Day three started with usual reforming of the columns.
All done with the Mahdists watching.
The Gendarmerie left Khartoum in pursuit of the River Column.
The River columns advance was immediately interrupted by Mahdists.
The guards eventually drove them down off the hilltop towards the oasis.
The column got moving in the face of an ever growing horde of Mahdists.
The deployed British artillery blew away an advancing force of camels.
The Desert column once formed slowly advanced. General Grenfell, the Column commander, caught the sun and had to rest for a couple of hours.
Then the HMS Trotter ran onto a sandbank and had to be pulled off!
The Egyptian artillery made its way to a small hill and started to thin the numbers on the shadowing Mahdists.
As we left the game, rather worryingly, the two Naval machine guns were wheeled out of the line to face the nearest group of Mahdists!!
With the drums still beating and no Mahdists charging we await the next moves.