Operation Big Stick scenario written and forces selected

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Richard B.
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Operation Big Stick!

This is fictional game, based very loosely on the marine landing at Tangier scene in the movie Wind and the Lion. I am taking great liberties with forces and armament, so please don`t get offended.

Background
The year is 1916, Amican journalist and adventuress Mrs Emelia Andersson has been kidnapped by the infamous Brigand/pirate El Rougi!!

Mrs Andersson was cruising the African coast writing yet another of her famous world travel guides, when a storm forced her yacht "The Wild Woman" ashore on the coast of what would years later become Spanish Sahara. The area is barren and inhospitable and also occupied by various rather wild Arab/Berber clans who are happy to fight against each other as well as the Spanish Colonial authorities, who are weak and have little or no control.

Unfortunately or fortunately depending on your viewpoint, Mr Andersson and her party were quickly located and taken to the palace of a local chieftain El Rougi, a man of huge reputation and legend. El Rougi has set a ransom of 100,000 gold Spanish crowns for the prisoners safe return!!

Now President Wilson already has political problems at home, Pancho Villa crossed the border and attacked Columbus New Mexico on March 9th and Wilson has been forced to send General Pershing and an expeditionary force after the famous Mexican bandit chief! The war in Europe shows no signs of abating and American looks more and more as if she will be forced to take sides too. An now Mrs Andersson`s capture has added to the bad headlines!!
Wilson remembers Roosevelt`s actions back in 1902 when the businessman Ion Perdicaris was taken by the brigand Raisulli. The world situation is similar, Pres. Wilson cannot afford America to be shown as weak in the eyes of the world press in such troubled times.
So he has decided to launch a rescue mission code named "Big Stick".

El Rougi
A local Caid, old and wily lives in palace inland from the sea port of Amoraldi on the Atlantic coast.
The port was a Roman settlement and dates back to the first century BC. It features a good sheltered dock with stone wharfs and a modern (1860) lighthouse in a bay protected from the Atlantic by high cliffs topped by the ruins of old fortifications.

Spanish/British and French intelligences all believe El Rougi has a standing "army" equivalent to a couple of companies which includes some horsed cavalry and maybe the odd piece of ordinance.

Operation Big Stick US landing force
Capt Hardy (9th Infantry)
Carried in 2 landing barges & the coast gunboat "Heston"
The Heston and landing barges
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Provisional Battalion 9th Infantry
HQ – OC + staff (aboard the Heston)
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2 infantry companies each with –
HQ 2 officers & 2 NCOs
30 men inc a 2-man BAR team (2 platoons of "B" company aboard the Heston)
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Support company with –
Colt MMG 4 men + mule
Vickers-Maxim 2.75" howitzer with 5 men + 2 mules
Provisional motorcycle platoon with: M/C combination with MG, 2 x M/Cs (5 men)
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The Heston
6" gun, 1 MMG
Naval Landing party
2 x 10fig platoons (rifle armed)
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Bashir’s forces
Harbour defences
2 rifle platoons (10 men each)
Gatling gun & crew
70mm cannon plus crew
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Town defenders
2 units of local militia (poor quality) 10 men each
1 regular rifle platoon (10 men)
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Palace defenders
1 regular platoon (10 men)
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A regular cavalry troop (10 men w/sabre & carbine)
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Le Rougi plus wives and hostage
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Mrs Andersson you are a great deal of trouble
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Berber Bodyguard (10 men plus MMG)
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German military mission
Colonel Eric von Stran, Capt. Hines & 5 men
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Potential reinforcements (after turn 15)
Dice once every 5 turns, forces arrive on a role of 6+ on 2D6

1-4 Arab native cavalry (10-20 mounted natives armed with rifles/swords)
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5 pirate vessel with 10 + 1D6 Arab pirates
6 armed pirate vessel (as above + a 37mm trench gun)
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"“Sir with the compliments of my officer, your shooting was excellent – you killed four of our men”!
Un-named Traillieur to an artillery officer at R`Fakah, Morocco, Feb. 29th, 1908
billk
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Re: Operation Big Stick scenario written and forces selected

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Liking this and you haven't even started reporting on the action!
Fire-at-Will
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Re: Operation Big Stick scenario written and forces selected

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Should be good fun :lol:
What's the point of doing one period, when you can do them all.......... In life most people specialise so gradually they know more and more about less and less so eventually they know everything about nothing. I work on a broad front so eventually I'll know nothing about everything.
CarlL
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Re: Operation Big Stick scenario written and forces selected

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El Rougi indeed, you old rascal Richard (you are a right raisuli) ...... perhaps not.

More great fun Richard. Great table, fun forces and a plot from history -ish......

Enjoy game. I shall enjoy your photos and plot meanwhile....

CarlL de Jebala
David Reasoner
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Re: Operation Big Stick scenario written and forces selected

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Looks good, Richard. Looking forward to further reporting.
Richard B. wrote: 11 Mar 2021, 15:38 Vickers-Maxim 2.75" howitzer with 5 men + 2 mules
One trivial and absurdly pedantic correction. The Vickers-Maxim mountain gun as used by the U.S. in the Philippines and elsewhere 1899-1942 was actually 2.95" (75mm), not 2.75". In U.S. service, it was generally referred to simply as the "two-nine-five".

David
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David Reasoner wrote: 12 Mar 2021, 02:35 Looks good, Richard. Looking forward to further reporting.
Richard B. wrote: 11 Mar 2021, 15:38 Vickers-Maxim 2.75" howitzer with 5 men + 2 mules
One trivial and absurdly pedantic correction. The Vickers-Maxim mountain gun as used by the U.S. in the Philippines and elsewhere 1899-1942 was actually 2.95" (75mm), not 2.75". In U.S. service, it was generally referred to simply as the "two-nine-five".

David
Cheers david

I was wracking my brain and still got the calibre wrong - sorry :shock:

It is of course one of your fine models :D
"“Sir with the compliments of my officer, your shooting was excellent – you killed four of our men”!
Un-named Traillieur to an artillery officer at R`Fakah, Morocco, Feb. 29th, 1908
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