of the Sahara
1. THE AMBUSH
As the Tirailleurs pass the ambush, the Tukulor Ghosts draw their first
blood with a fusillade that drops two of the Tirailleurs in their tracks
and seriously wounds a third. Shocked and confused, the target of the ambush
attempts to return fire but are unable to cause any damage.
The ambush is sprung
too soon though and in the quiet of the dawn, the departing Marines hear
the gunfire and turn around to head back down stream to Segu.
The Ghosts to the west of the Bambara huts pour down to the riverbank to
pour fire onto the returning Marine boats. In their enthusiasm they neglect,
to their dismay, the basking Hippos. Causing only a couple of minor wounds
on the Marines, the Ghosts firepower is directed towards their immediate
threat –the charging hippos. The Marines continue barely hindered.
||4. Lieutenant Bigglau
is immediately alerted by the gunfire behind the station and realizes the
safest place for their aeroplane is in the air. They awaken the engineers
to start the engine and man the redoubt but as they approach the machine
they are confronted with a hoard of charging cavalry that are approaching
from the west.
|5. The Train is
trying desperately to build up enough steam to depart Segu station in the
wake of the attack. Its passengers don't wait around however, and after
entering the charges from the station, immediately alight on the other
side and head for the perceived safety of the building next to the fort.
though the train is not up to full steam pressure yet, its front mounted
rapid-fire cannon is immediately engaged on the charging horse heading
down the tracks.
As the canister shot
finds its mark, the gunners are immediately concerned that the falling
horses might block the rails – something that had not crossed their minds
until it was too late. Fortunately the horse carcasses fell to the
sides and the charging unit veered to the side in an attempt to avoid the