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Richard B.
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Operation Big Stick the game

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Operation Big Stick!

The game

Some minor changes from the initial set-up, I allowed El Rougi (advised by His German advisor) to build some beach defences. I rationalised that the US Atlantic Fleet would be pretty big and hard to hide, so El Rougi would have plenty of warning of what was happening and prepare.
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The dock and the nasty surprise of the Gatling gun inside
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The Heston and the barges hove into view
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Turn 3 the concealed 70mm fires on The Heston as it approaches the dock, it misses and is spotted.
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Turn 4 the gun fires again (misses again), The Heston gunners nail the gun!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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The second barge beaches and its men pour ashore into the teeth of defenders fire.
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Turn 7
A/1 on the left clears their beach
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On the right B&C/2 storm and clear the defences at bayonet point
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In the centre troops and sailors pile off The Heston, the Gatling gun opens up causing casualties
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All the firing has alerted the locals and the fedayeen begin to organise.
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The M/C platoon advances down the left
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Turn 8
El Rougi`s regulars rush towards the dock - into a world of hurt!
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The Heston`s deck gun blasts the dock office and wipes out the Gatling gun and crew!
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The US navy sailors rush ashore to secure the dock area.
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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
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El Rougi`s regular cavalry form up
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Turn 9
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.
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The M/C platoon reaches the road and sweeps in towards El Rougi`s palace.
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Turn 10
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.
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El Rougi`s cavalry move out
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Turn 11
The Fedayeen break and run
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El Rougi`s cavalry arrive at the road, the M/C platoon LMG opens fire into their flank causing casualties (and a morale check)
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Turn 12
El Rougi`s cavalry blow their morale check and flee!!
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Colonel Eric von Stran tries to negotiate with El Rougi
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Turn 13
The M/C platoon comes under fire from Arab machine gun, they deploy and return fire. El Rougi`s bodyguard rush forward also.
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The various American platoons move through the village
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Turn 14
The Americans deploy their 2.95" Vickers-Maxim
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A armed pirate ship arrives
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Turn 15-16
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
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Col. von Stran hands over Mrs Andersson to the victorious Americans
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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
dadlamassu
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Re: Operation Big Stick the game

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Fantastic stuff, Richard. Looks like you had a lot of fun with it.
Richard B.
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Re: Operation Big Stick the game

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dadlamassu wrote: 28 Mar 2021, 18:34 Fantastic stuff, Richard. Looks like you had a lot of fun with it.
One of the joys of having a permanent table, I can leave it all set-up and run it when I have the time. :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
billk
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Re: Operation Big Stick the game

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With all that action... the next report may need to read "coming to a theater near you!"
Thanks for the AAR.
Richard B.
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billk wrote: 28 Mar 2021, 19:04 With all that action... the next report may need to read "coming to a theater near you!"
Thanks for the AAR.
Thanks Bill :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
David Reasoner
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Re: Operation Big Stick the game

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Lovely game. The prepared beach defenses don't seem to have helped very much. :lol:

David
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