Gathering at Kevin's, a day of colonial campaigning was planned. Saturday's action would see a continuation of a series of running conflicts pitting Pasha Mohammed against the might of the British empire.
After repulsing Pasha Mohammed's attack out of the desert the last time the colonial campaign turned to Egypt (see Pasha Goes to Port), the British gathered a combined force to strike back at the Pasha's fortified stronghold further up the coast.
|Turks garrison the fortress|
|View of harbor and town|
|Tribesmen defending the high ground|
|One of many native cavalry units|
|Baluchi tribesmen among the cliffs **|
|British gunships pass within range of the fortress|
|British advance into valley|
|British columns reach the narrow defile|
|British columns under fire|
|Native cavalry in the defile|
|Native cavalry in the rocks|
|Native horse guarding the town|
|British cavalry attack!|
|British dragoons close with the enemy|
|Attack and Counterattack|
|British cavalry return to lend support|
|British stand firm|
In the harbor, British landing boats were dropped from the gunships and marines began rowing to shore. As the marines hit the beach, the town erupted in fire to repulse the landing. Marine took heavy but they remained steady as they sought cover among the rocks along the harbor. From these positions, British marines harassed the enemy and more importantly drew fire away from the valley.
|View down valley towards harbor|
With attention diverted, the British overland expedition formed line and prepared to assault the town and clear the outcroppings. On the cliffs, the Gurkas scattered the tribesmen and the valley was cleared of opposition save for one band of roaming horsemen.
|British prepare for assault|
|City fighting as British advance on fortress|
Despite resistance, the town was cleared of enemy combatants. With one British gunship lost and fortress defenses deemed too formidable to assault with forces at hand, the continuation of the assault was halted.
|British occupy town|
Thus ended the days' action. Will British reinforcements arrive to justify a second attempt at taking the fortress? With the town lost and the harbor occupied by British forces, will Pasha opt to withdraw under cover of darkness? The answers to those questions must await the next episode.
** One of Dylan's sons commanded the British naval contingent on this day. When the Baluchi tribesmen were deployed upon the cliffs, he thought these men were the "Blue Cheese" warriors. Of course, this misunderstanding launched a salvo of bad puns.