Thursday, 19 March 2009

Up the creek (Part Twelve) The final episode.


It's going to be a close run thing. Pathans still inflicting losses on the barges.
Zulu's over the wall and nothing left to stop them.

The survivors need to fall back to save the landing stages.
Zulu's reek havoc on mine workings. As the 'big battalions' of Zulus arrive a hasty line is formed between the buildings to protect the civilians and the wounded waiting patiently by the dock.
Impetuous, the Zulu regiment follows up even at less than half strength to get the glory before the mass of the Impi can cross the mud wall killing the British wounded as they pass.
Now, did we bring any salt?
Poodle steamer makes way for the incoming GFL steamer. Germans, having missed their chance, paddle off upstream to invade French territory. This seams to them like a good idea and wonder if they could use this 'out flanking the French' tactic again.
Lone survivor of his unit, morale broken, runs down the pier and jumps for the boat deck...but misses (4,5 or 6 he would have made it!)
The farmers put themselves behind Zulu lines to assist the Brits in counter attack or to retire at high speed if it all goes belly up. Others fail morale and run to the left of the biuldings.
Having completed the paperwork and noting that the NO SMOKING signs have been switched off, the relief force finally docks. It comes down to the turn of a card for initiative, red or black?
Never have the Brits be so glad of a duce.
All ashore whose going ashore.
Oh, forget this for a game of soldiers effendi!
The Zulu Army also melts away leaving only their wounded on the field. Final butcher bill; Garrison of 100 reduced to 19 plus 11 wounded, relief force lost 30 from 110. Pathans lost about 50 from 140 (including Ruga Ruga friends) and Zulus lost 38o killed and wounded from 480...three natives eaten by lions and two Pathans eaten by crocodiles. 6 horses were killed and two bolted. No giraffes were harmed during the playing of this game.

Friday, 13 March 2009

Up the creek (Part Eleven)

Concentration on the corner of the weakened mission defenders.
Pathans driven out but the Zulus are in!
The remaining troops react in good order. The timing is critical as the field of interlocking fire is formed. The Farmers make their presence felt on the Zulu flank.
The wall is crumbling.
What a relief. Boom, boom.
Poodle steamer backs up to make way for the column.
Food!
Yet another wave appears and throws its warriors at the perceived success.
The Germans clear the scrub, assemble their flatpack assault boats from Ikea and prepare to push off...
Some of the Indians have failed their morale phase twice and so head for the pier in the hope of a lift.
The big battalions arrive; to paraphrase WLSC (PM) now to crush the enemy with " merely the proper application of overwhelming force."...er...move over Huns.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Up the creek (Part Ten)

I have a cunning plan.. if we take these diamonds we can buy our own country...we could be kings...we could be hero's...we could be rich...
we could run our own bank...or we will be ....a moveable feast
At last, din dins.
The pressure keeps up. Fortunately, so does the wall.
Plenty more join in, dispite 280 native casualties (not including Pathans)
Luckily enough there is water to protect the Pathans from the Highlanders
Nearly there, I can see the shoe boxes..er..barrier from here.
Push on, push on.
First one to the beach gets a deck chair.

Up the creek (Part Ten)

'PRESENT!....FIRE!'
There is no let up in the pressure on the wall
'PRESENT!...FIRE!'

'These attacks will be so much easier when we can afford guns.'

'Shoe, shoe...get out of the way!'
'RAMMING SPEED!'