Date: 18 July 1900
Location: Captured Tug Village of Dongolo
Situation: The Tug First Wave
See Previous Chapter 57: Here They Come! Posted 21 January 2013
GENERAL'S JOURNAL - 18 JULY 1900
THE TUG FIRST WAVE
"The Tug Vanguard moved toward us all along our eastern front. Yet efforts aimed at our left were light because they chose to press us more forcefully elsewhere. My remarks commence on our left."
IMPERIAL LEFT FLANK
"The line was restored by the remaining 1st Sikhs with the 27th flanking them."
"Our Rocket Section scored a hit amongst them."
"Our Guides Cavalry prepared to meet them."
"Enemy skirmishers fired at our horse but then evaded exposing...."
"A body of native swordsmen. Colonel Coote slowed to fire carbines with the first rank."
"Then eagerly charged home."
"Rallied back with his surviving horsemen."
"Reforming southwest of Dongolo as the 10th Hussars crossed the stream in support."
IMPERIAL RIGHT FLANK
(A side table 2.5' wide)
"The distance between us narrowed."
"We gave fire first."
"Then their Green Sash Swordsmen charged."
"Fought bravely but routed behind their skirmishers."
"We pressed them with more fire."
THE END OF THE BEGINNING
"Their first wave beat upon our shore and retreated but...."
"In the distance the dust clouds seen earlier erupted into near view opposite our left."
"Opposite our center and right flank a cloud of enemy reinforcements poured into the arena."
"The Guru now occupying the abandoned eastern tower seemed to wave at me...."
1) The Battle of Dongolo has spanned three week night sessions in as many weeks. A fourth is scheduled a few days hence. Each session starts at approximately 7pm and ends at approximately 9:30pm.
2) Chuck L. commanded the Tugs. John B. and I commanded the Surajistan Field Force but also helped Chuck move and fight with the Tugs.
3) Rules are an adaptation from BAR; Batailles de l'Ancien Régime 1740-1763. It's easy with an Excel program to modify Quick Reference charts for the Northwest Frontier including the Sudan.
4) My remarks about BAR may be found here http://campaignsingermania.blogspot.com/2013/01/lets-talk-about-bar-1.html and also here http://campaignsingermania.blogspot.com/2013/01/lets-talk-about-bar-2.html Actually General Pettygree's 10th Hussars troopers Ham and Corey lead a group of miniatures from the 18th and 19th centuries through several scenes with conversation, humor and some mayhem to explain key concepts of BAR.
5) Colonel Coote rallied back his Guides Cavalry because after the melee he was allowed to make up his own mind to stay and melee more or to immediately retire at the trot or canter. He logically chose to rally back in the same turn to avoid overwhelming trouble. This is what cavalry did historically. The rules allow this without a die throw. As a result there is an ebb and flow to BAR cavalry engagements that sweeps across great distances.
6) Casualties so far: Imperials 72. Tugs 151. This is within Colonial game design specifications. After the battle, every miniature will have a D6 thrown for it to determine if KIA, remains wounded or returns to duty.
Result 1 = KIA. Result 2-5 = Remain in hospital. 6 = Return to duty.
Exception. Tugs are KIA on a 1 or 2 given worse medical care.
7) The Lion Cannon and crew are from Indus Miniatures
8) Thank you for looking in. We welcome your remarks below at this time.
Great report as usual. Would you be so kind as to tell me the origins of your guru miniature and his guard please Sir?
Thank you and Pulp Figures in Canada.
Thoroughly enjoy these wonderfully written and illustrated (by photo) reports.
Everso entertaining, thankyou.
very enjoyable battle report - looking forward to more ..
The battle is joined. It's nice to see the Guides have survived "seeing the elephant", though at least at this point they have not had to fight one. C. W. can be proud of their first effort, though Chick probably has mixed feelings about his efforts to get them on the table. I look forward to the battles conclusion. Earl
Great looking report with wonderful close-up!
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