In 1867, Emperor Theodore II of Ethiopia seized several European hostages in a breach of diplomatic immunity. Hear how Britain launched a punitive expedition under Sir Robert Napier, accompanied by a substantial press corps.
The 400-mile trek across the demanding terrain of Abyssinia was a huge logistical operation involving tens of thousands of soldiers and animals. It culminated with the storming and looting of Theodore’s fortress at Magdala.
Although the expedition lost only a few men, it proved highly controversial on account of its cost - nearly £9 million - and the amount of looting that took place.