21 February 1896
The vulnerability of the new rail line between Wadi Halfa and and Kosheh was never more apparent now that the Dervish were said to be moving into Northern Sudan again. An energetic and far thinking enemy could disrupt the rails and trains almost anywhere along it's nearly one-hundred mile length. This would greatly inconvenience and delay the Army's build-up and eventual march south to the heart of the Khalifa's empire and to avenge Gordon of Khartoum.
Upon the next reconnaissance to inspect the track and find the foe, General Shearing granted my request to accompany the scout. This would hopefully provide another opportunity for action, a medal and mention in a dispatch to enhance my political fortunes one day.
We saw nothing on the left and....
Only the meandering herbivore on the right.
I even imagined friends might bring explosives to destroy the crossing.
After this vision, Freddy called up to me saying it was time to report back to headquarters and so we departed as quietly as had come.
1) The Diary of a Subaltern in the Sudan is the prelude to a 54mm war game in The Sudan.
2) Combatants are mostly 54mm Britains and John Jenkins Designs painted collector's miniatures which Jim P. and I are disobediently using in table top war games.
3) Your remarks are welcome at Comments below.