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Title: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 04, 2021, 07:59:32 AM
Hereafter I'm posting the campaign I'm having with Piero "Umra Khan" about my Waziri revolt. I'm attaching the previous messages/letters/pictures up to date!



April 1890. The quiet life on the North West Frontier was broken by the malicious Wazir Mulehead el Komiss Khan.
This bandit has sent a letter to His Excellency The Viceroy The Marquis of Lansdowne Governor General of India manifesting all the bad intentions he has to overcome the powerful Umra Khan , Khan of the Khans , Ruler of Bajaur and Khyber pass, Lord of the Afridis
The letter was attached as a recent photo of Mulehead Khan.
" I Mulehead el Komiss,
Khan of Shawal, Lord of Wana and Maizar, ruler of Largha and Barga Sherani, future king of all Afghanistan, declare Umra Khan  rejected from Punjab and must be banished  from all the land south of Peshawar and I release your Pashtun  from their oath of loyalty to him to accept them, repentant, under my holy flags before marching and burning  Tirah Fortress. I'm waiting anxiously the arrival of new ordered lancers and then I shall unleash hell in Afghanistan!!!😡👳‍♂️"
The Governor of India will take certainly a resolute action against this rebel Khan.
Title: Re: Never trust anyone in the Frontier
Post by: giorgio on June 04, 2021, 08:04:29 AM
Kolkata May the 23rd 1890
From the Residency of His Excellency The Viceroy of India The Marquis of Lansdowne
From the Governor General of India to Brig.Gen. Bindon Blood in Rawalpindi.
Dispatch N 123456
 "With reference of the disturbance caused in Waziristan and other regions of the North West Frontier I instruct Brig. Gen. Bindon Blood to send a military force to Waziristan to quell the revolt attempts of the local khan Mulehead el Komiss Khan and restore the Raj rule over the region .
Signed by His Excellency The Governor General of India
The Viceroy The Marquis of  Lansdowne
Now story is up to  the Military.
Title: Re: Never trust anyone in the Frontier
Post by: giorgio on June 04, 2021, 08:07:54 AM
Mogala May 1890
Letter from Umra Khan to Brig.Gen. Bindon Blood
Hosoor General Blood Great Commander of the British Raj may Allah protect you,
I have received in my poor  Palace messengers from the Wazir Mulehead el Komiss Khan with the prayer  to follow him in a Jihad.
This is the letter I gave them for their Khan:
" Mulehead el komiss Khan my dear friend, what you have done with your hands you must now carry on your own backs.
I have nothing to do with you.
You are the best judge of your affairs.
Now that you have got into trouble you want me to help you.
You have allowed the time when matters might have ameliorated to slip by.
Now I cannot say or do anything.
I have sent back from my poor Palace in Mogala the Maliks you had deputed to me.
I gave them each a lungi and 5 Rupees for their road expenses.
Umra Khan "
So now Hosoor ( General Blood ) you know my attitude on this matter .
Is time Hosoor that you loose the dogs and start the game, punishing the malicious Wazir for his behaviour.
I issued order to my own people not to join the Wazirs gatherings and directed that no refugee within his dominion should be accorded to armed bodies of tribesmen fleeting before the advance of your troops.
I pray Allah to have you again at  my Palace , may you not be tired.
Umra Khan
Title: Re: Never trust anyone in the Frontier
Post by: giorgio on June 04, 2021, 08:12:42 AM
May 1890 in a fortified tower in Waziristan
I Wazir Mulehead El Komiss Khan, Union of Light and Faith, only and true King of Islam, order to you my faithful servants Growly Khan and ELQuartah Khan to strictly follow my orders. Feringhies are entering into the trap and now we are ready to snap the spring with the vily Umra, actually on our side. My great powerness Mulehead el Komiss order that immediately after destroying the feringhi's columns one by one, you collect all the mules and baggage camels and bring them under my tower, the unexpugnable one, and then you'll recover under my holy flags and we will march together to Kyber Pass to defeat the thugs under Umra Khan. Nobody will kill him, that will be my privilege before burning his fort in front of his astonished eyes...but today let him trust on us against our common enemies.
Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the conversations that the bandit Mulehead had with 2 Khans of his and a couple of sketches of his fortified tower and that were  reported by a well payed spy hidden in the roof of his tower. Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF.
Title: Re: Never trust anyone in the Frontier
Post by: giorgio on June 04, 2021, 08:18:30 AM
Rawalpindi 29th May 1890
From Lt. General Bindon Blood to Gen. Simmons in Dera Ismail Khan and to Gen. Davenport in Kohat.
The British Government has determined to despatch a force under my command to march through the country of the Waziris, capture the Mulehead Khan and bring his tribe to a Jirgha to submit the terms of the British Sirkar.
The force was officially styled the Waziristan Field Force ( WFF), it will be composed of two mixed brigades.
The first brigade under command of Gen. Simmons will move from Dera Ismail Khan and reach Wana via Tank and Jandola.
The second brigade under the command of Gen. Davenport will move from Kohat and reach Bannu, stationing there as a movable column ready to intercept Mulehead Khan and his followers in the case he will like to move north looking to join  Umra Khan.
The composition of the WFF is given below:
2nd Brigade Gen.Simmons
1st battalion East Kent Regiment
2nd battalion Gordon H. Regiment
2nd battalion 1st Sikh PFF
1st  battalion 6th Punjabi PFF
1st battalion 5th Gurkha Regiment
N.2 Derajat mtn.battery 1st and 2nd secrion
N.3 coy Bombay sappers & miners
N.5 British field hospital
N. 34 Native field hospital
Title: Re: Never trust anyone in the Frontier
Post by: giorgio on June 04, 2021, 08:20:42 AM
Kohat  31th May 1890
From  General Davenport to Col. Fullerton in Hangu.
The order is  to march to Bannu, then we size the position and eventually will proceed to Idak to get full control of Tochi Valley. You will proceed at maximum speed towards Thal and from there thru Spirwam in order to join my column in Bannu where I'm going directly from Kohat. You will bring to Bannu all the force  under  your command and specifically a mobile  column consisting of 2 companies of Guides (Punjabi and Sikh), 1 squadroon of Guide and in support 1 squadroon of 10th Bengal lancers.
The order is than to patrol the area to  prevent any possible escape of Mulehead versus North.
We will decide there if stop in Bannu or march directly towards Wana and get the head of Mulehead before the first brigade leave his forts out of Waziristan. Due the need of confidentiality and speed, no mercy will be provided to civilians which do not cooperate or create troubles.
In case  you see opportunities don't lose the possibility to burn rebels' towers and submit villages to prevent their aid to rebels.
Attached the map with planned movements of 2nd Brigade and some sketches of Fullerton's Guides flying column and Captain Attenborough's Lancers squadroon.
To Bannu !!!
Title: Re: Never trust anyone in the Frontier
Post by: giorgio on June 04, 2021, 09:02:18 AM
In the meantime in Bajaur Umra Khan has arranged a pig hunt for his friends, Capt. Mainwaring the Political Officer and Lt. Manners-Smith of the 5th Gurkhas ...the first pig is for Manners-Smith
Title: Re: Never trust anyone in the Frontier
Post by: Umra Khan on June 04, 2021, 05:02:55 PM
Great work Giorgio...👏👏
but never trust a waziri and don't forget the arithmetic on the Frontier 😁
Title: Re: Never trust anyone in the Frontier
Post by: Umra Khan on June 04, 2021, 05:27:59 PM
1st arithmetic problem:
how to empty a tower with 10 Waziris inside and be left with 4 Afridis and the  mule of Mulehead Khan...
Umra Khan has the solution.
Title: Re: Never trust anyone on the Frontier
Post by: Umra Khan on June 05, 2021, 09:23:32 AM
Gen.Simmons and his staff on reconnaissance on the road to Jandola
(https://i.postimg.cc/pL9K34Pg/20210605-110840.jpg)
Title: Re: Never trust anyone on the Frontier
Post by: Umra Khan on June 05, 2021, 09:37:47 AM
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on June 07, 2021, 02:22:45 AM
Trust me, I find myself on pins and needles, awaiting what's to come.  Everything looks impressive, but I am especially struck by the over-the-horizon view of Waziristan!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 07, 2021, 02:12:21 PM
Mad Guru, thanks for your photos, they completely change my mind about Old Glory artillery set.
they are good and your paint is beautiful.
 
Mad Guru try, for your personal well-being, to avoid the friendship with such Wazir, he isn't so bad but
he has strange beliefs about the course of life, is convinced to defeat Feringhi  and the powerful Umra.
I tried to teach him something but it turned out to be just a waste of time.
the malicious poor wazir is not sailed like us who have fought for so many years.
he has no mule, neither warriors , he's just a poor man.
He'll end up hiding inside his tower as soon as he hears the first shot of rifle ; and I kindly, after kicking him in the back ,bring the Wazir ,Oh Great Mad Guru , to you as my personal gift.
your always friendly Umra Khan

bhang ka puda lakdi naheen ho sakta kyunke wazir adami naheen ho sakta
a cannabis plant cannot be wood as a Wazir  cannot be a man .
Afridi's sentence

PS hoping there is not a real Wazir here, is just a joke  lol lol

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 07, 2021, 02:20:48 PM
Unfortunately the desert voices are reporting that Umra has collected other figures and scenery and it will be thougher than planned but, with the Mightful help, the pet of Kafiri will be in chains and all his masters defeated.
Most honourable Mad, please be so generous to consider the possibility to attend my incoronation cerimony which will be held in the fort, Umra's past owner, just after his jump in the horrid ravine he is collecting... Unfortunately before I have to handle with some stupid Feringhi who believe they can overcome the Almighty will.
I prostrate myself at your feet and I rely on your wise suggestions to eradicate Umra's contagious pestilence...
In my new flag is written in Urdu "Death to Feringhi"...
But to increase my youths morale I should complete the bases ...

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 07, 2021, 07:13:28 PM
This is a plea that the Malicious Wazir sent to me Umra Khan for fear of being severeley beaten.

" Oh Powerful among the Powerful Oh Noble among the Nobles, the poets will sing the generosity of the Great Umra, Khan of all Afridis ".

The messenger was sent back to the Malicious Wazir
with 3 rupees for travel expenses and with the promises to put him as khan of the Waziris when the Malicious will be destituite ,....and without a tower and followers forced to wander between mountains and gullys....until the Malicious Wazir will reaches Kafiristan where he will end up blinded by  the glare of snow and ice.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 07, 2021, 07:27:11 PM
Generous Umra, light of believers, I'm sending you back the head of your messanger . The remaining parts unfortunately have already been eaten by my dogs.
I have now mules and camels! My waziris are bringing back them from Kabyr pass were they were stolen. Their arrival will depend by Post efficiency... It is ridiculous the story that to have them I had to give you a village of mine.
The village was a present from my munificent generosity, Spinwam.
You will find very soon that the prodigality of a Wazir can be bitter than a snake bite...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 07, 2021, 07:55:41 PM
Your courier will end up in the clutches of my Afridis who are waiting for him at Dolo Pass.....

you can always complain about the bad service at the post office in Ambala
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Forays on June 08, 2021, 12:27:20 AM
Lovely Old School Adventure

Well done gentlemen! Seriously thinking of starting one myself soon.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on June 08, 2021, 02:11:33 AM
Giorgio, I’m loving this narrative, very exciting! I’m looking forward to some after action reports from the battles that develop in your campaign.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 08, 2021, 12:15:47 PM
Giorgio, I’m loving this narrative, very exciting! I’m looking forward to some after action reports from the battles that develop in your campaign.

by the way , you have a very nice blog  :-*
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 09, 2021, 12:48:12 PM
My loyal Khans, my beloved sons, faithful to me as their Khan and above all to our true religion: TMWWBK, the almighty rule which controls and decides all the miniatures battles.
The corruption spread out by Feringhis is contaminating more and more and deserves a quick and drastic solution. But our Ruler is wise and patient, wait in the shadow of the rock to harass the stupid Kafiri.
The Almighty Ruler wants to test our faith and we will overcome, from Peshawar to Memphis my holy flags will certificate that there is only one rule for wargaming colonial and I’m its invincible Master.
Grey shadows are all over our beloved Waziristan but good news are also coming. Just now courier brought, some holy kakhi colours and I will be able to paint more highlander to storm Umra’s fort.
The situation seems complicated but it is all under my full control, the stupid Kafiris acting according my planned designs.
My bluff with Umra succeeded: I pretended not being able to steeling his mules/camels and offered for his carovans the village of Spinwam to be attraversed by a column of Guides. Unfortunately for Umra and his followers I forgot to inform about the exchange some snipers of mine.
As the guides approach they will be fired upon, so they will look for revenge and stupid Umra will attack them to vindicate the burnt village.
In the meantime, some troubles generated in Kajuri Kach will oblige the south column to detach some troops to manage them but they will find the death. Probably the impetuous Davenport from Bannu will deviate north to be destroyed by Umra’s jackals and we will handle Simmons without any help and we will destroy him. At that point we will march towards Tirah to burn Umra’s fort and towers.
But I will have a terrible revenge also on his new followers, specifically Italwars and Mad Guru, believers of the False Rules. TSATF followers  are much more unfaithful than followers of Black Powder, even more than Warhammer fanatics, they have create much more damages to the colonial wargamer community . For the ignorant wargamers they pretend to be historically accurate even they don’t believe in Kipling and the 3 lancers. Whenever it is possible they attack TMWWBK followers, are the worst among the true believers’ enemies… War and punishment according the TMWWBK law are some of the  greatest actions and most important duties.
The worst among these Kafiris is Mad Guru, once light of the faith but now reduced to humble Umra’s puppet.
Now the next actions: El Quartah with his Perry’s snipers will unleash the hell in the North and Growly Khan with his Foundry Ghazis prepare to snap the trap for the Feringhis’reinforcements…
Many other Khans are already embracing the new Rule faith, I have heard that Sergeant Guinnes is changing his blog to remove all the pictures showing regiments numbered according the false rule and replacing with new one with 12 feringhi and 16 pashtan each. If confirmed it will be another proof that wargames Gods are with us. Great glory to the only Rule and great glory to the true followers …😉
Very soon pictures from the road to Kajuri Kach...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 09, 2021, 01:07:52 PM
The Malicious Wazir is completely illiterate, rumors are circulating that he is also blind in one eye, burned for punishment by his grandfather for stealing a samosa cake,
he barely understands the figures ... we will play TSATF making him believe it is TMWWBK.

Probably ,having the Waziro little sense of orientation , he will not arrive in time for the battle and will get lost , as usually,  between the mountains, ravines and gullys.


Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 09, 2021, 01:10:18 PM
THE CARAVANSERAI
 "who dismays doughed horses who kneeling camels,
  who loads and unloads bales and bassokes,
  who draws water for the evening meal,
  who pays for camels and who hires new servants,
  who screams, discusses, sells and bargains....
  and in the midst of all this confusion prowls the poor desperate Wazir, telling everyone that he was a powerful khan and asking for his stories
  in exchange for little food and a sip of water. "

reinterpretation of a RK poem in a sad story , enclosed in the book " The Wazir and his missed Mules" available in every decent bookstore in Wana and Miranshah.
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: italwars on June 09, 2021, 04:18:00 PM
Bellissimo ! Beautiful better than Hugo Prat 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: italwars on June 09, 2021, 04:41:48 PM
BUT! My friends  in the villages from the other side of the pass told me that a Khan which had been brided with ammo boxes and even a modern Enfield rifle by the government,  accepted, contrary to the wish of his people , that he ll not only anymore purchase slaves and steal goats , not to mention avoid killing the infidel Hindu Employees  and postmasters from Bombay,  but, above  all, he ll avoid and burn the sacred book TSATF …that s not a man decision but a nemsaab  one…I’ll probably  experiment some troubles in keeping calm and peaceful my young warriors ..maybe a Jirga is required to talk about rules choices 😄😄…the great book from Larry Brom no more allowed and replaced by something modern texts is really an evil idea.tribal .traditions  cannot be deleted 😄
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on June 09, 2021, 06:09:30 PM
Holy camel dung! All I can say is that I want to game with you guys. NO matter what rules we use it will surely be BIG FUN!!!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 09, 2021, 06:39:00 PM
My brother from different mother I knew you are a follower of the true Rule. Very good your tactic to show no preference to betray at the last second. in the meantime continue to change pictures in your blog and please cut off any image reproducing the perfidous traitor the Mad of Shat. When I will be king you will play polo with his head, But before follow strictly my instructions, I received ammo not by bribing but because the Feringhi fear me. now all material is going to Kajuri Kach, Italwars traitor and Kafiri puppet is speaking too loudly and risks to ruin my trap...he deserves a special reward, after....be patient and wait the news with my triumphs
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 09, 2021, 07:55:13 PM
From Gen Simmons in Tank Waziristan to HQ Gen. Bindon Blood

" I received information from our ally Umra Khan that a caravan of camels and mules with rifles and ammunition , intended to the rebel Mulehead Khan , will reach Manzai before the final destination to Wana.
I'm sending a strong detachment under the command of Capt. J.K.Carruthers  to intercept the column, seize the weapons and impose taxes to local Malik and Headmen  for the  help to the rebel.
News of the mission will be sent soon.
In the meantime I'm entrenching in Tank with the Brigade, ready to support Carruthers in case has to face unexpected problems
Yours faithfully
Gen. Simmons "
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on June 10, 2021, 07:59:02 AM
At times like these I find it best to slaughter a neighbor's prize lamb... and pause for a kebab -- otherwise I might rush pell-mell to condemn my venerable blood-brother-in-arms Sgt. Guinness (his nom de guerre comes from a prize taken off the corpse of a Farangi commander he bested in battle), for having fallen under the sway of a confessed heretic and lover of infidels, AKA: Il Giorgio False Fakir of Waziristan.

This brazen apostate declares his love for a text called, "The Men Who Would be Kings" -- while all True Faithful who reside between the Hindu Kush and the River Indus need not reminding that they, their fathers, their fathers' fathers, and so on and such like back to the days when our ancestors were pagans and idolators have never called any man "KING"!  Emir... Khan... Malik... Mirza... Sardar... Nawab... perhaps, but never "King".

Then, like a heretical Sahir, this puppet of the Infidels and their idol-worshipping lackeys even resorts to the bewitchment of numbers: "20 vs. 12... 20 vs. 16," in direct opposition to the famous words of the great and wise Imam Abū ʿĪsā Muḥammad ibn ʿĪsā as-Sulamī aḍ-Ḍarīr al-Būghī at-Tirmidhī -- mercy and blessings be upon him -- to wit: "The penalty for the magician is death by the sword."

So I submit that this same sentence ought apply to he who turns his back on the path of the devout in favor of petty selfish ambition to defeat his neighbor -- the devout and righteous Umra Khan -- under the banner of a book of foreign Kings.  For what has become of those foreign Kings who seek sovereignty over us... be they Greek, Mongol, Hindu, Persian, or English?  Let us add the name of Il Giorgio the False Fakir of Waziristan to the list, for as he embraces Farangi scripture, so a Farangi he becomes.  Scratch him and you will find an English, or mayhaps a Russ.  O Faithful I beseech thee, rid the land of this son of a water carrier, and we will all eat lamb in paradise!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 11, 2021, 07:21:25 AM
Dear Khans, the day of true believer triumph is coming.
Some devoted sons in true faith informed that the Kafiri’s khan General Simmons is as scary as a pasthan rabbit, he is trenching in Tank and sent few ferenghis to patrol the country toward west.
The ammo boxes brought by our Parsi brothers are arriving into Kajuri Karg and from there through Manzai will reach Jandola to provide new rifles to our devotees.
Multiple scenarios possible according also what will happen north of Bannu and Davenport decisions.
We are the blessed by the dice, because we follow the true Rules and the WIse El Ospreyy as-Distributor ad-Producer  has blessed us with two new gifts: we will be untouchable by feringhi bullets  (or at lesast they will get a minus 2… :o) and by the great miracle of “skirmish mode” we will be able to deploy our tribesmen with half number of warriors, so our tribes will be automatically doubled. o_o
May Almighty Ruler give you war against infidels, abundant blessings to your dice, wisdom to chose the right faith, everlasting joy when all traitors will be executed.
My mind blessed by El Ospreyy gives me internal peace but externally I’m fury, now I’m laughing thinking the surprise of Kafiri when will discover we have new rifles and that Umra is not the reliable ally they believe…
Our enemies have ridiculous names such as Italwars who has not even the courage of use his real khan name and we will remember it the day of executions. No Kabuli will be spared if they do not return to the true Law.
Serg.Guinnes, my noble friend, I see that not yet all pictures have been converted to the true Laws, I’ve heard the the Mad of Swat is conspiring to kill you, anticipate his moves and join the True cause, brother in Faith and sword of the Ruler. Today you will be honored as a true follower, after my triumphs your absence might be read as coward… but I know your fierce courage and I’m looking to fight with your warriors against all the traitors.
Now let’s wait impatiently for the new rifles and death to all Kafiris! >:D
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 11, 2021, 01:37:22 PM
Somewhere between Sambaza and Manzai on the dusty path that crosses Mughai Kot, a caravan moves slowly meandering between mountains and ravines, it is a long line of mules and camels, the bearers and men of the mountain that accompany it are nervous,  perhaps the contents of the crates are valuable and very important...and also dangerous....
Pattern 1853 Enfield, Lebel model 1886, Gras model 1874, Remington rolling block, Berdan and ammunitions, and a special present for Mulehead  Khan ( aka  the False Fakir of Waziristan ) a Colt Walker with ivory grip.
may Allah the Merciful protect these men from the fury of the Feringhi and make his faithful find their way to Manzai.

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 12, 2021, 08:39:04 AM
June 12th 1890 Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the conversations that the bandit Mulehead had with few messengers from  Khirgi and three sketches of the meeting not far from his  fortified tower and that were  reported by our spy still hidden in the roof of his tower.
Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF.
in a fortified tower in Waziristan:
Mighty Mulehead, Light of Waziris, true Khan of all the lands between Delhi and Kabul, protector of widows and orphans, Defenser of True Rule, Light of Faith, a messenger is just arrived with news from El Growly. He has heard news about a column of few Guides moving towards Manzai. In order to prevent any unlikely meeting with the reinforcements coming from Kajuri Karg he has left the safe fort in Kirghi and is moving towards Manzai to intercept the column and if possible steel the Guides’ horses and collect some new heads for the next Polo tournament. Then rifles will be escorted back to Jandala to provide new weapons to your invincible Army, Khan of the followers of True justice, and we’ll follow your instructions: “peace is just an apostrophe between the words I’ll kill you and a pause for the warriors to allow reloading”
 
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on June 12, 2021, 03:16:06 PM
Great looking tower and supply column.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 13, 2021, 08:03:14 PM
From the Tank base a quick column under the orders of the vigilant and slouching Capt. Carruthers, made up of 300 rifles of the 5th Gurkhas and 200 rifles of the 6th Punjabis, climbing the hills in the direction of Manzai.
The information received from the faithful Tanas Singh
speaks of Waziris gathering in anticipation of receiving
 a load of weapons intended for the impostor Mulehead Khan .
The task of the smart Capt. Carruthers is to intercept the weapons dealer, capture the evil  El Growly and impose taxes on the village for providing assistance to the rioter.

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 14, 2021, 01:00:12 PM
Battle of Manzai 14th June 1890.
On approaching the Manzai village the troops under the command of Capt. Carruthers are under fire from a waziri lashkar; Carruthers orders alt and deploys two wings of Gurkhas in front of the enemy and keeps the other companies of the 6th Punjabis in reserve.
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the Gurkhas with attached Leader Capt. Carruthers  open fire causing several hits, but despite this  a lashkar attempts to charge  but stops a few meters ( bad dice result not closing ) from the Gurkhas that shoot them precisely. and are forced to retreat.

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Another wazir unit under the command of El Growly run to contact with the 2nd Gurkhas wing , the melee is very violent with heavy losses on both sides, ( but one waziri pushed back ) tipping the battle in favour of the Nepal's little men.

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The battle of Manzai ended with El Growly on rout as many other Waziri's units.
What was a victory on the field for the Raj turns into a defeat because the caravan with the weapons managed to pass.

What remains vivid in gallant Carruthers' eyes was the speed with which El growly escaped.
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 14, 2021, 01:13:19 PM
Rumors are circulating throughout the Frontier, from Zhob Valley to Chitral and then up to the land of the Kanjutes, that the False Fakir  the Malicious Wazir has embraced the true faith and participated in a battle using the True Word "THE TSATF". ... after the battle , (which is the first World or Italy  TSATF online game )the Malicious Wazir literally said "nice, very funny".
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: italwars on June 14, 2021, 02:49:11 PM
Rumors are circulating throughout the Frontier, from Zhob Valley to Chitral and then up to the land of the Kanjutes, that the False Fakir  the Malicious Wazir has embraced the true faith and participated in a battle using the True Word "THE TSATF". ... after the battle , (which is the first World or Italy  TSATF online game )the Malicious Wazir literally said "nice, very funny".

It has already been used between Italy (Rome) and Philadelphia for depicting a holy clash between our brothers the Berbers and the infidel French colonizers supported by the traitors of their own people the Tirailleurs Algeriens ..at least it was a game between real men driven by TSATF and not mensaab and slaves or Haratin who use TMTWBK 😄
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 15, 2021, 09:50:22 AM
June 15th 1890 Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the conversations that the bandit Mulehead had with few messengers from  Manzai and his following speech,  that were  reported by our spy still hidden in the roof of his tower, with a couple of sketches of the meeting.
Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF.
in a fortified tower in Waziristan:
Noble Waziris, the Almighty Ruler gave his powerful blessing to me, his faithful and loyal humble servant, me the Mighty Mulehead, Light of Waziris, true Khan of all the lands between Delhi and Kabul, protector of widows and orphans, Defensor of True Rule, Light of Faith.
Messengers are just arrived with news from El Growly. One and only one was the important and significative result: getting rifles to Jandola and we succeeded. El Growly has been punished to have deviated from the True Path and the dice gave him an heavy warning message: you’ll never betray TMWWBK.
His tribesman are already rallying around his flag to harass the Gen Simmons kafiris if they will dare to go out from Tank.
But now my beloved sons let us raise the eyes to North: there my trap is snapping and Umra infidels and Feringhis will destroy each other.
And then with new rifles : TO TIRAHHH
Italwars, son of a blind jackall reveal your true name, accept the new Rules and march under my flags to destroy the Swat and his renegated khan the Mad Guru!
Sergt Guinnes declare your faith and bring me the Mad’s head with or without the rest of his body and I will nominate you Khan of all the Swat.
To the North brothers,to Bannu sons,  to the North!!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 16, 2021, 05:02:23 PM
In the meantime Umra Khan The Legend , who is a rich and wise man, having learned of a caravan of weapons and ammunitions moving on the Frontier, hired the caravan leader and bought all the cargo at double the market price.
After paid the weapons dealer Umra instructs his henchmen to cut his throat and recover the money.
Now the weapons are in the Umra's stronghold!
The scribes will write down this  story and the poets will  tell about this robbery  in the long winter evenings , they will cheer the fires of the Afridis and of The Sage among the Wise , the Mighty among the Mighty ... Umra the Legendary .
So be it written, so be it done!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 16, 2021, 05:33:52 PM
But the wise Mulehead had given the right dispositions and rifle shutters were in a different caravan...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on June 16, 2021, 06:34:53 PM
Well done, Umra, my son!

Meanwhilst, RE: these "rifle shutters" broached by HIM WHO MUST NOT BE NAMED (aka: Il False Fakir of Waziristan)... might that be a  damp-minded, palaver-challenged allusion to... triggers? barrels? breeches? bolts?  Fear not, pertaineth the wise, nor allow these minor complicados to get thy turban in a twist, as the threat from he who knows not the proper terms for rifle parts is of middling to trifle quantitative reasoning at best unhinged!  So quote the Faithful from Mecca to Karbala and back to Medina via the Memphis roundabout.

Hear me now, listen to me tomorrow and forget me not under yesterday's bloodshot moon rise: this disturbance in the force of the true texts of the Blessed and promotion of false Infidel texts here in the Land of the Faithful has ECHOED ACROSS THESE HARSH WASTES WE CALL HOME!  You have sown the wind, Il Giorgio False Fakir of Waziris... so shall you REAP THE WHIRLWIND!  Look to the mountains and hilltops that surround the petit squat valley your tiny troops call home... and let your evil eyes grow ever wider and wider still with shock and awe.  So I predict... so I edict.

YES -- from across the horizons of the distant 'stans, our metal minions are coming for you, Fakiri!!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 16, 2021, 07:09:33 PM
Mad Guru forgive him, he's not used to guns ... he had ordered guns they sent him lids...
The rifles with their bolts are all in my hands.
In the powerful  hands of The Mighty Umra the Great Lord of Darra .
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 17, 2021, 08:15:08 AM
El Quartah my son, The Almighty Ruler is blessing your actions, the trap is working! My messages have been intercepted by spies of infedels and I’m still laughing if I think to them trying to understand the fake words I included. They will discover what is missing in their rifles when they will try to use them!
I have heard of your valorous action against the Feringhis, you fired on them and they did not spare the village I gave to Umra. So now I have his carovans and he has nothing.
This is the destiny for the one who follows the wrong Ruler, devoted to a Mad who is just able to shout “Bid ah” against any innovation, but the Almighty Ruler provided us new rules to get the same pleasure using less figures, and He said is only with good Dice that you can succeed. The wheel of the History is turning over the Mad of fools and his devotees, people without a name of Khan or, like Umra, thief and perjury.
Umra’s kafiris will try to revenge on Feringhi and we will harvest the fruits of our strategy: you will attack the Umra’s jackals when they are depleted and tired , so  Spinwam will be mine again and than we’ll march to Darra to burn the new house built by Umra, he is a coward and unable to fight but damn’d good with forts and houses building.  Umra is a thief and it is written in the Holy Rules that for crime of theft  "to the thief,  cut off his hands": a punishment by way of example for his crime: which is generated by the false lessons by the Mad of Shat.
When I will be the Khan of all Tirah we will go to Swat where I have some credits to collect, specifically one head of the Guru of Infidels!
Keep high morale and be loyal to your Khan, I got messages that the brothers in faith of our beloved friend Sgt Guinness are already marching to join us in the triumphal campaign, he is hidden in the shadow , will hit sudden like a tiger and all Swat will be under his wise governance under the shield of my Army. Italwars choose a name worthy of a Khan and complete the encirclement of the Infidels. Great glory is promised to the Ruler for the One who follows the right Rules, aka TMWWBK.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 17, 2021, 08:57:50 AM
Spinwam June 17th
From Col Fullerton to Gen Davenport
Sir, my best respects to you. I am happy to inform you that following your order I am directing towards Bannu. We have been attacked near the village of Spinwam where I am actually and we had to react , As you well know here there are  only rough hills to be penetrated, robber fastnesses to be scaled, and dwellings containing people, all of them to a man concerned in hostilities.

To spare this village would be about as reasonable as to spare the commissariat supplies  of a civilized enemy. Operation included the destruction of Pashtun village, crops, concealed provisions, and supplies of water.
I can proudly say that we have created the maximum inconvenience and total bankruptcy for these uncivilized bandits.
Now we can safely proceed towards Bannu to re-join with your brigade main column.
It is important to underline that the village was one of Umra's new acquisitions, so we have to utterly disbelieve this bandit self proclaiming our friend.
Faithfully
Col Fullerton
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 17, 2021, 10:09:44 AM
I Samir Dad third cousin of Umra's (may his name always be remembered ) maternal grandfather's brother's uncle, inform you  Omar the Beautiful ,Sword of Believers , that a column of Feringhi from Spinwam is going to cross  by the pass of Gulla Jan Kot.
Can the Feringhi taste the cold steel of the blades of the Afridis, and the bullets that Umra (may his name always be remembered ) has stolen to the Malicious Wazir, and will kill the Feringhi  for the right Faith ,aka TSATF .
Fullerton Sahib and his Feringhi will be defeated by their own Creed, the infernal TMWWBK will open the doors of their hell where they will burn forever for their sins.
So be it written, so be it done!

Umra The Immense , Father of all the Afridis, is too "faithful " to the English and cannot give this order of attack, which I do , His humble servant
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on June 17, 2021, 10:24:32 AM
Preach, brother Dad!!!!!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an...epic NWF Campaign.TF&TS or TMWWBK?
Post by: giorgio on June 17, 2021, 03:01:29 PM
June 17th 1890 Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the speech that the bandit Mulehead had with his followers,  that were  reported by our spy still hidden in the roof of his tower . I attach also the order of battle and some gossip on involved officers and khans as described by Mulehead himself in an internal meeting with his Khans.
Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF.

Almighty and most Merciful Ruler, we remember before you all poor and neglected tribesmen whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them and get only 1 with their dice. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, to rally them when pinned and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Ruler, for the love of your followers , who for Your glory and the True Book are ready to fight and to die for your Glory.
Leadership values have been calculated and I know that Umra’s followers are as coward as he.is. It is immediately evident to the pilgrims how this Rules are funnier and a lot of Pashtuns are already deserting Umra’s army to fight under my holy flags.
But to keep us humble You wisely decided that there's no pink without plug or, as we say on the Frontier, no mule without Afridis. When I was younger I trusted the infidel Mad, and Italwars by the way (but for the latter's responsibility it depends if he will join our Army from Kabul). The False Mad of Shat, this renegade, false Rule follower, convinced me to divert my efforts from painting Afghan cavalry and Umra convinced me with appropriate and tempting prints to go for Poona horses.
Now Feringhi could destroy Tribesmen cavalry but only foot warriors are available and they are not so polite to come down in the flat to fight Bengal lancers.
Oh well whatever it will happen El Quartah will dispose with the survived ones.
For the Glory of TMWWBK and El Ospreyy il Distributor:  back to Spinwam again!!! 

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on June 17, 2021, 03:34:16 PM
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An evil wind blows through this putrid valley. False words drop like the bodies of our enemies. Sgt Guinness is a faithful servant of the one and only true text, the holy TSATF! Heretical lies abound about formation changes and documents being altered. The formations and OOB’s are as it ever was, and will continue to be so. Though true text units can be, have been, and will be scaled down to have just as much fun with less figures, as heretical texts allow.

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As we speak Sgt Guinness has sent his messenger / runner, Corporal Mado to reach his superior with the discouraging words of the falsehoods leveled upon him and the one true text. Whisper not my name lest it be an invite for dark stout or strong drink!

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Sgt Guinness himself has traveled to the territory of Mad Guru, defender of the one true text, mullah and Khan of the Afridi , seeking his alliance and willingness to join as comrades in arms to fight for the one true text. May the late honorable Sgt Brom creator of the one true text smile down upon us from Valhalla!

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Even now Captain Lucas is mustering the troops for battle. The 1st & 2nd Gurkhas, the 77th Lancers, the 40th Pathans, and the Dunn Murray Highlanders, are already being provisioned for a deployment to valley of Umra Khan.

