With the drums still beating the Mahdist hordes grew stronger.
The Desert Column formed a long firing line over turns 9-11.
On turn 11 the Egyptian Battery opened fire with devastating effect on the Mahdist Camels.
Turn 12 the drums stopped and with a terrifying yell the Mahdists hurled themselves at the Column.
The first shots from Artillery and infantry were ineffective and hordes charged home!
The West Kent’s took aim, waited and when they could smell the camels breath let loose a devastating volley.
Out of 280 camelry only 40 contacted the West Kents! After one round of melee the Marists were routed!
The Bombay infantry gave the Fuzzys to their front a fine volley and they too ran!
With darkness falling all other Mahdists melted away into the gloom.
The River column formed itself into a firing line. By turn 11 the Camel Regiment was in position.
The Cameron Highlanders and Egyptian infantry were slowly approaching the high ground to their front.
With the ceasing of the drums on turn 12 the Mahdists charges forward.
The 19th Hussars lost patience and charged the Mahdists to there front.
The Artillery poured fire on these Mahdists and caused many casualties.
First round of this melee goes narrowly to the Mahdists!
But the Hussars put things right in the second round and rout the enemy.
The Cameron Highlanders and Egyptians
Were engaged in a firefight with Mahdist Riflemen in the rocks in front of them.
The Cameron’s were also being changed by a small body of Dervishes.
The Riflemen’s cover means the infantry Volleys are next to useless. Luckily Captain Barrington-Smythe’s Steamer poured fire from her 9pdr and caused significant casualties.
The charging Dervish charged home but a well timed close range volley a swift prod from their bayonets ( ‘they don’t like it up em‘) routs the enemy.
As darkness fell all Mahdist forces disappeared into the night.
So both columns held of the enemy.
Good volleys and the gathering gloom
Saved the day.
Final positions of both columns at the days end.