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Fire & Sword Battle 02: The March to Wadi Halfa

The Fuzzy-Wuzzys bear down on the Naval Brigade!

Having camped but a days march from the approaches to Wadi Halfa in late September 1883, Sir Henry Frotheringham’s relief column is suddenly assaulted in the early dawn by a large Dervish Force…!

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Fire & Sword Turn 02: December 1883

Part of the Naval Brigade form square at Wadi Halfa

Continuing from Turn 01: November 1883, the Anglo-Egyptians get a lucky break, the Khedive is relieved to hear the revolt hasn’t spread to Darfur & Kordofan, the breadbasket of the Sudan. Meanwhile in Khartoum the available supplies have actually increased

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Fire & Sword Battle 01: Skirmish before Metemma

Egyptian Infantry at Metemma

Maizoub ‘John’ Pasha despatches Talahawiyeh (with her 9pdr Gun, Nordenfelt MG, & detachment of 6 armed Sailors) towing a Nuggar and transporting the 4/5th Egyptian Company (20 men), down river towards Abu Hamed – to discover the full situation and

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Fire & Sword Turn 01: November 1883

Dervish Baggara Cavalry along the Nile

The campaign begins with a violent revolt in the North and South, spreading fast like a bush fire. The North had been a powder keg for some time but it had been hoped any insurrection might be contained there. The

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Unit Organisations in TSATF

One thing I have done is slightly tweak the organisations of units to try and more closely replicate the real life historical organisations – while still keeping to the general intent Larry Brom put in the rules and approximately the

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Fire & Sword Campaign Set Up

Headquarters of a Sudanese Battalion

The initial deployment was done randomly – using a random table I generated to use in conjunction with Steve Winter’s original rules. This resulted in a reasonably conventional, although not necessarily ideal deployment of the Egyptian forces. The actual size

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Our First Fire & Sword Campaign: Revolt in the Sudan

Beja 'Fuzzy-Wuzzies' crash into a British line!

Some of us at the Auckland Wargaming Club were inspired by Steve Winter’s campaign at the Colonial Angle website – so we grabbed Steve’s great idea, I tweaked it a little to suit me, and off we went! First thing

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Fire & Sword in the Sudan Campaign

Egyptian Infantry

Our Colonial Campaign gets ready to kick off! Turn one has already begun and the Sudan has erupted into revolt. See how the campaign is going here… Our First Fire & Sword Campaign.

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The Sword and the Flame [TSATF]

Larry Brom wrote TSATF in 1979, and 30 years later it’s still going strong with very little changes! Having played TTG’s Soldiers of the Queen* [SotQ] fairly extensively since it was published in 1987 (in my earlier wargaming years) until

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Fire & Sword in the Sudan: Epilogue

The campaign was concluded at this point. Although the Mahdists still hold a few towns in the west and south, their spirit and manpower is broken. On the other hand, the serious casualties suffered by Graham will limit his offensive

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Fire & Sword in the Sudan: April 1884

April 1884: A Damn Close Run Thing! The capture of Abu Hamed by the Berber Field Force (commanded by Baker and Hicks) was something on an anti-climax. Most of the rebels fled the town as the expeditionary force approached. Less

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Fire & Sword in the Sudan: February-March 1884

February 1884: “Graham Saves the Day” The combined Anglo-Egyptian relief expedition, numbering approximately 7700 regulars and supported by another 800 native levies, and now under the command of General Wolseley advanced south from Wad Hamed following the banks of the

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Fire & Sword in the Sudan: January-February 1884

January 1884: “There will be an awful fuss about this at home” Baker’s relief column advanced up-river in an open square to break the siege of Khartoum, with its open flank guarded by Egyptian cavalry. For several hours Gordon, anxiously

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Fire & Sword in the Sudan: December 1883-January 1884

December 1883: “Chinese Gordon” Pulls it Off! General Baker advanced upriver from Atbara, encountering little resistance from the local tribes until a determined effort was made by about 1500 insurgents to contest his traversing of the 6th cataract north of

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