The false profit, the Fakir of Wazir, the not so mighty Mulehead,  El Growley, and the despicable Waziri’s must be taught the truth, by tongue or by might!

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March my brother, March!!!!!

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Having formed an alliance against the evil Fakir of the Wazri, the sultan of the false text, Mad Guru and Sgt Guinness ride off to muster their forces to defend the one true text and all that is holy. HUZZAH!

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on June 17, 2021, 03:36:03 PM
Sgt Guinness & Mad Guru discuss the plan!
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Hu Rhu on June 17, 2021, 04:18:04 PM
Lovely painting and great photo compostions.   :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on June 17, 2021, 08:41:26 PM
Oh ye gracious Hu Rhu -- I reply for my brother from another mother, Sgt. Guinness, appreciation and gratitude, and multitude of blessings for bloody victory upon your home compound & all who garrison it!

From the mountains, the valleys, the deserts, the rocky scrub -- from the four corners of the world -- the Faithful rise to the call! Stout-hearted, iron-willed followers of the true faith, ready to fight & die for those most righteous rules, to uphold the honor and reverence of the kingdom of the true Prophet, Sgt. Larry Brom (Blessed be his hallowed name) against the Farangi -- the Evil Empire who shall not be named (for in truth they do also publish many good and useful reference texts and have done so since the dim ages of our misbegotten youth)!!!

Behold... THE GATHERING OF THE GHAZIS:

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MAKE THY PEACE WITH THE FATE ACCOMPLI, IL GIORGIO YE FALSE FAKIR OF THE WAZIRIS, TRIBES AND TRUE WE COME FOR THOU & THINE -- PREPARE THEE NOW FOR PUMMELMENT...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: SHARPE52 on June 18, 2021, 07:44:57 AM
Even if speaking from a far region from Afghanistan and lost in the middle of flat lands of China where Boxer rebellion rages and Western troops try to hold their impetus  I rise my voice and take a stand in favour of the TMWWBK faith.
I must admit I have been a faithful servant of TS&TF in my youth and sometimes I fall into temptation for that. Nevertheless I have been fascinated by Osprey "truth" and the simplicity of their revealed "rules".
So my loyalty lies to Mulehead  ;)
Marco :)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 18, 2021, 07:58:37 AM
June 17th 1890
 Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the message that the bandit Mulehead has received from Spinwam by one khan of his, specifically theWaziri  bandit El Quartah,  that were  reported by our spy still hidden in the roof of his tower
Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF.
My humble respects to you, Defender of True Book. Excellent no matter the point of view. You condensed and presented the ideas of your strategy so well. You are really good at encouraging people, by showing developing True Rule is not only killing, struggling, and tolerating condescending patronizing and vindictive acts. I’ve just got encouraged with what you’ve written. Keep up the good Faith!
Sgt Guinness has showed his true evil feelings, as you told since the first day! And the Mad we cannot say the false name has confirmed his renegade evil nature, he is friend of infidels, probably drinks good ooops bad stouts with Sgt Guinness, their warriors are very beautiful and well painted but their hearth are weak and their spirit is coward and vily rotten swamp putrid garbage.
I’m going to attend the butcher destructive fight between Infidels and Kafiris. No one will survive at the end , I can assure you, I shall personally manage it.
I am humbling requesting your direction for Hu Rhu. His comments on Sgt Evil’s miniatures are formally acceptable. The beauty of his pictures and Mad’s ones have shaken my warriors morale, but it was easy to explain that evil hides behind beautiful faces and nice painting and lives in cowards hearts. Look at Umra’s khan: he is Omar the beautiful, he rotten son of a jackal!

We expect to understand if brother Hu will join the True Faith and will help to spread the True Rule all over Pasthan villages. El Growly failed because he accepted to use the False Book, even if tempting with its fake funny development.
Here in the North it will never happen, here is the country of the True followers, the holy pilgrims, the invincible Waziris of North. So please despatch immediately the traitor and bless my sword before cutting Omar’s and Fullerton’s heads.
So it is written in the Book and so it will happen!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Hu Rhu on June 18, 2021, 09:22:49 AM

We expect to understand if brother Hu will join the True Faith and will help to spread the True Rule all over Pasthan villages. El Growly failed because he accepted to use the False Book, even if tempting with its fake funny development.
Here in the North it will never happen, here is the country of the True followers, the holy pilgrims, the invincible Waziris of North. So please despatch immediately the traitor and bless my sword before cutting Omar’s and Fullerton’s heads.
So it is written in the Book and so it will happen!


I humbly accept the task to spread the true Aqidah of TMWWBK. Death to the false prophets of TSATF >:D >:D >:D
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 18, 2021, 10:21:33 AM
El Growly the one who runs faster than the Leopard has been running away for days and has now reached the Pamir.
in his eyes the terror of seeing Carruthers' Gurkhas again ... in his hand a copy of the false TMWWBK laws.
El Growly is looking for a Saint who can cleanse him of his sins and convert him to the True Faith of TSATF.
The new pupil of the Malicious Wazir, the disbeliever El Quartah, will be punished by me, Omar The Beautiful, I will strike him with the Sword of the Righteous.
The False Fakir will receive its head served on a TSATF 40th anniversary commemorative copy.
So be it written , so be it done !

Omar The Beautiful
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Omar's Lashkar
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Ready to sniping on Fullerton's column
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 18, 2021, 12:31:15 PM
Omar The Beautiful Afridis shooting on unfortunate Fullerton's column (https://i.postimg.cc/7hD0nstx/20210618-142503.jpg)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 19, 2021, 03:48:53 PM
Dear Hu Rhu, I the great and only Mulehead, true Follower of El Ospreyy il Distributor, Hope of the saint pilgrims, send to you a copy of the Holy Rule to spread its words among your villages. Where are you located now? Soon we'll be together eating Mad's goats and burning Umra's towers until all Pashtan will follow the Only Rule.
Sharpe 52 is coming from China, you will join him and together march to destroy Sgt Guinness feringhis and the king of traitors, the Mad of Kafiri, our true final enemy.
I want both of you for the final grandma of all battles; that against Umra the Infidel.
I will update you soon about the triumph of El Quartah against the survivors of the battle of Gulla Jan Kot between Omar and Col. Fullerton, that will fight early next week, this time using the True Book!!!
Sharp  tulwars or modern rifles... whoever will avoid to be killed in the pass will diel for El Quartah's sword, two battle to bring me back all the territory from Spinwam to Kohat. So it is written so it will be!!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 19, 2021, 05:17:05 PM
Fullerton I'm waiting for you at Gulla Jan Kot,
that will be your grave.

Fullerton you will be defeated by false faith in TMWWBK this devil's writing will be your sentence, no one can challenge the might of the Afridis without paying the price
So be it written , so be it done!

Omar The Bright
Nephew of The Master Umra Khan
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on June 19, 2021, 11:05:09 PM
Et tu, Hu Rhu???  As we await word of mouth (and hoof) from Gulla Jan Kot regarding results of the pending conflagration and the inevitable victory of the Blessed Omar, beloved nephew of the Devout Umra, by the light of the silvery moon the Faithful pray for a showing of Tawbah -- a correct and sincere Repentance -- by the False Fakir and his godforsaken and misbegotten Waziri tribesmen -- as well as any/all myriad groupies, stay puffs, wannabes, hangers-on, spongers-off, fawners and sycophants who attempt to raise their own standing in the land by embracing a passing fad, despite its inherent iconoclastic and heretical nature.  How sad for we True Believers to see former brothers-in-arms lost to the ranks of the true Holy Warriors and gone to serve the Word of an Idol, a False G-d (despite its admittedly powerful corporate sponsorship).  For this sin only one penance is acceptable: CATASTROPHIC DEFEAT & ANNIHILATION... followed by banishment to the Gobi Desert for the few survivors, where they shall reside with SHARPE52 under the oppressive suzerainty of the Manchus, and spend their days (and nights) choking General Tso's Chicken!

But in the meantime... on a related thread the dreadful Fakir Il Giorgio -- prior to revealing his true colors as an apostate traitor to the True Faith of TSATF and declaring himself a camp-follower and henchman of TMWWBK -- posed a question to your humble servant of the Faithful, to wit: "Is the construction of such impressive rocks described anywhere?"

Now gaze Today and ponder Tomorrow and reflect in the Weeks to Come upon the utter Mercy and Beneficence of the followers of the True Faith, who even while gathering and preparing for the aforementioned GRANDMA OF ALL BATTLES with their woebegone foes, do not hesitate to grant a reply to their query, an antidote for their fevered dreams of self-improvement and terrain betterment -- forthwith, CLICK the provided LINK and gaze thine eyes upon the step-by-step tutorial buried deep in the winding Karez that houses the accounts of the wise and glorious past:

http://maiwandday.blogspot.com/2012/01/afghannwf-rocky-hill-goes-vertical-back.html (http://maiwandday.blogspot.com/2012/01/afghannwf-rocky-hill-goes-vertical-back.html)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KlEViN2T5UY/TwKqUK264OI/AAAAAAAADC0/yENut8OzhPw/s1600/IMG_7259.jpg)

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But misconstrue not our high regard for learning and wisdom of the past to be tolerance for apostasy in the present!  Omar The Bright has the gathered might and will of the MAHALLAH at his back, against which no enemy -- be they born Farangi or fallen Zindiq -- may stand!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 20, 2021, 09:05:06 AM
Before reporting Mulehead's message, as Giorgio out of the saga I want to thanks you Mad, this is absolutely fantastic because it is both very beautiful and wargaming designed, your blog is full of hidden treasures! Your Blog and Umra aka "Peter Lesley" pictures and patience are the reasons of my descovering how interesting is the Frontier. Unfortunately for both of you  lol .Anyway you both treacherous snakes are responsible of my delay in creating Afghan cavalry... But now let Mulehead takes the lead:

June 20th 1890
 Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the message that the bandit Mulehead has sent to Spinwam to one khan of his, specifically the Waziri  bandit El Quartah,  that was  reported by our spy still hidden in the roof of his tower
Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF.

Dear son El Quartah, first fruits ore coming from the seed of True and Justice. Mad of renegades is trying to beg and pledge my mercyful forgiveness to him and his kafiris. Fool traitor, no mercy for the one who refuses the Book and prosecutes his followers.
Holy pilgrims are gathering under your flags, now be ready and expect the return of survived from Gulla Jam Kot to despatch them and bring the Book as the only One  from Tochi Valley to Kohat. Mighty Allies are coming to reinforce our invincible tribesmen and soon our Polo teams will have new heads to play. Go son and let the Almighty dice will be always "6" for your brothers! TMWWBK akbar!!![/i][/i]
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on June 21, 2021, 07:37:21 AM
Giorgio, I will reply "out of the saga" as you so neatly put it.  Here's a LINK to a related post RE: making more modest "Rocky Terrain" rather than the large rocky hills or mountains:

https://maiwandday.blogspot.com/2012/11/rocky-terrain.html (https://maiwandday.blogspot.com/2012/11/rocky-terrain.html)

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uK056TaKgO0/UKXkOmepWkI/AAAAAAAAFsE/0Z3kO_0cmx0/s1600/IMG_9497.JPG)

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Also, previously on the aforementioned related thread, you eloquently declared -- and I quote:

I prostrate myself at your feet and I rely on your wise suggestions to eradicate Umra's contagious pestilence...
In my new flag is written in Urdu "Death to Feringhi"...
But to increase my youths morale I should complete the bases ...


I strongly agree about your bases... but of course I can't help you with them!  But your Tribal Flags are a different matter.  I don't know if you are aware but a little under a year ago I posted an article on "AFGHAN MILITARY FLAGS" on a new website.  My older daughter built the site for me when she was stuck at home for a while during the pandemic lockdown.  I had dreams of doing a lot of cool stuff on that new site but after she went back to school in the middle of last Summer it turned out I was unable to post anything new on it or even edit any of the content she had transferred there.  However, the Afghan Flag article is still there and easy to access via this LINK:

https://maiwandday.com/2020/07/27/afghan-military-flags/ (https://maiwandday.com/2020/07/27/afghan-military-flags/)

(https://maiwandday.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/image-1.jpeg)

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It has written and visual information from a variety of 19th Century contemporary sources.  In the year since I first wrote it I've managed to gather a few more c.1897 tribal flag photos.  She just came home for a few weeks and hopefully can help me crack the code for editing material on that website, so I can update/improve the article in question.

The Mad Guru still hopes and prays that the flags of the False Fakir of Waziristan and all those who pledge allegiance to his Heretical Writ -- such as Mulehead the Defiled -- are trampled and burned in defeat... but they still should be the nicest flags possible!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on June 21, 2021, 07:48:01 AM
...also, just to pile on the "RULE BOOK PHOTOS" bandwagon/mule-train that's rumbled through this thread:

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(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-70rkg9-1OlA/YNBDrAlOKEI/AAAAAAAAVYw/iwMlt6cyfPM2_QJWR102VOWSfqDZTFfzgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/TSATF%2Brules%2BMEDIUM.jpeg)

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 21, 2021, 09:54:00 AM
...also, just to pile on the "RULE BOOK PHOTOS" bandwagon/mule-train that's rumbled through this thread:

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W3O3iAQ9al8/YNBDq2-aLMI/AAAAAAAAVYs/ojuKYJ9GgmUkizmmMvakS11Df-0oAG4fgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/TSATF%2Brules%2BWIDE.jpeg)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-70rkg9-1OlA/YNBDrAlOKEI/AAAAAAAAVYw/iwMlt6cyfPM2_QJWR102VOWSfqDZTFfzgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/TSATF%2Brules%2BMEDIUM.jpeg)

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You know my friend Mad Guru  that I completely agree with you, what you shown here are only the official Rule sets, but don't forget the authorized amandements and the home grown modifications done in these years.
Certainly the BEST rule set for Colonial battle by far.

The fate will be on our side because we are right !
( old Afrid proverb )
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 21, 2021, 11:01:52 AM
Mad of Fools, once you were the light of Holy followers, for my flags of course I used your article, what else??? Only the messages on the flags are free translations in Urdu... I'm wondering: as EVERY item 'bout NWF refers to you, whatever the web site I started from, it will be very difficult to eradicate the memory of your name among the old Pashtans. So I have 2 choices: 1st, my preferite, to kill all Afridis over 6, otherwise I will accept to just kill who pronounces your name instead than that of Mad of Traitors. Anyway your impressive scenario suggestions  and wargaming ideas are precious and do deserve an award. When I'll get you I will provide a quick death, without all the sufferences reserved for Umra the Untrue and the other innominable followers of the false books.
(thanks really for the big amount of material and ideas your blog provides).
I Mulehead, Azeer of all Punjab say: One is the Book, He was He is and He shall be. Your false rule is already degenerated with many expansions, amendaments, home rules: bid ah!
If you renegade your false idols books, El Ospreyy will forgive you and you 'll pass the rest of your life in penitence and hard work, to build me rocks as nice as yours by the way, in the crude caves where Umra will ask  for death to stop his terrible sufferences.
The destiny of Infidels is arriving in Gulla Jan Kot pass ! One is the Book!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 21, 2021, 11:47:52 AM
In the sacred scriptures it is reported that the infidel who betrays the laws of his fathers and grandfathers   grandparents great-grandparents great-great-grandparents cousins ​​and collaterals up to the seventh grade will pay their sins by repeating 1000 times ... there is only one verb and it is TSATF.

Fullerton will be defeated at Gulla  Jan Kot  by false faith in TMWWBK this devil's writing will be his sentence, no one can challenge the might of the Afridis and TSATF without paying the price
So be it written , so be it done

Omar The Bright
grandson of the Generous , Supreme , Maximus  Umra The Great , Father of all Believers. Master of the Sacred Faith in the Holy Book TSATF.


Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 21, 2021, 03:10:42 PM
Attention to Gen Davenport
Sir I'm just entering into Gulla Jan Kot. After this pass the road to Bannu lies without  further main obstacles. No Pathans in site, they are still running after the defeat got in Spinwam. I'm looking forward to meeting you soon and march together to Wana to get the head of the bandit Mulehead. The presence of Capt "Lucky" Attenborough and his gallant lancers is a further boost for the morale of my guides, even if it is perhaps too bold to get 50% of my troops in cavalry, but after this last pass it will be a dramatic plus for my fighting force.
Tomorrow we cross the pass and soon we'll join the forces. Yours Faithfully Col Fullerton
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 22, 2021, 07:50:50 AM
June 22nd 1890
 Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the message that the bandit Mulehead has received from Spinwam by one khan of his, specifically theWaziri  bandit El Quartah,  that were  reported by our spy still hidden in the roof of his tower. The relevant message speaks about a skirmish happened at Gulla Jan Kot involving Col Fullerton flying column , for your due information and necessary actions.
Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF.

My humble respects to you, Mighty among the Mightiest, Defender of True Book, Torch in the darkness of heresy, Fire in the ice of sins.
We have witnessed a great battle at Gulla Jan Kot which was a further demostration of the Power and True of the Right Rule.
It is written: "you will not have more than 1 squadroon" but the Feringhis ignored the True Word and entered the pass with 50 % of cavalry:
Fullerton and his guide in advance and the infamous capt Attenborough in the rear with his lancers with ridiculous decorated pennants, in the middle marched 2 companies of Guides (devoted Muslim Punjabi and much hated Sikh).
The Coward Omar directed his hundreds vily warriors divided in 5 units, hindered like jackall behind high rocks , ready to kill like snakes and to give no quarter to any defeated.
Infantry guides were shot by Samad’s boys with an unbelievable number of 6; I wonder where they have taken such formidable rifles.
Fullerton charged uphill on the right of Afridis’deployment but was repulsed, on the left Attenborough conducted a gallant charge and repulsed Musa Din rabble but they retreated uphill and he could not follow up. Samad cowards quit but no other was impressed by that and devasting fire destroyed all the lancers.
At that point Fullerton wisely decided to retreat towards Bannu and Omar the coward, whose unit didn’t shot a single bullet, fall back to Spinwam.
I was not impressed by they new rifle fire power, but more wisely decided to avoid to  attack his renegades and looted the territory around Thal where blessed by Almighty Rule we collected a lot of mules and camels and with the rich booty we are heading back to Idak to receive your new order, I attach also some sketches of the fight, Mighty Light of True Rule followers! Your faithful son El Quartah Khan.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 22, 2021, 10:04:50 AM
June 22nd 1890
Infantry guides were shot by Samad’s boys with an unbelievable number of 6; I wonder where they have taken such formidable rifles.


Is The Frontier .....where everyone has their truth.
Omar The Shining must thanks his formidable uncle, The Mighty among The Mighty , the Immense Umra Khan for the weapons provided to him.

Now the Malicious Wazir the False Fakir knows where his weapons went !
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 22, 2021, 01:55:09 PM
Attention to Gen Davenport
Sir I inform you that we have been attacked at Gulla Jan Kot pass by thousands of well armed pathans. My Guides opposed an heroic defense but were repulsed by huge numbers of bandits. Our troops retreated in good order and dispersed a whole unit of well armed bandits. Unfortunately Capt Attenborough who was in charge to patrol the ridge was surprised by Pathans and all his squadron dispersed and killed. The lost of my right wing put in serious risk my counter offensive which was starting to produce its fruits and I had to stop my attack. Now we are marching very quickly to Bannu and i beg you to immediately send some troops to cover our safe arrival.
Yours Faithfully Col Fullerton
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 23, 2021, 03:47:28 PM
I Omar the Handsome grandson of the Great Umra defeated the Feringhi Fullerton using the TSATF Book of Faith.
His unfaithful dogs were attacked in Gulla Jan Kot, which will now be renamed "the Kot of the Slain" by constantly keeping me out of the line of fire, thus being able to better direct operations.
His lancers have been wiped out with my new rifles and ... with the 6 on my personal magical die.
Now the Feringhi Fullerton escapes like a madman in the plain looking for safety, he will bring to his leaders the news of the defeat and the power of the Afridis.
So be it written, so be it done.


Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on June 24, 2021, 12:20:07 AM
All praise to Omar, grandson of Umra and new Lion of Allah!  See him roar yesterday, hear his words today and ponder his echo tomorrow -- the echo of praise for the True Book of Rules, Almulaqab: TSATF!  Behold his victories, won with blood, sweat and steel -- and the torn pages of the Unbelievers, Almulaqab: TMWWBK!  From this day forth shall Omar be counted by the Mad Guru amongst The Black of My Eyes!  Let a pomegranate tree be planted to commemorate his deeds, and a date tree to ferment the date!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 25, 2021, 11:51:47 AM
The situation on the Frontier seems currently static. in the south the Simmons column is entrenched in Tank, in the north Davenport is close to Bannu to lick his wounds. he asked Gen Blood for a new brigade to replenish the losses suffered in Gulla Jan Kot, and prays every day that no more Lancers  arrive.... even if Col.Fullerton says that with another few squadrons he would have been the winner....the Frontier Mulehead's Waziris, in typical Pashtun style, proclaim themselves the winner and are celebrating the rich looty in the raids of El Quartah Khan....., the Afridis celebrate the victory over Fullerton and the new rifles...,. It is therefore time for the Waziris and Afridis to kick off the Pashtun national sport "Pashtunwali" with the application of "Badal" the retalation !
So for Omar The Beauty and his Afridis it is time to present the bill to El Quartah ... an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a mule for a mule, a camel for a camel...this is life Frontier style!
Few pictures of our... heroes!😆 will follow....
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 25, 2021, 12:06:36 PM
Camels and mules take the road to Waziristan...the El Quartah looty .
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Omar the Marvelous and his Afridis are a " little bit annoyed" to discovered the mules and camels gone...
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few hours later.....it is a well known mathematical rule:
if 2 camels and 1 mule go to Waziristan, then 2 camels and 2 mules come back to Tirah...
the Omar's theorem.
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 27, 2021, 07:48:21 AM
June 27th 1890
 Sir I respectfully report to you the voices which are spread around the firecamp in the pashtan caravans and where collected by our spy. Voices claim that Umra has sent to a Waziri bandit nicknamed “The Scavenger” a rich caravan consisting of the camels raided by Omar the Beautiful to El Quartah Khan  in their never ending border raids in the North of Waziristan. 
In this camps, during the cold and dark hours which anticipate the night, old Pashtans tell that the rich caravan is a prize for the head of an enemy of Umra’s, but it seems that nobody knows who will be the victim of this ruthless killer, the right hand of the infamous bandit El Growly Khan.
In the meantime some messages arrived to the bandit Mulehead from South (summary of the message that the bandit Mulehead has received by one khan related t0 him, specifically his nephew, the Waziri  bandit The Scavenger, are attached. They were  reported by our spy still hidden in the roof of his tower with some sketches about the reconstruction of the incident involving The Scavenger and his boss El Growly and about Mulehead receiving the message. What is impossible to understand are: who is/will be the victim of the scavenger? How could El Growly fall from a rock into a knife if all around his body terrain is flat? The relevant message deals also about a change of power in the area close to Kajuri Kach; for your due information and necessary actions.
Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF.

Dear Uncle Mulehead, Azeer of alI Waziris, defensor of True Book, future king of all Afghanistan, I Muhammad Ali Jarryd the Scavenger, new khan of all Waziris leaving south of Kajuri Kack, I cry the death of El Growly Khan unfortunately fallen from the top of a rock just over an afridis knife left on the ground, strangely very similar to my old one lost in a ravine, I took the responsibility to rally all his followers and start a new Jihad to repel all the kafiris and establish the law of the True Rule. Gomal river will be the grave of the feringhis and next step I'll relieve Tank! Be the light of True Rule brilliant light like a torch in a cave to show the path of Justice to the holy believers! Your humble nephew Muhammad the Scavenger

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 28, 2021, 08:35:26 AM
While Simmons' Brigade is still entrenched in Tank, news arrives of a local Malik who in Khajuri Khak is poking men against the Raj.
He talks about a new rule  that would stop the bullets of the Feringhi.
He is said to be Zarin Khan , a Zakka Khels Afridi, a former Subedar of the 40th Pathans who deserted taking some soldiers with him.
Gen Simmons instructs Capt. Forsyth to go to Khajuri K and arrest the self-styled Malik.
Capt. R.F. Forsyth will bring with him 2 platoons of the Corps of Guides, newly arrived in Tank  .

Capt. Forsyth and his Guides
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Tribesmen ready to battle
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The Guides attacking
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 28, 2021, 09:14:54 AM
Zarin Khan and his cutthroats,
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Zarin Khan was a former subedar of the 40th Pathans.  The reputation of the Pathans and their regimental number earned them the inevitable nickname of the Forty Thieves and their British Colonel - Ali Baba.

The Zarin Khan  plan is to convince Mulehead the  False Fakir that he is a  mercenary and earn his trust ,actually he is a spy of Umra Khan , and wants to steal the fake rule TMWWBK (God protect me for blaspheming by naming the cursed text ) from the hands of the Malicious Wazir.

He swore on his IZZAT (honor) to burn the sacrilegious text that allows you to deploy 2 units of cavalry and none of the artillery.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on June 28, 2021, 10:13:05 AM
Meanwhile, the 1st Skinner's Horse, just arrived at  Tank with the  Guides, are carrying out advanced reconnaissance towards Jandola, in preparation for the advance of Simmons' brigade towards the Malicious Wazir stronghold of Wana.

(https://i.postimg.cc/nhxdygcn/Screenshot-20210628-112707.jpg)

With the squadron is the political agent Maj. F.G. Haldane who wants to establish contact with the Mahsuds tribe and prevent them from joining  the Waziri of Mulehead in a Jihad. 

(https://i.postimg.cc/pLt8V57H/20210628-115850.jpg)
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The envoys of Maj. Haldane summoned the Khans , Maliks and Elders  of the Mahsuds to a Jirga in Jandola.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on June 29, 2021, 08:17:01 AM
At great demand (well my brother and Umra…) a little summary to recover the steps of this epic saga between the ruthless waziri Mulehead and the foxy afridis  Umra.
The unplanned development of the story has involved many other mighty Khans (Mad Guru, Sgt Guinness, Italwars, Hu Rhu), a fight between two Rules faiths, many right hand ready to change alliance or faithful to their Rule up to the end… Yes, now it is time to make a summary to better understand next important developments.
All started with the fight between Mulehad and Umra , Mulehead El Kommiss Khan is very jelaous of Umra’s rich carovans and mighty fortress and of his good relations with Raj troops and with the charismatic Mad of Swat.
The Raj has sent two brigades (Gen Davenport from Koath down to Bannu and then to Idak and the Tochi valley, Gen Simmons from Dera Ismail Khan up to Tank and from there to Jandola and then to Wana to capture Mulehead).
Both the Khans try to gather allies and friends under their control, radicalizing the fight due to religion involvement between followers of the old TS&TF and the new TMWWBK.
Among the first Mad Guru khan of Swat, or Mad of Fools and Traitors for his enemies, and his friend the feringhi Sgt Guinness, and the kabuli Italwars. The latter include China border warriors of Sharpe52 and the pasthuns of Hu Rhu.
Gen Davenport has a detached column in Hangu under Col Fulllerton and ask him to join his brigade in Bannu. Mulehead sees the possibility for a trap: he gives Spinwam to Umra in exchange of rich caravans, but his troop under the faithful El Quartah harass Fullerton’s column around Spinwam, to sprinkle a fight with Afridis and ready to deal with the survivals.  Fullerton destroy the village but at that point Afridis under Omar the beautiful get their revenge with an unexpected victory over Fullerton. The Colonel reach Davenport and they ask for reinforcement before proceeding.
In the South the Wazir El Growly creates troubles in Kajuri Karg and Simmons’ intelligence (an oxymoron, isn’t it?) reports that a caravan of camels and mules with rifles and ammunition , intended to the rebel Mulehead Khan , will reach Manzai before the final destination to Wana.
Simmons sends a strong detachment under the command of Capt. J.K.Carruthers  to intercept the column, seize the weapons and impose taxes to local Malik and Headmen  for the  help to the rebel.
El Growly try to ambush Carruthers but is defeated, anyway his bold action allows the caravan to pass. Unfortunately for the waziris the caravan is than a prey of Umra’s and the new rifles are used by Omar to defeat Fullerton’s column in Spinwam.
While at North situation seems static with Davenport entrenched in Bannu and Omar and El Quartah raiding each other, at South 2 new actors are taking a prominent postion: Muhammad Alì Jarryd “The Scavenger” has despatched his past boss El Growly and now is the khan of Waziris under Kajuri Kach where a deserter of 40th Punjabi, Zarin Khan, an Umra’s man, try to get the confidence of The Scavenger and creates some troubles which require the arrival of Capt. R.F. Forsyth who brings with him 2 platoons of the Corps of Guides. The Guides are encircled by Scavenger’s warriors and requires for reinforcement.
The Zarin Khan  plan is to convince Mulehead that he is a  faithful of new Rule and earn his trust but he wants to steal the rule TMWWBK.
A new emerging character is the political agent Maj. F.G. Haldane who wants to establish contact with the Mahsuds tribe and prevent them from joining  the Waziri of Mulehead in a Jihad.

At this point a new dangerous heresy is spreading and the fire is brooding under the ashes: the revolutionary green turbans sect...
A new enemy in this land of all against all: well folks welcome to the Frontier…
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 01, 2021, 10:25:18 AM
28th June 1890
Jirga in Jandola NWF
Maj F.G. Haldane and his escort of 1st Skinner's Horse  meets with Mahsuds Chiefs and Elders to dictate the terms of an agreement.
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In exchange for the promise not to build forts in Mahsuds territory and an annual recognition of 100 rupees the commitment of Mahsuds leaders not to go to war together with the Waziris and to throw into flames all copies of the cursed book TMWWBK, as also requested by the supreme Mad Guru, the recognized Voice of the Frontier to whom everyone must respect.
The Malik and Elders are very helpful, especially in burning the book of sin, also stating that currently his sheets were used for household chores.
Maj Haldane after the usual very long handshakes with the Maliks , leaves Jandola to return to Tank and report on his positive mission.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on July 03, 2021, 08:36:59 AM
June 29th 1890
 Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the message that the bandit Mulehead has received from the fords over Gomal River. Thanks to the dirty job done by the deserter Zarin Khan,   two Indian platoons were circled around Kajuri Kach by the bandit called The Scavenger. As he heard about a reinforcement column, he run to the river to stop their advance. The feringhi lead by Col Frederick were composed by 3 British companies (81th A & D and 67th) and a Poona squadron. The Waziris were less mighty but in a strong position. Hereafter some sketches and a letter to the bandit obtained by our spy activities, although still hidden in the roof of his tower. The relevant message speaks about a skirmish happened at Gomal River  for your due information and necessary actions.
Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF.

My humble respects to you, Defender of True Book, Punisher of heretics, Fire in the ice of sins.
We have witnessed a great battle at Gomal River which was a further demonstration of the Power and True of the Right Rule. It is written: Who will kill his brother in Faith will receive the same treatment! That was the infamous destiny of the Scavenger.
The Raj advanced with 2 companies in line supported by one of 67th and in reserve the cavalry (Poona).
In front 5 tribesman units, very poorly directed. as most of the best Khan deserted to north, not accepting a killer for replacing El Growly. At the beginning it seemed a good day for the Defenders of the True Book, the coward Lt.  Kemsley retreated and Col Frederick suffered heavy losses, but in front of him there were the warrior of the Brutal Yazid Khan and his men refused to fight for a Khan so cruel and suspected to be involved in the plot of the Scavenger.
A dash attack by the Ghazi of Gundar Khan repulsed the Lt Kemsey’s company but they were killed to the last man by a terrific volley short range by the 67th company in their new-painted blue trousers.
At that point Scavenger moved down from the top of the hill to replace Gundar Khan and it seemed a stalemate when green Poonas guys made a quick action on the left to envelope Yazid with the infantry support of Frederick rifles.
Then the Capt Fletcher’s Poonas attack Scavenger supported by fire of 67th who Killed Scavenger himself.
The Waziris retreated leaving 36 men included their leader. Frederick lost 5 horses and 13 men of 81th.
Now they say new Feringhi are arriving and they will continue to harass the brothers running to the hills.
Oh Mighty Mulehead, Anchor of hope for the holy pilgrims, may the Holy Rule provide you of every blessing and success!

Your faithful son Zarin Khan
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 04, 2021, 09:03:12 AM
29 June 1890
at dawn a company of the 40th Pathans ( nicknamed the 40th Thieves )arrives in Khajuri Khak to give support to the Guides of Capt. Forsyth who have been locked under fire for 24 hours.
the 40th Pathans led by Capt Hunter disrupts the resistance of the Waziri and occupies the village.
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However, Zarin Khan has already disappeared.
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Capt Hunter finds a message lost from the fugitive Zarin Khan :
"Exalted Mad Guru Lord of Swat and Buner, Holy Voice of the True Word, I humble Zarin Khan bear a plea from my Khan, the Immense Umra.
He asks for Your Blessing and Yours help to fight sinners who profess their faith in the new verb, the sacrilegious text TMWWBK.
The leader of the Kabuli, the Prophet's favorite, Italwars has also promised his help, but is currently engaged in selling some of his fortified towers to a group of Russian Ferenghi who have entered his territory from the Dorah Pass, and his dear friends Don The Scot Khan of the Kohistan Highlands is in  holiday in some Rajastan desert resorts.
The heretics pitted Umra against the Feringhi but the Holy Text helped him to defeat the kafiris.
Oh Great Mad Guru take the other Believers with you into the TSATF Holy Text and with the strength of True Faith we will win this war against sacrileges "


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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 06, 2021, 08:14:49 AM
Like all the tales of the Thousand and One Nights ... Many years ago when the Faith was one and everyone recognized Holy Scripture as the Word, Three Sergeants wrote a set of rules "The Sun Never Sets" to play the Colonial Campaigns of the British Empire. The Great Umra as a child played it twice. Then with the help of his grandfather Surat Khan and his uncle Mohammed Khan (and the old Colonials know who these two characters are) he decided to write a set of rules for playing colonial campaigns on the North West Frontier of British India. "The Warriors of the Mountain Passes or The Grim". These simple rules allow you to manage random events, disposition and mood of the various Khans and push the "English" player to calm the khans with the political maneuvers of skilled Political Agents or send military expeditions against the tribes or rebel Khans. Some ideas were taken from another very old regulation, published I believe in The Nugget, which provided the Roman player with simple rules to face the uprisings of the barbarians on the borders of Hadrian's Wall, whose name was (?) Punitive Expeditions.
All seasoned with a lot of imagination and a bit of historical knowledge of the NWF.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on July 07, 2021, 05:36:37 AM
Dear son, faithful El Quartah, blessed by the true rules, I have appreciated the kind present with afridis mules that were "lost" wandering for the hills and that you rescued and give them a new master. Almighty Rule protected you because you are always devoted to True and Justice. You see: heretics say in their blaspheme books that The Sun Never Set, but also a little boy knows that every day sun sets and than rises again and again to light up the world with the words of the True Book.Very soon we will have a new triumph, I gave specific instruction to our brother Zarin to control  the Feringhees in Tank and exploit any opportunity should occur. You continue to monitor Afridis and Feringhees in Bannu and let they destroy each other for a major glory of our Faith. Continue offering your loot for the triumph of the True Book and remember that a mule may be yours, two mules may be Umra's but all three eventually will belong to Mulehead, Torch of Light, Khan of all Pathans!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on July 07, 2021, 10:13:54 AM
Umra Khan and Giorgio Il False Fakir of Waziristan... each time you blow your words like the wind for good and ill (obviously Umra for GOOD and Il False Waziri for ILL) you kick up the sand into the face of the lion -- AKA: the Mad Guru AKA: my one and only selfhood!  Like the lion my throat is parched and I roar in defiance... but what will come of it?  For in the end, I, like the Lion, am condemned to remain in my place... while you, like the good and ill winds you blow... will never know yours! (tho the GOOD Umra Khan no doubt WILL know his better than the Ill Waziri -- sad but true)

So let it be written, so let it be done, bang the gong, get it on!

