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