Monthly Meeting Saturday 6 July 2002
after action report
The following is a report of the game held over two meetings - July and August 2002.
Luigi Correlli woke as the sun lit up his canvas tent, it was hot like
usual, it was damp and humid as normal, yes it was just another normal
usual day in the hell of North East Africa.
Correlli rubbed the sleep from his eyes and focused on the day
ahead, there was that bloody pontoon to put across the river below the
drift, followed by a mealie bean and biscuit lunch, followed by more work
on the pontoon and an evening mealie and biscuit dinner.
All in the name of Empire.
new Italian thrust into the African hinterland was paying dividends,
driving in to the very North East corners of the
knew his present position was weak but what were the choices, they could
not out run the Uluz especially
with the wounded and what of the home base if they did ? Luigi knew he had
too stand and fight and quickly put his 120 regulars and 150 native
volunteers to work. The large
numbers of mealie bags and biscuit boxes were thrown up to make connecting
barriers to the few stone walls and the drift’s main kraal.
He considered taking in the larger kraal to the North but his men
were clearly not enough to man such an expanse.
work was barely completed before the look outs ran in shouting that a huge
cloud of Uluz were on the way. In
the distance it sounded as if a train was departing Rome Station.
Luigi hurried his men into position and despaired as he saw large
numbers of figures appearing on the heights to the West.
It was at this point that his native volunteers broke and fled to
the North. From the South a
huge column snaked around the drift and started to attack from the North
and East. It was clear that
two regiments were involved the
Uluz were massing again and this time a third regiment had appeared, the
Lions led by Jeffrezi. Again
the attack was made from the North and East.
This time Dikka a minor Chief led part of the
Rhino’s attacked but eventually all were beaten back.
The west wall again came under fire with more losses inflicted.
Luigi reorganized his men, five hours had passed and heavy losses
had been inflicted on his small command.
was no respite this time the Lions attacked from the South and the others
from the North and East. The Lions again proved their courage almost
taking the hospital and setting fire to the store by the end of their
attack their bodies littered the compound.
our refight of Rorkes Drift over two meetings with a hotch potch of
colonial figures had ended. We
had used Heart of Africa Rules with the modification of Uluz Move, Italian
Fire, Italian Move, Italian Fire, i.e. the Italian fire had been doubled.
Each Uluz regiment had been split into sub-units and when two
thirds of these had lost a morale throw the regiment fell back and
regrouped. There were some 450
‘Uluz” on the table and these numbers returned on each regrouping.
It was a near run thing and much of the true fighting had been
randomly recreated. I had
designed the game for 12 moves of 1 hour with the attacks to be carried
out written on cards drawn from a deck.
The Uluz had nearly taken the hospital and had burned the store.
They had streamed across the garden and outer kraal and had taken
the little but stronger kraal on two occasions.
The Uluz suffered 550 dead against a true recorded figure of 750
Zulus, the Italians had lost two thirds of the garrison a much greater
loss than actually occurred to the British.
The Italians could not have withstood another attack but the Zulu
had already had one third reach tiredness and a high likelihood existed
that all three regiments had reached near exhaustion.
It was "A NEAR RUN THING”.
The Zulus are coming!
They're here now!