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Ghazis are living after midnight, rockin' (& sangar-in) 'til the dawn
Lovin' the One True Book of Rules (AKA: TSATF) 'til the morning,
Then they're gone, they're gone...

Ghazis took the city jezails in hand,
Loaded, loaded
Ghazis all geared up to score again,
Loaded, loaded
Ghazis come alive in the dark of night
That's when they make their move and strike

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Read my words today, ponder them tomorrow, and reflect upon them yesteryear while sipping the nectar of the pomegranate...

For those mighty few and proud who possess a copy of said true tome of COLONIAL CAMPAIGN RULES (whose title the False Waziri mocks with his limited knowledge of the sun, the same sun which NEVER SETS ON THE FAITHFUL who are spread across the Earth from the sub-continent to Sumatra to China and all the way to Memphis, any more than it ever sets on the Empire of the red and khaki coated Anglo Farangi!), known to the Elder Elect of the Loya Jirga to have FIRST BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE PAGES OF "THE COURIER" even before they became a book under their own cover... check those pages of the magazine (but not the Lee Metford variety, as that is a decade-and-a-half too late for my own 1880-centric wanderings, tho I suppose it might apply to this current unpleasantness betwixt the Noble Afridi Umra and the False Wazir Il Giorgio) or the volume later published by TVAG (so many initialisms starting with "TEA" -- is it no wonder so many colonial gamers deploy British forces???)... and you shall see inscribed there as in the book of hosts, the given name of the Mad Guru himself, as he was one of the original players the first time ever those rules were used by a host of gamers, all of whom needless to say were loyal devotees of that same ONE AND ONLY TRUE BOOK OF RULES whose name need not even be mentioned again by me at this time and place in currency!

In those yonder days the Guru was lesser in years (and perhaps greater in brain cells) but already the Baraka was with him as he led his tiny warriors (they were 15mm Mike's Models Ottoman Azabs converted to Afghan Tribesmen) to overwhelm the Farangi (this was even before "Ferengi" existed) garrison of Kabul and even captured their artillery intact!  Those were the days... tho the mighty Ghazis stood barely taller than the thumbnail of the youthful Mad Guru himself.

Last and most likely least, I suggest to Muttonchop & Jaffar AKA Umra & Giorgio, that you share with we of the Loya Jirga any and all manner of charts and/or devices you are now employing (in addition to the results of your most picturesque tabletop dust-ups) to determine the fates of your Tribes... be it "RUN TO THE HILLS" or "INTO GLORY RIDE" -- if it's not too much trouble, of course.

Some pics of the locals waiting to see who shall emerge victorious from Giorgio & Umra's current intra-tribal unpleasantries...

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Might the ultimate winner be none other than.......

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......the humble Shepherd Azeem & his trusty herding dog Kuch... with their flock in tow??????
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 08, 2021, 09:54:05 AM
A few hints on how our campaign is conducted;
We have a general map of the Frontier where we have a complete view of the tribes and villages included in the game
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When a war is declared ( caused by Warlike index ) we choose an appropriate map of the area.
In this case Waziristan and region below Peshawar.
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Just for wargames purpose in this case We have an help for more villages names we used an addition detailed map.
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In ordedr to give you an idea how the Warlike level of the Tribes are handled attached some tables we use to run the campaign.
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There is of course a Table of random events that we currently want to leave secret.....

Giorgio and I (my name is Piero) hope you appreciate our campaign, what is not included in the tables are our twisted minds for revenge and betrayal; on the figures and characters of the two Khans Mulehead and Umra we built part of the game, Mulehead wants to oust Umra as a key element and his prestige on the Frontier in relations with the Raj; Umra of traitorous disposition declares himself loyal to the Raj but wants to be free to enlarge his domains .
The insults and trash  that you read on this post (always polite anyway) are nothing compared to those that daily we send myself and Giorgio via messages. ;D ;D

That's all for now folks, and let the Sacred Book of the of true believers wins !
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 08, 2021, 10:10:30 AM
Umra Khan and Giorgio Il False Fakir of Waziristan... each time you blow your words like the wind for good and ill (obviously Umra for GOOD and Il False Waziri for ILL) you kick up the sand into the face of the lion -- AKA: the Mad Guru AKA: my one and only selfhood!  Like the lion my throat is parched and I roar in defiance... but what will come of it?  For in the end, I, like the Lion, am condemned to remain in my place... while you, like the good and ill winds you blow... will never know yours! (tho the GOOD Umra Khan no doubt WILL know his better than the Ill Waziri -- sad but true)

So let it be written, so let it be done, bang the gong, get it on!

Thanks Mad Guru Protector of all true Believers...is a pity that you live so far away , it would be a great pleasure and honor to be able to play together campaigns and battles of this level.
With Giorgio the Infidel we play via message as we live in two different cities.... but we are joined by the mules and camels that Umra regularly steals from him.
I have attached some hints on our campaign, hope you like it.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on July 08, 2021, 10:42:48 AM
In order to give more spice to the war, and to not offend real religious feelings, we have invented a fight between the faithful of different rules as if they are real religion (of course only TMWWBK is...). So anyone is free to enter in this topic and post his Khan name and religion/rule preference. If one or two  buddies wants to be more helpful, we can provide them the scenario and involved units (according also to what you have available) and the battle results wth pictures and description will be included in the campaign which could also enlarge covering more area.
But be careful and think that on one side there are empious Umra, Mad of Traitors, Sgt Guinness heretic and Italwars Kabuli fachiri. On the other side with Mighty Mulehead there are the Chinese unvinciblr boys of Sharpe52 and Hu Rhu  faithful devoted blessed pilgrims. At you the choice between Good and evil...
SO please enter the topic with your name, such as Ibrahim Khan of xxx in yyy area, devote faithful of the Only Rule (xxx) . Optional: I'd like to participate to campaign with my army/armies as solo or with my friend R.Kypling. I include some pictures of available units. Battles request RAJ/English and Pathans.
Don't be shy and fight for True Rule!!! It needs YOU! lol
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 08, 2021, 12:07:51 PM
Following the Giorgio False Fakir and Malicious Wazir here there are roles available for the campaign, you should choose a supreme khan and a deputy Khan.
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: italwars on July 08, 2021, 02:27:36 PM
In order to give more spice to the war, and to not offend real religious feelings, we have invented a fight between the faithful of different rules as if they are real religion (of course only TMWWBK is...).
ehm..there is absolutly no need to "invent" anything cause THERE IS actually a REAL fight between the gamers, true warriors  and readers of the only and true wargame/way of life book that is TSATF  ;) and those serfs of the hindus, Inglish, memsahibs, "trhee lions cheating mob at el Wembley  ;) ;)" that instead of behave like warriors and men ..drink only memsahib Pim's n. 1 and read TMWWBK and other El Osprey toxic stuff :D
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 08, 2021, 02:32:11 PM
 o_o lol
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: OSHIROmodels on July 08, 2021, 02:36:03 PM
Great thread chaps  :)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on July 08, 2021, 03:15:11 PM
ehm..there is absolutly no need to "invent" anything cause THERE IS actually a REAL fight between the gamers, true warriors  and readers of the only and true wargame/way of life book that is TSATF  ;) and those serfs of the hindus, Inglish, memsahibs, "trhee lions cheating mob at el Wembley  ;) ;)" that instead of behave like warriors and men ..drink only memsahib Pim's n. 1 and read TMWWBK and other El Osprey toxic stuff :D

Italwars, scum of the worst useless heretics, filthy refusal, the kafilas bringing goods to Peshawar refuse to travel close to Kabul to avoid your heretic  smell, thief of mules, traitor of True Rule!
I ask to this forum: Is there one khan in the Kabul area who embraces the jihad to bring the True Rule TMWWBK to all Kabuli and send to me the head of this foolish liar before the starting of the Polo season?
Oshido, from the deep far east, will you be the predestined? The Osprey Champion to stabilize the situation ? 190 mile is the journey from Peshawar to Kabul, 190 heretic warriors will be killed in the treacherous passes, 190 will be the mules you send to Waziristan, 190 the times you will read the True Rule to convert all kabuli and than march with them to Swat and report me the head of the Mad of the traitors. Kabul will be your award!
I Mulehead torch of faithfull devoted pilgrims, promise Kabul to whom will take this quest and True rule wil assure a +2 to all dice!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 08, 2021, 03:40:42 PM
False Prophet of False Faith your book is full of false statements ... the distance from Kabul to Peshawar is 142 miles (there is a new motorway) ... for every mile your caravan travels a mule you will lose and when you will arrive at your destination you will be naked of all possessions and ready to accept the One Faith.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: italwars on July 08, 2021, 04:11:55 PM
Giorgio i could try to do the impossible and even accept your good faith in sticking with the book (TMTWB) favourite by your ferenghi  masters ...and i would even be ready, MAYBE, to accept it and even adotp it...but in exchange you ll have to show us, once for all, whose side you're...so for example  try to call a jiirga with the  11 ferenghi imperialists at El  Wembley and let them drink, mixed with their usual  gin tonic,  a potion that your withch doctor had prepared and let us see if they ll be overwelmed, in the following 90 mns  by a well deserved diarrhea..If so you could trust me and in  that case and only in that very  case i'll adopt and read every morning and teach to all my men your bloody TMTWB. >:D
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: sjwalker51 on July 08, 2021, 05:12:47 PM
In the words of Brother Belcher

“They’re all quite mad, you know”
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on July 10, 2021, 08:42:52 AM
Sunday a great jirga is called in the British fort in Wembleystan. Eleven Khans are convocated to discuss the power preminence in all Afghanistan. Together they decide to fight  eleven imperialist units: Pathan Brothers, Punjab awakes, the turban of Derruti crowns its head, where is the victory? give her your turbans, she is slave of Kabul all Afghans cry! Wembleystan will be green like the Peshawar grass white like the Pamir snow and red for the blood of feringhees!
Umra, Italwars, all feringhees enemies, get your jezail, draw your tulwar from its sheath: to Wembleystan to Wembleystan my brothers and Sunday all the Continent will be ours!!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Major Blunder on July 10, 2021, 02:00:39 PM
Hi, new to this Forum... Great pics , terrain, and minis. Here's some of mine, for what it's worth..
Nepalese swarming like ants over rough terrain..
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Major Blunder on July 10, 2021, 02:03:15 PM
...a few Highlanders run like the devil from swarms of angry flying red ants..
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Major Blunder on July 10, 2021, 02:06:00 PM
A plastic elephant 🐘 gun train melting in the heat...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Major Blunder on July 10, 2021, 02:11:06 PM
Indian infantry under the able direction of Lt. Guptee..
Plus some British infantry skirmishing for beer... they haven't seen a pub since last Saturday
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: italwars on July 10, 2021, 02:17:03 PM
Did you see those ferenghi leaded by this newcomer officer of the raj ..you  didn’t believed me, Giorgio and other followers , when I said that the English had raised a brand new  force , even if small and recruited among Minifigs soldiers from old good times, and they are training and manoeuvring in the plain of Peshawar …if they ll then match toward my recently acquired  lands and village as a spy told me ..while in tank and behond kyber all of you are spenting time drinking black tea and reading your toilet paper book called TMTWB my warriors are observing those imperialist becoming every day bigger and even parading with a big strange monster animal recruited among the Hindus 😮..what I could  do without the promised modern rifles and left only with your garbage el Osprey book instead of  ammos if they decide to leave their base ?
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on July 10, 2021, 06:27:16 PM
Italwars your faith is weak as a jackal pet, if you convert to True Rule with a pure heart you do not need any new rifle 'cause all your warriors will be invulnerabile to feringhee bullets!
But to avoid Almighty Rules punishment use correct acronyms: TMWWBK!!!
Now prepare your proud kabuli, assist tomorrow the massacre of feringhee in Wembleystan and be ready to receive their punitive expedition: no fear any harm if you'll fight with True Rule on your side!!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: italwars on July 11, 2021, 10:40:03 PM
Wargame is coming Rome..sorry home :) :)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 13, 2021, 11:04:31 AM
After the horrible and disgusting conversion of Italwars to the new False Faith ... due to a wrong penalty kick  >:D >:D >:D
Umra Khan in his fortress of Mogala is planning new actions... with him are his trusty cutthroats to which Zarin khan has been added ;
Zarin informs Umra that he has managed to ingratiate himself with the Malicious Wazir and that his mission in Waziristan is progressing well
(Zarin knows that his mission to enter the graces of Malicuious Wazir is very dangerous and risks his life if he fails).

(https://i.postimg.cc/nhjsBYc8/20210712-144428.jpg)
Zarin tells Umra that he oversized the Pass of Jandol Kot and when he saw the column of Gen. SImmons advancing towards the pass gave news to the Malicious Wazir.
Who commissioned El Quartah to organize a Lashkar and attack the Ferenghi rearguard.

Now for Umra there is  another problem, an old friend whos has taken the path of perdition...just for a Ferenghi game called  football...
He has only an option...the elimination of the sinner... and with a heavy heart he has  called Zamud Khan SASS ( Special Afridi Sniper Service )  of the Peshawar Agency "The Cleansing"

(https://i.postimg.cc/wvCVhTDH/20210712-144531.jpg)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: italwars on July 13, 2021, 11:21:34 AM
A given word is a given word!
Even in the frontier ?😏😆
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 13, 2021, 11:29:17 AM
A given word is a given word!
Even in the frontier ?😏😆

Not ...on the Frontier is highly recommended, indeed mandatory not to respect neither the word given nor the promises made.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 14, 2021, 10:01:53 AM
Gen. Daniel Simmons gives orders to his officers for the tomorrow morning  movement towards the Jandol pass.
In his mind return the voices of political agents who report secret negotiations between Khans of different tribes ' ... this does not bode well; he is a military expert on the Frontier and knows that these rumors are harbingers of bad news.
New Khans are about to declare themselves and this could lead to a general uprising on the Frontier. but He is a soldier, he will carry out orders, he leaves these things to the Politicians.
(https://i.postimg.cc/DzvZcLWh/20210714-112235.jpg)

The Peshawar mountain battery is already arrived, and now everything is ready for tomorrow's march.
(https://i.postimg.cc/MGPnpwxV/20210714-113234.jpg)
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 14, 2021, 11:55:49 AM
Umra the Magnificent knows that other tribes are preparing for war against the Ferenghi, the guns are running along the Frontier transported and hidden in the caravans that periodically travel the most difficult and inaccessible paths.
A new Khan is about to appear on the horizon, a certain  Nadir Khan , another follower of the False Word, of the New Religion of the Perjurers. Allah sees everything and will punish these heretics by taking away all their mules.
Mules are the most beautiful animals and are suitable for walking the steep paths of the Frontier, Allah created them just for the pleasure  of the Afridis to steal them.

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Umra screams in the wind of the mountains ... " where are my friends, my fellow faith Mad Guru and Jbaumal ? Why don't they come with their flags to fight with me the Infidels? the Malicious Wazir  is increasing his followers but fortunately he is always taken to count his mules for fear that they will be stolen from him , my friends Italwars and Major Blunder are hidden like fleas on a camel...I'm alone to fight  against the heretics and the Ferenghi,..... but the sword of the Mighty Umra is still  bloodthirsty, no mercy on my enemies and all the mules to me ,... those of the Malicious Wazir are the finest  :P :P! "


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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on July 14, 2021, 11:57:55 AM
July 12nd 1890
 Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the message that the bandit Mulehead has sent from his impregnable tower to his supposed right hand the bandit Zarin, desertor and killer. The relevant message speaks about disorders and risks of tribes raising in the North.
Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF.

My son Zarin blessed by the Almighty rules, pride of El Osprey and essence of faithfulness and devotion, you that walk in the path of True and Justice be happy! Great news come from North and very soon my plots will produce the planned results, because the Word of the Book is true and who follows It will be in happiness for ever.
A new mighty Khan, Nadir the pious, will declare his faith and join us in the Jihad to repulse ferenghees and destroy all the heretics, starting from the Mad of Swat and his ferenghee traitor Sgt Guinness.
Brother El Quartah is still monitoring Omar and Ferenghees in the Tochi valley, ready to rally all Afridis mules as their previous owners will be fully involved with Kafiri.
I was fooled by Umra the jackal and he showed me the unmentionable heretic rule, ridiculous agglomerate of black and withe silly notions. Not even the colours accepted to remain deposited on that infamous book. Trust in the only glorious Rule, full of flamboyant pictures , hilarious anecdotes and wise instructions! While I’m waiting news from Narid the blessed, may Almighty TMWWBK give you peace, abundant blessings, wisdom, internal peace of mind, joy and everlasting happiness.
Your Father in rule, Mulehead
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 14, 2021, 01:08:09 PM
Maliciuos Wazir may you have the fleas of 1000 camels... and arms so short that they can't scratch you !
(typical Afridi wish )

For the Prophet's beard.....

you said : " ridiculous agglomerate of black and withe silly notions. Not even the colours accepted to remain deposited on that infamous book. Trust in the only glorious Rule, full of flamboyant pictures , hilarious anecdotes and wise instructions ".

the black and white drawings were made when the man of the Frontier lit the fire  with lightning, and there was not today's technology of the white man, the color drawings and the precious information only serve to paint the turbans in the wrong colors, the Sacred Book reported for all brothers of the Frontier the color of the turban "OFF WHITE".  lol lol
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on July 15, 2021, 12:20:27 AM
Umra Khan has got it goin' on

Umra, can I come over after Masjid?
We can hang around & watch the foes of the TSATFL bleed
Did the Malicious Wazir launch another attack?
Is he still alive or did you shoot him in the back?
    (The proper price to pay for all Infidels like that)
The Malicious Wazir, that False Fakir
Tell him truth a thousand times & yet he will not hear
He can worship his False God & pray to Osprey
Yet the Faithful refuse to follow, including you & me
    (But still we honor their many books for colorizing history)

Umra Khan has got it goin' on!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 15, 2021, 06:31:30 PM
12th July 1890
from General Bindon Blood ,Rawalpindi:
Dear McGuinness, the situation in Chitral has precipitated quickly, old friend Shuja Dad has been murdered by the rebel Ali Razah  Khan who stirred up the Chitralis against us.
Two English civilians residing there were also killed, Mr and Mrs Stevenson, the Chitral garrison made up of a company from the 40th Pathans and one from the Gordon Highlanders , Bombay Artillery under the command of the oldest officer, Col. Dano McGurule  closed in the fort , I don't know how long it will last.
You must immediately organize 2 brigades plus divisional troops and move quickly from Nowshera to Chitral.
Bring a good political officer with you as you will have to cross territories populated by warrior tribes and you may encounter further difficulties.
good luck my friend
BBlood
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on July 16, 2021, 01:46:03 PM
From the July 12, 1890 issue of the Peshawar Tribune from our correspondent Reginal Winkie:
 
Dear Reader, I’m just arrived in the romantic regions of North West Frontier and I find myself completely overcome by so many facts, intrigues, lies that I feel the urgency to summarize what happened to guess next developments. 

All started with the fight between Mulehad and Umra , Mulehead El Kommiss Khan is very jealous of Umra’s rich caravans and mighty fortress and of his good relations with Raj troops and with the charismatic Mad of Swat.
Our brilliant General Bindon Blood from Rawalpindi  sent two brigades , under Gen Simmons (from Dera Ismail Khan up to Tank and from there to Jandola and then to Wana to capture Mulehead) and Gen Davenport (from Koath down to Bannu and then to Idak and the Tochi valley).

Both the Khans try to gather allies and friends under their control, radicalizing the fight due to religion involvement between followers of the old TF&TS and the new TMWWBK.
Among the first Mad Guru khan of Swat, or Mad of Fools and Traitors for his enemies,  the kabuli Italwars and recently from Chitral the mighty  bloodthirsty Alì Razah Khan, who was recently appointed and proclaimed himself as Mehtar of Chitral replacing the old Khan Shuja suddenly dead for a bad cold complicated by  Alì’s tulwar in his chest.  . The latter include China border warriors of Sharpe52 and the pasthuns of Hu Rhu but now they have been reinforced by the foxy Hashim Alì Khan from the black mountain tribes, with his pesty cavalry and formidable warriors..

Gen Davenport had a detached column in Hangu under Col Fulllerton and asked him to join his brigade in Bannu. Mulehead sniffed the possibility for a trap: he gave Spinwam to Umra in exchange of rich caravans, but his troop under the faithful El Quartah harassed Fullerton’s column around Spinwam, to sprinkle a fight with Afridis and ready to deal with the survivals.  Fullerton destroyed the village but at that point Afridis under Omar the beautiful get their revenge with an unexpected victory over Fullerton (famous for his words “my barracks for another lancers squadron” and for his unlucky tactic of charging with cavalry up the rocky hills). The Colonel reached Davenport and they asked for reinforcement before proceeding.

In the South the Wazir El Growly created troubles in Kajuri Karg and Simmons’ intelligence (an oxymoron, isn’t it?) reports that a caravan of camels and mules with rifles and ammunition , intended to the rebel Mulehead Khan , was supposed to reach Manzai before the final destination to Wana.
Simmons sent a strong detachment under the command of Capt. J.K.Carruthers  to intercept the column, seize the weapons and impose taxes to local Malik and Headmen  for the  help to the rebel.
El Growly tried to ambush Carruthers but was defeated, anyway his bold action allows the caravan to pass. Unfortunately for the waziris the caravan was than a prey of Umra’s and the new rifles were used by Omar to defeat Fullerton’s column in Spinwam.

While at North situation seems static with Davenport entrenched in Bannu and Omar and El Quartah raiding each other, at South 2 new actors were taking a prominent position: Muhammad Alì Jarryd “The Scavenger” who despatched his past boss El Growly and now declared himself the khan of all Waziris south of Kajuri Kach, where a deserter of 40th Punjabi, Zarin Khan, an Umra’s man, tried to get the confidence of The Scavenger creating some troubles which require the arrival of Capt. R.F. Forsyth who brought with him 2 platoons of the Corps of Guides. The Guides were encircled by Scavenger’s warriors and required for reinforcement from Gen Simmons.
The Zarin Khan  plan was to convince Mulehead that he is a  faithful of new Rule and earn his trust but he wants to steal the original rule TMWWBK.

A new emerging character was the political agent Maj. F.G. Haldane who wanted to establish contact with the Mahsuds tribe to prevent them from joining  the Waziri of Mulehead in a Jihad.
His success in bribing the elders was doubled by a sound victory obtained by the column under Col Frederick sent to help Capt Forsyth and in the fighting El Scavenger himself was shot dead. A good opportunity for Zarin Khan to take the control of the local tribes, under the shield of Mulehead.

A dispatch has already reached Gen. Mc Guinness ( yes the heroic highlander officer!) in Nowshera to mobilize two brigades and their divisional troops and move quickly from Nowshera to Chitral facing a long journey full of pitfalls and dangers due to warrior tribes that he will find in his path.

In the deep North, Black Mountain Hashim Alì Khan ‘s  has taken the power with the help of his brother, the perfidious ruthless Sikander Khan.
BgGen Channer VC with few regulars is coming for controlling the ambitious new Khan, TMWWBK fanatic.

B Gen. Daniel Simmons ordered to his officers to leave the safe entrenchments in Tank and start   movement towards the Jandol pass.
In his mind return the voices of political agents who report secret negotiations between Khans of different tribes ' ... it does not sound good; he is a military expert on the Frontier and knows that these rumours are harbingers of bad news.
New Khans are about to declare themselves and this could lead to a general uprising on the Frontier. but he is a soldier, he will carry out orders also if contrary to his thought, facilitated by not having usually any thought at all. But that could be just another trap ready to spring , prepared by the infidous bandit Mulehead ready to exploit any opportunity that the long march started by Gen Simmons will offer. Especially those beautiful mules which are loaded with artillery pieces. Both precious loot to be used against heretics in Tirah, Swat and now Chitral. Kabuli are still in an unclear position wavering between the old and the new Rules Books.

For the Sports page, polemics don’t stop after the big match in Peshawar Polo stadium between Wana Camels and Kyhber Jezails. After few minutes from beginning all five referee mules were stolen. Referee has been disqualified due to the ancient Pashtun rule: if you cannot control your mule you cannot rule a Polo match. After skirmishing between the teams Waziri won the matches steeling 3 mules against 2 mules and 1 wounded Afridis.

Now everything stopped in the valleys, no sounds, no rumors, not even birds singing; what is the Mighty malicious Mulehead plotting? What hès next step? Which instructions has provided to Zarin? What is there (if anything) in Gen Simmons’head while he’s marching towards Jandola?

Jezails locks are well oiled, tulwars are sharpened, new battle smell is in the air, surrounding Gen Simmons’column rearguard as vultures flying around next victims.

I hope to bring very soon news from the four scenarios: Jandola Pass, Tochi Valley, Chitral and Black Mountain. Foundries are full time working to produce enough Raj troops to manage all these troubles!
I will update you soon from the very first line, and I include a sketch with our forces disposition up to date.

Yours faithfully
Reginald Winkie
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 17, 2021, 08:04:51 AM
13th July 1890
the column of Gen.Simmons leaves Tank's camp and heads to Jandol Pass to the sound of mule harnesses and soldiers' footsteps.
Simmons detached the Guides to crown the heights and protect the advance of the column; has put Maj. Williamson in command of the rearguard ... but he has already repented ... remember that a few days ago the Major had a fight with a Pathan and that he is a vengeful man ... Simmons is afraid that 2000 pounds of education can be cut off by  a 10 rupee jezail ....
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Major Blunder on July 18, 2021, 12:53:42 PM
If I have to have a khan name, I shall be known as "Beer Khan".  :P
Fighting on the frontier will be new but my troops learn quickly. Major Blunder is a past master at survival. Sounding the Retreat ( but forgetting to tell anyone else), he discovered a safe cavern with protective rocks outside. His troops rushed to follow him and were thus saved. Major Blunder is them awarded the queen's defence medal for running away to find cover from the scourge of many Hillman's rifles. Unfortunately, Peter Sellers wasn't present to sound the bugle of warning... lol
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on July 18, 2021, 01:08:56 PM
From a high rock Zarin looks in the valley where vultures are banqueting with the rest of Gen Simmons ’rearguard while feeble pipes sounds are warning about Simmon’s highlander coming with the rest of Brigade, but it is too late.
Before the perfect trap springs the gallant guides detected Rashid’s waziris. Lt Hastings was already drunkard but is havildar managed well to repulse the waziris until Zarin arrived on their flank and destroyed all.
This brilliant fight allowed Maj Williamson with his Sikh artillery to prepare to face the attack.
Hassan’s Ghazi charged supported by the hapless  Hamid and not supported by the idiot Nadir Khan, whose men anyway advanced to the ridge of the hill.
While Maj Williamson    well supported by Cpt Reid ìs artillery manged to repulse the Pashtuns Zarin Khan attacked and almost destroyed the Sikhs. It seemed that Williamson could repulse the waziris when Nadir men remembered they are irregulars well armed and refused his orders to fire on routed Hadam’s tribesmen and with a fantastic row of dices decimated the remaining British , that were butchered by Rashid’s four last tribesmen which than despatched also Cpt Reid while Zarin’s men, pinned, were busy collecting the train mules.

Zarin looks the valley and think, in the topic moment he asked the new Rule to assist him and It did. Perhaps the new Rule are the Trust One, and he his the predestined to conquer all Punjabi, nor Mulehead neither Umra, he must act carefully and let they think he is trustful, than nothing will be impossible, starting from conquering all the Swat and replacing the old naif Mad, It is time for a new Khan to drive the Jihad against all ferenghees…
Now he will send the message of victory with rescued mules and sketches of it to Mulehead assuring him about his devoted fidelity and giving high praise to TMWWBK Rule for the victory.
And a similar letter will be sent to Umra Khan giving glory to TS&TF...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on July 18, 2021, 01:13:50 PM
Zarin is suddenly interrupted in his dreams by the cries of his Waziris celebrating that complete idiot of Nadir and his irregulars. Well perhaps that stupid Khan will be useful again and not only in the battlefield. Now it is time to get the submission by these Khans, only Rashid demonstred real value, perhaps an incident could eliminate any future problems.
A punjabi lesson teaches: the snake head must be crushed when young...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 19, 2021, 12:06:10 PM
It is night ... the battle of the Jandol Pass is now a thing of the past ... Zarin Khan is sitting by the fire with the grim and truculent Wazirs cheering for victory nearby, he needs peace , he moves up the mount, as it climbs it looks at the bright moon in the cold starry night. He stands  on a rock and with his eyes fixed on the Moon ...
monologue by Zarin Khan former subedar of the 40th Pathans
 "I have seen things that you Ferenghi could not imagine, screaming Waziris leaping from Spin Baldak's tower, Kabuli cavalry charging Green Turbans outside the walls of Dhaka, and I have seen Afghanis in pinstriped angarka come out of the sanghars in Khandahar. throwing away the book of the Heretic, and I saw Punjabis Lovers die for a distant Queen and today I won a battle where Ferenghi were slaughtered by Wazirs with their faces like mules ....and was used  the rules of Sin, the false book, the Creed of the heretics ..... this has been my life. ..and all those moments will be lost forever like tears in the rain ... It's time to burn the False Book by throwing it into the cauldron where time gurgles.
But now  when all seemed lost I invoked the Supreme help , even Nadir the idiot obtained a row of 6 and 5. Where is the True? What is my destiny?
...and there is the honor of the Regiment the most important thing, which goes beyond tribal kins and blood ties...it' s time to return to  the 40th to clean up my Honor ? "
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 19, 2021, 12:31:33 PM
14th July 1890
from Rawalpindi Lt. Gen. Bindon Blood to Maj. General Mc Guinness in Nowshera.

"cause rumors coming from the area of Malakand , my dear friend , you may find complications, organize 2 brigades by appointing two Colonels of your staff with the rank of brigadier generals for the need. Good luck "
BBlood
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on July 20, 2021, 06:10:33 AM
Despatches from Abbottabad:
Two officers and five sepoys of the 5th Gurkha from the Oghi Fort Garrison have been killed by tribes in the Black Mountains. Assemble a field force and conduct a punitive operation against the Hassanzais and Akazais within the Agror Valley and along the Indus Valley from Durban to That. Our best information indicate that Hashim Ali Khan supported by his "unstable" brother Sikander Khan are responsible for the cross border agitation and the deaths.
BG Channer establish the Hazara Field Force reestablish the control of the Agror Valley and submit the local tribes to the fines imposed.




Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on July 20, 2021, 06:50:35 AM
Despatches Abbottabad:
Dispatch political officers forward to Darband and the villages of the Agror valley to establish a jirga in Oghi and to impress upon them their promises of peaceful alignment at the risk of losing their khanates.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 20, 2021, 10:54:15 AM
With the entry into play of CPT SHANKS we have expanded the number of players and scenarios. CPT SHANKS will run the Black Mountain tribes (Tor Ghar or Kala Dhaka), he  has 2 Khans, Ali Hasim Khan of Darband (main khan) he is an old and peaceful man, his younger brother Sikander khan (deputy khan ) of Thakot is a rude and warrior man with warlike intentions.
The base of operations of Raj troops in the Hazara region is Abbottabad with the outpost of Oghi.
The region it is a remote area and the only roads passable by military columns are the Abbottabad-Oghi via Mansehra, Oghi-Darband the old Camel Road and Oghi-Thakot .
More news later.

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 20, 2021, 01:07:01 PM
Gene. Simmons re-crosses Jandol's pass and finds only corpses in front of him,
they are all dead .
his escort of Gordon Highlanders with the help of the Medical Corps arranges the recovery of the bodies.
In front of him passes the litter where the body of Lt. Hastings is lying ... "What will I tell  to his Father Gen. Hastings?" Simmons thinks ... this little drunkard and woman-wasteer always ready for a fight, a fiery head was looking for it, he had to protect and warn the column under the pass, instead he charge  with his Guides thinking only of his honor .... and this is the result.
I will propose him for the Vittoria Cross or for a DSO so the father will be happy and when I see him again he will offer me a strawberry cake of which I am greedy.
I also have to make a complaint to the HQ and even higher up, the absence of my personal umpire (he was on vacation at the Marine Yatch Club 😡) damaged me significantly,
the umpire  that I was assigned a certain George Tete de Mule  of french origins was strongly disliked to me, then when I saw him with that 4-penny regulation with illustrations suitable for the illiterate I understood everything ... lastly, this squirry umpire also had the courage to want to see the screen of the roll of my dice, not trusting the word of a General of Her British Sovereign.....I was trying in every way to get the best dice and this French sly put me in a hurry ... lol lol
Well let's go back to Tank and lock ourselves in,  waiting for reinforcements, let's hope to be quick I don't want to miss tea time with biscuits.

The body of Lieutenant Hastings of The Guides , may he Rest in Peace with his Gin and women.
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 21, 2021, 07:42:19 AM
Kotkai, Black Mountain 15th July 1890
A British delegation meets in Kotkai the elders and the chiefs of the Black Mountain tribes. The British delegation consists of Political Officer Mr. Christohpor Cullingame and Advisor Sir Archibald Cumberpatch, accompanied by a mysterious character named Ashmany Sheen Raj.
The Jirga is attended by several Khans and Maliks from the villages of Kotkai, Shingri, Towara, Kanar, and Darband.
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Ali Hashim Khan, Supreme Chief of the Black Mountain Tribes, speaks: "welcome Hosoor , that peace is always with you, and  the True Book can guide your actions, as you see in this Jirga there are many Elders and Khans  respectful of the agreements made with your Government, unfortunately my young brother Sikander Khan of Thakot did not want to participate.He refused to come and sent back my gifts and messengers. I am old and I know, as you too will have understood, that often the tiger must be hunted in its territories, you should loose your dogs and start the game . I'm no longer ready for wars. "
Christohpor Cullingame take the speech: "that you may never be tired Great Khan, the Raj  Government cares a lot about your person and renews the friendship that binds you for years to the Raj. I had received news about your brother but I was hoping that there was still room for treat. Sikander Khan is following the new fashion and has become a follower of the New False Verb preached by a Malicious Southern Wazir.
I will return to Oghi and telegraph the news in Abbottabad, surely the Generals will take the hand, you Great Khan must be careful of betrayals and watch your back."
Ali Hashim Khan replay "may fate be with you my friend".
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The British delegation left Kotkai to return to Oghi in the heads of Cullingame and Cumberpatch is clear the message of the old Khan, my brother is a great danger and I am afraid for my person. From Abbottabad they must quickly send a punitive expedition to Thakot to bring Sikander Khan to milder attitudes.

