Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Small Action - Major Shockey at Korti

As we know the battle of Abu Klea was a setback for the British forces.  Major Shockey had been called back to Korti before the battle erupted.  As we saw at that battle the Scots and the Naval Company were last seen retreating once Osman Jahan penetrated the baggage Zareba.  They were harassed by Jahan's forces as they fell back to Korti.  The orderly retreat turned into a rout as they ran for the defensive lines of Korti.  Major Shockey hearing that units were still streaming back from Abu Klea and hearing the dervish drums formed up for a fight.  He took command of the Heavy Camel Corps, Marines and a Nordenfeldt manning the defenses.

At first this battle was not going well for my Dervish.  The Naval Brigade and 1/2 a company of Scotts made for the lines and my dervish were moving way too slow.  Back to Back Halt cards in the movement phases did not help matters either.  I thought things were really going to go bad and it was going to be too easy for the British when my first Ansar unit was torn apart by long range Nordenfeldt fire.  Major Shockey's gun was laying out some very deadly fire until we finally benefitted from some untimely jams later in the battle.  Those jams allowed my dervish forces to close into melee!  I have noticed in all of these battles that one major key for the British forces is to get those Highest Leader kills which they can also do by Officer Pistol shots.  I was thinking of adding an extra leader into the Dervish units or maybe just the Fuzzy Fanatical types.  Not sure what that would do to game play so we will hold off until the next campaign.  So we were able swirl into and around the British defenses and it could have gone either way.  I will allow the After Action Report from Major Shockey to describe the battle.

Upon the report of our scouts near Korti of the Naval brigade and Scots from Abu Klea streaming back toward Korti, I called upon the limited forces we had at hand.  Limited because most were gone for a Bank Holiday,   As the Naval force appeared over the horizon; also appearing was a large force of Mahdists in hot pursuit.  We were blessed with a fine Gardner gun crew, who had been reading a book by a Jules Vern about something called “laser sights, “ whatever that is.  They were able to destroy that force with three rapid fires.  As the few Scots appeared, three enemy forces closely followed them.  With the help of Marine fire from our right flank, they were able to make it into the compound with only 2 wounded Scots. The Naval brigade was also able to make it into the compound on the left flank and regroup to barely meet the charge of a very determined force.  Although they did inflict some damage to the enemy at range the hand-to-had combat that ensued was brutal.  I helped out, as best I could, by shooting their leader with my pistol from long range.  A bloody good shot if I say so myself.  

The savages were able to push into the centre of our compound and attack the Scots, but were repulsed by concentrated fire from three directions that killed that group’s leader.  We seemed to be able to kill their leaders rather easily.  I believe there may be job openings available in the Mahdist forces thanks to our gallant men. Our Gardner Gun did jam three times allowing on of the central forces of the enemy to close with the regulars at the front of the earthworks.  All but three of the 10 manning the rampart were wounded, but held the position.  Sgt. Jerome Smithwick must consider for a commendation as he single-handedly killed or drove off 5 before being wounded himself.  He is now recovering in our infirmary.  With the collapse of that final force of the enemy they choose to withdraw, leaving the leaders of each of their 5 forces behind, dead.  Their leader was heard to say “Must get that book by Jules Vern!”  

We were glad to recover our troops from the disaster at Abu Klea.  Unfortunately some made it back just to be wounded or killed in the supposed safety of our compounded at Korti.  We must redouble our efforts to rid the desert of this scourge.  

Yours most respectfully,

Major Terrance Shockey (BmusEd. M.A., XYZ, etc.)


NW Crew said...

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Sgt. Guinness said...

Danno, Those card decks from TVAG for TSATF really spice things up. They work great for the smaller battles but I don't always use them when I run con games, those are chaotic enough as it is....LOL. Your custom made game markers look and work great, we used them all weekend long at HURRICON last month, thanks.
Keep the reports coming brother! I'm gaming vicariously through you guys...