Saturday, May 22, 2010

Battle at Post Bibane part 2

Now for the conclusion of the Battle at Post Bibane. When we left, the Post was being over run, despite the deadly defense by the Transnestrians and the Berbers were trying to turn the French Flank.
More Berber Cavalry appear on the French Flank.
The Berbers gain the wall and charge the French colors. Private Booker downs many Berbers but it is to no avail.

More Berbers attack the walls, while the Transnestrian's hope of relief fades.

The French Colors Fall! The Berbers pile the dead in the center of the post.

All their officers dead, the surviving Transnestrians follow private Booker as they escape back to the French lines.

The Foreign Legion cavalry break away and head for the Post.

The Foreign Legion having left their Hedgehog formation for a line, fix bayonets and prepare to receive the charge from the Berber cavalry.

Some Berbers loot the Post and while the others reform and prepare to meet the French on the field.

The Transnestrian survivors take refuge in the ruins as the Berber cavalry bear down on them. The Berber Leader declares "No Survivors Of Post Bibane!" and urges his men on.

The French move up to try and save the survivors.

On the French Flank, The Berbers charge in,

And are Gunned down.

Private Booker rallies his compatriots and prepares to make the Berbers Pay!

The Legion to the Rescue! The Legion Cavalry charges the Berbers! The rest of the French line moves up. The Legion beat off the Berbers but not with out taking losses.

The last two Berbers charge into the Legion units flank. The French Major fires and kills one of the Berbers but the survivor continues into combat. The Major draws his saber and declares "This One Is Mine!" They meet and in a cloud of dust, snorting horses and flashing blades they Duel.

The French Limber their cannon and move it forward.

The Berber strikes home and the Major falls. He leans over and takes the Major's sword as a trophy then flees the field as the Legionaries try to bring him down.

The French troops move up under cover of the Oasis to gain a position to assault and recapture the Post.

Another group of surviving Berbers make a mad dash at the French gun and are cut down.

The Tribesmen charge out of the rocky ground throwing spears as they attack the Legionaries.

A bloody melee develops on the edge of the oasis.

The tribesmen attack to tie the French down in the center while the riflemen on the Post walls pick off the soldiers behind the line.

The deadly fire from the Berber riflemen down a French commander and many of the surviving Transnestrians.

Private Booker, is the only survivor of the original Post Bibane garrison.

The Cannon redeploys on higher ground and begins to shell the Post.

The Foreign Legion clears the approach to the post and form up to assault the walls. With most of their forces scattered and the French still having overwhelming strength the Berbers in the post attempt to blow up the post magazine and fail. They set the fire to the fort and as darkness falls they fade back into the hills. abandoning the post. The French may have it back now but the Rif will return.

I had a great time playing the game . I was on the Berber side and yes I was responsible for most of the glorious (aka suicide) charges by the Berber Cav. One major combat is missing from the report. I seem to have not taken pictures of the combat between the Legionnaire cav, the last Berber cav unit and a unit of foot troops. The Berber cav was beaten and the Legionaries were left with only three models left. Other than that i believe I covered most of the high points of the game. I would like to thank Chuckaroo for putting the game together, Matt at PBK&W for letting up play, even though the "Ard Boyz was going on at the same time and the Catawba Gamers for giving us a reason to get together.


sonsoftaurus said...

Sounds like it was fun. Good thing Pvt. Booker survived so that someone from the garrison can be executed for dereliction of duty in allowing the post to fall.

ColKillgore said...

No, I believe Pvt. Booker will probably recieve a decoration. The Captain commanding the post was the one derelict in his duty and he had the decency to get killed, so no need for an unseemly Court Martial.

Chuckaroobob said...

Too bad the SW Transnestrians don't celebrate lost battles as per the FFL tradition! No doubt Booker will be decorated as the only survivor around to tell the tale. Of course, in the long term the fort will still be in French hands, so they can call it a big win.