An Egyptian force is garrisoning a riverside village. The Mahdi has amassed a force to attack it.
A British column is marching to the rescue.
Mike is commanding the Brits & Egyptians, Jim the Mahdi's men.
Rules: M2M house Rules. Figures 28mm.
There are 4 Egyptian battalions in the village & the palm plantation.
The Britsih relief column has come on the far end of the table.
A swarm of Mahdi cavalry has swept over the ridge towards the British column.
Masses of the Mahdi's innfatry are charging towards the village.
The left flank of the infantry column was covered by British & Egyptian cavalry. The Mahdist charge couldn't quite reach the British infantry in oen move, but has engaged the cavalry.
Masses of Infantry charge towards the village.
The Mahdi's cavalry attack has largely been beaten off by the allied cavalry, the rest is being shot to pieces by British fire. A Mahdi infantry brigade is advancing to a position blocking the road to the village.
The defence of the village is not going well as Allah has seemed to have blessed the Mahdi's dice. One of the battalions in the palm platation has been broken. The other beaten off the intial attack, but has fallen back as fresh troops come up. And one house has been taken on the first charge.
The surviving Allied cavary are protecting the infantry's flank as they deploy to face the Mahdi's foot deploying in their path towards the village. The surviving Mahist cavalry had fallen back, reformed & are advancing again.
The Mahdi's cavalry have charged again, hoping to break through the British cavalry into the rear of the infantry engaged with their foot.
Meanwhile, in the village the Egyptian are in deep doodoo. The battalion in the palm plantation is surrounded by 3 bands armed with muskets. The second house is hanging on desperately.
The British cavalry has been beaten, but it held on long enough for the infantry to blow away the Mahdi foot & turn to face the cavalry.
The Egyptians in the palm platation have been broken & thus the brigade fails morale. A few manage to board the supply boat as it casts off & the rest are slaughtered in the name of Allah.
The Mahist cavalry have finally been beaten off & the Brits are now free to resume their advance towards the village. But the Mahdi's attacks did their job & there is not time to organise an attack before dark. They will camp by the Nile tonight & expect to re-take the village in the morning as their own casualties are light. Shame about the Egyptians, but who cares in Whitehall?