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Battle Report: 3rd May 1998

Egyptian ~vs~ Mahdist

(Robert Avery ~vs~ Rupert Avery) .

Egyptian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s Org. Class Weapons Pts/Fig Points
  CinC 1         100
1st Brigade 1st Bttn 20 4x5 RegB blr   240
  2nd Bttn 24 4x6 RegC blr   280
  3rd Bttn 24 4x6 RegC blr   280
  Lancers 12 2x6 RegC l, s, blc   200
2nd Brigade 1st Bttn 24 4x6 RegD sbm   256
  2nd Bttn 24 4x6 RegD sbm   256
  3rd Bttn 24 4x6 RegD sbm   256
  Lancers 12 2x6 RegC l, s, blc   200
  Attached Art. 2 2x1 RegC light blrb FA   198
              2266
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Mahdist

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

.

CinC

1

 

 

 

  100
Tribal 2inC 1         50
Foot Blue Flag 32 1x32 IrregB sw/sp, sh, blr   335
  Green Flag 32 1x32 IrregB sw/sp, sh, blr   335
  Purple Flag 32 1x32 IrregC sw/sp, sh   143
  Red Flag 32 1x32 IrregC sw/sp, sh   143

 

Yellow Flag 32 1x32 IrregC sw/sp, sh   143
Tribal 2inC 1         50
Horse Purple Flag 10 1x10 IrregA l, sw, sp, armour, mlr   155
  Green Flag 10 1x10 IrregA l, sw, sp, armour, mlr   155

 

No Flag 10 1x10 FanB l, sw, sp, armour, mlr   155
Artillery Battery 2 1x2 IrregC light blrb FA   229
  Ammo Wagon 1         50
              2265
.
. Egyptian Mahdist
Foot 3200 3800
Horse 480 600
Guns 2 2
.

Report

Battle opened on the right flank: with the Egyptian 2nd Brigade cavalry charging and routing the Mahdist Green Flag horse and also throwing the Red Flag tribesmen into confusion at the same time. Unfortunately, the shock of the epic cavalry melee proved to great for the Egyptian Lancers to withstand and, despite having won, they too fled the field!

On the left flank, the Egyptians had advanced out of a sunken road, perhaps a mistake, and formed line to await the Mahdist advance. As the Egyptians stood in line, the Mahdist artillery blew great holes in their ranks, sapping their morale and, as the Mahdist infantry came into range with their stolen breechloaders, the Egyptian soldiers began to have second thought about battles in general and this one specifically.

The Mahdists, however, did not have it all their own way: taking casualties from the return fire of the Egyptians, and losing another unit of horse.

The deciding action of the battle came far on the left wing: where the 1st/1st battalion of Egyptians had formed a square as an anchor for that flank. The Mahdist Purple Flag horse charged the square, hoping the general unease of the Egyptians would be transformed into mass panic at their approach.

So it proved. The entire battalion routed off the field without taking a single casualty.

With their battle line now fully shaken, with two units already broken, the Egyptians now faced the main charge of the Mahdist hoard.

They broke and ran: cut down as they fled!

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Casualties

The Mahdists lost a 2inC; 280 foot; one artillery section and 160 horse.

The Egyptians lost 80 infantry; 80 cavalry and one section of artillery: although many more casualties would have been suffered in the general rout.

Results

A victory for the Mahdists.

Analysis

A great battle that the report above does not really do justice to.

Fortunes swung both ways throughout the battle: with the Egyptian and Mahdist morale gradually getting worse and worse.

Finally, it was the Egyptian morale that gave way first: with one unit domino-ing the rest of the line!