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Lieut. the Hon. R. Molyneux, Royal Horse Guards, and Lieut. Winston Spencer-Churchill, 4th Q.O. Hussards, 1898

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3042C/233

Scope and Contents

100 x 146 mm. A view showing Molyneux and Churchill on the deck of a ship about to return to England. Molyneux, whose right arm is in a sling, and Churchill both took part in the famous charge of the 21st Lancers at Omdurman, a charge that made a regiment the popular heroes of Omdurman, but which was rightly condemned in military circles (and by the Sirdar himself) as a costly mistake.

'The populace has glorified the charge of the 21st for its indisputable heroism; the War Office will hardly be able to condemn it for its equally indisputable folly. That being so, it is the less invidious to say that the charge was a gross blunder. For cavalry to charge unbroken infantry, of unknown strength, over unknown ground, within a mile of their advancing infantry, was as grave as tactical crime as cavalry could possibly commit... the British cavalry in the charge itself suffered far heavier losses than it inflicted. And by its loss in horses practically put itself out of action for the rest of the day...' (Steeven 1898).


  • Creation: 1898


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Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition.


For further information on the charge see: Steevens, George Warrington (1898), With Kitchener to Khartum, 16th edition, Edinburgh, William Blackwood and Sons.



Finding aid date

2003-11-17 10:41:48+00:00

Includes index.

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