|Image from the 1966 Khartoum movie poster, from the author's collection.
Charleton Heston as Gordon and Laurence Olivier as The Mahdi.
I have been saving the pictures of my Khartoum games until the end of this series of posts about Little Wars convention this year.
|The Dervish swarm the Governor's Palace inside Khartoum during Game Two.
I ran three games (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and each game was sold out with a capacity of 12 players per game. I did squeeze in a 13th player for the Friday game. The Dervish won the first two games rather decisively, as one would expect. General Gordon died a heroic death in Game One, but managed to escape on the last river boat leaving town in Game Two. The latter was a disgraceful performance that will not play well in the London newspapers.
However, the third game was a convincing Egyptian victory. The Egyptian players decided that fighting the Dervish on the walls of the city was a losing proposition. Their strategy was to fight on the walls until the Dervish were on the ramparts. Then they would fall back into the town where they had stationed some reserve troops. There they were able to concentrate their forces and level some withering volleys on the Dervish as they attempted to jump off the walls and onto the ground inside the city.
|Tod Kershner appears to be having fun attacking the walls.
Tod wanted a command that would be quick and bloody. He got his wish.
Combat within the walls of the city
|Down by the river wharf. Dervish disembark from their dhows and attack the lightly defended backside of the city.
|With victory imminent The Mahdi enters through the city gates to encourage his followers.
|Let's all head to the Governor's Palace. It looks like a safe place to stay!
|Dervish over run the market place and turn towards the Governor's Palace.
|Gordon makes a run for safety accompanied by a young lady.
He abandoned her to save his own skin. Was this really Harry Flashman rather than Gordon?
|The Egyptian Last Stand
|It's not looking good for the Egyptians who are making a last stand inside
the Governor's Palace.
|A small British relief force arrives via river boat. Troops are towed in
barges behind the paddle wheel boat.
|The paddle wheel boat turns up river to attack the Dervish in their dhow boats.
|British relief force lands outside the city in river barges. The paddle wheel steamer that towed them
has let the tow lines loose and continued on towards the town to rescue Gordon.
|A small contingent of Camel Corps and Staffordshire Regiment soldiers disembarked
from their barges and provided a safe zone for anyone fleeing the city.
|A small group of civilians were able to escape the city and seek the protection
of the British relief force, which arrived via river boat.
|Gordon legs it out of Khartoum and takes the last river boat leaving town.
The Egyptians had the first movement initiative so they were able to make
the boat pull away from the dock before the Dervish could jump onto the decks.
We had three very good games and I appreciate all of the people that played in my games. They were good sports all.
The rules worked well to my satisfaction especially in the last two games. We had worked out some irregularities in the wall scaling and melee part of the rules during the first game on Thursday evening and these changes carried over nicely into the second and third games.
Now that Little Wars is over my next stop will be at Historicon this summer in July. I will be running the Khartoum! game at least three times, maybe four. So I encourage everyone to preregister for the games when the registration goes live.
I will see you all at Historicon!
|Are you up for a trip to Khartoum at Historicon?