About the book:
With Kitchener to Khartum is an interesting narrative commissioned by Earl Kitchener (of Singapore’s Kitchener Road) as a PR campaign to boost his reputation amongst the British. The book is an account of his military expedition in Khartoum, Sudan, after which he secured the position of Governor-General of Sudan. The contents of the book were originally published as stories for The Daily Mail, later revised and published in the form of a book.
In 1885, prior to Kitchener’s expedition in Sudan, British control of Sudan had been lost because of a siege by a Mahdist army, who believed that a religious leader named Muhammad Ahmad was the divinely-appointed leader as prophesized in Islamic literature. The Siege of Khartoum, as it is known, ended British rule in Sudan until Kitchener regained it in 1898. Read more here.