Time: Dawn as the sun rises in our photos.
Location: Entrance To The Secret Valley?
Situation: Battle For The Camp
Sirs, images enlarge when clicked.
THE BATTLE FOR THE CAMPReviewing Chapters 28-29 will be beneficial. Suffice to say in the dark hours before dawn enemy horsemen are attempting a coup de main on the Imperial camp. Will they succeed? Find out as the sun illuminates more and more of the valley. We return now to Lt. Byron beside the Tower and....
KHAN!" --- shouting new orders to his horsemen.
This ruse de l'guerre fails to tempt the Sikhs. The mountain guns fire parting shots as the Berkshires turn toward the combat area.
Pettygree: "WELL DONE SIKHS!
Pettygree: "It was a close run thing Colonel. Had your men not gotten into line I suspect the Tugs might have ridden your people down and ransacked the camp.
Mitchell: "They hoped for confusion and a coup de main. Had the Red Sash chaps gotten in, their Household Reserve might have been too much of a shock for us.
Pettygree: "Aye. Had they succeeded, I suspect the Berkshires would have had a prodigious mass of fugitives heading toward them; a very great trouble. We were lucky."
Mitchell: "True, but General, if KHAN is a student of the Parthians, then the rest of the enemy force awaits us back along our route of march. With the escarpment to our front and the Tugs in our rear, he may think we are trapped."
1. And now dear viewers we must even more seriously ponder the treachery of The Rajah of Bebara. It was he who led The Column into this valley blocked on one end by the sheer escarpment and on the other by his cunning associates. The pursuers have now become the pursued --- and --- they are trapped.
2. It was a matter of one turn that made the difference. As the Tugs closed, Buckingham ordered the line back. Only half the battalion previously had sufficient time to become ordered; the men arriving on the firing line first. Later arrivals were only scarcely in line when the retrograde order came in. They never had time to remove "disorder." When they fired, a -1D6 reduced their fire effectiveness.
3. As for KHAN'S plan, a 1D6 throw decided his final option at the last moment.
1, 2, 3, 6 = Parthian Shot. 4, 5 Charge home into the Sikhs. (The throw was 1)
4. Sikh Losses: 2x KIA and 1 wounded man taken to Dr. Watson.
5. 1st Mtn. Battery: 1x wounded man taken to Dr. Watson.
6. Red Sash Horsemen:
11x KIA, 9x wounded rode away, 7 wounded captured and 2 wounded recovered immediately.
7. Chapter 31 will appear in March.
8. Meanwhile, your remarks are welcome. Click on Comments below, if you please.
A bit of an escarpment hanger, eh?
Excellent cinematic report and pics as usual! I'm loving it!
What a pleasant surprise, I wasn't expecting the next exciting installment just yet.
As ever, lovely touches on the aesthetic front, especially the tents and dust-clouds.
A very good narrative and pcitures!
Another exciting chapter . . . and great images (as always) . . . the dust and smoke worked very well.
Another stirring episode. I don't care if their line is a little ragged, those Highlanders looked very steady to me indeed! Time to sent out some patrols I think.
I had trouble getting the sound track to play though and had to imagine the long roll of the drum sounding assembly, the bugle calls and the pipes as the troops tumbled out of their tents and the battle cries and crack of the rifles and thunder of hooves. Wasn't hard to imagine though, great imagery.
Excellent - and I do especially like the colouring you've used on Major Mitchell's horse - very nice... looking forward to the next instalment!
Once again, Sir, a very interesting little scenario, with your usual flair for story writing and excelent photos.
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