Introduction/History Repeats Itself/The Opposing Commanders/The Opposing Armies/From Alexandria to Tel el-Kebir/The Battle of Tel el-Kebir/In Summation/Chronology/A Guide to Further Reading/Wargaming the Egyptian War of 1883
In 1881, the Egyptian army mutinied against the Khedive of Egypt and forced him to appoint Said Ahmed Arabi as Minister of War. In March 1882, Arabi was made a Pasha and from this time on acted as a dictator. Arabi demanded that the foreigners be driven out of Egypt and called for the massacre of Christians. This prompted an armed British response, first in the form of a naval bombardment of Alexandria, and then as an expeditionary force under Lieutenant-General Wolseley. This book explores the entire campaign, including Sir Wolseley's 'textbook' operation that was planned and executed with masterly competence.