Situation: The Battle Commences
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The Rajah of Bebara returns to reclaim his village.
As seen from Bebara.
The Rajah is off screen to your left.
Imperial Left Flank: The elephant battery arrives.
And commences fire. Below three companies of 1st Sikhs are descending the ridge.
Imperial Right Flank: Lt. Col. James Lawford leads two squadrons of the 9th Bengal Lancers screened by 2nd. Squadron, 10th Hussars.
The Berkshires are followed by the Seaforth Highlanders, 72nd. Foot. General Pettygree is beside the Rajah.
We turn around to see the action from Bebara. After several rounds the foe leaves his forward defenses.
The Berkshires view the foe's second line of defense; a small rise with vegetation brought there to provide extra cover. Meanwhile look at the Green Sash swordsmen facing the mountain guns.
The charge continued into the Berkshires! The Imperials commence rapid fire but this does not stop their opponents. Both sides lose four in hand-to hand combat. A tie. However, at this point the Green Sashes have now lost more than 75%, must check morale because of this and thereafter flee.
KHAN (Chuck) commanded the natives. It may be dawning on the Imperials, the defense was light. And...?
1. The game lasted three hours; perhaps ten turns.
2. We may need three sessions. Session #2 should be on the 12th. instant.
3. Imperial Losses:
Berkshires (-15) and 10th Hussars (-3).
4. KHAN's Losses:
Green Sash Swords (-14), Green Sash Muskets (-7), Arty. Crew (-2), Grey Sash Jezails (-26), Bebarian Arquibusiers conscripted into the Grey Sash Jezails (-5).
5. Tents and Seaforths kindly on loan from Der Alte Fritz.
6. A few extra photos are below though images above tell the story well enough.
The highest point overlooks the arrival of the Imperial Army. The heliograph team is in sight of the baggage and medical camp a mile plus to the rear.
The baggage and medical camp.
Close up of that camp. One company of 1st. Sikhs and the remnant of the 27th. Bombay Miners and Sappers guard the camp. The 27th previously took heavy losses. See Chapters 13-14.
Another view of the early battle line formed to attack the foe's first line of defense. There was no intention to stop the Imperials at this stage. Slowing their advance and causing attrition was the plan.
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