1901-12 Mad Mullah Campaigns

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Re: 1901-12 Mad Mullah Campaigns

Postby Canutt » 20 Oct 2009 12:40

uzbashi wrote:Mario

About the best book on the campaigns involving the "Mad Mullah" is that by Douglas Jardine ^"The Mad Mullah of Somaliland" Herbert Jenkins,London 1923, although now difficult to find a copy. Another good read is Ray Beachey's "The Warrior Mullah - The Horn Aflame 1892-1920," Bellew, London,1990. For a very critical look at the politics of the day with the 1912 fiasco at Dul Madoba and the slaughter of Richard Corfield and his Somali Camel Constabulary the account by H. Prevost- Battersby who had been a reporter on the 2nd and 3rd Expeditions is worth a read. ("Richard Corfield of Somaliland," Edward Arnold, London,1914) Both Ismay and Carton de Wiart devote a chapter to their 'scallywagging' against the Mullah in their autobiographies. Brigadier Mannings Despatch on the 3rd Expedition is printed in the London Gazette of August 7th 1903 and General Egertons despatch on the 4th Expedition printed in the London gazette of 2 September 1904 are both available on line, and there are numerous reports in the Times also on line.


Thank you uzbashi, just ordered Beachey's book. I also found Jenkins' book, but for about 170 euro!
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Re: 1901-12 Mad Mullah Campaigns

Postby Ahmed » 24 Jul 2010 23:39

Hi,
My name is Ahmed. I am from the friendly tribes of Somaliland that took part in the campaign against the mad Mullah. There is very limited information availble to us at the moment about that time and era. I have been engaged in a research about the officers, both British and Somali that contributed to defeat of the Mad Mullah. Could you please help me with information materail regarding the wars in British Somaliland between 1900-1923, in particular the role of col Swayne and Haji Muse Farah(locally known as ina Igareh) . thanks in advance.

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Re: 1901-12 Mad Mullah Campaigns

Postby uzbashi » 25 Jul 2010 09:33

Ahmed

Much of what you require is in "The Mad Mullah of Somaliland" by Douglas Jardine, Herbert Jenkins, London 1923. I append a picture to go with the following precis of Musa Farah's exploits.

"Risaldar-Major Haji Musa Farah ISO, Habr Yunis,

As a youth emigrated to Aden where he joined the Aden Water Police. After promotion he moved on to Bombay where he met Swayne and was persuaded to return with him to Somaliland as his Chief Native Adviser.

Referred to as “Egarreh” by the Mullah in much of his correspondence with the British the Mullah who was a contemporary of Musa Farah had cause to fear him.

The operation in which Musa Farah earned his award of the ISO took place in June 1901 before the Battle of Erigo. Musa Farah commanding a patrol of 450 Somali Levies left Bohotle on 4th June to establish contact with the Mullah’s Dervish force. He collected 5,000 tribesmen and escorted them across the waterless Haud afer reaching Kurmis on 10th June. He then attacked a Dervish encampment and routed the Mullahs followers capturing 1,630 camels, 200 cattle and 2,000 sheep before returning safely to Bohotle."
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Risaldar-Major Haji Musa Farah ISO
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Re: 1901-12 Mad Mullah Campaigns

Postby heliwest » 27 Jul 2010 08:32

Anyone researching this topic, particularly 1902-04, might like to know that the Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum at Winchester has an interesting account of the Battle of Jidballi in its archives. This was written by Capt Dean, 2 i/c of the Hampshire detachment, and seems to be for a lecture he gave in about 1912 in Mauritius. It is typewritten and contains a wealth of detail. The Museum also has regimental journals for 1904 and these contain accounts of the campaign. I also have the Hampshire medal roll and casualty list if anyone wants anything checking.
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Re: 1901-12 Mad Mullah Campaigns

Postby Ahmed » 05 Sep 2010 04:07

Thanks,

That is valuable information. i have checked Douglas Jardine book on Amazon, the on-line shop and there are some copies available. Recently, the times magazine had a big article about the Mad Mullah and the campaigns against him. It was very interesting and even relevant to the present time.

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Re: 1901-12 Mad Mullah Campaigns

Postby Pgeddes » 02 Feb 2011 06:26

There is also a good deal of information about the Somaliland campaigns in 'Frontier And Overseas Expeditions From India'. You might also find some useful material in 'The King's African Rifles', by Lieut.-Colonel H. Moyse-Bartlett. The KAR were heavily involved in the campaigns against the Mad Mullah and the 6th Bttn. was actually largely composed of Somalis.
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Re: 1901-12 Mad Mullah Campaigns

Postby jazbo » 17 Jun 2016 10:55

YOu can get the Douglas Jardine book free!

https://archive.org/download/TheMadMull ... 6_1921.pdf
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