Saturday, 6 June 2009

Battle of Pashminia - day 2

Earlier this week I concluded the action at Pashminia that features in an earlier post .
The British commander kicked off with an aggressive attitude, launching the Borsetshires directly at the town from their positions around the Merchant's House. This aggression, combined with some favourable dice rolling allowed the troops to take the southern environs of Pashminia.
Following further heavy fighting, the Borsetshires advanced as far as the town Mosque and were able to target the Dagastani headquarters in the railway station. The advance through the town was accompanied by a parallel attack towards the sandbagged defences east of the town, by the fourth comany of the borsetshires and the machine gun company. The machine guns suppressed and then eliminated the Dagastani artillery, allowing the infantry to clear the defences. The machine guns then moved up allowing them a clear line of fire on the railway station.

The position after the initial attacks is shown below. While all of this was going on, far to the East a flanking force of Ghurkas and cavalry advanced on the hill.

This was defended by Dagastani militia and tribesmen, who put up a solid defence, but were eventually worn down by the disciplined marksmanship of the Imperial troops and then swept from the crest of the hill by a determined charge by one of the three Ghurkha companies.
Dagastani reinforcements arrived, by train, during the attack but disembarked into the face of relentless machine gun fire and were forced to fall back behind the railway station.
With the Borsetshires advancing through the town and the flank defences on the hill beginning to crumble, the Dagastanis pulled out of town to fight another day.




British casualties were relatively light on day 2, largely by virtue of an aggressive early approach that caught the Dagastanis off balance before they could reinforce. The positioning of Dagastani artillery within rifle range of the British reguars was probably naive, and these may hev been better placed on the hill to take advantage of their superior range.
Campaign attention must now turn to the remainder of the British brigade, who are some 20 miles to the South East guarding the airfield and supply base at the fort of Khoton-Khandi.
Defending forces are as follows:
4th Foot and Mouth Regiment (4 companies)
17th Ghurkha Rifles (1 company)
Machine Gun Company
Gorblymee Light Cavalry (1 squadron)
Attackers are currently unknown, but likely to be a LOT of Dagastani tribesmen.
Pictures of the defences are shown below:

If I get the chance I might start this one tomorrow (Sunday), however the Lions tour is proving distracting, but after yesterday's game the 20:20 cricket may not be for long...
cheers





2 comments:

Monty said...

Bloody impressive, Steve. Lovely terrain boards in particular.

You are the bench mark, mate.

Best wishes,

Monty

Steve said...

Cheers Monty, much appreciated!

:-)

Steve