon Highlanders Officer $39.00
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BURN01
Captain Frederick Burnaby

$39.00
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RML01

Royal Marine Light Infantry Loading, 2 pcs.

$68.00
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RML02
Royal Marine Light Infantry, Firing $68.00
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RML03
Royal Marine Light Infantry Firing #2

$68.00
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