|The Camel Corps mounts on and continues is advance to the Nile River at Metemmeh.|
The Desert Column has departed from the water wells of Abu Klea and is moving towards the village of Metemmah on the Nile River. Whilst the Dervishes were soundly defeated the other day, there is no doubt that there will be more to encounter as the column marches towards the Nile. You can read the battle report for my Abu Klea game Here
General Herbert Stewart, the commander of the Desert Column, leaves about a third of his force back at the water wells, where they guard the baggage, the wounded and the artillery. Stewart decided that given the pour performance of the Gatling Guns at Abu Klea, that they will only hinder the speed of the column and not provide any substantial help in a battle. Accordingly, he leaves the artillery with the rear guard. The rear guard are posted on a low rise where their artillery can provide support for Stewart's advancing forces.
|Casualties from the Battle of Abu Klea are carried on camel born stretchers.|
We leave no man behind.
|The Yorks & Lancs have to travel on foot.|
|Hopefully, Gordon's steam ships will be waiting for the Desert Column when they reach the Nile River.|
|General Stewart leaves around a third of his force, along with the baggage, wounded and artillery, back at the water wells. |
They will fortify their position by building a zariba around the perimeter.
Accordingly, General Stewart has sent his two squadrons of Egyptian Lancers out ahead of the column to stir up any Dervish warriors that might be hiding in the Acacia Trees. Their long lancers are the perfect weapon to use against the wily Dervish who like to hide in the scrub bushes and then jump up and ambush the unsuspecting rider.
|Old Britain's hollow cast Egyptian Lancers have been repainted and based on MDF movement bases.|
Each squadron (12 riders) has its own squadron flag (red, green and blue).
|Why Dervish riflemen, of course...|
|The Egyptian Lancers flush the Dervish riflemen out of the Acacia trees.|