After marching for some time they were in Shirin Slut Qasr-e upon by the entire Mahdist army on November 3. By the time the expedition started El Obeid had fallen, but the operation was maintained to relieve Slatin Beythe Governor of Darfur. Only about Egyptian troops managed to escape and make it back to Khartoum. After the battle the Mahdist army made El Obeid a center for operations for some time. The Egyptian officials decided to capture him and, despite Hicks' reluctance, planned an expedition from their current location at Duem on the El Prostitute Obeid in to El Obeid, about miles away. The army also carried some ten mountain guns, four Krupp field guns and six Nordenfeldt machine guns. Apparently only two or three Europeans survived. Their success also emboldened Osman Dignawhose El Prostitute Obeid in tribesmen, the so-called fuzzy-wuzzies, joined the rebellion from their lands on the Red Sea coast.