Wednesday, 8 May 2019

The second Anglo-Boer War in 54mm: The Guerrilla Raid

"Do they know it's Christmas-time at all"

It's winter 1899. The Boer forces just ended the fighting at Colenso with a victory over the Commonwealth troops. But at tremendous costs. Orange-Freestate is drained for supplies. The coming up Christmas celebrations will be poor amongst the commandos in the field and the hard pressured Boer homesteads.

Commandant Christiaan de Wet's field forces scout out the entire region. Their intelligence pin point a recently erected British supply depot at the rail crossroads at Springfontein. They make camp in the vicinity of Spitskop, Northwest of the target, with quick advance route possibilities through Waterkloof. The plan is a hit and run attack. Grab as many supplies, arms and ammunition as possible in the shortest possible time. Commonwealth mounted infantry is patrolling the whole area constantly and armored trains, crowded with fresh khaki troops, ride to and fro, unscheduled.    

 How it all started

Postings on this blog can travel all over the world. That's how Nick (Stern) read one of my previous publications on the Boer War subject. He advised me a scenario from the Wargaming Magazine and on my request, did send it by email. It took me some time to get enough 'men'power to play the piece in it's full extend. 
Every (school)holiday Stan and I try to plan one gaming day with each other. This recent one was no exception to that rule and with that perspective he visited me last Friday.

Fog of War

Yes.. true, it took me a long time to finish this article. Sadly, in the meantime the medium where I kept my pictures from this tabletop battle, has crashed. Though it is not given up completely its gonna cost me. Hope to receive retrieved data, including the photographs I need to complete this text. When that moment arrives I will just do that. Alas.. I'll publish as it was, for now. Sorry guys!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Marcel,

    Happy to see you active again. Hope you can retrieve the pics. Sorry for the late reply. I was "out" for some time with health issues.