'Inside the Entrenchments', 6 December 1882.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

'Inside the Entrenchments', 6 December 1882.

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Photograph of Egyptian entrenchments on the battelfield of Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt. Three months after the battle, a dead body still awaits burial. The Egyptian army occupied a strategic postion between Alexandria, the Suez Canal and Cairo. The British army under the command of Major General Sir Garnet Wolseley (1833-1913) launched a successful dawn attack on the postion on 13 September 1882, effectively ending the war. This photograph is from an album entitled 'Algiers Egypt &c 1882-3' which belonged to Brigadier General Herbert Conyers Surtees (1858-1933), antiquarian and MP for Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. It is a curious mixture of photographs of North African tourist subjects and views of Egyptian battlefields.

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