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The Boers, only 800 strong, rounded up 633 bemused officers and men forgotten in Gatacre's retreat. The Flatters Expedition set out f rom Ouargla in Algeria (December 1880) to survey a projected stretch of the Trans-Sahara Railway. There were 11 Frenchmen and 77 Tirailleurs Algériens and Goumiers. Despite careful planning and a train of 300 camels, water became short almost 500 miles into the desert - eight days beyond the last well. Lt Col Flatters accepted an invitation from a Tuareg band to accompany them to the nearest wells and return with water.
In daylight hours the Africans turned to the use of natural cover. At Dul Madoba in 1913 Yusuf's Somalis were able to use thorn brush which cut visibility to 100-400 yards - to approach and defeat Captain Corfield's Gamet Constabulary. At Shaykan (1883) Wad-el-Nejumi hid Jehadia riflemen in the treetops to fire against Hicks Pasha's squares. In Marck 1905 an impetuous German officer, Major Glasenapp, led 56 officers and men straight into a Herero ambush at Owikokorero: entering a clearing, the Germans were caught in column by heavy fire.