Turn 9 started with more Mahdists arriving on table.
Then two groups of Mahdists charged the Desert column.
A group charging closest to the Naval Machine guns was hit by the Egyptian artillery.
Still they charged forward!
The Naval Infantry gave them a volley and when machine guns could see the whites of their eyes they opened fire!
They managed 18 rounds between them and then both jammed!
The Mahdists hit!
The other group took very few casualties as they lined up against the the Bombay Infantry.
But at the last minute they unleash a ferocious volley.
This was followed up with cold steel and the Mahdists were routed.
At the same time the Mahdist moral against the machine guns also failed and they also withdrew!
The screw guns fired with devastating effect. Long range volleys had little effect.
Onward they came, thinned to only a quarter of there number.
Still the column wasn’t worried, the Berkshire Battalion and the screw guns fired at close range.
The Dervish cavalry and Camels hit home.
A brief melee with only light casualties resulted with the Dervishes being outnumbered and routed.
As Darkness fell the field hospitals were busy patch up the wounded.
Another day survived, but still an all out attack had not come!