THE SURAJISTAN FIELD FORCE
Date: 19-24 June 1900
Location #1: Main Army Encampment
Location #2: Amla River Camp
Situation: Advance Guard Is Attacked
Recommendation: See Chapter 50 The Sketching Patrol
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CAMP OF THE BERKSHIRES AND GHQ
THE SURAJISTAN FIELD FORCE
The Surajistan Field Force is four days behind Captain Bartlett's Sketching Patrol (Advance Guard) up north. Above is the camp belonging to the Berkshires, 66th Foot. The rest of the Army is encamped closely nearby. No one has heard from Bartlett yet.
Lt. Bracegirdle (right): "Must be news from Bartlett."
General Pettygree (center): "Captain Verbeek. Welcome. What news of Bartlett?"
Verbeek: Moi Général, J'ai l'honneur, ah, excuse me...to report that five days ago ... on the 19th ... we arrived at the Amla River and as ordered established the...."
AMLA RIVER CAMP
19 June 1900:
Sketching Patrol senior officers top a rise of ground viewing their final destination at the Amla River. From left to right: Political Officer Major David Faraday, Supernumerary Captain Verbeek of Belgium, Captain Dyce-Powers 4/9th Bengal Lancers and Captain Bartlett 1/10th Hussars commanding.
Scouts ride ahead to reconnoiter in case an enemy is hiding along the riverbank.
Trooper Ham: "Yes Sergeant."
Trooper Corey: "An' confusion to 'em I sez!"
Sergeant Bourne: "Quiet now."
Trooper Corey: "Nuth'n as usual."Trooper Ham: "We ain't done yet, Trooper Corey."
Sergeant Bourne: "Turn to your right. I think a ford is yonder by some buildings."
Trooper Ham: "And buildings across the river might conceal them Tugs."
Sergeant Borne: "Aye. Time to report back to Cap'n Bartlett."
From the 19th to the 22nd instant, Captain Bartlett's command settled into two buildings above the ford. Construction of breastworks commenced utilizing trees from wooded areas nearby.
Most of the officers posted themselves on the second story roof looking outwards for trouble when....
Bartlett's easwtern door is breached; the enemy is within.
His western barrier is about to be shattered.
The mounted lancer troop outside disappeared due to withering fire.
What is Bartlett's fate?
What news has the galloper Verbeek brought to General Pettygree?
2. Tune in next time to find out what happened!
3. What will General Pettygree do when HE finds out?
4. Your comments, exclamations and exhortations are welcome below!
How well done is that? I can only think of the time that went into doing all this. Hats off to you all.
What an absolute marvel, fantastic models terrain and narrative. A joy to read, thank you.
fantastic photos as usual! That first picture of the main camp is just awesome, certainly looks like the camp of a sizable force.
Gripping stuff! Desperate work with fire and sword along the river! I'm looking forward to more.
BTW, I found a covered wagon/ pencil sharpener of the type you pictured here previously and I snapped it up. Thanks for the idea.
Wonderful stuff, excellent pictures.
I feel some trepidation about what comes next, which is the mark of skilful storytelling.
This is about as good as it gets sirs.
Hats off to you.
I look forward with antissipation and a sense of foreboding to the outcome of the siege, hopefully Brit pluck will prevail...
Thank you everyone!,
for your remarks and interest in the story and scenes. I appreciate your willingness to comment very much.
It's our privilege to have the story to comment on!
Things do look desperate along the river, though one does wonder if spreading out his troops was such a good idea . . .
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