 
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on July 21, 2021, 12:34:13 PM
14 July 1890

General BBlood, yes indeed sir, the warnings are certainly dire. We have mustered our forces and are moving post haste to the disturbances in the Chitral district. As ordered we have formed (2) Brigades with the required attached auxiliary troops. Our troops morale is high, they are certainly itching for a fight!  Cavalry scouts have already been sent out along our proposed march route. The dreaded Ali Razah Kahn, defender of the faithful text must be stopped at all costs, captured dead or alive, for Queen and country. His lands and village will be scorched. Huzzah!!!!

With upmost respect,
General McGuinness

Foot note: We have attached a most experienced and skillful Political Officer, LT Reginald Lowell. His extensive service and experience on the Grim will most certainly tip the advantage in our favor sir.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 21, 2021, 01:47:01 PM
July the 14th 1890 Chitral outpost,
from Colonel Dano McGurule , Commander of the Chitral garrison.
to Gen. McGuinness in Nowshera:
"we reinforced the guards and a wall that was unsafe. The Chitralis fire a few shots every now and then at our sentinels. Morale is high but I think we will be attacked soon, we plan to resist as much as possible, food and water are not a problem at the moment.
Our spies inform us that the Chitralis are looking for allies in Kohistan and in the lands of the Chilasis, one of their emissary has reached the tribes of the Mamunds in the Bajaur in an attempt to convince them to enter the war, so the road between Chakdara and the Lowarai pass could be dangerous, unfortunately it is the only possible way  to get here."

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Inside Chitral Outpost
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on July 21, 2021, 02:11:55 PM
DESPATCHES ABBOTTABAD 15 July 1890
Information from the jirga has revealed that Sikander Khan is gathering an army of hill tribesman under the banner of TMWWBK in the vicinity of Takot. Sikander Khan failed to attend the jirga so his full intentions are unknown, though his brother feels he will do something rash. We have dispatched one troop of Bengal Lancers to scout the passes enroute to Takot. These northern tribes must be brought to heel if we are ensure the security of the North West Frontier.
Sending a two brigade column forward to stage at Oghi Fort consisting of the following regiments.
1st Brigade:
2nd Fusiliers
3rd Sikhs
1 Battery No 4 Hazara
3rd Coy Sappers and Miners

2nd Brigade:
1st/5th Gurkhas
40th Bengal Infantry

Oghi Fort Garrison:
2nd Highlanders
5th Gurkha
1 Battery Royal Artillery
Respectfully
BG Channers

Of note the intelligence gathered from our political officer Mr C. Cumberbatch and his mysterious guide Asmani Raj
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on July 22, 2021, 12:31:54 AM
My humble respect to the Mighty Mulehead, Light of Waziris, true Khan of all the lands between Delhi and Kabul, protector of widows and orphans, Defender of the one True Rule, Light of Disix, Mighty among the Mightiest, Defender of True Book, Torch in the darkness of heresy, mullah of El Osprey. My brother Hashim Ali Khan has turned from the way of jihad and makes peace with the Feringhis of Orgor Valley and Abbottabad. I have sent emissaries to the Allai and Nandihar to join us in jihad and drive the Feringhis from TorGhar. The Hassanzai and Akazai ride under the true flag of TMWWBK.  May your dice roll true. Your humblest of servants Sikander Khan
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on July 22, 2021, 08:27:07 AM
Wana July 14th1890
 Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the jirga  that the bandit Mulehead had with his Khans ,The relevant speech was about the victory stolen at Jandola pass by the ruthless Zarin and nextdisorders and risks of tribes raising in the North.
Hereafter some sketches and the speech of the bandit obtained by our spy activities, although still hidden in the roof of Mulehead’s  tower. The relevant speech deals also  about a skirmish happened at Jandola and a new emerging bandit in the Black Mountain;  for your due information and necessary actions.
Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF.

Mi dear sons, blessed by the True Rule, faithful to Justice, devotees of the Almighty Book, followers of me, Mulehead, torch of Light, dread of ferenghees, revenger on the heretics, nightmare of kafiris, I can bring to you great wonderful news.

From the deep ravines in the North, further than Black Mountain, up to Chinese borders, with Hu Rhu and Sharpe52,  coming down to Baluchistan all the Frontier is boiling and ready to Holy Jihad.
Really the Book is true.
At Jandola pass the army of ferenghees has been destroyed by the holy pilgrims, faithful to TMWWBK words. The Wise Ruler wanted to test our faith, many times he left our brothers biting the dust but not this time! Such as a wooden spoon they throw me hither and thither, but I was never hurt. And now the network of my hidden designed actions is sprung out: Zarin Khan, beloved son, pure like spring water, attacked the ferenghees crying that we have only One Rule, death to kafiris. 
East of Indus river in the Black Mountain we have  two devoted brothers:  Hashim Alì Khan is a beloved friend but his brother Sikander khan  is a  tiger under sheep semblance (I said him that I strongly hope that his brother doesn’t have any incident such as getting a tulwar in his back while walking in front of Sikander) and soon the latter destroys all feringhees and will size all the Swat replacing the inept Malak Mansur Khan as khan of all Ysufzai.
El Quartah, devoted since the beginning, will size and take Umra’s fort in Tirah.
Then we’ll get the head of Alì Razah Khan scum of Pashtuns, servant and puppet of the Mad Malak, and also Chitral will be colonized and converted to True Rule, all glory and honour always to It.

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 22, 2021, 11:03:47 AM
At Rawalpindi at Bindon Blood Headquarters, a confidential meeting is taking place between Bindon and General Sir Archibald Simonds de Brett and Aide-de-Camp Colonel Mortimer Jonathan Bunny on the current situation on the Frontier , as there is a risk of a general uprising .
Bindon speech:
" Gentlemen , we'll have to suppress this uprising with the utmost tact and diplomacy...we'll string up 'alf a dozen of 'em for a start ,
.....that's all for now ".



 from left to right :Sir Archibald Simonds de Brett , Lt. General Bindon Blood , Colonel Mortimer Jonathan Bunny 
(https://i.postimg.cc/9f9fTCQT/20210722-124633.jpg)


the speech is inside the bungalow to avoid spies  given the reservateness of the topics touched on.....but a spy is hidden somewhere...
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on July 23, 2021, 12:06:31 PM
From the July 14th, 1890 issue of the Peshawar Tribune our correspondent Reginal Winkie:
 
Dear Reader, I’m arrived in this pacified  region of North West Frontier since two days and I already find myself completely overcome by so many news. 

The bandit Zarin has completed a raid close to Jandola steeling some mules and killing few guides and british regulars, including three officers. Among these Lt Hastings, son of the famous General, was killed leading his guides in an heroic attack which caused many victims among the bandits. More details in the special insert.


In the Black Mountain a jirga has been conducted and  Hashim Ali Khan devoted to TMWWWBK assured his alliance and help to control his fanatic brother Sikander Khan.
In Chitral Ali Razza Khan is preparing troubles rallying fanatics of TS&TF and a drastic action by our forces will be driven by Br Gen Mc Guinness
In Swat Yusufzais led by Malak Mansur Khan are ready to establish the faith in TS&TF all over Pashtuns and Malak is the spiritual leader reference for all his devotees, first of all Umra Khan and his afridis controlling Tirah and wavering between alley with us and banditism.

In the South the Waziris under Mulehead remain a center of riot and troubles, confirmed by last fighting in Jandola pass. Mulehead proclaiming himself the predestined by the Book is the mullah reference for all TMWWBK devotees.

Now everything stopped in the valleys, no sounds, no rumors, not even birds singing; what is the Mighty treacherous Umra plotting? What his next step? Which instructions has provided to Omar? Which heretic Khan’s bed is going to drag under its slumbering owner to take a nap on it?What is Fullerton saying to  Gen Davenport to convince him to send Fullerton back to Spinwam to revenge his defeat with some good charges uphill  while they’re  trenched in Bannu?

Jezails locks are well oiled, tulwars are sharpened, new battle smell is in the air, a brother is going to kill his elder one, a devote Khan is going to set up an ambush, Mulehead…who knows his terrible bloodlust dreams?

I hope to bring very soon news from the fourth scenarios: Bannu, Tank, Chitral and Black Mountain.
I will update you soon from the very first line, including also last whist Peshawar Royal Club tournament results
yours faithfully
Reginald Winkie
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on July 23, 2021, 07:35:43 PM
Dispatches Nowshera 15 July 1890
 
Good day my dear General Blood,

We have departed Nowshera with the 1st Brigade and are well enroute to Chitral. We are currently on the move with patrols of the 77th Bengal Lancers scouting to the flanks and front of our column. Close behind them the 2nd Gurkhas have taken to the heights and scrub to flush out any possible ambushers. Our Political Officer LT Reginald Ethan has ridden ahead with a detachment of the 77th Bengal Lancers to make contact with friendly tribes on our route of march in order secure safe passage and possible allies. The Queens Shilling is still worth it's weight in gold on the Grim, to some....

Your humble servant,
General McGuinness

1st Brigade
Col. Robert Hall
Capt. "no boats for me" Lucas
Sgt Major Lawrence Brom
(1) Batt 2nd Gurkhas
(1) Batt Corp of Guides
(1) Batt 66th KRRC
(1) Batt 72nd Highlanders
(1) Squadron 77th Bengal Lancers
(1) Battery Bengal Artillery Mountain Guns - mule born

Attached Political Officer:
LT Reginald Ethan
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on July 24, 2021, 01:17:43 AM
FROM: Maj. Gnl. Basil "Smokey" Whitsend, CO Peshawar
TO:     Lt. Gnl. Sir Bindon Blood, CO Rawalpindi & the Whole Bloody Frontier
RE:     Commencement of Operations in Peshawar Region
DATE: 16 July 1890

My Dear General Blood,

In accord with instructions from your HQ, I have dispatched my 1st Brigade North-East to Dargai, in order to better ascertain the temperature of the Yusufzais RE: recent aggression perpetrated by their Waziri and Afridi neighbors.

Dargai will put 1st Brigade within reach of the outpost at Chakdara, which guards the key bridge over the River Swat, across which we have good access to Dir to the North -- which as you know is a vital seat of power here in Swat.  The seat of Dir and the surrounding region is currently ruled by Malar Mansur Khan, who fancies himself "Wali of Swat" and "Nawab of Dir," and is generally friendly to the Raj.  No doubt the presence of a full Brigade on his southern veranda will remind Malar Mansur Khan which side his naan is buttered on.

Meanwhile my Political Officer, Captain Alexander "Sikander" Crane, is trying to ascertain the current whereabouts of Mala Mansur Khan's deputy, Sarban Khan, known to be of more disputatious disposition.  Captain Crane informs me that this Sarban Khan rascal is said to carry a Martini-Henry rifle he claims to have taken off the body of a dead soldier of the 66th Berkshires a decade ago at the Battle of Maiwand.  No doubt this is empty bombast, but at the very least it points to a very bad attitude indeed.  I will keep you posted if and when we learn more on the current whereabouts of this rogue, and how many Yusufzai Tribesmen seem currently inclined to share his perspective.

I am keeping my 2nd Brigade here at Peshawar, together with my Divisional Troops, ready to respond to further developments.

I have doubled the guard at all sentry posts, given orders to halt musketry instruction so to conserve ammunition stocks, and evicted all local native servants & camp-followers from my post in order to preserve the security of our troops, weapons & supplies -- as well as information.  Captain Crane the Political was against this last move, predicting it will do more to antagonize the locals than improve our security, but I overruled him, declaring better safe than sorry!

Below you will find current rosters for both of my mixed Brigades, as well my Divisional troops and the aforementioned garrison of the Chakdara Outpost...

PESHAWAR FIELD FORCE

Commanding Officer:   Major General Basil “Smokey” Whitsend
Political Officer:   Captain Alexander “Teetotaler” Crane

DIVISIONAL TROOPS

Major Carey’s Signalers                           ... 3 x Heliographs w/4 crew EA
Aide de camp couriers                           ... 3 x detached Cav. figs.
No. 7 Company Bengal Sappers & Miners     ... 10 figs.
E/B Battery RHA                                   ... 3 x 9pdr Field Guns w/4 crew EA
Army Hospital Corps detachment                ... Dhoolie Teams, Bearers, Attendants & Medical Officers

1st BRIGADE   (CO: Brigadier Stewart Ruff-Husband)

1st Batt. 9th Gurkha Rifles.     …   … 20 figs.
1st Batt. 17th Punjabis   …   …   … 20 figs.
2nd Batt. 23rd Sikh Pioneers   …   … 20 figs.
1st Batt. 92nd Gordon Highlanders   … 20 figs.
Sq. 12th Bengal Cav.      …   …   … 12 figs.
No. 2 (Dejarat) Mt. Battery    …   … 3 x guns w/4 crew EA
Brigade Supply Train           …      …    … assorted pack mules, camels & baggage wallahs

2nd BRIGADE    (CO: Brigadier Padraic “Magpie” McGilligan)

1st Batt 2nd Gurkha Rifles   …   … 20 figs.
1st Batt 2nd Sikhs (PFF)   ...   … 20 figs.
1st Batt York & Lancaster Regt.   … 20 figs.
Corps of Guides (PFF) Inf.   …   … 20 figs.
Sq. 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers   … 12 figs.
No. 3 (Peshawar) Mt. Battery   … 3 x guns w/4 crew EA
Brigade Supply Train   …   …   … assorted pack mules, camels & baggage wallahs

GARRISON OF THE OUTPOST GUARDING BRIDGE AT CHAKDARA

Right Wing of the York & Lancs   … 10 figs. (CO Lt. Fitzroy, NCO Sgt. Crood)

With Kind Regards from Your Humble Servant,

B.S. Whitsend


PS. I regret to inform the General that I have just received the following dispatch from the garrison at Chakdara:

To Higher Echelons Concerned,

Sorry to say that I, Sergeant Oliver Crood, senior NCO presently accounted for, had to take charge of the Chakdara garrison on the occasion of young Subaltern Fitzroy having eaten some olives straight off the tree and falling into a convulsive stupor immediately thereafter, turned green and what's been puking his guts out since.  To the best of my 'umble abilities I will endeavor to maintain this post and keep watch over the bridge until the Lt. regains his bearings or -- as seems more likely -- a new officer arrives to replace him.

Yours Truly,

Sgt. O. Crood Regt. # 201
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on July 24, 2021, 04:59:03 AM
FROM: Brig. Gnl. Ruff-Husband, 1st Brigade, Peshawar Field Force
TO:     Lt. Gnl. Bindon Blood, HQ Rawalpindi
RE:     Non-combatants in tow
DATE: 17 July, 1890

General, Sir:

While en route from Peshawar to our destination at Dargai, I have come across a pair of British civilian females traveling with a small escort of Frontier Scouts and a guide from -- appropriately enough -- the Queen's Own Corps of Guides.  Their names are Lorelai and Christine Brom, a pair of sisters on their way to visit their father, Sgt. Major Lawrence Brom, who is currently serving as Senior NCO in Colonel Hall's 1st Brigade of Gnl. McGuinness's Division.  I advised the sisters that in light of recent developments on the frontier, it would be most unwise for them to continue on their proposed route accompanied by a handful of Pathan Militia types and one Sepoy of the Guides, and instructed them to immediately turn around and head back to Attock, and thence to Rawalpindi.  Unfortunately they did not see the wisdom of my advice and told me in no uncertain terms that they would either continue along their proposed route with their present escort, or accompany me to Dargai, from whence they plan to head further North until they reach their father, whose own Brigade is currently en route to Chitral.  I told them this was an insane idea which would most certainly lead to their ruin or death, possibly both.  However, as I did not feel it appropriate to lay hands on them or order the troops under my command to do so, as of now they are traveling North with us.  It is my hope that tonight while they sleep, a handful of my men will manage to lash them to their camp beds so I can send them back with their own escort reinforced with a section of 92nd Highlanders for safe-keeping.  Please advise your sentries on the road to Rawalpindi to be on the lookout for this strange convoy, which with some luck should reach your area in the next 8 to 10 days.

Apologies for the drawn-out nature of this despatch, but women were never my forte!

Most Dutifully Yours,

S.R.H.

PS For your edification I have attached a sketch of the Brom Sisters made by ace correspondent and illustrator for the Peshawar Tribune, Reginald Winkie:

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PPS. Unfortunately last night they took the precaution of sleeping in individual shifts, whilst the other sister stayed awake to stand guard, so my well-laid plan has come to nought.  It seems they will be accompanying my Brigade to Dargai, and who knows what after that.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on July 24, 2021, 05:04:25 AM
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on July 24, 2021, 05:28:47 AM
Despatches Abbottabad (Forward) 17 July 1890
Oghi Fort, Agror Valley
Marched two days from Abbottabad without incident and established cantonment north of Oghi Fort.  Garrison commander COL Smyth-Jones Abbsent, 5th Ghurkas, reports pashtuns north of the border at Takot and Mazrai and along the Nandahar River have been conducting shuras. His reports from khans in Argror valley state Sikander Khan has declared jihad on the Britishers and has sworn to drive us from Torghar, the Black Mountains.
We will embark to the north, establish a staging area at Dilbori. From there I will split field force into two columns, by brigade, and conduct recces of the passes to cross the border and conduct punitive actions against villages found to be supporting Sikander Khan.  We will also establish heliograph stations to increase our ability to signal throughout the Black Mountains and back to Abbottabad.
Respectfully
BG Channers
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on July 24, 2021, 02:06:30 PM
Wana July 17th
Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the letter  that the bandit Mulehead sent to Sikander Khan to Black Mountain.The relevant message was about risks of tribes raising in the North.
Hereafter the summary of the letter of the bandit obtained by our spy activities, bribing some waziris in the night caravan campfire. This new emerging bandit in the Black Mountain seems to be very ruthless and blood-lust;  for your due information and necessary actions.
Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF

Sikander Khan delighted son, follower of the True Book, you are not a treacherous jackall ready to bow to Ferignhi like the heretic followers of the corrupted rule that once gave its poisoned lessons all over from Peshawar to Tennessee. Now I, humble mullah of El Osprey, declare that only one is THE TRUE BOOK, coloured and full of humour. Dead to Kafiri, get your jezail, sharp your tulwar, destroy all Angrez armies, march to Swat and call a shura to convert all tribes in the Swat, starting from Yusufzais of the treacherous villain Malar Mansur Khan. After killing the Mad of Swat all his puppets like Umra and Ali Razza will come wagging their tail like little dogs and my tulwar will be ready to receive them. All glory and blessing to the only Rule, and to his mullah the invincible Mulehead true khan from Kabul to Dheli!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 24, 2021, 02:41:38 PM
there is an old tradition in Umra's family ... Umra's grandfather stole Jezails from Mulehead's grandfather ......(https://i.postimg.cc/zG7y7R9r/20210723-223636.png)


....Umra's father stole Jezails from Mulehead' father....(https://i.postimg.cc/sxJzz5Pf/FB-IMG-1627046498493.jpg)

And Umra steal Jeazils from Mulehead, just to keep alive the tradition....
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on July 24, 2021, 04:43:39 PM
Waziri tradition...
Grandpa camels, Father mule train, my future acquisitions... 100% from Afridis,,, with Umra's compliments!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 24, 2021, 08:23:29 PM
On the evening of the 17th July at the HQ of Gen. Bindon Blood in Rawalpindi  a strange message arrives from the outpost of Chitral, rebounded by the fort of Chakdara .... "I'm Colonel Dano McGurule we are under a ......"   then the message stops ...
Gen. Blood does not see clearly and summons his intelligence specialists, who after a long meeting come to the conclusion that at the moment of the interruption of the message Col McGurule wanted to write a word that began with the letter A ....now the problem is ... what word did McGurule want to write?

"Apple "shout the General. That stupid Dano disturb me to inform that he is under an apple tree, damn stupid!

Sir if you allw me I  think he is meaning is under...a constant invitation to some jirgas says his chef de etat major......

No no says  the Colonel Durrie , he meant is under something more dangerous .....a blazing sun...I'm sure it is !

Unquote:
Seriously ... after  the parody of Carry Up On the Khyber...
Chitral garrison is under attack !
...says Colour Sergeant Victor "Scar"  Plumbers
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on July 25, 2021, 10:36:15 PM
We present a series of Colored Lithographs from the sketches of Peshawar Tribune Special Correspondent & War Artist Extradorinaire, Reginald Winkie -- dated JULY 16, 1890 -- portraying the departure of 1st Brigade of the Peshawar Division for Dargai, under command of Brigadier Stewart Ruff-Husband...

View from the parapets of the walled city, with advance pickets of 9th Gurkhas, followed by column of 2/23rd Sikh Pioneers, 12th Bengal Cavalry, 17th Punjabis, No. 2. (Dejarat) Mt. Battery, and baggage train exiting through the Kabuli Darwaza (Kabul Gate):

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NOTE TO READERS: Amongst the devoted adherents to TSATF observing departure of 1st Brigade is Captain Alexander "Teetotaler" Crane, Political Officer for the Peshawar Division, rumored to be not so happy with some of General Whitsend's recent decisions...

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Brigadier Ruff-Husband observes the advance of his brigade, accompanied by his Adjutant, Brevet Major Tom:

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9th Gurkhas "crown the heights" ahead of 2/23rd Sikh Pioneers:

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Containing the ruckus on the road:

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No. 2 (Dejarat) Mt. Battery packed up on its trusty (Old Glorious) mules...

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Streaming out the Kabul Gate:

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Major General Basil "Smokey" Whitsend himself huzzahs his 1st Brigade as they march off to Dargai...

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92nd Highlanders bring up the rear AKA: "Our Steadfast Skirted Anchors":

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Godspeed brothers & fare-thee-well:

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on July 25, 2021, 11:10:12 PM
FROM: Captain A. Crane, Political Officer, Peshawar Division
TO:     Maj. Gnl. Whitsend, CO, Peshawar Division
CC:     Lt. Gnl. Sir Bindon Blood, C-in-C Rawalpindi

General,

As you will see from the attached materials, the advance of Peshawar's 1st Brigade is being closely monitored by Tribal lookouts. If said lookouts are loyal to Malak Mansur Khan, ruler of the Yusufzais, who pledges loyalty to the Queen Empress -- or followers of Sarban Khan, Mansur's deputy, who is more aggressively inclined with regard to the Raj, I regret I cannot as yet say.  But I strongly recommend proceeding with utmost caution.

Respectfully Yours,

A. Crane, Capt, P.D.


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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on July 25, 2021, 11:40:23 PM
FROM: Mayank Jan, True Son & Loyal Devotee of Sarban Khan
TO:     Sarban Khan, Light of the Yusufzais, Defender of the Faithful, Enemy of Infidels
DATE: July 17, 1890   Dhu al-Qadah 28, 1307 per the Calendar of the Faithful

After half their army marched off to Dargai, the British kicked all the merchants, tradesmen, servants & beggars out of Peshawar!  I stayed behind and hid to see what developed.  Indeed, it did cause some disputation, and one fellow did refused to depart.  I was ready to draw the tulwar hidden in my pajamas, leap down and support him -- but then he succumbed to the harangue of the British and sadly no blood was spilt.  It seems even if they are Pashtun by blood, a brief time spent here in the big city reduces a man's Baraka to the barest of minimums, less than that of a eunuch.  Still, it has left a bad taste in the mouths of the locals, most of whom have relocated to one of the surrounding villages, where I have begun to parlay with them.  Needless to say, they are all followers of the True Faith and Loyal to the One True Book of Rules, TSATF, which is surely a sign pointing to victory...

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on July 26, 2021, 10:48:45 AM
FROM: Sgt. Oliver Crood, York & Lancs, Acting Commander Chakdara Outpost
TO:     Higher Echelons Concerned
RE:     Status Report

DATE: July 17, 1890

I am sad to report Lt. Fitzroy's sufferings continue unabated.  He remains laid up, but the men and I are trying our best to keep him from expiring.  I have assigned Corporal Golightly, who prior to an attempted desertion during his first enlistment served as a stretcher-bearer with the Hospital Corps, to take the lead in caring for him, which he has done despite suffering from a severe tooth abscess himself.  When it rains it pours, even in this dry dusty mercilessly hot country.

Around midday today something odd happened that I had not seen during my prior six months manning this post: a shepherd drove his flock across the bridge.  It is my understanding that as a rule the locals have avoided using this bridge since our outpost was stood up.  But this shepherd drove on by.  Along the way his dog moved precipitously towards us, and Private Hudson -- who hates all animals -- raised his rifle and nearly shot it dead.  Luckily I was able to prevent him from firing, as trained herding dogs are reckoned to be worth their weight in gold or gunpowder hereabouts.  The shepherd called himself Azeem & professed true devotion to TSATF, but I sent him on his way in no uncertain terms nonetheless.  I then was much surprised at his amiable demeanor.  In fact he walked off most cheerfully, professing endless blessings upon us and our sickly young headman (how the bloody hell did he know about that?!), which I confess has left me with a sense of dire dread and foreboding -- a grand term I once heard from our Chaplain, when it became known that the Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment was keeping a second wife and family in Mysore.  I don't know what tomorrow will bring, but I have given orders for the entire garrison to stand to tonight, as I don't want us caught with our trousers down.  Pray for us & we shall do the same for our subaltern.

Yours Truly,

Sgt. O. Crood Regt. # 201

THE OUTPOST AT CHAKDARA

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Lt. Fitzroy attended to by Corporal Golightly

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The Bridge over the Swat River

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The coming of the Sheep

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Shepherd Azeem & his hound, Kuch

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A conflagration averted

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Pvt. Hudson reprimanded

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No sleep for the weary at Chakdara

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 26, 2021, 12:42:32 PM
Rawalpindi 18th July 1890
In the  HQ of Lt. Gen. Bindon Blood a meeting with his Staff is underway,
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someone tries to join the meeting.....
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the situation in the North is this, says the General:
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Gen McGuinness and his brigades arrived in Jalala then he will proceed to Dargai, Malakand, Chackdara , further in his route Janbatai pass, Dir , Lowarai pass , Kila Drosh and finally Chitral. is a long and difficult road, speed is essential, hoping that the tribes along the way do not create problems, this long journey could take between 20 to 30 days. His duty to relief the garrison in Chitral fort ,  overule the Khans Ali Razah Khan and Jhaba Khan.
With the Gen. McGuinness is a talented and experienced political officer , LT Reginald Ethan; his task is to depose the regent khan and appoint in his place the son of the previous Amir , Shuija Ul Mulk, a young boy who studied in India and of open and modern mentality.


Gen. Whitsend has arrived in Nowshera with his brigades and will depart soon north to Chakdara via Mardan, Jalala, Dargai and final step Malakand and then crossing the river to Chakdara ; his duty to establish a belt between Chakdara, Dir and the Bajaur, both to protect the road and the return of McGuinness's brigades, and to keep under control the tribes of the Mamunds, Yusufzais and Swatis, against whom he will be able to carry out punitive expeditions if he deems it appropriate.;

Yesterday we received the broken message from Chitral, and now we know that the garrison is under seige.
We though that the garrison has supplies for about 20 days, and enough ammunition to repulse a couple of assaults from the tribesmen.

Gen. Channer who was in Oghi yesterday, should continue to the north towards Thakot; I'm waiting some communications from him at any time.

Our friend Umra Khan is informing us of the various movements and conspiracies of khans , he is a reliable and honest person and a safe and faithful ally in the common belief TSATF.

Furthermore in the south Waziristan the truculent Malicious Wazir El Giorgio is traveling by mule to one of his residences in Al Tuscan in the El Chianj hills....probably to conclude some shady mule traffic.

Well Sirs, in the cabinet there is some good cognac of monsieur  Etienne Gasqueton which I brought from my last trip to England , it's time to have some rest .
God Save The Queen !

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 26, 2021, 01:24:18 PM
Umra Khan in his stronghold  of Mogala is in conversation with Percival Donald Mc Duck , Scottish representative of Guns and Guns of  Edinburgh ... in his hand he has a brochure of the company with the prices of some free consumption items ... 1 Maxim machine gun at 3,700 rupees and revolvers at 34 rupees each., rifles at 100 rupees each...
Now is the problem... where to fix all that money ?
Umra has 2 options... rob as usual the unwary Waziro of mules and camels and sell everything at the market of Ambala, or kidnap some rich Hindu down in Peshawar ... then he has another idea... return to his native village of Munda on the Jandol River in his green and fertile Bajaur and talk to his friend Malak Mansur Khan the champion of the true faith , the Nawab of Dir , the Wali  of  SWAT , the man who could change the 1 in 6 ....
 ...Umra has a proposal  that Malak Mansur  will not be able to refuse.


Umra , with its continuous change of appearance for not being recognized,.... spoke with Mr Percival Donald Mc Duck and his escort of gurkha mercenary.

I'll buy 1 maxim with enough ammunition to shoot all the stars , 200 revolvers,,,and 1000 Lee Metford in the .303 brit. caliber that I have seen kill a foe at 1.000 yards...says Umra...within 1 month I 'll have the money.
Came here confident Mr Mc Duck....and in the meantime he touch the hilt of his chora.
and with a deep smile greets the Scotsman ... Umra laughs thinking that the first target of his new Maxim will be the waziro  lol lol lol

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on July 26, 2021, 10:00:38 PM
Despatches Abbottabad (Forward) 19 July 1890
Dilbori Cantonment, Agror Valley
To: General BBlood
From: Tako Field Force
Established cantonment area in the vicinity of Dilbori. The local Agror tribes are congenial enough and have already established a bazaar and the commissariat has purchased enough goats and naan to feed the force for two weeks.
I ordered COL Sym to establish a route via the Chitabat heights. This route proved untenable for the pack mules so he returned them to Dilbori while advancing on to Kopra.   COL O'Grady has taken them over the Jal Pass and through the Tikari Valley with orders to reconsolidate the column at Maidan. We will advance on Takot once the brigade has been reconstituted with all guns and supplies.
Heliograph station at Pailam has reported locals have been approaching the block house asking for water and demanding tributes for use of the land.
Respectfully
BG Channers
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on July 27, 2021, 05:14:25 PM
Wana July 19th
Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the letter  that the bandit Mulehead sent to Sikander Khan to Black Mountain.The relevant message was about attacking our columns.
Hereafter the summary of the letter of the bandit obtained by our spy activities, although still hidden in the roof of Mulehead’s  tower; for your due information and necessary actions.
Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF

Sikander Khan delighted son, follower of the True Book, I, humble mullah of El Osprey have been informed that a feringhee column has been detached from the main army. I order that you  get your jezail, sharp your tulwar, destroy all Angrez  and destroy all the block houses they are setting in the area. Use this important information to loot mules and rifles. All glory and blessing to the only Rule, and to his mullah the invincible Mulehead true khan from Indus to Lahore!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on July 27, 2021, 09:00:35 PM
To the Mighty Mulehead from whom wisdom flows like life from the Indus, Gem of the mountains from Delhi to Herat, provider for widows and orphans, Defender of the One True Rule The Book of Truths TMWWBK, Light in the valley of the forsaken, annointed leader of the sixteen.
The Angrez have foolishly divided their meager army as you foretold and now walk straight into the traps set for them. My ghazis will swarm down on them like lions set upon jackals  My jezzail are primed to smite the kafir as a hawk swoops down the valley on a dove. As to those kafir in the west that follow the old ways, the Yusufzais and their Bunerwhal allies, my scouts tell me even now a Britisher column moves to subjugate them after which my horsemen will ride down the valley and put to the tulwar all the TSATF kafirs who bow to the infidels. May your light continue to shine on sixes. Your humblest of followers, Sikander Khan. 17 Dhul Hijjah 1442
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on July 28, 2021, 03:07:43 AM
FROM: The Mad Guru of Swat
TO: Sikander Khan of Agror Valley
VIA: Hard Rock Courier

Oh yea of little faith -- that is to say, yea whose faith squeezes the wrong treatise.

When your words are read to me (long ago as a youngin I was blinded fighting the Infidels, so the written word must be read to me by my trusty khadim) I am torn like the people of Mecca in the early days of the Prophet, Peace And Blessings Be Upon Him -- when the dwellers of that city were split in two, with True Believers suffering persecution at the hands of former friends and relations who scoffed and attacked them.

Unlike them I am not torn between True Faith and False Idolatry, but between joy and hate.

I confess, Sikander Khan, when I hear these words of yours, a smile creeps across my leather face, for your words hold enormous entertainment value, such as gamers like you and I are given the chance to enjoy in this life for only fleeting moments in time.  Are these fleeting moments not joyful indeed?!?!

...but then I recall the Heathen nature of the False Word you swear your twisted devotion to, the Book of Lies sent to invade and conquer our small corner of the world by the Hegemonic Bird Book Publisher who already reigns supreme over the Earth (and who I alone have made rich via my purchase of dozens unto hundreds of their wares from childhood to this very day)... then my smile fades and I set my old blind face in stone.  The stone of hate.  The stone of WAR.  War for truth... war for tradition... war for the power of the simple word in black & white, not glossy full-color... and war against the dreaded MR. BABBAGE!

I pledge not to fall prey to the sweet mutterings, diverting as they may be, of you and those like you!

I shall redouble my efforts, I shall take the Green Standard of Mecca, that which Ayub Khan used to rally the Faithful, I shall take it from its cave of safe-keeping and carry it to Gilgit, to Chitral, to Jellalabad, to Peshawar, and raise the Mahallah!

Hear me now, ponder my words later, and forget me not tomorrow: in the name of the Mad Guru the Tribes shall rise, the Ghazis shall gather!

Will they fight the Farangi and their idol-worshipping lackeys from the South... or will they fight poor foolish neighbors like you, who fall prey to the siren song of the Mulehead, from whom darkness, lies, and perversion flow like honey from the beehive or money from the purses of the Memsahibs in Simla?

I am a Guru, not a soothsayer, but I predict this much: lead will be pushed, dice will be rolled, cards will be flipped, and victory gained -- all in the name of THE SWORD AND THE FLAME!

So let it be written, so let it be done, bang the gong, get it on!

With Blind Perseverance,

THE MAD GURU


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HAMID: "Hey, Abdullah, do you know who that is?"

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ABDULLAH: "The Mad Guru himself!"

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HAMID: "And do you see what he carries in his hand...???"

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ABDULLAH: "Can it be...???"

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HAMID: "Yes it is -- the Green Standard of Mecca, which led the Faithful to victory ten years ago at Maiwand!"

