Dongola Road, E1

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Celebrates General Herbert Kitchener’s victory over the indigenous Mahdist Muslim tribes during the Anglo-Egyptian conquest of Sudan which ran from 1896 – 1899. The battle of Dongola took place in the first year of the reconquest, which came after the Egyptian forces had been kicked out of the country by the Mahdists. The British public supported the move as revenge for the death of Major-General Charles George Gordon, who had become a national hero when he disobeyed orders to evacuate Khartoum. Dongola, a town on the River Nile in modern day Sudan was strategically important to capture, ensuring supplies could get through for later objectives. Its capture eventually led to the battle of Omdurman in 1898. It was a popular street name among builders at the time.

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