The Commanders

Both Brigadiers Burrows and Nuttall in their mid 50s were rather elderly for field command. George Burrows, the force commander, was an infantryman who had been on the staff for the previous eight years and had not seen active service since the Indian Mutiny, a quarter of a century before. Thomas Nuttall, the Cavalry Brigade commander, had fought in Abyssinia in 1867 but had never himself served in a cavalry regiment.

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by Stephen Luscombe