“EGYPT FOR THE EGYPTIANS!”
The last time the British army wore red coats was in the Anglo-Egyptian War of 1882. A few years later the Egyptians were fighting for the British against the Mahdi, but in this Victorian ‘little war’ the Egypians were fighting to establish their own anti-British goverment. Peter Keeling offers some ideas for wargaing the conflict.
“GIVE THEM VOLLEYS!”
We begin our expedition to the Sudan with an introduction to the Mahdist Uprising of 1884 – 85. “Give them volleys!” is a quote by Lieut. Col. Percy Barrow, barked to his men at the battle of Abu Kru, and we felt it was a great soundbite which summed up both the attitude, and determination, of a colonial army facing a “savage” foe in the far flung reaches of the Empire. In this intro article you will find all the background information you will need before setting out on a campaign into the desert, or conversely, in preparation to face the foreign infidels who are invading your sacred homeland.
CIRCLING THE SQUARE
Our theme content continues with more details on the campaign to save General Gordon besieged in Khartoum, along with a scenario for refighting the Battle of Abu Klea, 1885 – one of the the key encounters of the Mahdist Uprising.
“A GOOD DUSTING”
Author and wargamer David Bickley explains the lure of the Sudan. His recently released book, A Good Dusting, provides gamers with rules for refighting the battles of the Mahdist Uprising, and David gives us a designer’s eye-view on how and why he put the rules together.
In light of the failure to save Khartoum and Gordon, the British government responded by re-opening another front in the Sudan in an effort to inflict retribution on the Mahdi’s chief lieutenant, Osman Digna. The campaign proved ultimately futile, but one of its battles, Tofrek, is rich with wargaming potential.
BRITAIN’S FIRST SPECIAL FORCES
Following on from last issue’s theme of the Mahdist Uprising in the Sudan, this follow up article discusses the Camel Corps and their use in the campaign.
THE ITALO-ETHIOPIAN WAR OF 1935-36 – PART ONE
The first of a two part article covering background, scenarios and collecting figures for wargaming the Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935-36.
THE ITALO-ETHIOPIAN WAR OF 1935-36 – PART TWO
The second part of our article covering wargaming the Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935-36. This month we’ve got more background, a scenario and a review of the figures available.