Report of the British Naval and Military Operations in Egypt, 1882

Report of the British Naval and Military Operations in Egypt, 1882

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...would have given the alarm to the enemy, owing to the number of villages in the cultivated land south of the canal. Telegraphic communication by means of an insulated cable was kept up through Eassassin all through the night between the Indian Contingent, on the south of the canal, and the Royal Marine Artillery, with which I moved, in rear of the 2d division. In moving over the desert at night there are no landmarks to guide one's movements. We had, consequently, to direct our course by the stars. This was well and correctly effected, and the leading brigades of each division both reached the enemy's works within a couple of minutes of each other. The enemy were completely surprised, and it was not until one or two of their advanced sentries fired their rifles that they realized our close proximity to their works. These were, however, very quickly lined with infantry, who opened a deafening musketry fire, and their guns came into action immediately. Our troops advanced steadily without firing a shot, in obedience to the orders they had received, and, when close to the works, went straight for them, charging with a ringing cheer. Major-General Graham reports: "The steadiness of the advance of the 2d brigade (2d Royal Irish Regiment, Royal Marine Light Infantry, 2d battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, 1st battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers), under what appeared to be an overwhelming fire of musketry and artillery, will remain a proud remembrance." The 2d brigade was well supported by the brigade of Guards, under His Royal Highness the Duke of Connanght. On the left, the Highland brigade (1st battalion Royal Highlanders, 1st battalion Gordon Highlanders, 1st battalion Cameron Highlanders, 2d battalion Highland Light Infantry), under...show more

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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236646231
  • 9781236646231