ABDULLAH: "And then to defeat a month later at Kandahar AKA Baba Wali, no?"

HAMID: "Of course not!!!  The banner was gone long before that."

ABDULLAH "Okay, so... it leads to Victory every time?  Sweet!  Who does the Sainted Guru plan to defeat with it this time?"

HAMID: "That my friend is a question a child like the one guiding the blind Mad Guru's mule might ask, but not a childish question."

ABDULLAH: "So... no clue?"

HAMID: "It will be as God wills."
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 28, 2021, 12:15:56 PM
Gen Simmons decides to punish the Waziri for all the disturbances caused in the last few days, and on the morning of the 20th July a fast column of Gordon Highlanders and the 2nd Sikhs (right wing) under the command of Maj. Spencer climbs the mountains of Manzai and burns Wazir's viallge of Bangai Tor  without encountering resistance as it  was  abandoned by the tribesmen . the punishment of the Raj will be 'inflexible !
While another column of 2nd Sikhs (left wing )  and 40th Pathans under the command of Capt. O'Sullivan heads in to the other village of Chaisan in the same  Valley.
Simmons wants to see if using the heavy hand the Waziri decide to face his brigade.....otherwise he  will proceed to Wana and destroy all the villages on its way.
Simmons  knows that the fundamental of Small Wars is to bring the native foe to a battle where the greatest number of casualties can be inflicted, the only " frontier arithmetic "  that tribesmen understand !

here the village of Bangai Tor is burned
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on July 29, 2021, 08:06:26 AM
Rawalpindi 21st July 1890
HQ of Lt. General Bindon Blood
A meeting with his Staff in progress .

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" Sirs, these are the last news that we received from our tropps ,

Gen. Mc Guinness reached Malakand, his Political Officer Lt Reginald Ethan is exploring the land ahead and is establishing meetings with Local Maliks in order to test their intentions;

Gen. Whitsend reached Jalala and is moving towards Dargai;

Gen. Channer has sent various detachments to Jal and Chitabad in order to find a way to Thakot;

To date they are 5 days that Chitral garrison is besieged but we have not any news from them;

Gen. Simmons detached two columns to burn villages in the Manzai valley;

Gen. Davenport sent tropps to burn villages in the Tochi valley;

...someone brought some cognac ? mine is sadly over "


but 4 eyes and 4 ears are listening to speeches
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on July 29, 2021, 10:17:24 AM
July 21st, a crossroads west of Bannu, Col Fullerton speaking to Major Hugo William Stockfish: .
“Well Willie organize the column we go North”.
“But Sir the orders of Gen Davenport are to burn villages in the Tochi Valley”.
“Yes indeed, but he didn't say according which route. That is exactly what we'll do after burning all the villages between Bannu and Spinwam than we come back to Idak.”
“But Sir General Davenport..”.
“Stop it Major. General said to destroy villages in Tochi valley and not the road to follow. That is under my judgement and I feel that a diversion will allow to arrive on Waziris from where we are not expected.”
“But Sir Umra is an alley...”
“Major open your ears and listen good: there are only 2 kinds of Pathans, bad bandits and dead, that is exactly what I will do with Omar's Afridis before and El Quartah's Waziris immediately after. Are you discussing my orders WIllie?”
“No sir, sure not.... Risaldar Maruti Jadhav order the Squadron to advance in direction towards the North”
“Sir yes Sir! Squadroooon march direction NooooRTHH!”
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on July 30, 2021, 09:32:28 PM
Dispatches from Malakand
18 July 1890
 
FROM: General McGuinness, Commander Chitral Field Force
TO: Lt. General. Sir Bindon Blood, C-in-C Rawalpindi
 
Dear General Blood. 1st Brigade has reached Malakand unmolested and have set up a cantonment in the vicinity. Thus far our Political Officer Regilad Lowell has done sterling work with the tribes on our route of March as we have remained unscathed. We eagerly await the arrival of our 2nd Brigade which has departed Jalala and are marching to Dargai. We must relieve the garrison of Fort Chitral and Colonel Dano MacGurule!

Our scouts report much activity in the surrounding hills, especially behind us. I fear General Hall may be in for some sticky business. We have sent a messenger towards Jalala to warn General Hall. In addition we have left a picket behind of Guides with a Heliograph to assist his advance. They will catch up with 1st Brigade when relived.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on July 30, 2021, 10:43:15 PM
FROM: Sgt. Oliver Crood, Yorks & Lancs, Acting Commander Chakdara Outpost

TO: Higher Echelons Concerned

RE: Night Attack at Chakdara

DATE: July 18, 1890



I regret to inform you that the Outpost at Chakdara is no longer in our hands.  Last night under cover of darkness a force of Ghazis crossed the bridge and launched a surprise attack on us. 

Despite my orders for the entire garrison (8 of our 10 men, with former Hospital Corps Stretcher Bearer Cpl. Golightly inside the Outpost Bldg. tending to the sick Lt. Fitzroy) to stand to throughout the night, at the time of the attack (owing to a bad die roll) only one man -- Pvt. Wilkes -- was still awake standing his post in the courtyard. Pvt. Hudson was sleeping in the Bldg. and the other 5 men and myself were in our tents (I believe the others were all asleep but I was comparing rule-books for TSATF & TMWWBK... which as things turned out might not have been the best use of my faculties at that time). Of equal misfortune (and owing to yet more bad die rolling) Pvt. Wilkes did not manage to spot the approaching attackers until they were virtually upon the Outpost wall. At that point he opened fire, rousing the rest of us.

The ensuing action was fought by very dim moonlight, which proved a challenge for our musketry.  At first it appeared that with Pvts. Wilkes & Hudson defending the wall and myself and 3 other men enfilading from the enemy's right while Pvts. McGurkin and Lampert moved to reinforce the Outpost, we would keep the enemy at bay. The first round of melee at the wall resulted in the DEATH of the Ghazi Leader, which I hoped might lead his followers to turn tail, despite their fanaticism. Unfortunately their fanaticism won out.  Even at pointblank range our "in the dark" musketry (-1 modifier) continued to prove wanting, and in the next round of melee the half-naked hostiles redoubled their efforts and KILLED Pvts.  Wilkes and Hudson both.

This is when the wheels really came off the penny-farthing as the Ghazis got the jump on us (BLACK CARD FLIP to start new turn), allowing them to swarm over the now undefended wall and into the building. In several ensuing melees we lost one more KIA.

From within the Outpost Building we heard Cpl. Golightly putting up a desperate fight, first with Lt. Fitzroy's pistol and then hand-to-hand.  By the sounds of it he was not successful in either endeavor and it is my considered opinion, despite not seeing the evidence with my own eyes, that the fight inside the building resulted in him being KIA. But in regards to our Subaltern, the infirmed Lt. Fitzroy, I have no hint of any idea what became of him.

At this point I gave orders for the remaining effectives to withdraw to the South, along the road to the Malakand Pass and then Dargai.  Including myself, FIVE of us remain present & accounted for.  We loosed a last volley in hopes of giving the shaggy-bearded b@astards something to remember us by... but sadly our musketry fared no better than before.



Regretfully Yours,

O.C.

Sgt. O. Crood, Yorks & Lancs, Regt. # 201



PS. By the numbers, I tabulate the results of the action as follows:

BRITISH: 8 engaged + Cpl. Golightly engaged at very end inside the bldg. to defend the out-of-condition Lt. Fitzroy.

KIA: 4

WIA: 0

WITHDREW FROM THE FIELD IN GOOD ORDER: 5

MIA: 1 (Lt. Hampton Fitzroy)



GHAZIS: 20 engaged

KIA: 3 (including their Leader)

WIA: 3

STRAGGLERS FROM INITIAL CHARGE: 4*

FALLBACKS FROM MULTIPLE MELEES: 5*

*Following the battle these Stragglers & Fallbacks rejoined their unit in good order.


* * * * *

By dark of night uninvited guests cross the bridge over the Swat River...

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Pvt. Wilkes stands his lonely sentry  post. The entire
unit was supposed to stay awake and on guard
all night but the dice told a different story...

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Target visible atop the low sandy hill in the distance...

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The uninvited guests approach, sadly for
Pvt. Wilkes, he still has yet to notice them...

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Finally, the jig is up! Wilkes espies the guests and instantly knows they ain't there to sell pomegranates! Wilkes OPENS FIRE but misses.

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But the shots ROUSE the rest of the garrison, & led by Sgt. Crood they move at once to engage the enemy...

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Ghazi leader Mullah Khamsin takes point & ascends the Outpost wall with one of his Faithful followers...

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Both are KIA!

Surely he belongs to Allah,
and to Him he shall return...

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The fight goes on without him...

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Pvts. McGurkin & Lampert climb the South
wall, en route to reinforce the Outpost...

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The Garrison keeps pouring on the fire...

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But even at their CLASS I TARGETS, in the dark of night it has little effect (consistently bad die-rolling)...

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The melee at the gate goes to the Ghazis...

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And it's the beginning of the end...

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Faithful Ghazi Mirza Hamid charges into the Outpost bldg...

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Corporal Golightly uses the indisposed
Lt. Fitzroy's sidearm to defend them both...

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But fails...

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Back outside, Sgt. Crood weighs his options, gives the order to withdraw...

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Sgt. Crood & co. prepare to loose a farewell volley...

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Which does not disturb the Ghazi stragglers and fallbacks, nor anyone else...

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As the sun rises in the East...

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Sgt. Crood turns and leads his four remaining
men South along the road to the Malakand Pass
and then -- if they're lucky -- Dargai...

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To the victors go the spoils -- and the rooftop celebration...

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When the sun sets tonight there will be no Farangi Ingleesh in Chakdara.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on July 31, 2021, 04:31:23 AM
Letter From Jahaba Kahn to Umra Khan,  July 17 1890
Oh great and merciful Umru Khan, beholder of the one true and faithful text, purveyor of all before him, defender of women and children, let it be known that we have risen up against the hated English and their lackey allies. Join us as we honor the one true text and defeat the ferenghi. As you read this we are sieging the English fort in Chitral on the banks of the Chitral River.

Mines are being dug and sangers built. We have cut off the infidels from their water supply. We shall take this fort in the name of Umra khan and the one true text. Death to the infidels and death to Mulehead Khan. So it is written, so it shall me done. 

A  fortnight ago a jirga was held in the village of the Amir Ali Razah Kahn. He called for a jihad and many of the Chitrali chiefs attended. All were in agreement that we must join together to oust the ferenghi. However, Ali Razah is an old, weak, and feeble man. Though he is devout, and a true believer of the one true text, he will not be the future leader of my tribe!
 
Your faithful servant Jahaba Khan

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Jahaba Kahn

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Ali Razah Kahn

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Jirga


https://sgtguinness.blogspot.com/2021/07/letter-from-jahaba-kahn-to-umra-khan.html?m=1
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on August 01, 2021, 08:59:04 AM
AN ALBUM OF 3 x SILVER PRINTS LABELLED "CHAKDARA - 18 JULY, 1890" FROM THE STUDIO OF KODAK EFFENDI, ONE OF TURKEY'S FIRST ITINERANT PHOTOGRAPHERS...

Portrait of young Kodak Effendi just prior to embarking on his epic "Impressions of the Faithful" tour in early June 1889, following the end of Ramadan:


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Kodak's itinerary took him all the way from Istanbul to Kashgar, but the highlight of his trek was when he secretly crossed the border from Afghanistan to the North-West Frontier of British India to capture these images of Islamic victory...

The first is believed to show Mullah Sadullah -- later dubbed by the British as "The Mad Fakir" -- posing with the remains of the 4 men of the Yorks & Lancs KIA in the July 17th 1890 Ghazi attack on Chakdara Outpost:


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The second shows 3 Ghazis with the sole prisoner taken during their attack, the outpost's commander, Lieutenant Hampton Fitzroy:

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The third and final photo is a wider shot with a large group of Ghazis, the British dead, the Mullah, and the Sad Lieutenant all together:

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 02, 2021, 08:07:05 AM
Wana July 21st
Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the letter  that the bandit Mulehead sent to Sikander Khan to Black Mountain.The relevant bandit’s message was obtained by our spy activities, although still hidden in the roof of Mulehead’s  tower; for your due information and necessary actions.
Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF

Sikander, light of my eyes, I charge you of a big responsibility: many armies had marched towards Black Mountain since the days of the great Sikander but always were kicked out. You have the same name of the great conqueror and that is not just a coincidence. Drive your tribesmen and free all your country from Ferenghees swampy poisoned smell and enter in the Swat and bring there the True Word. The head of the foolish heretic Malak Mansur Khan will be used for the next buzkashi game in Wana!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on August 02, 2021, 10:03:54 AM
Letter from Umra Khan to Jahaba Kahn

Hosoor, light of the North, faithful servant of the true Faith, the time is ripe to drive away all the Ferenghees and crush the head of the heretical infidels of the new creed.
I am leaving with my retinue to come to the north and fight the Ferenghees with you, and with the help of Allah , always be thanked, victory will smile at our  trusty warriors.
On the way to Chitral I will stop by our Great Friend, the Magnificent Malak Mansur Khan, and with his help we would be stronger.
When we would have cleaned our land of Ferenghees we will think about punishing the heretics Mulehead and Sikander .
So it's written, so it's done !



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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: MaleGriffin on August 02, 2021, 07:15:32 PM
Brilliant! Inspirational! Thank you so much for this AAR!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 03, 2021, 06:33:53 AM
Dear all, this topic has overcome the 8000 views in two months and thank you all for your supporting. As you may want to remember all started with a fight between my Waziris and Umra’s Afridis, under the flags of two Rules, and now involves many new friends who actively contribute and enlarge the campaign and the scenarios.
The best pictures and stories come from the Swat and so a special thanks to Mad Guru for his inspirational pictures and friendly support provided for scenery, flags etc.
Anyway, the gorgeous magnificent of his posts scared a little some friends and they tod me they are a little bit shy to post anything because incomparable with such beauties. Well I say those pictures are an inspirational target to aim but absolutely it doesn’t mean that few soldiers average painted cannot have their room in this topic, because the goal is having fun trying to live the NWF atmosphere; so stories, facts, traitors, bloodlust are much more important.
It is as when you read WI or WSS or other wargame magazines: you get ideas, inspiration, you enjoy looking at wonderful scenarios and miniatures; I know I will never get such levels but that doesn’t mean I stop to paint my Baluchis 😊.
When you admire what our friend are able to build and feel a little bit uneasy just have a look at my posts: if I had the insane bravery to publish such rubbish sometime even without completing bases you just organize your battle , get pictures and post them! 😊
I remember to viewers that if you have 2 armies, or 1 army and a friend with the other, you can participate and provide your support to the True Book. Just PM to Umra or to me to enter in the game.
Furthermore, remember that only the faithful devotees to TMWWBK will play in the Heaven wargaming and, if he will not convert, Malak Mansur Khan ‘s destiny will be the hell of Science Fantasy, due to his not nominable heretic belief, no matter how beautiful  his posts are 😉.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: LordSpode1879 on August 03, 2021, 07:42:55 AM
Really enjoying this fun and inspirational thread! In particular I must applaud the contributions made by all the participants.... A simple but extremely clever and effective twist on more traditional campaigns!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on August 03, 2021, 07:59:08 AM
Despatches Abbottabad (Forward) 21 July 1890
Tikari Valley
To: General BBlindon
From: Hazara Field Force
COL O'Grady has secured Jal Pass defeating a significant Pathan force defending same and burning the village of Trand and now moving against the villages of Bilankot and  Kopra in order to pacify the Tikari Valley. We will advance to Maidan and reconstitute the brigade with all guns and supplies. We believe we have engaged Sikander Khan's vanguard and count the heathen among the dead. Am forwarding photograph for confirmation and currently transporting body of said same on to Maidan for further transport on to Abbottabad for full confirmation of remains.
Intend to consolidate force at Maidan and send politicals forward to engage tribes given consequence of leaders death.

Of particular mention was Major Geoffrey Marks of the 2nd Fusiliers who engaged personally in melee with the pathan devil and bested him.

Respectfully
BG Channers
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on August 03, 2021, 09:08:38 PM
Giorgio, agreed sir 1000%!!!!! Every contribution is awesome!!! I think every post adds to the adventure and the story. Do not be dismayed or intimidated by Mad Guru’s posts. He is the exception, not the rule. He raises the bar that I believe we would all aspire our collections to be. There’s always one that is the most grand, But that does not mean anyone else’s are less in any way. This campaign is his personal passion and he’s been researching, building, collecting, and writing about it for many, many years. I for one find all of the collections, pictures, and stories posted by everyone motivating and extremely enjoyable. ….
 
8000 posts, HUZZAH!!!! Congrats Umra Kahn and Mulehead Kahn, well done gentlemen.

Now throw those other rules away and let’s roll some dice and drink some Guinness. Cheers!!!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on August 04, 2021, 04:22:59 AM
Despatches Abbottabad (Forward) 21 July 1890
Tikari Valley
To: General BBlindon
From: Hazara Field Force
Being a report of actions in securing Jal Pass and the Tikara Valley.
Number 2 Column approached Jal Pass, the 3rd Sikhs well in advance with orders to assault the village of Trand. The main column followed with 2nd Highlanders prepared to support the Sikhs. The 1st/5th Gurkhas provided flank security for the pack trains including guns and supplies. The 40th Bengal Infantry provided rear security for the pack trains and the 2nd Fusiliers overall rear security. Brigadier Channers VC, was located with the 2nd Fusiliers.
Sikander Khan arranged his pathan clans strategically throughout the valley, hidden in the heights and across the river in an effort to affect an ambuscade against the column after allowing it to cross Jal Pass. It appears he did not anticipate the punitive nature of our column and failed to account for the attack on Trand, thus disrupting his plan and causing him to commit forces piecemeal where they were readily defeated.
The Sikhs crossed the river and were decisively engaged and driven back by the Trand khel pathans.  The highlanders formed close order and laid down murderous fire into the village. The Sikhs followed up with their rifle barrage, then cleared the village with bayonet, setting it alight.
Seeing the village burning the Chirmang khel charged down from their positions in the rocks into the highlanders only to be repelled by fire, cold steel, and nerve. Retreating to the rocks they then came under fire from the 2nd Fusliers. Reduced to a quarter of their initial strength they retired to the East.
Further down the valley the Gurkha came under withering jezzail fire from the pathan sharpshooter. This in turn was met by return volley fire from the highlanders and then from the 2nd Fusiliers. The surviving heathens fell under the kukri of the remaining Gurkhas.
Seeing his plans to lure the column into the valley and destroy it rapidly disintegrate, Sikander ordered his Ghazi to assault the pack train and capture the guns and mules. This they did handily. The 40th Bengal counter-attacked but were cut down by the fanatics and driven back. Before the ruffians could make away with their prize they came under withering fire from the 2nd Fusiliers, which unfortunately also killed a third of the pack mules but drove the devils and their leader back through the millet fields. This was followed by a cold steel charge in which their commander Major Geoffrey Marks personally despatched Sikander Khan in harried personal melee.
Bilandkot khel under Gul Akbar finally committed and fording the river overwhelmed the supply and sapper mules and their drivers, but then came under scathing fire from the highlanders and retreated without the mules to their village. No mules were lost in this action.
The attack thwarted and the villages abandoned, the column continued down the valley without further incident putting to flame the villages of Trand, Bilandkot, Chimrang, and Kopra. We are currently bivouaced vicinity of Kopra awaiting the advance of Number 1 Column and will reconsolidate and await further orders given the death of Sikander Khan. Have despatched the political officer forward to Maidan to arrange shura for capitulation of remaining northern clans.

Worth mention are; Major Geoffrey Marks for ridding us of the foul heathen Sikander Khan, Subedar John Tyler 5th Gurkhas for leading a charge into hail of jezzail fire and breaking the pathan firing line, and MAJ Patrick of the 2nd Highlanders for maintaining a cool head and providing an aegis of rifle fire without which we surely would have suffered.

Respectfully;
BG Channers
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on August 04, 2021, 05:48:47 AM
FROM: MGnl. Whitsend, CO Peshawar Div.
TO: BG Channers, CO No. 2 Column, Hazara Field Force

RE: Recent action in Tikara Valley

DATE: 22 July, 1890

Channers old bean,

Just received word of your No. 2 column’s brilliant showing versus the foe yesterday.  In fact you've done so well they may have to rename you “No. 1 column”, eh, what?  Sincere compliments to you & your men and the first round’s on me when our paths cross in any mess!

Sincerely Yours,

Smokey
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 04, 2021, 02:04:14 PM
Wana July 23rd
Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the speech  that the bandit Mulehead told to his Khans in a Jirga not far from Jondala  to commemorate the death of Sikander Khan of Black Mountain.The relevant bandit’s speech was obtained by our spy activities, camouflaged as a camel driver,  for your due information and necessary actions.
Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF

My Khans I have sad news: Sikander the Lion of the North has been martyred, blessing be upon him. My heart is ripped from my breast  and my body is numb with grief for Sikander martiryum. But now my grief is turned into anger. His example must enlight our next steps. A jirga will be assembled in the Black Mountain to determine who will be the leader of the war host and be the avenger of Sikander.
A new heroic warrior, faithful to the only Book, will drive all black Mountains tribes to destroy ferenghees first and heretics immediately after and his name is Gul Akbar Khan.
El Growly, El Scavenger, Sikander, how many khans will be killed before the True Rule lights will enlight all Punjabi? I’m not a prophet, I’m not a faqir, I’m not a mullah but tonight El Osprey appeared through His voice in my dreams and said; you Mulehead, son of Mulebrain, you have a son , Muletail, that you sent to Kabul to Italwars to learn how hammering feringhees bullets to fit our jezails. Now he had to escape, not being sure about Italwars' faith. Order to arrive was sent today to the deep North and in few weeks he will be here , ready to be painted with war colours, El Muletail will  take on the tulwar of command and will drive your Khans to kick out all feringhees that will escape before being butchered. He will drive Waziris up to Peshawar and then to have the heads of all heretics’ khans. This was said in the dream, this will happen because the Rule wants it!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on August 04, 2021, 10:42:29 PM
Dispatches from Malakand
18 July 1890

FROM: General McGuinness, Commander Chitral Field Force
TO: Lt. Gnl. Sir Bindon Blood, C-in-C Rawalpindi

Dear General Blood. 1st Brigade has reached Malakand unmolested and have set up a cantonment in the vicinity.  We eagerly await the arrival of our 2nd Brigade commanded by newly promoted General Hall.
They have left Jalala and are marching to Dargai.

Our scouts report much activity in the surrounding hills, especially behind us. I fear General Hall may be in for some sticky business.

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A scout from the Corp of Guides.
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Pathans in the hills watching 1st Brigade set up the Malakand cantonment.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on August 05, 2021, 05:45:35 AM
Mulehead, son of Mulebrain, sire of Muletrain, purveyor of the Word. Following the martyrdom of the great Sikander, Lion of the North the Torghar tribes have convened a jirga in the tradition of TMWWBK, guided by the six sided oracle a new leader has been chosen. Though Hashim Ali Khan's blood runs hot for vengeance against the farenghee, he has shown that once sated he will be as meek as a mouse and not continue the fight to the end and despite the influence of his wazir, Asmani Khan, it has been decided . I, Gul Akbar will lead the jihad to drive Channers Sahib and his devils out of Tor Ghar and then take the true word to the west until there is only one Rule.
Sirdar Gul Akbar
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on August 05, 2021, 09:39:00 AM
Rawalpindi 23rd July 1890
Residence of Lt. Gen. Bindon Blood
Staff meeting, General Blood speaks:
"Sirs the latest news from the Frontier tells us of the successes of Gen. Channer's troops in Black Mountain. In a fight the evil Sikander Khan died, I am confident that now the old and faithful Ali Hashim will summon a Jirga and peace will be restored.

Gen. McGuinness has passed Malakand with the first Brigade and has arrived in Chakdara, the outpost has fallen and the Yusufzais are in arms blocking the Uch Pass that leads to Panjkora and from there to the Bajaur valley. The second brigade commanded by Gen. Hall is in Malakand and will act in support.

Unfortunately we have no news from Chitral where the garrison has been under siege for 7 days.

Gen. Whitsend is in Dargai and will have to deal with the riots caused by the Bunerwals in Rustum, where Hindu traders were killed. The Bunerwals deserve exemplary punishment and good Smokey is the man to give it to them. The Bunerwals are blocking the Shakot Pass the access to Buner .

In Bannu Gen.Davenport has detached a flying column under the orders of Col. Fullerton to intercept a transport of weapons by Omar's Afridis.

Gen. Simmons has moved the whole brigade from Tank via Manzai and is about to attack Zarin Khan' s Lashkar Wazir.
God Save The Queen "
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 05, 2021, 10:32:03 AM
My dearest Readers, for all subscribers today a special insert to ride with Gen Mc Guinness to pacify Chitral area. No news from other area. Col Fullerton is punishing the Waziris in Tochi Valley, but no evidences of any form of resistance. The death of the bandit Sikander has stopped any rebel activity in Black Mountain. Next step will be the conquer of Wana and the head of the vicious bandit Mulehead.
yours faithfully
Reginald Winkie
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on August 06, 2021, 03:38:44 AM
A communique just arrived from the frontier ……

Dispatches from Chitral
18 July 1890

FROM: Colonel Dano MacGurule, Commander Chitral Garrison
TO: General McGuinness, Commander Chitral Field Force
CC: Lt. General. Sir Bindon Blood, C-in-C Rawalpindi

General McGuinness, the siege of our garrison continues old boy. We'd received sporadic musketry fire from the environs early on with minimal casualties, our beloved doctor Capt Stevens had kept us all healthy and patched up, there are no mortal wounds thus far. However, Johnny Pathan has become emboldened and has taken up positions along the gardens walls and within several structures close by the fort. The sporadic musketry has turned into a rather hot fire all throughout the day and long into the night to try to keep us on edge. We believe they are also digging tunnels as we can hear the scraping at night as well as building sangers within effective range to bring more accurate fire to bear. We caught one bloke poking around our tower guarding our water supply, I do fear they will try and cut us off from the river water supply shortly. I'm organizing a sortie for the evening of the morrow to clear the nearby structures and destroy any discovered mines. Please continue on with most haste sir. See you in the mess old boy!

Yours respectfully,
Colonel Dano MacGurule, Commander Chitral Garrison

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Pathan tribesmen snipe the Anglo-Indian defenders manning the ramparts of Chitral Fort.

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More Pathan tribesmen occupy the structures close to the fort and use the walls surrounding the gardens and fields as hard cover.

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More pictures on my blog: https://sgtguinness.blogspot.com/2021/08/dispatches-from-chitral-18-july-1890.html?m=1
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on August 06, 2021, 06:19:27 AM
FROM: Brig. Gnl. Ruff-Husband, CO 1st Brigade, Peshawar Field Force
TO:  M. Gnl. Whistsend, CO Peshawar Field Force
CC: Lt. Gnl. Blood, C-in-C Rawalpindi & Whole Bloody Frontier
DATE: 22nd July, 1890

RE: 1st Brigade arrival at Dargai

General Sir,

Pleased to inform you 1st Brigade has arrived at Dargai and encamped thereabouts.  We lost no one on the trek up here and the entire Brigade remains present and accounted for.  Upon first arriving hereabouts I instructed Col. Trevelyan to lead a reconnaissance in force by 9th Gurkhas which crowned the heights of the Pass and reported no signs of tribesmen, either hostile or friendly.  He posted piquets and in addition I am keeping keen eyes on the pass via sentry towers lashed together in our cantonments.

As yet we have had no further word from the survivors of the night attack on Chakdara Outpost, and I sadly rate the chance of us seeing any of them alive again as fifty-percent at best.  Neither have I received any word re: fate of Lieutenant Fitzroy, the outpost's commander who had fallen ill prior to the attack & may have survived as a prisoner.   I will of course keep you appraised any/all developments pertaining to these matters.

The locals have made themselves extremely scarce but between transported supplies and local forage my commissariat officer is confident he can keep the Brigade fed and hydrated for the foreseeable future.

RE: the surrounding tribes and their current disposition towards the recent disturbances in Waziristan, the Black Mountains, and nearby Chakdara... we have so far been unable to track down any representatives of the local leadership, which does not bode well.  Rest assured I have doubled the sentry watches and we are keeping our powder dry.

Unfortunately the sisters Lorelai and Christine Brom remain in my camp, set as they are upon reuniting with their father, Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Brom, who is currently serving with the 1st Brigade out of Nowshera.  As explained in prior dispatches, I did not feel comfortable sending them South with only their private escort to keep them safe -- not to mention they refused to do so.  While marching from Mardan to Dargai they proved themselves rather shockingly handy with the Martini-Henry carbines they carry, bagging a pair of long-horned rams who came trotting round our camp.  Should events conspire to take 1st Brigade across the Malakand Pass, my plan is to leave them entrenched in Dargai with a substantial enough escort to preserve their safety until we return.

Most Dutifully Yours,

S.R.H.

PS. Word has just arrived of trouble in Rustum, where reports say some Hindu traders have been murdered by unruly Bunerwal tribesmen.  I reckon Rustum as 2 days march to the East of my current position, which should make me the one to respond.  If I do not receive contravening orders I will attempt to gather further intelligence from Buner and set out to enact satisfaction for these heinous crimes.

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The Brom Sisters:

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on August 06, 2021, 07:01:34 AM
FROM: M. Gnl. Whistend, CO Peshawar Division
TO: Lt. Gnl. Bindon Blood, C-in-C Rawalpindi & the Whole Bloody Frontier
DATE: 23rd, July 1890

RE: Responding to Bunerwal provocation in Rustum

General,

I appreciate your instruction to send Brig. Gnl. Ruff-Husband and his Brigade East to make the Bunerwals pay, but I think it prudent for us to pause this movement until the 2nd Brigade of Major General McGuinness's Chitral Field Force has arrived in Dargai.  At present Dargai is an important link in our chain of communications and defense and I think it best not to leave it unoccupied by a significant force of arms.  By my calculations this will only require a one or two day delay before Ruff-Husband sets off for Rustum.  I look forward to your response, which will of course be put into action immediately.

Your Most Obedient Servant,

Smokey
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on August 06, 2021, 07:59:17 AM
Rawalpindi 24th July 1890
From Lt. GEN Bindon Blood
To :
M. Gnl. Whistend, CO Peshawar Division

Dear Smokey
From the information in my possession the 2nd McGuinness Brigade should have already passed Dargai and arrived in Malakand, good Lord did we miss a brigade?
get in touch with McGuinness and let's make sure that' bloody brigade is  in Malakand.

Bindon

Ps: I agree with your decision concerning the Brom's sisters.

PS 2:
Did you have some Cognac ? Unfortunately here it is all over !

PS 3
latest news from Bannu reported that Col. Fullerton disappear somewhere south the  Kurram River...By God ...we 're loosing pieces ! Davenport  must give me a good reason why he keep giving commands to that unreliable Colonel!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on August 07, 2021, 06:10:31 AM
FROM M. Gnl. Whitsend, CO Peshawar
TO: Lt. Genl. Bindon Blood, CO Rawalpindi & Whole Bloody Frontier
DATE: 24th July, 1890

RE: 2nd Brigade, Chitral Field Force

Dear General,

I may certainly be mistaken, but the 1st Brigade Chitral Field Force has already moved across the Malakand Pass, putting well out of immediate reach of Dargai, while the latest correspond posted from the 2nd Brigade says "...they have left Jalala and are marching to Dargai." Needless to say, being en route to Dargai and being at Dargai -- as Brigadier Ruff-Husband and his Brigade are at the moment -- are slightly different categories.  Nonetheless, with the reported rising in Rustum/Buner, and 2nd Brigade Chitral FF destined to cross the Pass into Malakand, it seems the only way to keep someone "minding the store" at Dargai will be for me to send my own 2nd Brigade there, rather than continue too keep it holding down fort here at Peshawar.  I will proceed in expectation you will concur with this decision, but if you think this further thinning of our reserves unwise, tell me so and I will immediately countermand the order.  Meanwhile, I shall instruct Brigadier Ruff-Husband to pull up stakes and make for Rustum at once, leaving behind the ably entrenched cantonment garrisoned by a detached Wing of 23rd Sikh Pioneers.

