Battle of Kassala
|Battle of Kassala|
|Part of the Mahdist War|
Capture of Kassala in 1894
|Kingdom of Italy||Mahdist Sudan|
|Commanders and leaders|
| Oreste Baratieri
Captain Carchidio †
(Emir of Kassala)
56 Italian officers
41 Italian of other rank
2,526 Askari troops
2,000 Mahdist infantry
600 Baqqara cavalry
|Casualties and losses|
|1,400 killed or wounded
Hundreds were either killed or drowned
Governor Baratieri sought to capture Kassala, as to forestall Mahdist attacks on Eritrea. In July 1894, Baratieri saw his moment when the Atbarah River started to rise, and marched his small army:
"56 Italian officers, 41 NCOs and 2510 Askari led by 16 Bukbashis"
" Rome, July 19.- ...The attack upon the earthworks of the Mahdists was at once ordered and a fiercely contested battle ensued. The Mahdists fought desperately, but were finally driven from there position, leaving hundreds of dead and wounded in and about the intrenchments. Being hotly pursued, the Mahdists scattered under a continuous fire, and many of them in their efforts to escape plunged into the River Adbara, hoping to reach the other side. ...Hundreds of the enemy were drowned, and it is believed that none succeeded in reaching the opposite bank."
On July 23 the Generals left, leaving a garrison of a thousand men with two guns under Colonel Turitto.
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