This time I was to command my own colonial force.
Rob had the duty to come at me with some 'whirling Dervishes' and a camel riding surprise.
|Capt. David McMurdock|
|21st MNI -- Madras Pioneers|
|The column entered the Alghaz region with scouts well to the van ... this came as a surprise to the Dervishes|
|Eventually the Gordon Highlanders were able to take control of a mesa region, using the rough ground as cover while getting a good view of the possible lanes of advance of the Dervish tribesmen.|
|a mob of swordsmen charged across a rough field, nearly all stayed in the charge, they were shot apart in their advnace|
|while to the left flank another mob of swordsmen were spotted, they chose not to advance and faced the 21st firing at them|
|in the end the Gordon Highlanders dispatched the mob of swordsmen, then resumed their position in the line, the 21st advance scout was pulled back from the rough ground|
|a reverse-view of the column, Capt McMurdock cantered to the rear so as to view the action and give direction correctly|
|the blue mob of swordsmen advanced on the 21st, who gave as good as they got and sent the mob off the field with dozens of dead and wounded|
|overview of the position - highlanders to the left, 21st in the center, 58th Rutlandshire to the right|
|the Gordon Highlanders massed rifles to put down the Dervish who had popped up in range|
|more of the 21st were the targets of the Dervish shooters|
|once the shooters were put down, Ghuka riflemen advance to cut off any more|
|While the action was a success, there were many dead and all the mules were loaded with wounded.|
Resupply and rest were needed along with replacements. There had been a report of cavalry; since the tribesmen were starting to use horse, clearly it was time to have an appropriate response.
Did Londra send the artillery also?