The Imperial forces can be seen on the lower edge of the photograph, the British on the right (of course) and the Egyptians (or as the Dervish called them, the Turks) on the left. I had four 'brigades' of infantry and two of cavalry, represented by 6 playing cards. I also had 9 other cards as 'dummies'. Before Steve started moving I placed the cards around the table disguising my deployment. I settled on placing 1 'brigade' of infantry at the oasis and another at the kidney shaped hill just in front of the Egyptians. The remaining infantry and one of the cavalry brigades were behind the rocky ridge on the Imperial left. My final cavalry unit was on my left behind the central area of broken ground along the table edge.
Below can be seen the first British move, led by the lancers, whilst the Egyptians in the background are yet to move.
The lancers discovered the force of Dervishes I had placed at the oasis and quickly back on their infantry who were preparing to meet the onrushing enemy with disciplined volleys. Undaunted, the Dervishes charged forward into a veritable storm of lead. In the face of heavy losses the charge slowed, stopped and then reeled back in a shambles. Although a setback, the attack had succeeded in stopping the British advance, thus securing the flank of my main attack which was to fall on the Egyptian brigade.
|The British line stands firm|
|A surprise for the Egyptian infantry|
|The Dervish cavalry break cover|
|The Egyptian line cracks|
|Yet more Dervish infantry|
|The lancers break|
|Success for the Egyptians|
|The Blue Jackets hold firm (for the moment)|
|The Highlanders defeat the final attack in the centre|
Steve agreed on a Dervish victory, not as conclusive as that suffered by Hicks, but it would take some stout soldiering for the remaining British troops to fight their way back to the Nile.