Respectfully Yours,

Smokey

PS. Sadly the Cognac is all out here at Peshawar as well, but we still have decent stock of Scotch and -- for the less discerning -- IPA.  Cheers!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on August 07, 2021, 08:21:41 AM
From Bindon Blood , Rawalpindi
To : M. Gnl. Whitsend, CO Peshawar

Smokey, old chap
You had a clever idea, ....why didn't  come to me? :(
anyway, send the 2nd brigade of  Brigadier Ruff-Husband to the Shakot pass, the Bunerwals need a punishment  once for all,  these ignoble cutthroats have plagued the region for too long with impunity.
Cheers
Bindon
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 07, 2021, 08:57:51 AM
July 24th, a hill 10 miles north of Mir Alì,, Col Fullerton speaking to his right hand  Major Hugo William Stockfish .
“you see Willie, those damn bandits are down in the valley completely unaware of our surprise. This time I will have my, how do they say? Ah yes my badal and for my return I couldn’t ask for a better badragga than my guides. Unfortunately, Davenport didn’t allow me to get other 2 lancers squadrons because today we’ll ride over those dummies”
“yes Sir but let me underline that they are not completely unaware, they are preparing obstacle, covers and sangars, I see also a field gun they are moving among the barricades…”
“Willie don’t be fool, they cannot use it, are just few bandits and I will be the avenger of Capt Attenborough and his gallant lancers. A charge and all is finished before they understand what is happening”
“ Sir the other time cavalry didn’t prove to be so reliable among rocks”
“Oh stop it that was due to poor guides infantry performance. This time we will be the surprise ! Look that flags, someone important is there, perhaps we will have important prisoner for tiffin time! Now give the order for attacking and we’ll relieve also that gun, a nice present for Davenport , Old Richie, he will be happy like a cadet at his first aiming to real targets!”
“But Sir it could be a trap…”
“Oh Willie you have always an excuse to avoid meeting glory, but I want my VC and today I’ll bring the first step of the stairs to climb to get it! Order to attack!”
“yes Sir as you order. Risaldar Maruti Jadhav give the order to move the column! We attack those pesty scum”
“Sir yes Sir, Squadroooon march direction NooooRTHH!”
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 07, 2021, 11:13:38 AM
July 25th 15 miles south of Spinwam, campfire of Fullerton’s “pacifiers”, two young officers are talking whispering close to night fire before entering in their tents, They were in command of 2 units during Mir Ali famous clash, nominally Lt Richard Dawes of British Yorkshire and Lt Andrew Best, the veteran survivor of Gulla Jan Kot. of Sikh guides.
“Andrew I m so excited, Old Fully was a Greek God hammering the pagans that fled like rats. Now all this area is bandit free, we have punished Spinwam afridis and they will think twice before raising their head again. What a charge my buddy, I’m still shivering if I think to it!”
“Oh stop it Richie, I know the old foolish, he caused the death of Attenborough and many other gallants friends of mine. “
“But the gallant charge, that is something heroic!”
“Something foolish you mean. It succeded only because Afridis are fooler than him if possible.
It succeeded only by sheer luck. The Afridis had field gun but were given the wrong ammunition by accident and ignorance, and therefore could not mow down old Fully and his men.”
“But that was heroic…” “No that was stupid, charging he just got some arillery men but jeopardize the possibility to kill all of them by Poona’s carbines. The only positive fact is that Gunni Din Khan survived so I hope that when another stolen gun will aim to me, he will be in charge for ammo replenishment”
“Andrew you are too cynical, we have pacified all Spinwam country and destroyed many towers like this, now they are submitted and definitely pacified”
“Oh no Richie, now they are really upset and according to Pashtunwali they will search for badar, revenge. My guides told me that their Khan, Omar the winner of Gulla Jan Kot, swore on his nang to have full blood payment for any pathan killed. It is worse than a blood feud. Let’s hope to be back in Bannu before it starts.”
“But we are not directed to Bannu, look at the map, we are going to Miran Shah,,,”
“Miran Shah?!? Old fool crazy woodhead, we are going towards Mahsuds lands, if we arrive there, and I underline if, we will regret not be shot by Gunni’s artillery ….”
“’evening tenants”
“oh Major, we didn’t notice you”
“Please stay no issue what are you talking about, if I can ask?”
“Sure Sir, I was telling Andrew, ehm Lt Best, that I’m excited thinking to next issue of Peshawar Tibune and I will be able to write to my mother and tell her that I’m part of Fullerrton’s flying devils, Sir”.
“I see, I would like to be a bird and fly to Tirah to understand how the battle tactics and future strategy will be reported to Umra… I fear we have awakened a nasty dog… Well gentlemen good night, tomorrow will be a very busy day!”
“ Sir good night Sir”
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 08, 2021, 02:15:16 PM
Peshawar.25th July
Dearest Readers we have received news about a gallant victory got by the brave Col. Fullerton, striking terror in all Afridis'hearths.
As soon as he saw a large concentration of Afridis bandits he consulted with his right hand Major Stockfish who before the battle said:
“My Colonel ,those pesty bandits are Afridis, the most avaricious race who transfer their obedience and support according the liberality of donation. Today let us give them enough steel to stop for ever their rifles trading and let us free them from the burden of that gun”
“Ok major,I approve,  now all ready in attack column, follow me, galop!”
The vily Afridis seeing the brave cavalry charging them on both flanks of infantry units advancing fiercely in the valley, they  shot once with the stolen gun and fled after spiking it. Continuing his charge Col Fullerton (may we call him already Br.Gen Fullerton 😉?) reached them and made a big killing  sending them away and freeing the road towards Spinwam. Then he burnt all towers and villages up to Spinwam to give appropriate memory for Capt Attenbourgh and all the dead of Gulla Jan Kot.
Then our genius of strategy changed directions towards Tochi valley where Waziris are already trying to escape renegading their Khan the infamous bandit El Mulehead and his henchman El Quartah.
Mashuds are sending messengers to assure about their loyal alliance signed with Major Haldane weeks ago.
In the attached special edition you can see some pictures of the battle that allowed Fullerton to clean the road towards North, a map with his triumphal cavalcade  and a special interview to his brilliant staff officer Maj Stockfish of Poona regiment.
yours faithfully
Reginald Winkie
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 08, 2021, 06:24:56 PM
Tank, 25th July 
a letter by Br Gen R. Davenport is just arrived from Bannu for Br Gen D.W. Simmons.

David, my respect. I’m in big troubles and I need your help. That fool blockhead, Fullerton, is combining another of his. Under big pressure by you know who, I accepted to put him in charge of another expedition, this way towards Tochi Valley but this fanatic returned to Spim Wam to revenge past battle and now is marching towards Tochi valley from North, That means that he will pass thru Mahsuds lands and I need that you send Major Haldane to negotiate a safe passing, assuring them that he will not remain in their land one second more.
His insignificant skirmish are painted by local press as a second Waterloo and he has become the idealized hero of all the good society in Peshawar. I cannot think what would happen if he will be victim of any incident. We have to act quickly to prevent any further problem, at least if he can return safe from Spinwam. Really the true result of his battle I got by safe sources and are 1 cavalry lost against 2 afghans and only real success, the gun was spiked, but unfortunately not relieved, Anyway…
I take the opportunity to send to you a box of cigars just arrived from Caribbean and thanks in advance
Faithfully Yours
Richie
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on August 08, 2021, 10:35:17 PM
25th July 1890
From Tank
Br. Gen. D.W. Simmons
To Gen. R. Davenport in Bannu

Dear Ritchie
your Fullerton is a big problem.
When the Maj. Haldane made the Jirga with the Mahsuds in exchange for the peace he promised that no fort will be built on their lands and that no British troops will penetrate in their territory.
If I send Haldane to ask for a ride to that crazy Fullerton I risk he won't come back either.
You have to stop it anyway!
David Wally Simmons
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on August 09, 2021, 01:00:43 AM
Channers Sahib, blessings be upon you. It is with the greatest humility I ask you to join me in a jirga to discuss peace terms. The loss of life and villages in the Tikari Valley have left us no alternative but to meet your demands. If it pleases you meet us at Serai in three days with your political envoys and requisite terms.
Your humble servant
Sardar Gul Akbar
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on August 09, 2021, 05:26:30 AM

FROM: BG Channers VC, CO Hazara Field Force
TO: MGnl. Whitsend, CO Peshawar Div.
RE: fire and steel

DATE: 27 July, 1890

Smokey

Capital!  Seems a little steel and fire is all it takes to sort out these hooligans. Received envoys today requesting a jirga to discuss terms for compliance of the entire Black Mountain tribal region. Sounds like this chap Gul Akbar has more brains than he does fight about him.  In that case the brandy is on me sir. Once we've reconstituted our force and returned to Abbottabad I'll send some "relief" post haste from my private stalk.
Yes sir, the steel and the fire, judiciously applied.

Respectfully

BG Channers VC
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on August 09, 2021, 07:25:02 AM
FROM: MGnl. Whitsend, CO Peshawar Div.
TO: BG Channers, CO Hazara Field Force
RE: Triumph & Tragedy

DATE: 28 July, 1890

Channers,

Sterling progress, old bean, and if all goes as you demarcate I won't hesitate to help reduce your private stalk, or stash!  Not to be a croaker or the squeaky wheel on the limber, but I respectfully suggest you refrain from trusting the alleged entreaties of devious fiends such as Gul Akbar.  When you attend his Jirga be sure to take at bare minimum a company size escort, and a full battalion would be better.  Not to be soppy but it would not do to lose you in the lurch, so to speak.

Sincerely,

Smokey
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on August 09, 2021, 08:28:04 AM
ESCAPE FROM CHAKDARA

In his previous despatch, following the fall of Chakdara Outpost, Sgt. Crood (Yorks & Lancs, Regt. #201) neglected to mention one vital member of the garrison: the Detachment's Bhisti, DIRKA GRIM...

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After the fall of the Outpost, Dirka Grim joined Sgt. Crood and his 4 surviving men on their desperate bid to make it back to British lines by following the road along the Swat River...

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They did their best to stay out of sight whenever any locals were about, but failed once and were spotted by some children at play across the river...

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They took the fork in the road and headed South towards the Malakand Pass...

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Dirka Grim took care to refill his water supply before his path parted ways with the river...

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To reach their destination they had to move through the small town of Kabal...

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They waited for dusk, then silently slipped down the deserted street, Sgt. Crood sending Dirka to scout ahead, seeing how his appearance -- though slightly out of place -- would attract far less attention than the rest of them...


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They made it through Kabal safe and sound, then struck into the mountains proper, keeping to the shadows and moving after dark in an effort to remain hidden from any prying eyes...

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Next morning they came to the last stretch of Rocky Mountain before the Malakand Pass itself, at which time Sgt. Crood once again called on Dirka Grim to do a bit of reconnoiterin'...

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As it turned out, despite his one step above Untouchable status, Dirka Grim had always fancied himself a soldier, so he did not hesitate to solo climb the mountainside and ascertain if the coast was clear...

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Which as it turned out it was not.

There was a Tribal loiterer of unknown disposition athwart the path...

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This Johnny Pathan fellow turned 'round...

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To confront Dirka Grim...

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Accused him of being an idol-worshipping Infidel...

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And signaled an attack...

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In keeping with the hallowed ways of the ONE TRUE TEXT -- AKA: The Sword And The Flame -- a MOVEMENT CARD was flipped...

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RED = British, which in this case was Dirka Grim.

Dirka Grim had been secretly hoping and praying for this moment to come for the past decade at least, since he first began earning his salt from the Great White Queen...

But Johnny Pathan was a skilled combat veteran, so...

It was deemed an equal fight, MELEE DIE vs. MELEE DIE...


(Keep It Simple Sahib)

High rolls wins, low roll determines combat result for the loser...

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Dirka Grimm was victorious.
Barely so, but sweet victory nonetheless.
With his losing result of "1" Johnny Pathan was dead.
And May Allah Have Mercy on His Soul.

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Dirka Grim climbed the last stretch of mountain...

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To see what he could see...

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You're a better than I am, Dirka Grim...

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You was spotted by Trevelyan of the 9th Gurkhas
When he'd just crowned the heights of Malakand Pass
Johnny Pathan for sure is who and what he thought you
'Til you whipped out your bugle and blew it fast.

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LINK to audio of Royal Engineers Bugler playing "Tattoo":

http://www.royalengineers.ca/39_Tattoo%20(1st%20Post).mp3 (http://www.royalengineers.ca/39_Tattoo%20(1st%20Post).mp3)

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After hearing Dirka Grim's bugle call, Col. Trevelyan ordered the Gurkhas deployed atop Malakand Pass to advance & provide force protection for the men he now expected to be returning to "barracks" as per the bugle call.  And right he was as Dirka Grim retraced his steps to the spot where he'd left Sgt. Crood and Co., joined them, and together all six made for the Pass...


Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 09, 2021, 11:16:18 AM
“Pack up your money pull up your tent Sgt Crood,
 
Dirka Grim's bugle call goes over rocks and wood,

Truly he is a better man that we had understood!”

From “Peshawar barracks ballads” by Reginald Winkie
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on August 09, 2021, 11:42:05 AM
Mad Guru 👏👏👏👏👏
great for the use of the True Text !

Giorgio malicious Wazir your  rhyme is worthy of Dante
excellent  👏👏👏
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 09, 2021, 01:05:54 PM
In the makeshift field of Poona's Horse everyone sleeps ... even the Risaldar Maruti Jadhav ... then in the middle of the night the Risaldar wakes up sweating, had a terrible nightmare and must communicate it to Col. Fullerton. He grasps his pistol and goes out of the tent. He see him close a campfire.
"Colonel Sahib I had a terrible dream ... the Black Death had taken the form of a Mahsud, then the Mahsud changed into Her .. but it was dirty with blood, your uniform was on the ground and you were naked full of blood and wounds in every part of the body. Colonel Sahib we must not enter the territory of the Mahsuds, or you will die "
“Risaldar Maruti Jadhav you believe these non-senses? I do not! I'm an Officer of Her Majesty Queen Victoria and I don't care about your premonitions. Order the squadron to prepare!”
A little later the squadron is ready to march, Fullerton is ahead of everyone ...
"towards Miranshah towards glory"
He hits the belly of the horse with the heels of his boots ... and the horse escapes him from under ... someone he has cut the girth, Fullerton falls to the ground, gets up and is furious ... then he remembers that another twin saddle was left back in Bannu. He cannot charge without his lucky saddles.  And he orders his column to turn around and set off again towards Bannu. The Risaldar breathes a sigh of relief and thinks ... in my dream someone had rolled a D6 and the result was 4 ... "Fully understands that it is risky to enter the territory of the Mahsuds and goes back to Bannu" Fullerton…understands…in the same sentence???.


Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: MaleGriffin on August 10, 2021, 02:22:34 PM
I love this storyline! Great job!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 11, 2021, 12:11:34 PM
From the July 26th, 1890 issue of the Peshawar Tribune our correspondent Reginal Winkie:
 
Dear Reader, this issue includes a totally free digest of my famous “Who’s who in Punjab”. The today summary deals with Pashtun Khans and is already a must in all the decent clubs east of Indus valley.
In the North there are the Chitralis driven by Alì Raza Khan from his fort in Chitral and his henchman Jahaba in Kila Drosh. They are faithful to old Rules and very friends of Swat tribes.
Moving to East you can meet the infamous Black Mountain tribes. Nominal leader is Hashim Ali Khan whose brother and heir was the bandit Sikander, recently killed by our forces. Raising star is now the ambiguous Gul Akbar Khan. They are quite fanatically devoted to new Rule and allied with Waziris.
Immediately south of Chitralis there is the Swat, where Malak Manur dominates the Yusufzeis with the help of his right hand Sarban Khan. Here is the deepest religiously faith for Old Rule. Malak is the spiritual leader for all the believers. Their enemies say that Swat was meant to give Kings’ gladness but the Yusufzais have made of it a desolate hostel.
A little bit more South you find Tirah where Umra Khan has his lands. He is the leader of reference for all devoted pilgrims for old Book, helped by his henchman Omar. He is always wavering between friendship and banditism with our soldiers and is deeply involved in a feud with Mulehead Khan of all Waziris.
The bordering north Waziris in the Tochi valley are Utmanzai and their leader is El Quartah, very foxy in gaining from enemies feuds. Ahmedzai are the Wana Waziris under direct control by El Komiss el Mulehead who has delegated south foces to an emerging renegade, Zarin Khan, very skilled in fighting and…
betrayals.
Attached in the insert you will find a map with main Khans positions and a copy of my Peshawar Barrack Ballad together with a new inquiry about Fullerton’s campaign: “Stopped because too successful?”.
All these and much more in the internal pages.
yours faithfully
Reginald Winkie
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 12, 2021, 01:55:23 PM
The warm breeze of a hot July evening is spreading over Kabul. In the late evening two dark shadows are talking behind the column of a bungalow.
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“You see brother Muletail, the air is becoming harder and harder, we cannot trust in Italwars and people faithful to old Book are becoming more aggressive every day”
“you are right my good Abdul Kareem, we cannot trust him. Tomorrow at dawn we’ll go out with the caravan which goes to Altimur pass. The first night we’ll escape thru north with some camels that will remain accidentally with us”
“All this only we two ? You are the mighty Ghaazi Muletail El Komiss but even you cannot resist caravan tribesmen if they notice the missing camels!
“Abdul we will not be alone”
“You mean that Mighty Ruler will be with us?”
“Not exactly, will have our new friends, the converted Bunerwals, they also are feeling not safe and has agreed to escape with u to escort us to their land. From there we’ll go south to Wana. Actually one of them is exactly behind that building, looking for spies and protecting us.”
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“Very easy yes indeed, but unfortunately to go to Buner lands we’ll have to cross the Afridi’s lands and that mean that Umra will be happy to pay a great reward for our heads…live or death”
“c’mon Abdul you see perils everywhere, if we are loyal to our Ruler. He will protect us from Afridis”
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“ok but if we escape from caravan, cross Tirah valley, are not killed by Bundersvails, how we arrive to Wana?”
“Abdul do not be irrational; how can I know now?”
“Irrational’ Me? Ooh you are a fakir, sometime as mad as Swat fakir… anyway I swore to feud my father killing and I will help you”
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“Abdul I told you 300 times, Your father was killed by Muhammad the Scavenger but he is dead now.”
“Yes but he had sons and cousins and uncles, I will repair the feud!”
“Well now go and rally all our Bunerwals friend, we’ll start tomorrow morning. Speak loudly with them about going to South, to cross Altimur pass and arrive in Waziristan avoiding to be intercepted by Mashuds wolves packs. We have to cheat Umra’s spies and after leaving the caravan avoid to call each other with our true name”
“Ok Ghaazi Muletail, oops I mean ok. Ok what?”

“Hussein, I will be Hussein and you my good friend, you will be Mustafa”
“ok Hussein, we meet here tomorrow at 4 am to join the caravan, I will pay the caravan bashi and no issue to go with them!”
Suddenly two long whistles sound in the air and the two shadows disappear swiftly as they had appeared.

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 13, 2021, 08:01:48 AM
Sunset of a weary day, the caravan slowly is ending its march directed southwards, towards Altimur pass and the lands of Mashuds, where sentinels are patrolling the area to detect the intruders. But hidden by some dunes a little group is walking North wards, few guys dressed like merchants but with their tunics hidden in bags on stolen camels. Their leader is a well-known guy:
“Abdul from now on you are Mustafa and I am Hussein. Open your eyes and ears because Umra’s spies are everywhere and we are going into their lands: direction Jalalabad. Our badragga will be composed by our brothers in faith Bunerwals. When we will be far enough from the kafilah with our new mules and camels with their kujavas full inside with our  new tunics and turbans. We have stolen some water too and we have to make it enough.
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We have a long march up to Jalalabad, as we see a new kafilah we’ll join it to enter into the Tirah valley as simple merchants and then we’ll dress with the new tunics to simulate we are all Bunerwals.”
“Muletail, oops Hussein, let’s pray the Ruler that overviews our steps in this terrible path.”
“Mustafa, we teach his Words and He will assure His merciful protection! Now stop talking, we have a long sand chocked ride thru the stifling heat of these July nights clattering out onto this rocky  dusty desert to arrive to stony glacis hills crowning Jalalabad. Now we must camouflage during days and take advantage of the nights to move.”-
“But Hussein we have marched all the day…”
“Yes Mustafa but in the wrong direction, now we have to recover and very quickly. Soon Umra’s killers understand our trick and will alert all the caravans around Jalalabad. We cannot waste a single minute, c’mon we’ll rest during the day!”
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“If we’ll survive this night and the crossing of Khurd Kabul pass …”
“What?”
“Nothing, I said we will survive!”
“Good, this is the right spirit! Let’s go!”
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on August 13, 2021, 08:24:49 AM
Rawalpindi 27th July 1890
from Lt. Gen. Bindon Blood
to Gen. David Simmons in Tank;
copy to Gen. Sir John Percival "Mandrake" Aubrey-Smith in Lahore.

"Sirs,
It is with great regret that I am forced to replace the current Commander Gen. Simmons with the new Commander Gen. Mandrake Aubrey-Smith in command of the Waziristan Field Force.
I thank Gen. Simmons for the work done.
signed Bindon Blood "

thoughts aloud of Blood
"damn work, the problems with these stinking Pashtun cutthroats and all the coordination of the brigades in the field were not enough ... Lord Berwick of the Admiralty had to get in the way too ...
"you know Bindon I have received many requests from Lady Fullerton (and you know that a beautiful woman can move mountains) she says that her son Col. Fullerton is not highly regarded by Gen. Simmons, who does not want to give him space ... you know how  it is.. I would therefore ask you to replace Gen. Simmons with another commander.
Lady Fullerton comes every day to my office ... I don't know what to answer and how to get rid of her"
 .....it all seems easy for them ... move a General put another ...
damn job

General Sir John Percival "Mandrake" Aubrey-Smith
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on August 13, 2021, 12:14:40 PM
Excellent stories, very intriguing!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on August 14, 2021, 12:36:15 AM
ACTION AT MALAKAND -- JULY 23rd, 1890

We pick up the story of Sgt. Crood, Dirka Grim, & the other Chakdara Outpost survivors where it left off, with Detachmental Bhisti Dirka Grim having just alerted the nearby 9th Gurkhas to their presence on the far side of Malakand Pass...

TURN 1

Sgt. Crood & his 4 men move towards the Pass, Dirka Grim moving to rejoin them en route…

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9th Gurkhas advance through the Pass to secure the route for the returning Yorks & Lancs...

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Suddenly Sgt. Crood & Co. are CHARGED from the rear by a clan of sword-&-shield-armed Ghazis (20 figs) who were hiding in the rocks at the North end of the Pass…

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At the start of the FIRE PHASE a BLACK CARD is drawn and a clan of Pathan Tribesmen (20 figs, 10 w/rifles) pop out of hiding in the scrub-brush along the East bank of the Swat River and FIRE at them from across the river…

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The 10 Pathan rifles inflict 1 WIA on their Class II “Open Order” targets...

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The 4 remaining British rifles fire back at their Class III “Rough Terrain” targets and also inflict 1 WIA...

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The Gurkhas atop Malakand Pass pepper the charging Ghazis with FIRE, scoring 1 WIA + 1 KIA (total 2 casualties)...

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MELEE PHASE:

The Ghazis roll to “Close Into Combat” & pass their morale check...

The Brits roll to “Stand & Fight” & also pass...

Melee is joined -- 5 Brits vs. 18 Ghazis...

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Brits suffer 2 WIA, 1 KIA, 3 Fall Backs - incl. Sgt. Crood + Dirka Grim (running total 4 casualties)

Ghazis suffer 2 WIA, 1 KIA (running total 5 casualties)

British LOSE the melee and retreat 6”...

Ghazis WIN the melee and occupy enemy’s former position...

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TURN 2
 
RED MOVEMENT CARD is flipped first.  Gurkhas atop Malakand Pass CHARGE down at the Ghazis.  Gurkhas roll 4 movement dice & resulting 19 pips/inches allows 12 of them to reach the Ghazis & potentially engage them in melee.

Ghazis attempt to countercharge -- to do so they must first pass Critical Morale check using 2 x D6.  As per the Holy Text (aka: TSATF) low morale die-rolls are good, but the Ghazis roll 12 -- an utter fail which forces them to remain in place.

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The Pathans across the river fire at the Gurkhas as they charge thru the pass down at the Ghazis and score 2 HITS: 2 x WIA...

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MELEE PHASE:
 
In the D6 roll-offs "Charing Gurkhas" get the "Win Ties" modifier; for the FIRST ROUND OF MELEE ONLY they also get +1 modifier for being on higher ground...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7WcA47GjM2A/YRbpkaySXRI/AAAAAAAAWCU/gJ9mvMeFHXoDSSR_j7bHxnAEIlXNDxIqgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_9823.HEIC)

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The Gurkhas carve up the Ghazis and WIN the melee, suffering 1 WIA, 1 KIA (running total 4 casualties), while the Ghazis LOSE, suffering 4 WIA, 6 KIA, (running total of 15 casualties).

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The surviving Ghazi "Fall Backs" now ROUTE 6" to their rear…

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TURN 3:
 
British RED MOVEMENT CARD flipped first, GURKHAS move to take up a firing position on the routing Ghazis who are headed for cover in the rocky rough terrain.  The Routing GHAZIS move 16” into the rocky ROUGH TERRAIN (In the One True Text AKA: TSATF,  Native forces suffer no movement penalty in Rough Terrain)...

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The Gurkhas fire at routing Ghazis – land 5 hits on 1-4 CLASS III Rough Terrain targets, 2 WIA, 3 KIA, wiping out remaining Ghazis (final total 20 casualties)...

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TURN 4

Gurkhas move to take a firing position on the Pathan Tribesmen across the river; the Pathans remain in place in the scrub-brush Rough Terrain...

FIRE PHASE:
 
RED card drawn first (on this day the cards seemed to favor the Farangis); Gurkhas FIRE on Pathans, score 1 x Rifleman WIA; 3 x Swordsmen WIA; the remaining 8 Pathan Rifles FIRE back at the Gurkhas: score 2 x hits - Gurkha LDR WIA, 1 x Gurkha rifleman WIA (running total 6 casualties)...

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TURN 5
 
BLACK Pathan movement card flipped first (FINALLY the Baraka swings to the Faithful!) -- the Pathans decide discretion is the better part of valor, DISAPPEAR INTO THE SCRUB-BRUSH & move off the table, ending the fight...

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After the Pathans withdraw, the Gurkhas stand fast as Sgt. Crood, Dirka Grim & Co. head over the Pass...

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At the crest it's not just the village of Dargai visible below, but also the newly-erected cantonments of 1st Brigade Peshawar Field Force...

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(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-b5UT2B8zLnY/YRb2-t74ZZI/AAAAAAAAWEw/z8ORPycNplAloNuaDBlMfiWJkPbRhoBDwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_9919.HEIC)

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Sgt. Crood & Co. are met by a detachment of 23rd Sikh Pioneers, Dhoolies for the wounded, and a Troop of 12th Bengal Cavalry, who escort them to the Cantonments...

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All of this is keenly watched by an Officer & NCO of 92nd Gordon Highlanders on watch atop one of the Guard Towers as the Union Jack snaps in the wind behind them...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--gdeRO0MDKg/YRb75r7nk7I/AAAAAAAAWGQ/VXIIMzt3NK0kBIS9uBF9cKdKaVDCdauJwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_0085.HEIC)

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...And also by a sharp pair of eyes beneath a familiar BLUE TURBAN belonging to none other than MAYANK JAN, "True Son  & Loyal Devotee of Sarban Khan the Light of the Yusufzais, Defender of the Faithful, Enemy of Infidels" -- who appears to have decamped from Peshawar city & followed in the wake of 1st Brigade, Peshawar Field Force...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xv7rOrsh1hs/YRb2-pcXrDI/AAAAAAAAWE0/PE7s075avYEmY9ttzAlL8nV6qfvOzXeiACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_0008.HEIC)

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 14, 2021, 06:52:04 AM
Dear Reader, today you can find the Saturday illustrated insert with main gossip from the Frontier. The military situation is  in a stalemate. Davenport is happy that Fullerton returned with almost all the column, Simmons is packing his goods ready to give a warm welcome to the new General  Sir John Percival "Mandrake" Aubrey-Smith,  Chitralis are still sieging our boys in the fort, Black Mountain is pacified after the death of Sikander khan and from Swat columns are ready to support Gen Mc Guinness to recover Chitral.
But today it is time to enjoy our Week end illustrated insert with numerous interesting articles of fashion, culture, sport… and gossip of course. In this issue you’ll find all this and much more!
yours faithfully
Reginald Winkie
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on August 14, 2021, 10:54:34 AM
SHOCKING READERSHIP ACROSS THE FRONTIER…

Unlikely as it seems, we have learned that one of the most faithful readers of Reginald Winkie and the Peshawar Tribune is none other than the Mad Guru himself!

In this brief series of Silver Prints from the studio of Kodak Effendi (one of Turkey's first Itinerant Photographers) the legendary or notorious (depending on your point of view) spiritual figure is pictured having the latest edition of said periodical read aloud to him at one of his favorite spots: the "Garden of Martyrs Cemetery" near Chakdara.

In tumultuous times such as our late 19th Century, we hope these images will serve to remind us that while matters such as conquest and rebellion (or wargame rules preference) may kindle harsh conflict, other things can bring us together -- if only for long enough to enjoy a diverting gossip column or a piece of bold sporting news...

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: MaleGriffin on August 14, 2021, 03:19:07 PM
This keeps getting better and better! I'm inspired to work on my NWF stuff~
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: LordSpode1879 on August 14, 2021, 03:22:57 PM
I am just loving this thread.... . All the contributions are top notch and so inspirational!

My thanks to all involved!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 16, 2021, 10:03:16 AM
Dawn of a new day, Khurd Kabul pass is dominating the rocky dusty landscape; a long caravan is approaching from Kabul.
“ Mustafa now is the moment, follow me”
“Muletail, ooohm I mean Hussein, are you crazy? Half a dozen against all those Pashtuns?”
“Not against, my friend, hide your tulwars and look”
The old caravan bashi is leading the long row of animals and afghans.
(https://i.postimg.cc/rw6YqScF/caravan.jpg)
“The Old Rule blessing upon you, young boys. We are going in peace and in peace we want remain, but we will not hesitate to show you that we can be as dangerous as wolfs”
Muletail thought “yes but if you can be wolfs, I can be as lethal as a waziri panther or as foxy like a snake”
“The old Ruler be with you, wise Bashi, we are just Bunelwars pilgrims returning to our homes. In peace we came and in peace we go”
(https://i.postimg.cc/s2CXP0zd/speaking-with-the-caravan-bashi.jpg)
“Good, I heard that many Bunewairs were accepting the false rules, abominable ones” said the old Afridis spitting aside.
“you are right my brother, many have deviated and we devoted to the True Words must be very careful, they are even starting to prosecute us”
“yes bad time, but it is not wise to walk alone, join our caravan and we’ll give you a good company up to Jalalabad.”
(https://i.postimg.cc/wjp5M2rM/caravan-3.jpg)
“thank you brother, may the Merciful Ruler give you joy and happiness and accept you in his Paradise!” yes the Paradise of the heretics… thought Muletail and then loudly:
“Well friends let’s accept the generous offer and join these brothers in faith”, then whispered
“See Mustafa, mixed with these well known merchants nobody investigate when we will arrive to cross the pass, you see the panther can be a fox!”
“A snake my friend, a snake”
(https://i.postimg.cc/L6fBmwNG/caravan-2.jpg)
At the pass some Afridis sentinels are patrolling the entry.
(https://i.postimg.cc/HL8wnNtq/Afridi-control-1.jpg)
“Muhammad old Kabuli, where are you going with all these goods?”
“Rashim, young jackall, you want to kid me. These goods are just poor things of an old poor man. Since the Ferenghees looting and destroying all Spinwam lands, my business is ruined. I will end my days asking for a sip of water and a spoon of chickpeas to merciful pilgrims”-
“Old snake, every time you have an excuse for not paying for our protection. But this time you could do me a greater present. We are looking for some khafiris who are trying to return to Waziristan. They were going Southward and you may have known something about them”
“No we are all good faithful Afridis plus a bunch of Bunerwals who have remained loyal to the True Rule and are returning to their land”
(https://i.postimg.cc/9Fc9nRHz/Afridi-control-2.jpg)
“Ok but keep your eyes and ears ready to detect any information. You know Umra can be very generous. Or very ruthless!
“Thank you, if I hear something I’ll report, I promise”
(https://i.postimg.cc/ZR7Bb5hJ/Afridi-control-3.jpg)
“Now go with the Ruler and may your camels have a +2 in difficult terrains”
“May the Almighty Ruler give you eagle eyes to detect the heretics and get the retribution for them”
(https://i.postimg.cc/cCdgZkCG/Afridi-control-4.jpg)
Hidden among the camels Muletail aka Hussein and his friend Abdul Kareem aka Mustafa with their Bunerwals friends go on towards Jalalabad.
(https://i.postimg.cc/J7DYzFsj/Afridi-control-camouflage.jpg)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Tom Dulski on August 16, 2021, 10:29:37 AM
EPIC!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on August 16, 2021, 04:12:54 PM
Peshawar, a maze of squares, alleys, courtyards, palaces, temples where an immense mass of people move ... Pashtuns, Sikhs, Punjabi, Arabs, Muslims, Bengalis, Hindus, Afghans ... among many busy people screaming they bargain...
(https://i.postimg.cc/ZYPLP0yp/Screenshot-20210816-170440.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/vHkDctHz/20210816-103337.jpg)
... Zibbib Khan also moves, trader of horses, mules, camels ... weapons. Zibbib Khan wants to go unnoticed, he moves through the alleys in the shadows, his goal is the carpet shop of Ibrahim Dast ...
(https://i.postimg.cc/x1sQX0RS/20210816-103554.jpg)
(https://i.postimg.cc/7LppzbJj/20210816-103830.jpg)
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"Ibrahim may Allah protect you ... I need information from you who know everything that happens on the Frontier"
(https://i.postimg.cc/nrMBtV0c/Screenshot-20210816-133826.jpg)

"Hosoor that Allah has mercy on your enemies, your visit worries me, you are the bringer of death ... what does Zibbib Khan want to know from a poor old man that he does not already know?"
(https://i.postimg.cc/Dw3Jxckz/Screenshot-20210816-133855.jpg)

"Ibrahim I heard that there is a caravan that left Kabul with a particular load, two young panthers, my clients will pay me very well ... 50,000 Rupees for the Red Panther and 25,000 for the other ... You surely know something about it ... "
(https://i.postimg.cc/8cSpGZ1K/Screenshot-20210816-133639.jpg)

"Zibbib Khan what are you going to do to these two young panthers?"
(https://i.postimg.cc/wx283qFT/Screenshot-20210816-133549.jpg)

"Ibrahim old flea do not ask questions ... I do not ask my clients, what do you know about these two travelers?"

(https://i.postimg.cc/Dw3Jxckz/Screenshot-20210816-133855.jpg)
"Allah protect me from your anger Zibbib ... I have heard from some Bashi who passed here in recent days that two young men are traveling in a caravan with some pestiferous Bunerwals ... followers of the False Rule, look for the black men and you will find your prey"


(https://i.postimg.cc/nrMBtV0c/Screenshot-20210816-133826.jpg)
"Thank you Ibrahim may Allah make you find another young wife and money to feed her "

(https://i.postimg.cc/wx283qFT/Screenshot-20210816-133549.jpg)
"Go Hosoor, go your own way and don't say you saw me ... here in Peshawar even the walls have ears, the believers in the False Rule Book are everywhere."


