ED, in Los Angeles wrote:The stone purpose built defensive buildings in the Sudan both, British and Dervish were called Forts. At Murrat Wells, there were three hilltop forts...Fort no.1, fort no.2, and fort no. 3. The wells were in a small vally sorrounded by low hills.
In all my readings of the Sudan, I have never heard the term sunger used by an author or first hand account except Mike Snooks "Go Strong Into The Desert". I had never even heard the term before purchasing Mike's book. Great book on the early years of the conflict.
Pillbox is a badly used term in the case of this publication.. I consulted my neighbor who is an American high school teacher, (ages 14-19), about the word pillbox. He has the huge multi volume and expensive Oxford English Dictionary. The dictionary has the first published military term pillbox, at February 7, 1923, Daily Mail 26. Just because a word was first put in print, does not mean it was not used as slang for many decades before being recognized by the general public. Google and bling are now in the dictionary...google meaning to search on the computer, and bling meaning jewelry. Google was a search engine and bling was american slang for jewelry. Gay once meant happy, now it has a totally different meaning.
The structures that Julian might have seen were the temporary structures of the units who were to build the forts and the gated wall between two hills.
Does anybody still use the term pillbox??? jf42 rightly states that sangar is obsolete today. Maybe that is true of pillbox also. Don't know for sure.
That publication that Julian has ordered sure looks good. i am going to look it up and perhaps get a copy. The railway is a facinating subject.
I am going to ask my neighbor with the Oxford Dictionary set about the word sunger or sanger. jf42's question about the first usage is an interesting question.
"The Royal Engineers In Egypt And The Sudan" by Lt.-Col. R.W.C. Sandes
"Letters From The Sudan" by E. F. Knight...I mean REALLY SEE It ....
http://www.archive.org/stream/lettersfr ... 0/mode/2up
Great map and text. You can see this valley could have been a riverbed at one time, but is now an underground aquafier that is either trapped water betweem two rocky masses, or a flowing underground stream.
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