First Battle of Agordat

Mahdist War Askari Battle of Serobeti
First Battle of Agordat
Part of the Mahdist War
Date27 June 1890
Result Italian victory
Flag of Italy (1861–1946).svg Kingdom of Italy Mahdist Sudan
2 ascari companies[1] 1,000[1]
Casualties and losses
3 killed and 8 wounded [1] ~250 killed [1]

The First Battle of Agordat, the first battle between Italy and Mahdist Sudan, took place on June 27, 1890. Violence began when a force of one-thousand Mahdists raided the Beni Amer, "a tribe under Italian protection."[1] After that, the Sudanese continued on to the wells at Agordat, where they were met by two companies of Italian-led ascari. The battle that ensued was an Italian victory, with 250 Mahdists being killed. Italian losses were three dead and eight wounded. Author Sean McLachlan blames the Mahdists' "inferior weaponry and fire discipline" for their defeat at Agordat and the upcoming Battle of Serobeti (1892).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f McLachlan, Sean (September 20, 2011). Armies of the Adowa Campaign 1896: The Italian Disaster in Ethiopia. Oxford: Osprey. p. 7. ISBN 978-1849084574.