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From John Chau to Captain Cook: The fatal attractions of Missionaries and other Colonising Zealots. Part Six: The Four Pillars of General Charles (Pasha) Gordon.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00;
In yet a further parallel to the Battle of the Big Horn, this time 9 years later, 1885, we find another case of a small imperialist force, far from its home base, trying valiantly to defend their government’s invasive policies over local tribal peoples and coming off second best. Until that is, the reinforcements of a larger relief column are expected to inexorably ride in and wreak righteous revenge and retribution. This time it was the British adventurer and career soldier, General Charles Gordon. He was there ostensibly, to report on the best way for the withdrawal of Egyptian Forces in the Sudan to be carried out. The Egyptians were under threat from the supporters of the self-proclaimed Mahdi, (Islamic saviour - Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah). The (Mad) Mahdi, as the British frequently referred to him, was hell bent on freeing the Sudan of its Egyptian overlords and converting…