Red Coats in the Sudan
Outside of India, the 1884-85 Sudan campaign was the first time an entire British force was outfitted in khaki. It was also the last place that the famous red coat was worn in battle. On the 30th of December an Anglo-Egyptian force routed the Mahdist army at Ginnis. This Brought an end to the 1885 war but is mainly remembered for being the last time the British army wore their red coats in battle.
Personally I love all those old colonial movies, Four Feathers, Zulu Dawn, Rorke’s Drift and the like. For me the red coat conjures up pictures of vastly out numbered British soldiers behind biscuit boxes and up turned wagons, resolute sergeants shouting “steady men steady” and of course a great angry throng of circling natives. So when it came time to paint my British troops unsurprisingly I opted for the thin red line as opposed to the great khaki smudge.