Monday, September 28, 2020

BATTLING BACK TO KHARTOUM


Date: 26 September 1884 {2020}
Location: Khartoum and Environs
Situation: Battling Back to Khartoum --- Will?

1. Lt. Olley rescue the British Museum Party aboard Eclipse?

2. The Dervish storm Khartoum?

3. Lt. Grandmaison find and bring reinforcements?

Let's find out, shall we?

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Two Days Ago
Lt. Grandmaison's Lancer Troop

"Tenent! We should have charged the enemy camelry bursting through into Khartoum!"

"We could have easily beaten the camelry lad but the rifles coming on behind 'em would have made short work of us. We would never have broken through. Best to retire now."

"Troop Ready, --- Bugler, ForWARD! --- Isabel, Hah."

And silently, "Now to find and report to General Pettygree."

One Day Ago
General Pettygree's Headquarters

"Charlie, the Dervish are at Khartoum. Is the General here?"

"Yes. --- He knows Grandmaison. News came by telegraph before the wire was cut. The Egyptian Lancers, Camel Corps and the Gatling Section are preparing to march within the hour. --- Here he comes now."

"Grandmaison. --- There you are. --- Report."

"General, the Dervish are massing before Khartoum. Thousands of 'em. My troop barely escaped from the Anwar Oasis and defile."

"Well done, my boy. Your news confirms the telegaph dispatched yesterday. --- Alright, get some food and be ready to guide the entire Lancer Regiment back to the defile. Push the enemy out, if practicable. I'll be directly behind you with the Camel Corps and Gatlings."

"Very good, Sir."

September 26, 1884 {2020}
Anwar Oasis and The Relief Column

Silently, "The defile is clear but Anwar Oasis is occupied."

Lancers Charge!

"The impact amongst ferocious Hadendowahs and the caucophony of shouts and oaths was ear-splitting."

"We were repulsed!"

"After rallying back, the Regiment charged again. All was disorder and confusion mostly with sabers because of broken and thrown down lances. I peeled off to the flank...."

"Charging Hadendowah riflemen posted there. Their fire was ineffectual and they ran."

"All were cut down in the pursuit. None surrendered."

"Meanwhile the Regiment was thrown back again unable to break through the fanatics. Fortunately the commander rallied them in a safe area. No doubt they were encouraged by the arrival of...."

"General Pettygree."

"And the Camel Corps."

"All marched steadily forward toward Anwar Oasis."

"As the Hadendowah retired...."

"With dignity."

"And our respect when they turned to face us again."

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September 26, 1884 {2020}
Storming Khartoum

Dervishes Approach The Left Face of the Fortress

Closing In With Scaling Ladders

Along the Entire Face

The Right Face Braces For The Assault

Ladders Are Set and The Dervish Climb

Left Bastion Defenders Hold 'Em Back

More  Ascend to Fight

A Small Breach

Defence of the Adjacent Wall Fails 
Dervish Now Hold Tower Gate
and
Have Breached The Right Face (upper image)

More Penetration

"I'm too late. There is no rifle smoke anywhere along the fortress wall. The guns are silent. That means the Dervishes must be inside doing terrible execution. What of the garrision, civilians and Gordon?"

"Gentlemen. There is no more fighting along the ramparts. Smoke rises from within the city. The foe we steadily pushed back confidently holds the ground before us. I regret to believe Khartoum has fallen. Issue orders to fall back without delay."

Nearby a subaltern remains fixed on the distant drama.

"General, I beg your pardon."

"Yes Ashton."

"Would the General care to look once more at the city?"

"Oh my...."

"They are running! Running! Do you see?"

"Somehow Gordon drew an ace, Sir."


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British Museum Excavation Site C

Lieutenant Olley tied Eclipse to the shore near British Museum Excavation Site C to rescue Lady Mary Pettygree.

"There she is Sir and Abigail too, if I'm not mistaken."

"Where away, Mr. Tidders?"

The London Times photographed and eventually reported Lt. Olley's successful rescue of Lady Mary Pettygree and Abigail at British Museum Excavation Site C. He would later be promoted to a Captaincy and become a sought after exploration speaker throughout the Kingdom.

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CLOSING REMARKS

"My dear readers, it only remains to thank you prodigiously for your interest and kind remarks about this great adventure and to express my sincere gratitude to...."


"Left to right: Chuck The Lucky, Earl K. (Colonel Coote), Jim P. (Der Alte Fritz as Purky Pasha) and my industrious and loyal chronicler Bill P. Without them, this story could never have been told. Do let them know what you think, if you please."

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13 comments:

Curt B said...

Looks great, BIll. And a great tiny group of guys as well. Sorry I missed it. Next time.

Greg said...

Another triumph and a welcome tonic in these difficult times. Thank you for sharing these stories, Bill. Keep 'em coming, please!

Best wishes,

Greg

Der Alte Fritz said...

Another great account of the battle as told by the chronicler of the Major General’s adventures.thank you for the game report.

Purky Pasha

tradgardmastare said...

Magnificent!

jurgenation said...

Well done...I can;t even imagine doing 54mm..but it looks cool...That;s alot of figures...wonderful report...I wish we would game..but we have to convince Ken.Love the report ...thanx Bill and Company.

Paul Liddle said...

Stunning, absolutely stunning!. What a spectacle, all that hard work has certainly paid off.
Regards,
Paul.

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Brilliant!

Best Regards,

Stokes

tidders said...

Superb, a great read - fab pics

Gary C. said...

Well done guys. It looks great.

Norm said...

Thank you for sharing an epic tale.

Gallia said...

Your special sentiments and enthusiasm are icing on the cake, as it were. We are grateful for the time you took writing and participating with your thoughts. For even more to see, please go to Jim's celebrated Blog, Der Alte Fritz. He has a variety of remarks and stunning photos especially revealing about his tabletop Khartoum and the amazing struggle there.

Thank you very much everyone!
Respectfully,
Bill P.
Chronicler for The Adventures of General Pettygree

Wolseley said...

Another excellent Battle Report. If Hollywood won't make movies like this any more, at least we have you! Well done, Pettygree. My compliments to the men.

Sgt. Guinness said...

Brilliant collection! What an exciting AAR of a stupendous adventure. This is what gaming should be like.
Cheers,
Sgt G.