Operation Big Stick! -
The Heston and the barges hove into view
Turn 3 the concealed 70mm fires on The Heston as it approaches the dock, it misses and is spotted.
Turn 4 the gun fires again (misses again), The Heston gunners nail the gun!
The first barge beaches, "A" platoon, 1st company (A/1 hereafter) are immediately engaged by defenders, who inflict casualties, but find the American shooting is very accurate in return. The Provisional motorcycle platoon prepares to disembark.
Turn 5 The Heston arrives at the dock, A/1 fight to clear their beach, B/1 follow and pitch in, the M/C platoon drives off the barge. The cannon platoon preps its mules to disembark.
Turn 6 the first troops disembark The Heston (C/1) they immediately come under fire from defenders. The Heston wipes out one position with its deck gun!
The second barge beaches and its men pour ashore into the teeth of defenders fire.
A/1 on the left clears their beach
On the right B&C/2 storm and clear the defences at bayonet point
In the centre troops and sailors pile off The Heston, the Gatling gun opens up causing casualties
All the firing has alerted the locals and the fedayeen begin to organise.
The M/C platoon advances down the left
El Rougi`s regulars rush towards the dock - into a world of hurt!
The Heston`s deck gun blasts the dock office and wipes out the Gatling gun and crew!
The US navy sailors rush ashore to secure the dock area.
The Fedyeen charge forward against the infidel invaders, but The Americans have nearly 3 platoons and a Benet-Mercie LMG waiting for them - the result was predictably very bad
El Rougi`s regular cavalry form up
Amazingly the rest of the Fedayeen don`t break and run after their mates are slaughtered, a solid morale check allows them to take up defensive positions within the village market.
The M/C platoon reaches the road and sweeps in towards El Rougi`s palace.
The Americans deploy their Colt MMG, then it and the Benet-Mercie LMG poured fire at the Fedayeen, The Heston deck gun adds its weight also.
El Rougi`s cavalry move out
The Fedayeen break and run
El Rougi`s cavalry arrive at the road, the M/C platoon LMG opens fire into their flank causing casualties (and a morale check)
El Rougi`s cavalry blow their morale check and flee!!
Colonel Eric von Stran tries to negotiate with El Rougi
The M/C platoon comes under fire from Arab machine gun, they deploy and return fire. El Rougi`s bodyguard rush forward also.
The various American platoons move through the village
The Americans deploy their 2.95" Vickers-Maxim
A armed pirate ship arrives
The American 2.95" pops off a couple of rounds at El Rougi`s palace! This is enough to convince the Sheik the jig was well and truly up, he hands over Mrs andersson to Col. von Stran and legs it out of the back gate.....
The pirate vessel is less lucky
Col. von Stran hands over Mrs Andersson to the victorious Americans