Battle of Suakin

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The Battle of Suakin (also known as the Battle of Gemaizah) occurred on 20 December 1888 when Francis Grenfell defeated the Mahdi forces near Suakin, a chief port of Sudan. After one and a half hours of fighting, the casualties were 12 on the side of the British and Egyptians, and 1,000 on the side of the Arabs.[1] In this battle, three of the swords of the 20th Hussars broke short, an incident which later caused debate in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.[2] From Suakin, a sortie was launched against Osman Digna and his Dervish forces, who were attempting to capture the Water Forts.[3] The Dervishes advanced on Suakin with an intention to invest it.