Zibbib Khan walks away from the carpet shop and dives back into the dark alleys of the City of Flowers ... now he has some information to provide to his Clients ... this is the Great Game, on the Frontier there is not a single truth and he knows how to tell them all ....."
(https://i.postimg.cc/rpTNdr8D/Screenshot-20210816-133718.jpg)










Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 17, 2021, 07:21:38 AM
The last lights of the day shows Jalalabad in all its beauty, down in the valley, few walking hours only.
(https://i.postimg.cc/3wtcXqst/Jalalabad-mountains-sunset.jpg)
“Mustafa look our journey to Jalalabad is ending. Thank you old Bisha, we have to thank you again for your hospitality. “said Muletail aka Hussein. 
Mustafa “Yes Hussein, and especially for those delicious tamarind pancakes”
“ahah it is a duty of the pious devotee to help pilgrims like you. I’m sorry that our caravan will deviate towards SpimWam while you aim to Khyber Pass and from there to Peshawar and then to Buner. May the Holy Ruler bless your path and provide a plus one to your tulwars. Unfortunately, where I go we’ll find destruction and bankruptcy, but with the help of the Ruler I hope to arrange some little business to provide a warm dinner to my old bones”.
“Thank you old Muhammad- said Hussein - may the Ruler help your business and double your profits. You have no idea how much you were precious for us”
Mustafa. “can we have a last dinner before leaving the caravan? It is not for the tamarind pancakes, I liked also rice and dry fish…”
“Don’t worry my friend Mustafa, Jalalabad is home to a large number of fruits. Various types of citrus fruits like orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, lime. The orange narindj has yellow skin and its taste is a combination of orange and grapefruit. And the grapefruits grown here have a diameter up to nine inches. We’ll buy these fruits in local markets with a local variety of sugarcane, the vatani , full of sugar. We’ll made a big supply to last up to Peshawar”
“yes, but before leaving we’ll celebrate the safe end of this journey with a great party and exhibitions of our tribal dance and all of you are invited to attend or to dance if you like. And by the way there will be a large distribution of tamarind pancakes” said Muhammad blinking to Mustafa.
“I’m volunteering for dancing!” exploded Abdul Kareem aka Mustafa in a cascade of laughter.
(https://i.postimg.cc/C154y5WC/dancing.jpg)
Few hours later in the astonishing Jalalabad.
“Mustafa stop to indicate every attraction, or we’ll be noticed, is the fourth time you want to pass in front of these shops and every time you buy more fruits”
“ ’Cause I’m provident and I don’t want surprise before arriving into Peshawar”
(https://i.postimg.cc/zDWJCjQN/Jalalabad-1.jpg)
(https://i.postimg.cc/rydvxwKt/B-Jalalabad-3.jpg)
“Now stop it and let’s prepare to go to Buner. We will change our tunics to have a look more “Bunerwals” like and include also some tulwars under the clothes.
 (https://i.postimg.cc/1XNctTRf/E-Jalalabad-8.jpg)
“It is late, hurry up”
“I can’t hide my scimitar, Hussein”
(https://i.postimg.cc/J4KZzWZY/Dado-5.jpg)
 “I told you only tulwars, now let’s go. We must leave the town before evening”
(https://i.postimg.cc/nzWGnZJy/D-Jalalabad-7.jpg)
Follow me and try to mix with other merchants, Mustafa the city gates are in that direction, stop eating oranges!”
(https://i.postimg.cc/pybQnZyk/F-Jalalabad-13.jpg)
Few hours late, leaving Jalalabad
“My friends we have to march all night following the banks of the river Kabul , tomorrow we’ll be in sight of Khyber pass, march and be silent”
(https://i.postimg.cc/j5GvvYZ4/Jalalabad-vs-Khyber-pass.jpg)
(https://i.postimg.cc/V6SDjkBN/Jalalabad-vs-Khyber-pass-2.jpg)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on August 18, 2021, 04:22:00 AM
Emergency Dispatch Hazara Field Force
Captain L. Gie Signal Corps
Village of Serai
BG Channers and his Political Officers taken hostage during jirga BREAK

Protection force and one signaled killed BREAK

Tower is currently burning BREAK

Pathans falling back BREAK
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 18, 2021, 07:50:53 AM
Gentlemen, this topic was opened on June 4th and in less than 2 months and half we have overcome 10.000 views with more than 200 replies.
We have constituted a bunch of friends, 5 are actual players, 10 have provided occasionally some hints, many others have provided positive feedbacks privately, all messages to encourage and push the development of stories and AARs.
I want to remind everyone that this club is open to new players, provided they want to actively participate with the right attitude, and there are many interesting tribes still waiting for their Khans to fight for the True Rule, whatever you will decide is the right one.
Only limit is an yearly subscription to Peshawar Tribune that you can manage directly with Mr Reginald Winkie. The subscription will provide different benefits: not only you can have a direct and trusty view of what is happening at the Frontier with different point of views and interviews to multiple characters, but also you will gain many discount by our Sponsors, who made all this possible.
At this point I want to thanks all of them:
•   Guns and guns – Edinborough - the rifles for the discerning khan;
(https://i.postimg.cc/63P9FC0V/z-guns-and-guns.jpg)
•   Tulwar Rizah and you know what you are knifing;
(https://i.postimg.cc/L8CS7zvy/rizah-tulwars.png)
•   Stop buying new ammo: with Alì Hussein’s hammers reshape the stolen cartridges;
(https://i.postimg.cc/MTJ0V3NN/Ali-hammers.png)
•   Hashad’s camels: new and used sale. The best carrier in town;
(https://i.postimg.cc/mD52ktnZ/Hashad-camels-2.jpg)
•   Amindullah's the mules for all ground;
(https://i.postimg.cc/8PYw0cMR/Amindullha-mules.png)
•   The reign of the carpet: in Peshawar carpets are only at Ibrahim Dast's, fly safe with Ibrahim's carpets;
(https://i.postimg.cc/cLYPS2R5/Ibrahim-carpet.jpg)
•   Anglez fired your house? No issue: Sikander Brothers building materials are available at discounted prices;
(https://i.postimg.cc/657H9Bp9/Sikander-material.png)
•   Parties, ceremonies, processions? to remember the best moment ... Kodak Effendi, Photograph shop;
(https://i.postimg.cc/J0FPb2PV/Kodak-s-photographs-and-cameras-jpg.png)
•   Mustafa's Food & Beverage the best mutton on earth;
(https://i.postimg.cc/LsjFCz1Z/Mustafa-s-Food.png)
•   Ali Murtaz and Ali Yussuf’s: Pistols, Guns and Grenades splendid reproductions. Darra Adam Khel Kohat Road n. 145;
(https://i.postimg.cc/RZ6BfrCd/Ali-Murtaz-and-Ali-Yussuf-Pistols-Guns-and-Grenades.png)
•   For your daughter’s best day only the best: give her an extraordinary wedding In Rajasthan with Ahmed’s travel and rifles, the event not for all the tribes!
(https://i.postimg.cc/x1wS3sc2/Fort-wedding.jpg)
Last but not least I would get the chance to get your feedback, please post your opinion if you’d prefer more battles or characters histories, preferred heroes (but I have to warn you that answers not including Muletail will be erased), summary maps, more summary of armies situation , new characters you’d like to meet, more/less Peshawar Tribune articles, inserts etc and all you want to add, included congrats Mulehead you deserve to became Khan of all Punjab! (especially this last one… lol).
That's all folks and looking forward to meeting you at next posts!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on August 18, 2021, 09:52:23 AM
URGENT SIGNALS

Early morning August 1st, 1890...

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The sun rises over the Malakand Pass, and Captain Carey's Signal Section stationed on the tallest peak thereof...

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They spot a FLASHING GLINT from a distant heliograph and receive the following MESSAGE:

EMERGENCY DISPATCH Hazara Field Force

Captain L. Gie, Signal Corps

Village of Serai

BG Channers and his Political Officers taken hostage during Jirga

--BREAK--

Protection force and one signaler killed

--BREAK--

Tower is currently burning

--BREAK--

Pathans falling back

--BREAK--


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Captain Carey rapidly relays the message to Brigadier Gnl. Ruff-Husband, Commander 1st Brigade, Peshawar Field Force, at their Cantonments on the South side of the pass...

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The Brigadier quickly consults with his staff, who cross-check their map with Google Sahib and confirm that Serai Village lies 22 miles distant on foot (as opposed to via one of those newfangled Horseless Carriages) from their present position alongside Dargai Village, as seen here...

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The Brigadier dashes off his reply, entrusts it to the fastest rider in his Brigade -- Daffadar Ishar Singh, 12th Bengal Cavalry...

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...who rides through the pass at whirlwind speed...

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...and hands the message to Capt. Carey...

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...who uses the Heliograph to send it to his counterpart at Hazara Field Force, Capt. L. Gie...

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FROM: BGnl Ruff-Husband, Commander 1st Brigade Peshawar Field Force
TO: Current Commander Hazara Field Force

My brigade is 1 day's forced march from your position at Serai

--BREAK--

Request you advise immediately if you require relief

--BREAK--


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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 19, 2021, 01:28:59 PM
Dawn is rising and in the landscape Khyber Pass is emerging, terrible and full of dangerous promises.
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Landi Kotal, few miles west of Khyber pass, the Sun is celebrating its triumph in this hot August 1st.
Few shadows are moving cautiously among the bushes which surround the dusty road. Some words are whispered, but in the solid silence explode like gun shots.
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“Hussein please, another orange, I swear the last one”.
“Mustafa you have depleted all our reserves, we have only few fruits and we must spare them up to Peshawar…”.
“Oh oh what we have got here” said suddenly a voice from top of some rocks “Naik Amir Alì I got some fishes who was proceeding hiding behind bushes in a very suspect mood”.
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“Well done Omar, another bunch of smart Pashtuns, too intelligent to pay the entry ticket, isn’t it?”said a nasty voice belonging to the pride Naik, walking in the center of the road, as if he was the Khan of all Landi Kotal surroundings.
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“No most honorable Naik Sir” said Muletail aka Hussein “we are not trying to avoid paying for crossing the Khyber pass.”
“No? you seem Bunerwals, so to go home you have to cross the pass, don’t you?”said the triumphing Naik “We don’t like lairs” continued changing the mood.
In the meantime, a company of Khyber Rifles appear from nothing all around our friends looking at them with malevolent sights. Khyber rifles are halfway between real soldiers and policemen, usually hired among Afridis.
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“Better get free of these gentlemen as soon as possible” thought Muletail. And remembered what told him the old bashi about the atrocities made by the feringhees.
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You see brother Naik, we are Bunerwals coming from a pilgrimage to Kabul. We are followers of the True Rule and we swore to spend one season of penitence fighting for Omar the beautiful to vindicate the atrocities made by Anglez in Spimwam and there we go. You see we do not need to cross the pass and we do not want to evade the right fee”
“Mmmmh pilgrims or Bunerwals you have to pay”
“Excuse me Naik” said the first private, uneasy “It is not good taking money from pilgrims fulfilling their holy votes”
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Naik knows his soldier is right but cannot admit he was wrong in front of all his men, atmosphere is becoming electrical “Well let me see inside your camels panniers.”
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Inside the panniers there is also the holy flag sewed during the long nights in Kabul. It is written One True Rule, and as t is good for every faithful they obtained the help of some pious women, believing it was for the Old Rule. This time Mustafa has a smart solution
“Well brothers, no issues. We will give you the money not for the pass entry but because we want to have a good lunch with our friends. And as we cannot eat chicken and mutton until vote fulfillment, we’ll give you the money and you will eat and toast to our health!”
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A second of silence than Naik smiles and all the soldiers dismiss and smile thinking how to spend the easy money.
“This is a change of program” Muletail thought“ now we cannot cross the Khyber pass and must direct southwards in direction of Bara river, we are entering deeply in Afridis lands, but it is funny: Umra is searching us from Khost to Buner while we are marching straight on within his own territory!”
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Private “Naik something is strange”
Naik “What, eating free chicken and dry fish with a bowl full of free rice?” ahahah
“No I mean, do you remember my sister Anisa?”
“Ah the second one, married to an old merchant in Peshawar?”
“No not Amina, Anisa, the one who was married with our uncle Hamman, in Torwarsak”.
“Ah yes, I remember the big wedding party…”
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“Naik I had a lot of cousins and friends among Bunerwals until they started to leave the True Faith, and I know very well their peculiar dialect; well those two guys, the ones in front of the group, they spoke with a strange accent, was like Bunerwals but a little bit forced and exaggerated.”
“mmmh better we speak of this with the Havildar”
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on August 19, 2021, 08:57:18 PM
Bebe Sahib, blessings be upon you. By now I'm sure you know of my treasured guests Channers Sahib and his envoys, alas Asmani Raja declined our invitation preferring his own company in the TorGhars perhaps he will find the lions he seeks.  As agreed to during our jirga Channers Sahib will remain my guest until such time all of the Anglez have left the TorGhar and returned to Abbottabad allowing the Hassanzais and Akazais to rule our people according to the one book TMWWBK.
Channers Sahib had these odd papers on him, at first my warriors wanted to use them for toilet paper or jezzail ball wadding but brought them to our learned scholars to interpret their true meaning. Fortunate that Channers Sahib is my honored guest for the punishment of possessing such heretical texts is blinding of the eyes. Is it the position of the Queen in Engleez to not only tell us how we should live but also how we should fight?
I await the word from my scouts telling me the last of the farenghee have left the TorGhar so I may allow my guests to return unsullied to their cantonment.
Your humble servant
Sardar Gul Akbar
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on August 20, 2021, 01:50:14 AM
Who is this "Bebe Sahib" you speak of...?
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on August 20, 2021, 05:24:03 AM
FROM: BGnl McQueen J., Force Commander Black Mountain Expedition
TO: BGnl Ruff-Husband, Commander 1st Brigade Peshawar Field Force
Reference:

Ruffy,

Currently my only position at Serai is nervous subaltern who managed to lock himself in a tower and not get shot b'gawd.
I've two columns in the field as well as a force at Oghi to contend with this upstart Gul Akbar, not mention some rogue agent running about the Black Mountains on some damnable lion hunt? Wot,wot.Doesn't this fool realize there is a punitive expedition on! Damnable says I. Damnable.
No sir, I appreciate your offer but I've two highly capable colonels combing the valleys for any information with a brigade to strike with when the whereabouts of this insolent imp are ascertained. I'll have Channers and his boys back before tea on Tuesday, I'm certain of it.

Queeny
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on August 20, 2021, 11:09:05 AM
Riposte To An Effrontery

FROM: The voice of Civilization AKA: B.Gnl. Ruff-Husband, CO 1st Brigade Peshawar FF

TO: Sardar Gul Akbar

RE: Your latest Vile Effrontery of a Mockery of a Sham

Your recent crime against humanity and the manner in which you communicate it are of such monumental scale that they demand immediate response, which I have taken forthwith.  Please see attached photographs (a perk of the aforementioned Civilization) showing the burning of Dargai in retribution for your kidnapping of General Channers as well as for the egregious tone you take towards the ONE TRUE TEXT, aka: The Sword And The Flame.  You seem to find such impudent mockery of the sacred amusing.  I assure you, the residents of Dargai Village -- INCLUDING YOUR SISTER FARAH AKBAR, WIFE OF THE HEADMAN NAZIM GUL, and their three sons, your nephews RAZA MUHAMMAD, BABA MUHAMMAD, AND GAZA MUHAMMED -- are not currently amused, nor shall they be any time soon -- unless or until you release Brigadier Channers and all of his compatriots unharmed and with those weapons and other possessions which they had on their persons when you first compelled them to become your "guests."  Today it was not "papers" I ordered burned, but an entire village where your close relatives reside.  If Channers & company are not immediately released, it will be the residents -- including those same relations of yours -- who burn next.

Indomitably Yours,

BG SRH, CO 1B Pesh FF -- Loyal Devotee of the True Text, AKA: TSATF

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Anderson Collection on August 20, 2021, 03:07:03 PM
Wonderful thread :-* :-*
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: MaleGriffin on August 20, 2021, 04:41:42 PM
One of the best threads ever!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 21, 2021, 09:09:16 AM
Ali Mashid surroundings: Naik walks towards Havildar Gul Mast, followed by Omar: "Havildar we've something you could be interested knowing..."
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"Bet it’s better for you if it is worth of disturbing me while working" answers the havildar waking up from the ground where he was resting under the shadow of a control tower.
"Sepoy Omar noticed something wrong in a group of Bulewars going southwards to join Omar Khan army. He says they had a strange accent." Said the Naik underscoring that all the responsibility was over sepoy Omar.
(https://i.postimg.cc/Ss0gtqBm/F-Naik-Havildar-private-discussion.jpg)
"mmh why didn't you stop them?"
"Sir because this stupid saddle goose told me only after they departed" said Naik nervously.
Havildar thought mmmmh that is really suspicious. I will forward the information to Umra's spies, I know he is looking after some panthers trying to return to Waziristan...
(https://i.postimg.cc/dtnSQby9/Dado-1.jpg)
Wait, and if he questions me why we let them slip away? We had his enemies and we didn't care to give them to him...nooo too dangerous, I have to take time to decide...
(https://i.postimg.cc/sgN675KQ/F-Havildar-reflects.jpg)
"You fools stupid whiffle whaffle, you drunk too much tamarind syrup and it fulfilled your head. Different accent you say? Omar could not recognize a Buner mule from a camel and now he recognizes the accents! And you stupid Naik encourage him!"Shouted angrily the Havildar "Now you both will stay 2 days without resting to learn how properly controlling caravans and it is better that you'll bring to me enough rupees to calm me down or I will be really very nasty, you can bet it.”
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on August 21, 2021, 09:43:31 AM
A VISIT TO THE CITADEL OF THE IRON AMIR

AUGUST 1890

The Arg-e-Shahi, or "Citadel of the King" -- commonly known in the Kabul vernacular simply as the "Arg"...

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Built by the current King, Abdur Rahman Khan, known as THE IRON AMIR...

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On this warm August day a visitor from Afghanistan's South-East Frontier (AKA: India's North-West Frontier) stands waiting for his audience with His Royal Highness The Protector of the Faithful, Despoiler of the Kaffiri Unbelievers, Suppressor of Rebellious Ghilzais, Uzbeks, Tajiks, and Hazaras, and Beautifier of the Land...

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ROYAL ADJUTANT: "Mullah Sadullah?"

MULLAH: "As-Salam-u-Alaikum wa-rahmatullahi wa-barakatuh, my son.  I am he."

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ROYAL ADJUTANT: "Walaikum a-salam.  His Royal Highness the Amir will see you now."

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MULLAH: "Peace be upon you, oh Great King from over the Mountains.
Truly it is as the Faithful say: the light of the Prophet
does shine brightly from your eyes."

ABDUR RAHMAN KHAN: "And also upon you.
Peace that is, not the light of the Prophet from your
ass-kissing mouth.  They tell me you have something to trade.
I am a busy Amir, so tell me quick.
What is it exactly?"

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MULLAH: "Your retainers speak true, Great King. I come as
the humble emissary of the rising devout Malik
of the tribal belt between your Kingdom and
that of the Great White Queen's Heathen slaves.
Sarban Khan is his name and his word is law
from Dir to the Malakand Pass."

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ADBUR RAHMAN KHAN: "Don't try to impress me.
Surely you know I have been known to take dumps
which cover more territory than that.  What does
this half-a-loaf of naan offer to the man who
built this Palace and from its throne rules more
men and more mountains than the grains of sand
he will trod on if you add up all the
footsteps of his lifetime?"

THE MULLAH LEANS CLOSE AND
WHISPERS TO THE AMIR...

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AND THOUGH THE PARTICIPANTS
ARE COMPLETELY UNAWARE...

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DUE TO THE INESCAPABLE LAWS OF
ARCHITECTURAL  ACOUSTICS,
EACH WORD IS OVERHEARD...

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BY A PAIR OF EARS POISED
WITHIN A WINDOW ABOVE THE
PALACE SAHN (courtyard)...

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MULLAH: "I shall tell you now, oh Great King..."

*  *  *  *  *

MEANWHILE, 150 MILES EAST-SOUTH-EAST,
A NONDESCRIPT OX-DRAWN CART & SPARE MULE
HEAD NORTH TOWARDS
THE KHYBER PASS...

As seen here in another set of Silver Prints --

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-- also taken during his 1889-1890 "Impressions of the Faithful" tour:

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DOES THE CART CARRY.... POMEGRANATES?

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...OPIUM?  ...RIFLES?

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...OR BRITISH SUBALTERN HAMPTON FITZROY.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on August 21, 2021, 03:23:44 PM
Zibbib Khan at the Khyber Pass

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Arrived at the Khyber Pass Zibbib Khan goes in search of an old friend of his, the Havildar Gul Mast who serves in the Khyber Rifles. Zibbib Khan knows that Gul Mast is stationed with his company of Malikdin Khel Afridis in the Alì Masjid fortress, but entering there is not easy and can arise suspicion. He also knows that Gul Mast controls the caravans crossing the pass at Sultan Khel, a village a few miles from Ali Masjid. And there  Zibbib is waiting for him, hidden in a corner of the Main Caravan Road ...
(https://i.postimg.cc/RZnD18z0/20210816-111011.jpg)

"Old cutthroat, haven't your enemies killed you yet?"
"Who is it that addresses the Malikdin Khel Havildar Gul Mast with this tone? ......     for the Prophet's beard.... Zibbib Khan I didn't recognize you ... but the smell of women parfum you carry around is unmistakable ... usually you run behind the prostitutes in the seedy alleys of Lahore ... what do you want from me? I'm on duty and I don't have much time to dedicate to you ... "
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"Gul Mast you stinking old goat did you forget about the adventures we had together in the Bara Valley when you and I ransacked the caravans to Kohat ..? Your griffin expression hasn't changed even under this uniform ... you are always a thief ... Allah has never deprived you of the pleasure of theft ... "
"Zibbib we were young and robbing the caravans was a noble and profitable business ... now the controls of the Ferenghees have increased the controls  and to get around I had to enlist with other brothers in this Regiment. Why are you here what do you want from me? ... "
"Gul Mast I'm looking for 2 people ... they are 2 young men  ... they travel in a caravan with some unbelievers Bunerwals ... you have surely seen them,  are men in black, the color of clothes that most followers of the False Creed use. .. "
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"Zibbib I haven't seen anyone who looks like the description you gave me ... How much is there to gain from this story for your poor friend Gul?


"Old goat do you forget our friendship for a fistful of rupees?, May Allah make you have short arms so that you cannot collect the coins from the ground ... I offer you 20 rupees for this  information"
"Hahaha 20 rupees, old Gul Mast is not a fool ... if you offer me 20 rupees it means that the information is worth at least 100 ..."

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"I'll give you 50 rupees which is the equivalent to a year of Ferenghees' pay for your services"
"Thank you my friend ... Gul Mast takes the bag of rupees and slips it into the inside pocket of his jacket ..... no one has passed here who matches who you are looking for ... but listen to the advice of an old man friend ... if I wanted to move in these lands, without being seen or found, I would take the pass of Bori and leave this caravan road  full of prying eyes ... "
Zibbib Khan thinks to himself ... true ,how stupid ... the Bori pass ... from there to the Bazar Valley and then down to the south ...
"Thank you old friend, may Allah protect you from your enemies ... I'm going south"
"Goodbye Zibbib Khan may you never be poor"

Gul Mast joins his platoon and continues to control the passage of the caravans in the Khyber pass ... now he is more peaceful he has 50 rupees ... well I got anyway my rupees without risking Umra's vengeance. Now better dropping  something in the pockets of my guys, just to keep their mouths well sealed....that stupid Naik and his sepoy...at this time I could have been rich and famous, if those met by the Naik down  at the pass were the prey that Umra is looking for ... but now better keep quiet or Umra will cut my throat ...

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Zibbib Khan sits in the shadows in the same place ehere he was at the beginning ... he is in no hurry ... he knows very well where to intercept his prey ... he relaxes and takes a metal box from the kummerbund, inside there are some Ferenghees cigarettes ... I  deserve one ... even if it costs me 50 rupees ...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 22, 2021, 08:22:14 AM
From Br  Gen Davenport in Bannu to Lt Gen Bindon Blood in Rawalpindi

Sir, my best respects to you. I am happy to inform you that following your explicit order I have reinstalled Col Fullerton in charge of his flying column, that I have reconstituted with same units of his last campaign. Actually, he’s directing towards Spinwam where he will finish the operations started last month, what you have generously defined a brilliant successfully campaign.
We have been informed that near the village of Spinwam, where he is actually directed, many Afridis tribesmen and volunteers are rallying under Omar the Beauty’s flags and we had to anticipate they moves before too many tribesmen are rallied.  It seems that previous operations to pacify the area just brought revenge desire by this violent ruthless bandits.
Col Fullerton has enough experience in this kind of creating inconveniences to this uncivilized rebels and my intention is also to give an indirect message to Umra Khan to submit without further violence.
It was reported to me by our Guides that great ferment is provided among the followers of the new rule due to the news, probably fake, of the return from Kabul of Mulehead's son who will lead them to unify all Punjab under the new rule laws. They speak about an alliance between Waziris and Bunewals.
I can reasonably say that Fullerton will create the maximum inconvenience and total bankruptcy for these uncivilized bandits.

Yours Faithfully
Br Gen Davenport
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 22, 2021, 10:45:54 AM
August 2nd, few miles south of Nadar river:
“Abdul Kareem you are the most saddle goose of all Waziristan! What had you in your heads! How could you be so stupid to load all the food in only one camel. Now that it is drawn in the river crossing, we have nothing to eat.!
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“Oh please Muletail I’m enough desperate for that, but don’t be angry, the Ruler who leads our steps will help us one time more!” Said Abdul Kareem aka Mustafa.
“you know what , I will unwrap the holy flag we prepared and Saddam will bear it in front of us”
“what you foolish whiffle-whaffle, and why not also  a trumpet parade to announce to every Pashtun we are arriving?”grumbled Ghaazi Muletail El Komiss aka Hussein
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“Oh Hussein you are so grumbletonian! It was sewed with an ambiguous sentence “One Rule” so we can be misrecognized as good pilgrims of not nominable faith. But look! You see Hussein, the holy flag works! Look that good fellows, they are likely good merchants, not ready to fight so inland in the Umra’s dominions. Saddam wave high our flag! They will see we are devoted pilgrims!
The band arrives close to the pashtuns and Mustafa greeted them:
“The Peace of the True Ruler be with you, we are coming to fulfil a vote and fight under Omar the Beautiful invincible flags; peace to the noble Afridis, nightmare of Ferenghees”
The pathans do not move
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Mulehead interrupted his friend:
“Mustafa stop it these are not Afridis”
“Exactly, we are the true owners of these lands , we are Orakzai, we are ally of Umra, but this land are ours”
“sure my friends we did not intend to offend you”
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“But your friend did. We are nor the Afridis puppets neither we are mercenaries like you, we fight for our own land”
“Well friends I didn’t mean to offend anybody” said Mustafa “Please Muletail explain, I mean Hussein…”
Mustafa stops and a second of complete silence covers all the pathans. The Orakzai simulate did not notice anything but Muletail was ready to catch an exchange of glances and winks among them.
“Now” he shouted and as a single man all the bunewals was over the Orakzai using their tulwars killing three of them.
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The others could not get their jezails and tried in vain to defend themselves but no injuries were done and other 2 Orakzai fell death.
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The last one failed again to get the jezail and missed his hit with the tulwar and was eventually killed.
“Well done my friends” said Muletail when they were walking towards Spinwam “Mustafa how many times I told you to call me always Hussein, just to avoid this kind of mistakes and their consequences…”
“Well we fixed the issue” replied Mustafa “and without consequences” we are lucky no one could shoot his jezail”
“Oh let the True Ruler blesses EDNA and SCRUD for that…”said Saddam waving the flag and Mustafa continued:
“in this way it was quick and noiseless, nobody heard it… ”
 “Not really, and not so quickly” said a nasty voice from top of the rocks over our friends”now put gently all your weapons on the ground, fellas”
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Muletail had a quick view over there, there were many Afridis but engulfed in a  tiny space, perhaps a volley could decimate them and then a good tulwar job, like with Orazkai, could solve also this situation”
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The bunerwals see they are under sight by more than a dozen of jezails and one after the other drop all their weapons. At the end only Muletail and Abdul Kareem keep their guns.
“It seems that yur leaders are deaf, so what doja prefer, fellas? Drop or die, yours is the choice”and all the guns aim to our heroes. Muletail gives a signal to Mustafa to stop it and both drop their weapons.
“Well done my friends. You have dispatched a band of Orazkai, that is not disturbing me, but Umra won’t be happy to know this butchering happened on his lands. You are not the first desperados to try to loot and steal north of Thal and Bannu, but f’sure u’ll be the last one.
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“We will bring you to Thal where u’ll be execut’d as example for the other bandits friends of yours.”
“Oh well“said Mustafa smiling “at least we are going to the right direction, Hussein; now I remembered to tell your fake name properly, didn’t I?”
Muletail incinerated him with his eyes. Only relief the flag was wrapped and put back inside the panniers. Mustafa at least on this was right: the ambiguous misunderstanding text was read as a tribute for the Old Book and so the holy flag was preserved and they believed as righteous faithful. More and more warriors are joining them.
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“But we are not bandits” replied Muletail “we are pilgrims coming from Kabul to fight under the glorious Omar’s flag, we belong to him now and you cannot touch us” Muletail continues proudly.
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“mmmh well we are going to that direction, he will decide! The Ruler has already written in his Book if you will die for a Feringhee’s bullet or Afridis’scimitar. Anglez were scouted returning but this time they won’t find only women and children. And the group moves towards Spimwam while more warriors are still joining them.
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on August 23, 2021, 12:34:17 AM
The Rifle Or The Rug

August 1890, the city of Peshawar, bastion of British rule on India's North-West Frontier...

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The city is administered by Major General Basil Whistsend, ably advised by his Political Officer, Captain Alexander "Teetotaler" Crane.  The two do not always see eye-to-eye -- such as when Gnl. Whistsend went against Capt. Crane's advice and ordered the entire civilian population of 50,000 men, women & children expelled before dispatching the 1st Brigade of his Divisional Garrison to maneuver in response to Tribal unrest in Tirah and the Black Mountains...

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However, following a brief "cooling off" period, Captain Crane was able to convince his commander to let women, children, beggars, and business owners back into the Walled City.

Beggars in particular were allowed back because most of them are on Captain Crane's payroll, serving as "eyes and ears" of the Raj.  It's true, much of the information they deliver is of little or no value, and some of it is completely false -- but from time to time the beggars pluck needles out of haystacks.

Amongst the beggars allowed back in is one who goes by the monicker HARI HOODEEN...

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And amongst the business owners allowed back in was a certain rug merchant named Ibrahim Dast, located in the bustling Qissa Khawani Bazaar...

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Where the carpets are very colorful indeed...

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Earlier today Hari Hoodeen passed on a tidbit of info he'd recently overheard at the aforementioned Carpet Shop.  This exchange was spoken between said proprietor Ibrahim Dast and a visitor to his shop who examined no carpets... did no haggling... and left without purchasing so much as a thread of wool.  Instead he inquired about...

"A caravan that recently left Kabul with two young panthers worth 50,000 Rupees and 25,000 Rupees."

To which Ibrahim Dast replied...

"I have heard from some Bashi that two young men are traveling in a caravan with some pestiferous Bunerwals, followers of the False Rule, look for the black men and you will find your prey."

In light of the unrest currently spreading across the Frontier, this report is enough to warrant further inquiry.  So Capt. Crane dispatches Capt. Gadsen of the 127th Baluchis with a Section of Riflemen to bring the Rug Merchant in question in for questioning...

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Ibrahim Dast is deposited in an empty room at the Peshawar High Fort (British HQ) and left to ruminate...

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Then taken to see Capt. Crane, the Political...

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Who offers him a choice...

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CAPT. CRANE: "Ibrahim Dast, I am Crane Sahib, known to your people as
Tshaai Askar.*  You and I both know you recently participated in a
conversation plotting rebellious treason at your place of business.
I will come quickly to the point, as these matters are by nature
very time sensitive and I have no time to waste on pleasantries,
be they of British or Pesharawi nature.  As you can see,
 I am flanked on one side by a rifle, and on the other by a rug.
It is time for you to make your move, cast your die,
pick your card.  After which myself, Johnny Goorka
and Jock the Scot will do the same in response.
Either way, Ibrahim, one thing is certain...
You will leave here draped in red."

(*"Tea Soldier" in Peshawar Pashto parlance)

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And so a Webley Mk I 1887 Revolver, a Martini-Henry and a new-fangled magazine-fed Lee-Metford Rifle made their influence known without a trigger being pulled, and following some further conversation, Ibrahim Dast made his way back to his shop in the Qissa Khawani Bazaar with his life intact and enriched by one beautifully plush Turcoman-made Persian Rug...

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Shortly thereafter, Capt. Crane calls on
Major General Whitsend...

CAPT. CRANE: "Sorry to interrupt, General, but I have some news."

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M.GNL. WHITSEND: "Come in, Alex.  This is Captain Elliot Hardigan,
Commander of the Royal Horse Artillery Battery that just arrived from Simla.
Captain Hardigan, this is Captain Crane, my Political Officer --
everyone calls him Teetotaler, for reasons you can see."

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CAPT. CRANE: "Pleased to meet you, Hardigan."

CAPT. HARDIGAN: "Same here, Tito."

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CAPT. CRANE: "General, I'm afraid we may need
Hardigan's galloping guns sooner than later..."

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CAPT.  CRANE (Cont'd): "I have just learned that as we speak,
somewhere out there a pair of rabble-rousers going by the
nom de guerres 'Mule-Head' and 'Horse-Tail' are crisscrossing
the Frontier on a mission to forge an alliance between
the Afridis and Waziris for purposes of violent rebellion."

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M.GNL. WHITSEND: "Are you deftly certain of all this, Teetotaler?"

CAPT. CRANE: "Beyond any shadow of a doubt.  As anyone in the
Political Service will tell you: the 'Rifle or the Rug' ploy never fails."

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NOTE: All decision-points were resolved in accordance with
"Chapt. XI. SUPPLEMENTARY IDEAS AND OPTIONAL RULES"
as set forth in The 20th Anniversary Edition (1979-1999)
of Larry V. Brom's Wargaming Classic
THE SWORD AND THE FLAME
Specifically, Section E: "Torturing Prisoners"...

Ibrahim Dast could just as well have fled the coop
as the 127th Beluchis approached,
or barricaded himself inside his shop
and fought to the death, but the
DIE ROLL chose otherwise.

The same applies to his questioning:
he could have said nothing or
tried to lie -- but again, the DIE ROLL
said he "answers question."

Less dramatic perhaps, but on occasion
such is fate!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on August 23, 2021, 03:23:27 AM
Ruff-Husband Sahib, blessings be upon you.
Regretfully I must decline your invitation to join you in Dargai. Alas, my sister is still so angry with me for marrying her to a man with so few mules and only one goat, that her whelps would certainly bury their churas deep in my back as soon as they set eyes upon me.  The loss of their village, as you have already stated, will only raise their anger against me, please do hold them until their ire has slackened and I may once again walk freely west of the Indus.
Also I and my tribal elders are observing as the Abbottabad garrison is retreating from my beloved TorGhar. I assure you not a hair on Channers Sahib's head will be shorn as long as your ferenghee brothers continue to withdraw to their cantonment in Abbottabad.  As a sign of good faith I have released Cunningame Sahib on a sturdy mule to deliver a message to McQueen Sahib in Abbottabad.  I do not wish to further fight the Anglez nor do I want them descending upon my home like locust on the fields. I only ask that they all peace the beautiful flower of TorGhar.

Your humble host
Sardar Gul Akbar
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 23, 2021, 09:52:12 AM
In the last Muletail’s episode Saddam, his standard bearer, commenting the fight with Orazkais refer to EDNA and SCRUB.
Some viewers asked me for more explaining, hereafter in few words brief explanation (the concepts has been worked out into more sophisticated alghoritms):

•   EDNA (Ever Decreasing Number Allocation) was created by Graham Hockley, and demonstrated at COW1990. Essentially, EDNA is a numerical value which represents an individual or unit's current willingness to do something (e.g. move forward under fire, but also, as in our episode, grabbing the jezails to propagate alarm). When you want to check  if they will do as requested, an EDNA test takes place, you check if the value is under your EDNA value, if minus ok otherwise the level is decreased by the difference and so on up to EDNA reaches zero. E.g.
A unit with a starting EDNA of 8 wishes to do something. It throws 2D6 and scores 5. The total dice score is less than the current EDNA, so the unit does as requested.The unit wishes to move forward again. It throws 2D6 and scores 10. The total dice score is more than the current EDNA, so the unit's EDNA is reduced by the difference to 6. (10 - 8 = 2; 8 - 2 = 6)The unit wishes to try again. It throws 2D6 and scores 7. The total dice score is more than the current EDNA, so the unit's EDNA is reduced by the difference to 5. (7 - 6 = 1; 6 - 1 = 5) and so on up to EDNA reaches 0 or, as in our episode, all Orazkais are despatched. 

