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Whilst hunting for Islamist extremists, they were surprised to find the small band of French soldiers lead by Marchand in the small town of Fashoda
The French were equally surprised to find such a large, well resourced British army turn up in such an inhospitable part of the world.
Shooting could’ve started there and then, but both commanders were wise enough to refer the problem back to their capitals.
- The British had being laying train tracks and telegraph wires as they headed South