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Blood-red Desert Sand: The British Invasions of Egypt and by Michael Barthorp

By Michael Barthorp

Superbly illustrated from the paintings of pioneer struggle photographers, it is a marvellously readable account of the British Empire at warfare. From the British invasion of Egypt to the tragedy of Gordon of Khartoum, it culminates commonly Kitchener's march to Omdurmann that observed Winston Churchill perform one of many final battlefield fees through British cavalry. Michael Barthorp finds the strengths and weaknesses of Queen Victoria's military, its fantastic yet wayward officer corps and the pro infantrymen who encouraged such a lot of Kipling poems.

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46 Again he declares; "I am the divine soul of Ra . . which is god. . "46 Nu iden­ tifies himself with Osiris and with Ra, who is called the divine, that is, the sacramental food. "4T We read that the bread and the ale of Osiris make the eater immortal, 48 an idea which is frequently elabor­ ated. The Osirian "shall eat of that wheat and barley, Sahu . "49 That the sacramental food which gave immortality was a very ancient concept we learn from the Pyramid Text of Teta, which dates from about 26oo B.

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