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Egyptian and Sudanese Army - Egyptian 1882 infantry advancing

  • Product Code: CS7
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This product is sold unpainted.

Additional Images.

1. The new Egyptian Army 1882 figures sculpted by the superbly talented Andrew Stadden. The group includes infantry, cavalry, gunners and a Krupp 6Pdr Field gun. The latter two items are to be found in the Colonial Wars Artillery and Equipment section.  

2. British cavalry, Kassassin, 1882. Painting by Christopher Clark.


Strengths. At a 1:33 ratio the units below would be represented by 18-20 figures (infantry/RMA) and 11-12 figures (cavalry) on the wargames table.

British at Kassassin. 4DG Det, 7DG Tp, 2DCLI, 2Y&L, Mtd Inf Det, RMA, RA (2 guns).  

British at Mahsama. HC, 7DG, RHA (4 guns). 

Egyptian Army. 8,000 infantry, 1,000 cavalry and 12 guns.

Ground.  The ground over which the action took place consisted largely of deep sand, reportedly grey in colour. This made the going heavy and therefore wargames movement should be reduced. There was a sand ridge to the British right which concealed the movement of the British cavalry. This can be represented by a terrain feature or the cavalry can appear at a suitable spot on the table edge, surprising the Egyptian commander.  

Ammunition Supply. 'The British 13pdrs ran out of ammunition. Due to the difficulty in moving ammunition wagons through the deep sand, they had been left behind. Each gun was therefore limited to 36 rounds carried in the limber. Depending on the rules in use, this factor needs to be introduced into the wargame in some form to reflect the situation.' (I use one or two small green D6 in MDF dice holders fixed to each limber model. I find that in a wargame, limited ammunition forces the player to really consider tactical use of guns and it also prevents continual long range firing between batteries). 

Egyptian Troop Quality. 'The Egyptian army suffered from a number of defects or hindrances. Although some old soldiers had returned to the colours to follow Arabi, many of the men were conscripts with little or no training in drill or weaponry - they were abysmal shots. The artillery was efficient and the gunners were regarded as being the army's elite, but firing shells with percussion fuses into soft sand and incorrectly cutting the fuses on shrapnel rounds does not enhance the artillery's effectiveness.' 

Taken from: 'Warfare in Egypt and the Sudan' Stuart Asquith, Partizan Press, 2008.  

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