•   SCRUD (Simple Combat Resolution Using Dice) was devised by Tim Price, and was first outlined in THE NUGGET N80 in 1991. Tim Price described SCRUD as follows:

These rules are intended to be used as a simple method of resolving the combats that take place within the larger framework of a game. They are meant for those battles that take place in the boarding actions of Naval Games, the Open Battles that are encountered when playing Matrix Games, and the confrontations that appear during back-to-back Map Games. In short, those small, but vital, elements that are part of the whole that makes up a wargame, that have to be resolved quickly or the Game itself grinds to a halt.

The mechanism works as follows:
Roll 1D6 for each unit (both friendly and enemy) taking part in the combatThe resulting dice for each side are lined up opposite each other, highest first. (If one side has more dice than the other, any dice that are extra, and score less than the lowest dice of the side with the fewer dice, are ignored)Compare the paired off diceThe higher dice beats the lower dice (Equal scores are ignored)Each dice defeated represents a push-back in large combats, or a death in smaller combats. Three such defeats eliminate one of the opponent's unitsAn example of SCRUD in operation
Two opposing forces (Red with three units and Blue with five units) come into combat.
Red throws three D6s and scores 6, 5, 2; Blue throws five D6s and scores 5, 4, 3, 2, 2. The dice are lined up, highest first and paired off. Red's 6 is paired up against Blue's 5; therefore, Red wins Red's 5 is paired up against Blue's 4; therefore, Red wins. Red's 2 is paired up against Blue's 3; therefore, Blue wins.Although Red is the weaker of the two opposing forces, it has inflicted twice as many casualties on Blue than Blue has inflicted on Red.

This is a very simple and fast combat resolution mechanism to use, very useful in little fights which are not core to our stories involving larger fights but can be valuable input for them.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on August 23, 2021, 08:00:44 PM
Despatches Abbottabad 3 August 1890
From: Brigadier McQueen
To: Brigadier Ruff-Husband

One of our politicals thought to be dead, Usmani Raja, stumbled into a forward post half starved and ravaged by thirst, claiming he alone had escaped a trap set by Gul Akbar that had netted BG Channers et al. He followed them for a few nights until they crossed the Indus and then he move by night to the south until he found our outpost. The man was nearly shot looking like a heathen with stained skin and blue turban. But in his fevered report he claims there is a lashkar assembling under the banner of Gul Akbar. He claimed they crossed the Indus and have been gathering clans in Baio, some talk of his sister's honor, if there is such a thing, or some sort. Sound like nonsense to my intelligence men, perhaps you can make something of it.
Anyway seemed to be pushing a bit too close to your operational area for me not to inform you.

Sincerely
Brigadier MacQueen
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 24, 2021, 11:01:44 AM
August 2nd,Mir Alì a village south of Spinwam, Col Fullerton speaking to Major Hugo William Stockfish .
(https://i.postimg.cc/pLZsh8JR/discussion-3.jpg)
“Well Willie you see? The evidences of our previous visit are still valid. This morning  I asked in the jirga to collect all rifles stolen in the ambush made to poor Attenborough. But I have a nice surprise for them . They have time up to this evening to give back everything and of couse these liars won’t.
We will split our force, you with your Poona will bypass that towers going for this deviation and fording somewhere there and going north of Spinwam;  at evening we’ll hit simultaneously from opposite directions, so we’ll fire the buildings in half time and tomorrow we’ll celebrate our campaign with a cool beer in Bannu”
(https://i.postimg.cc/L5gHhmdF/discussion-1.jpg)
“But splitting the forces, you know your guides have reported voices of bandits rallying…”
“Stop it Willie, we will not be scared by 5 bandits ready to run away at the first shot, like last time. It is awfully quiet here and you are a master in forecasting problems when there are not at all.”
“But Sir tribesmen shouldn’t be underestimated...”
 “Stop it Major. General said to destroy villages around Spinwam and we’ll do it in the shortest time.
Are you ok Willie?”
“Yes sir, sure yes.... Risaldar Maruti Jadhav order the Poona Squadron to advance in direction towards North East”
“Sir yes Sir! Squadroooon march direction Nooorth EasTTT!”
(https://i.postimg.cc/6pwHpzRM/discussion-end-4.jpg)
In the meantime, few miles Northwards, Omar is reviewing his volunteers parading in front of him ready for marching south of Spimwam…
(https://i.postimg.cc/6QqG9zJv/afghans-marching-2.jpg)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on August 25, 2021, 09:32:47 AM
On the heights above Chakdara, Tribal Watchmen keep their eyes peeled not for caravans to rob or enemies to ambush, but for the DAK (postal delivery).  Their master awaits the new edition of the Peshawar Tribune...

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The faithful deliverer is spotted...

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With rolled-up English language periodical in hand...

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He shortly arrives at the Garden of Martyrs Cemetery, to be greeted by watchful Ghazi bodyguards, and the Mad Guru himself, who calls out in Pashto, which we translate here for your benefit:

MAD GURU: Dak, dismount and read to me what my blind eyes cannot -- starting of course with the latest column by that veritable Tennyson of the Frontier, Reginald Winkie...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bdBnyWLFhkk/YSX0g2ACVsI/AAAAAAAAWYI/F4aQbGGFxMQi3vTMcm5tApB_OHqBjgB2QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_1021.HEIC)

DAK: At once, my Guru -- but all due respect, in my humble opinion, this Winkie fellow you speak of is no Rahman Baba.*

(*Legendary c.17th Pashtun Poet, also hailing from Peshawar)

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MAD GURU: Keep your opinions to yourself and get to reading -- and translating!

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DAK: Hmmmm.  It seems there is a very large headline whose story takes up the entire front-page.

MAD GURU: So what are you waiting for?  I'm not getting any younger -- only madder!

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DAK: Forgive me, oh great Guru, and Kindly attend the words of that most magnificent and distinguished writer, Mister Reginald Winkie as I quote them to you word for word...

MAD GURU: That's more like it.  Proceed...

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DAK: "Forces of the Queen Battle Tribal Rebels!  Word has reached Peshawar of a recent clash between Fully's Flying Devils** and Omar Khan's Lashkar.***  This bloody conflagration is reported to have taken place somewhere between Mir Ali and Spinwam..."


(**Colonel Fullerton's Flying Column)

(***Omar Sharifo's Afridi War Party, augmented
by a small number of Orakzai Tribesmen)

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DAK: Winkie goes on, "And now dear readers, I must respectfully advise you to sit down before proceeding to read the next paragraph, as its contents are of such shocking nature, they may result in apoplexy or a conniption fit..."

MAD GURU: Come on, Reg, I'm already sitting -- well, squatting.  Get on with it, Dak -- don't leave me hanging, flapping like a martyr's flag in the wind!

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TO BE CONTINUED...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on August 25, 2021, 08:52:09 PM
"THE TORCHING OF DARGAI VILLAGE"

A new series of brilliant Colour Lithographs
courtesy of celebrated war illustrator
Reginald Winkie...

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(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8t_uRvEyamY/YSapxsdSjLI/AAAAAAAAWZo/gkUxqy-dTZAeYCcbTw1PQlMnrKq02LQDgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_1032.HEIC)

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***The viewer will please note that B.Gnl. Ruff-Husband's official dispatch on this incident categorically states that no residents were harmed during the punitive operation in question, so it is presumed that the presence of indigenous persons in some of these artful images are fictional additions affected by the artist.***
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on August 25, 2021, 09:03:30 PM
WE BRIEFLY INTERRUPT THE CAMPAIGN NARRATIVE to share info on the gaming accessories featured in the above post...

I got the "Blast Markers" from -- naturally enough -- BUD'S BLAST MARKERS, located in Castle Rock, Colorado, USA.  I have no connection to them other than as a very satisfied customer.  The light-up markers seen above and a variety of other variations are available at:

https://www.budsblastmarkers.com (https://www.budsblastmarkers.com)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on August 26, 2021, 05:16:28 PM
Afghanistan near the village of Chinar just across the Afghan border established by the Gandamak Treaty of 1879.
(https://i.postimg.cc/HkBgMDXm/Screenshot-20210825-223739.png)(https://i.postimg.cc/JhLksXNv/20210825-223824.png)

Captain Strogoleff nice to meet you again, it's been more than three months since our meeting in Bokhara, had you a good trip from Herat?

Da Zibbib Khan, a long journey, sadly devoid of the pleasures of a man ... beautiful vomen and spirits ... do you have any nevs of the tvo young men ? My Czar cares particularly for these guys ....

(https://i.postimg.cc/3Jj0XJ3z/20210824-110852.jpg)
Captain what are these dirty Sheranis raiders from the Zhob Valkey  doing with you? I see Ahmad Shah among them, he is wanted throughout the Frontier ...
(https://i.postimg.cc/hjWNFqYW/Screenshot-20210826-194930.jpg)

Zibbib Khan they are my guides , Ahmed Shah is my advisor , and I have the utmost confidence in them
(https://i.postimg.cc/LsLcX7tk/Screenshot-20210825-223404.png)

Captain I'm on their trail, the young guys are closer than you think. Our agreements included a payment before the "delivery" ... I have incurred in various expenses ...

Zibbib Khan my Czar alvays respects the agreements made, here is 30,000 Rupees ... the balance vhen I have the tvo boys in my hands.

Captain Strogoleff  it escapes me why you care so much for these guys that you pay such a high reward ...
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Zibbib Khan my great country Svyataya Rus' has alvays been a good ally of the Emir of Afghanistan ... but the agreements made between the current Emir and the Britianskly government have ... hov to say ... cut us off.
Ve think the tvo boys knov vhere the El Osprey printing house is ... one of them is the son of El Osprey... ve vant to save him from the clutches of the English and Umra Khan,  and get him safely to his father  , also  the Emir of Afghanistan will be happy and this will be a good  sign of friendship between my Czar and the  Emir.
My Intelligence has confirmed that the tvo boys and a Bunervals escort left Kabul last veek joining a caravan headed north ... I vould like to follov them by myself but my government is afraid ....of diplomatic incidents, so ve are addressed to you.
Mutual friends have assured us that you are the best people hunter on the Frontier.
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Captain Strogoleff I am a merchant and I am not interested in politics, Russia ... Afghanistan ... Raj ... 
I only think about my business and enjoying the money I will earn from this business ...and spent my time and money in the arms of beautiful girls in Lahore. The two boys will be yours ...my men are on the trail of a caravan heading north and I will join them soon    ...
I'll contact you when I'll have news about...
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Do svidaniya Zibbib Khan ... be punctual and don't think you're joking vith me ... I'm Captain Igor Strogoleff of the 5th Alexandryski Hussars Regiment no one has ever made fun of me!

Zibbib greets the Captain with a wave of his hand and resumes his way .... Think ... he  wants to play the Great Game with me ... ahahahah ..
😡...seems I'm following the wrong boys...😡😡
so Ibrahim Dast's information was wrong? or was it right? maybe I didn't understand ...
I thought I was looking for someone going  south instead they were  going north ... strange though ...
Two caravans left Kabul on the same day ... both with 2 boys and an escort of Bunerwals ... one points to the south and one to the north ...

....And who are these 2 nasty kids going south?

There is always a double truth on the Frontier...
For this task I need the help of a new character a unique companion...Percival Flash Dunbar...




Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 27, 2021, 11:32:17 AM
Dear viewers, directly from the internal pages of Peshawar Tribune an extract of R.Winkie’s article.
To emphasize some aspects of the fight we have included also some rhymes from R.Winkie’s “the Guides Squadron charge”, from his “Ballads from Peshawar Barracks” that you can have for free with your next subscription to the Tribune. The poet’s verses are in italics to highlight and give the right tribute to our poet.

The long tired dusty column is marching towards Spinwam. In front Fullerton’s Guides, then the units of 2 well known friends: Lt Richard Dawes of British Yorkshire and Lt Andrew Best of Sikh Guides. As per Fullerton’s order Major Stockfish’s Poona are somewhere directed to north of Spinwam.
(https://i.postimg.cc/hGPgxXd7/A-Raj-column.jpg)
At the end of the valley on the left some movements, a little group of tribesmen are detected, and many others are appearing filling all the landscape.
(https://i.postimg.cc/d1gKznS8/B-Afghan-start.jpg)
“Damn bandits” thought Fullerton “well more enemies more opportunities to get my VC, Stockfish should be damn’d useful now” Then shouted loudly “Guides with me” and started an incredible charge at the double against the little group on the left, half a league, half a league, half a league onward rode Fully leading his Guides...
The infantry units, left alone, started to be ready for the Pashtuns’ charge. While the 2 infantry units flanked each other Richard said “Andrew, this charge is ..is…magnificent!” “Yes buddy…but it is not war, it is madness”.
The Pathan were surprised by the reaction of Fullerton and stopped unsure how to proceed, not even firing a single shot, leaving alone a small group of Orazkais that, unenthusiastically, covered the far right of their line.
Pathans to right of them, Pathans to left of them, Pathans in front of them, Boldly they rode and well, Into the jaws of Death, Into the mouth of hell. Rode Fully’s Guides
Guides cavalry killed 2 orazkais
(https://i.postimg.cc/LXJpCGv9/c-Foto-charge.jpg)
and then follow up and killed others 3 pinning the unit.
(https://i.postimg.cc/brbj8bK4/d-Follow-up.jpg)
 Abdullah, the Orazkai leader,  lost his nerves and diserted and the 2 last men routed.
(https://i.postimg.cc/yYmzbmhZ/e-Abdullah-deserts.jpg)
While the rest of Afridis entered in field the units close to Fullerton stopped and allowed him the time to send a volley.
“Duffadar Muhammad, you pretend to be the best carbine in the Army, don’t you?”
“Sir Yes Sir”
(https://i.postimg.cc/QM4DqjQY/g-take-aim.jpg)
“Well now it is time to demonstrate it. You see that little point under the flag? He is the leader of those bandits. They will soon close on us but we have still one possibility, but only one possibility left. Take the aim and do your job Duffadar”
(https://i.postimg.cc/pLPtbmk1/h-take-aim-2.jpg)
“Sir Yes Sir”. Muhammad calmly take the aim for few interminable seconds and then click and shot killing Musa Din , leader of the third unit which pinned and didn’t rally, leaderless, while the second unit (Ghul Khan’s) slowly advanced.
“Good boy, you deserve 10 rupees extra and a special mention, now let’s go our job is just started here!”
(https://i.postimg.cc/Hk31pThW/i-Musa-din-shot.jpg)
On the right Saddam, with the rifles given by Umra after the great victory of Spinwam one month before, engaged the British Yorkshire with some losses each side, Omar cowardly did not close firing some not very effective shots.
(https://i.postimg.cc/gc6pvFn4/l-shots.jpg)
Only Youssef Khan closed on English and started a melee but was pinned and decimated by Best’s sikh guides volley.
(https://i.postimg.cc/X7SbLH5W/m-Youssef-close.jpg)
In the mean time Fullerton charged Saddam’s unit; which was pinned and retreating and routed it.
Flashed all their sabres bare, Flashed as they turned in air,
Sabring the pathans there, Charging many tribes, while All the world wondered.
Plunged in the dusty-smoke, Right through the line they broke;
Afridis and Orakzai, Reeled from the sabre stroke, Shattered and sundered.
Then they rode back, but not. Not the Fully’s Guides!

(https://i.postimg.cc/1zthXbkG/n-charge-on-Saddam.jpg)
At that point Fullerton completed his astonishing cavalcade arriving on the survived Youssuf tribesmen killing them all.
When can their glory fade? Oh the wild charge they made! All the world wondered.
Honour the charge they made! Honour the Fully’s Guides, Noble Squadron!

(https://i.postimg.cc/ZqMkdVm1/o-charge-on-Youssef.jpg)
At this point also Musa Din’s men routed saving the body of their inspirational Khan.
Omar the coward retreated orderly with the remnants of his army, followed by Ghul Khan, whose hapless leadership saved his unit.
(https://i.postimg.cc/8cLxxGvS/p-Retreat.jpg)
“Welcome Willie, you arrive too late for the party”
“My respect Sir, these bandits will leap their wounds for many weeks”
(https://i.postimg.cc/NM3WNF5D/q-meeting1.jpg)
“My fault Willie, I asked them to give back their weapons, I forgot to specify how”
“Well said Sir, anyway now we got them, and no bandits will circulate from Kurram to Khattak”
“We major? Yes one third killed, one third routed and one third retreating for only 3 sowars and 6 yorks. A sad price but well payed by these bandits. Furthermore, we have to quickly move, we are just in time for tomorrow evening tea in Bannu”
(https://i.postimg.cc/zDWmyCcc/r-meeting2.jpg)
““Yes sir, sure yes.... Risaldar Maruti Jadhav order the Poona Squadron to advance in direction towards South East”
“Sir yes Sir! Squadroooon march direction Soooouth EasTTT!”
(https://i.postimg.cc/3JHsmyMJ/s-meeting3.jpg)
But in all this confusion, among men running for safe , someone sees his opportunity to be free. Muletail, Mustafa, Saddam and two other friends broke their ropes which tied them. Thanks to sentinels (and EDNA) running away,they could  mix within a group of fugitives, while the other three were still trying their path to freedom but disappeared in a vortex of panicked running tribesmen followed and absorbed by the orderly retreating Omar’s unit.
"Just one moment" Saddam cries and disappears to come back after  few seconds. “what the issue?’” inquired Mustafa “Nothing just an old souvenir” Saddam answered blinking and showing the glorious flag that traveled all the time with them in a pannier.
(https://i.postimg.cc/GhJZQcrP/the-flag.jpg)
Which directions now for Muletail and his survived Merry Blacks? The fugitives are running Westwords… beyond the impetuous Samana river and the land of Turis in the unsettling Kurram, or towards Peital Kothal, land of new danger and adventures...?
(https://i.postimg.cc/1tnkcw54/z-Map-Turi.jpg)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Totleben on August 27, 2021, 12:55:24 PM
epic  :-*
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Shikari Sahib on August 27, 2021, 04:15:27 PM
Stunning campaign 👏👏👏
Awesome stories  :-* :-*
Carry on the great work 💪
I'm on Umra Khan's  side  ;)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: LtMarks on August 30, 2021, 03:18:57 AM
you guys are doing an awesome job  keep up the good work
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on August 30, 2021, 11:43:38 AM
August 3rd  Mir Alì crossroads
“William the orders by old Davenport are clear” said Col Fullerton to Major William Vousden “I shall go with my flying devils into the Tochi Valley to civilize those troglodytes firing their villages and destroying their crops, while you go North , beyond Spinwam, to give a clear message to Umra to not supporting revolts in Chitral and Buner. Which units were provided for your column?”
(https://i.postimg.cc/CMWRDLzc/meeting-1.jpg)
“Richard, may I still call you Richie or I should say future Br Gen Fullerton? ;) besides my 22nd Sam Browne’s sabres I have 3 infantry units. In details Lt Frock with Khyber Rifle, Cpt Townsend with Guides and the young Lt Hatton with 67th blue paints.
Old Davenport keeps his british, baluchis , artillery and lancers ready to react and change the balance if Umra or the Mashuds will oppose resistance, but I fear he will not be able to react so swiftly with his trains of mules.”
(https://i.postimg.cc/6pKTjjVR/meeting-2.jpg)
“Don’t worry William, I have always done everything relying only on my column and that was more than enough. Anyway, pay attention to not underestimate those bandits. As long as you come closer to Tirah you enter deeply in the lands controlled directly by Umra and he is an old fox. Keep your eyes well open and make a good use of your cavalry to detect any signal of rallying by those dammed devils”
 “No issue Richard, hope to see you soon to finish our tiffin and read a good book in front of a warm cognac bottle”
(https://i.postimg.cc/9fF0VDnQ/meeting-U.jpg)
Then speaking with his native officer: “Risaldar Kesar Singh Dhillon order to the column, we turn Northwards"
“Colum, direction Nooorthhh”!”
(https://i.postimg.cc/pLBrgfkS/meeting-U2.jpg)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on September 01, 2021, 08:10:35 PM
Dear viewers, in today copy of Peshawar Tribune you can find the content of a message sent by Mulehead El Komiss to his loyal bandit Sardar Gul Akbar new emerging khan in Black Mountain; hereafter a brief extract:

In the name of True Ruler, the Beneficent, the Merciful,
El Osprey records in his Book:
the Exalted said:
Wargame what has been revealed to you of the Book and establish rally test. Verily, prayer prohibits loaded dice and unbalanced scenarios, but the remembrance of True Ruler is greater.
TMWWBK 12:43 PART 5 (Peshawar)
Dear son open your eyes and your ears. My son Ghazi aka Muletail the hope of all believers, the prophet of El Osprey return, seems disappeared. Last news I got were about Bara river crossing, then nothing.
Some pilgrims say that the Ferenghees army was instead a unit of angels driven by Muletail who charged heretics all day long.
It is a signal that right timing is coming to kick Anglez off Punjab and give me the crown of Amir. Raise the standard and drive old religion heretics out of Buner and Swat.
May True Ruler provide you all 6 and lucky traits to khans in your units.


how and what will happen to Muletail you'll know in the next episodes.
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on September 02, 2021, 09:16:10 AM
Umra Khan stronghold
 "Come in  Omar the Beautiful, approach the Sage Umra"
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"Omar there are 2 battles you lost against that infidel Ferenghi of Fullerton, who spends his time smoothing his mustache, the Almighty did us  Hill Warriors and that's where we have to fight, noy down in the plains like the Kuchis nomads, we're Pashtuns! we fight in the mountains where we are invincible! may the True Faith always stay with us ... "
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 "O Mighty Umra, sword of the Believers, this I have always said to my warriors, but they do not listen to me ... they want to go down to fight with swords ..."
"Omar my patience with you is over, I do not accept defeats! ... Barlas! Barlas the Mongol what the True Rules say?"
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Die 1 "Omar your end is sealed"
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"Sher Khan you are my chosen one, may the power of True Rule always be with you and may the Almighty guide your Dice, ... but above all ... fight on the mountains!"
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"So be it written, so be it done !"

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on September 03, 2021, 10:01:49 AM
RENDEZVOUS AT KUNAR CARAVANSARY

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August 1890, in the Goshta District of Nangahar Province, just North-West of Afghanistan's border with British India, and home to Kunar Caravansary...

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Located on a less-travelled secondary route across the border, Kunar remains well-maintained and well-supplied, as is often the case when an establishment provides valuable service to a powerful interest, even if only on rare occasions.  It is said the owner-operator, Ibn-Kali Kali, aided the Iron Amir, Abdur Rahman Khan, to thwart the plans of his cousin, Ayub Khan, when Ayub returned from exile in 1881, tried to take Kandahar, and failed miserably.

Today a familiar covered ox-cart and spare mule proceed North towards the way station...

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A short time ago a larger traveling party made a bookend journey, moving South to Kunar from the Afghan capital of Kabul, but evidence of their arrival is nowhere to be seen -- from the exterior...

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The small caravan arrives at its destination, the front gates open & proprietor Ibn-Kali Kali beckons the travelers, enter...

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The cart is backed up to a building and its sole passenger -- Lieutenant Hampton Fitzroy of the Yorks & Lancs, prisoner of the Ghazis who overwhelmed his garrison at Chakdara Outpost while he was sick from having foolishly eaten raw olives he plucked off a tree -- is taken inside.  Having recovered from his illness and also from the beating his captors bestowed upon him, they have prudently taken the precaution of binding his hands behind his back...

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With the Subaltern socked away in an empty guest room, Mullah Sadullah -- who's been waiting for this package to arrive since he arrived here himself a few days ago -- knocks on the door of the Caravansary's VIP "Sardar Suite"...

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Where General Wali Surak of the Afghan Army waits smoking his Dokha ("Dizzy") pipe...

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MULLAH: "My General, the cargo has arrived safe and sound!"

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GENERAL SURAK: "So I am told."

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MULLAH: "In accord with the agreement between your Iron Amir Abdur Rahman Khan and my most esteemed Malik, Sarban Khan of the Yusufzais, you will now show me the contents of the stable and transfer them into my possession, as the esteemed representative of Sarban Khan."

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With a marked show of indifference, the General turns to his adjutant, a Guard Cavalry officer in a shiny brass helmet, and speaks to him in the Kizilbash dialect of Kabul -- which he's certain the Mullah knows as well as the Pope's catechism...

GENERAL: "Captain Mir, show this clucking chicken what's in the stable before he lays an egg in front of us."

CAPTAIN: "By your command, my General!"

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The Captain ushers the Mullah over to the Stable, opens the door and bids him enter in the common tongue of Pashto...

CAPTAIN: "After you, oh, Devout One..."

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The Mullah steps into the stable...

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And gazes upon the contents within...

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MULLAH: "Mother of the Prophet, I feast my eyes on the Perpetual Bliss of Paradise..."

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TO BE CONTINUED...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Marine0846 on September 03, 2021, 07:43:55 PM
I love this story.
So much fun reading it.
Thank you for all the time it takes to put together.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on September 04, 2021, 03:04:16 PM
Among other tales of ordinary madness, which always follow and go with routed warriors destiny, Muletail aka Hussein with Mustafa, Saddam and two other Bunerwals can resupply of weapons discarded by many warriors running for safe and now have to react quickly to avoid both retreating Afridis and pursuing Anglez.
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In that direction shouted Saddam, happy to have saved the holy flag,  and the half dozen directed south west running for more than one hour before resting few minutes and then restarting toward a large river.
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“Most of the running Afridis are running uptide we must find a ford or something to cross the Kurrum” said Mustafa
“let’s follow its bank upriver until we’ll find something” Muletail decided and the little group started walking against the tide.
A couple hours later two warriors passed quickly not far from Muletail’s resting area. “Hassad we should have already reached them” “Ibrahim they cannot be too far; after we left the retreating Afridis we didn’t stop one second”
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“yes we were lucky to pass thru them unnoticed, Baasim was not so lucky, they got him still tied and despatched him before continuing running.
Probably they are directed to Peiwar Kotal we have to go there to rejoin with our brothers”
And the couple restarted running west northwards missing their friends who continued on the Kurrum bank.
After few hours our friend discovered  a raft descending the river with few soldiers and some Pashtun on it.
“Look there is a raft descending the river”Mustafa shouted” better if we continue on this path, out of range of Afridis’jezails.
“Sarge look at those fellows! They could be Omar’s bandits”said the sepoy of the 40th Punjabi.
“Hei you what are you doing here?”cried the Sergent to Muletail’s group while few souldiers disembarked leaded by an elegant officer  to whom Muletail continued his story..
“Sahib we are trying to go to Matun, we are merchants, but we were robbed by Afridis bandits before the great Anglez victory, Hosoor. Colonel sahib destroyed all Afridis bandits and we could escape”
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“Mmmh should be old crazy Fully” thought the office on the raft “are you not sadly angry for the battle?”
“oh no hosoor, we hate afridis bandits, they have stolen all our goods, now we have lost most of our money too,but we hope to make some good business in Matun market to restore our finance. We have collected these weapons left by routed Afridis and next time we will be able to defend ourselves.” “
“ok but you are now in a bad situation, all around is full of bandits groups.”said the officer, an old well known guy, the political officer Major Haldane, who organized the jirga and peace with Mahsuds for general Simmons few weeks ago “We are returning from Peiwar Kotal and these gallant gentlemen are escorting me back towards Bannu, but before  we’ll cross the river few miles southwards to collect some pastors returning from a missionary tour. We can help you to stay safe from those pesty bandits. You see, stay on the part of order and civilization, good merchants have nothing to fear from Queen’s own soldiers! We know of a british officer who is prisoner somewhere, we have lost any trace of him and now he could be everywhere. And if you’ll bring us good information about it or Turis political decisions you will be well compensate and recover by all robbery received by Afridis.”
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“MemSahib thank you, may the Ruler bless you and your sons for decades. You are saving our lifes!” And the little group jumped on the raft leaving the bank and quickly they could descend on the opposite bank just few miles south while 2 ministers were recoverd on the boat.
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“Thanks Majorsahib now we go for Matun, hope you will have a safe return to your cities and may Almighty always protect your great mother, the Queen” said Muletail and thought “yes but to your cities out of Punjab”
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"a moment said one minister, my servant is directed to Matun and will be a good guide for you"
Muletail exchanged a glaze with Mustafa but said just "Thank you Hosoor, he will be really precious"
The little group left the Kurram bank westward but after few miles, out of Ferenghees’sight, turned southward, direction Waziristan,
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“we are almost at home” said Mustafa “few days and we’ll be back to Wana”
“shut up Mustafà, here also rocks have ears, too silence, too quiet”
“Oh Hussein you see problems everywhere and…”
“Stop where you are and drop your weapons” said quietly a noisy guttural voice
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“we are only poor merchants in peace, devoted pilgrims…”started Muletail, but the Khan of the encircling group  brutally interrupted
“Puppets and spies of Anglez! We saw you arrived on their boat, and they are not boatmen anxious to help poor Pashtuns”
“No, they helped us because we are peaceful Bunerwal merchants robbed by Afridis bandits and we are going to Matun”
“Now you are in the land of Turis, and this is not the right direction to go to Matun” replied coldly the khan of the group which encircled them.
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“No, oh not again” Muletail thought “we just escape Afridis to be taken prisoners by Turis, we have to invent something…”
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Mustafa had an idea of his: “Great Turis warriors please help us.” We have a meeting with some important Persian gentlemen to give them important news about war in Black Mountain.”
“And why noble Persian friends should speak with you about your heretic wars? We do not trust your bloody rules, we all follow the True Rule which came from Persia before the grandfather of my grandfater’s grandfather could die, may True Ruler accept him in the hall of all 6.”
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“You are right mighty khan, Turis always were independent and always will be” said Mustafa, and Muletail thought “at least unless I will rule all Punjab”. Mustafa thought to the last words of the political officer and insisted:
“They want to know about an imprisoned British Officer, and we have some good secret information for them. We have taken this wrong road to cheat british, afridis and waziris spies if they followed us”
“If you go towards south you will reach Waziristan, the Khostwal tribal groups have combined with the Wazirs against their traditional enemies: we, the Turis. Very smart your gamble, we help you to have a deviation through some secondary trails and you will be soon in the right direction, disguising any indiscrete eye. We will escort you up to Khostwal borders, the waziris’ enemies are our friends”
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“To this direction” shouted the khan and the group continued the march under the safe escort of Turis warriors, but…in the opposite directions, Waziristan has to wait again!
“do not worry Mustafà, you saved another time our group. In Khost we will find many friends” said Muletail, and then mumbling “…or at least it is what I hope…”
"Khostwal are good waziri's friend, I am Abdul and I will help you after reaching Matun" said the guide provided by the English pastor "I was surprised by your change of direction, but staying with you I was not detected as a Khostwal and killed. Follow me, from Matun we will return southward thru Garboz tribes, where Waziris are majority , and you’ll safely return home"
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on September 05, 2021, 05:21:09 AM
RENDEZVOUS AT KHAIRABAD SWAMP

Betwen Kabul & Charasiab
beside the Logar River, 130 miles West of
Kunar Caravansary in Goshta & 43 hours from there by foot
(according to Google Sahib)...

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Lies KHAIRABAD SWAMP...

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After sunset a visitor from Kabul
appears on one of the swamp's tiny islets...

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It's the serving woman who listened-in
on the parlay between the Iron Amir and
Mullah Sadullah at the Arg Palace in Kabul...

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Her name is Maryam Singh and she's here for a
rendezvous of her own, not with a Mad Mullah or
the ruler of Afghanistan, but with her brother,
Jai Ho Singh, who lives a secluded life nearby
at the foot of Diwaalya Pusht Pahaarh*...

(*Brokeback Mountain)

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Maryam tells her brother what was important enough to bring
her to the middle of the swamp in the middle of the night:

MARYAM SINGH: "The Iron Amir has agreed to trade 200 Martin-Henry rifles to Sarban Khan of the Yousufzai in exchange for... ... ..."

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JAI HO SINGH: "In exchange for what, sister?"

MARYAM SINGH: "It's so absurd I can barely force myself to say it, yet say it I must..."

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MARYAM SINGH (CONT'D): "One British officer.  Some young fool who gave himself the ague by eating raw olives just before Ghazis attacked Chakdara Outpost which had been under his command, after which he was captured.  One rifle... or ten perhaps.  But 200 HUNDRED?!  It is madness.  Sheer utter madness."

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JAI HO SINGH: "Perhaps.  But perhaps it makes perfect sense to those who know more than you and I -- or perhaps it is the workings of the Mad Guru.  Whatever may have led to this bewildering and nefarious accord... the Colonel's got to know!"

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MARYAM SINGH: "I knew you'd say something like that, which is why I had to come tell you."

JAI HO SINGH: "You've done well, my sister, and upheld our family name as the truest allies of the Raj!"

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JAI HO SINGH (Cont'd): "But do you know where the rifles are to be delivered?"

MARYAM SINGH: "Kunar Caravansary, in Goshta."

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JAI HO SINGH: "Bole So Nihal!"*

MARYAM SING: "Sat Sri Aka!"**

(*Shout aloud in ecstasy)
(**God is true & timeless)

Brother & Sister take leave of the swamp in opposite directions...

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The sun has risen by the time Jai Ho
returns home to the foot of Diwaalya Pusht Pahaarh
to be greeted by his old friend & loyal housemate, Habibi Singh...

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HABIBI SINGH: "What news, Jai Ho?"

JAI HO SINGH: "You won't believe it if I tell you.  All that matters is that I deliver said news to the Colonel before it's too late.  You shall stay and keep watch and be ready to stand in the gap, if needed."

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HABIBI SINGH: "You forget yourself, Jai Ho.  It is I who was Risaldar Major of 2nd Punjab Cavalry, PFF*, whilst you were a mere Jemadar!"

(*Punjab Frontier Force)

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JAI HO SINGH: "Hate to tell you, Habibi, but we're not in the regiment anymore -- plus I'm the one whose sister is posted at the Iron Amir's court in Kabul as a clandestine agent for the Political Branch.  Wait here a moment, I'll be right out..."

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HABIBI SINGH: "Jai Ho, I thought you said we're not in the regiment anymore?!"

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JAI HO SINGH: "This way when I reach the sahibs, they won't mistake me for a foe."

HABIBI SINGH: "But every Afghan will."

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JAI HO SINGH: "That, Habibi, will be no mistake!"

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JAI HO SINGH (Cont'd): "I must go now, my friend.  Never fear, never inspire fear!"

HABIBI SINGH: "Except in those who deserve it!"

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HABIBI SINGH: "Bole So Nihal!"*

JAI HO SINGH: "Sat Sri Aka!"**

(*Shout aloud in ecstasy)
(**God is true & timeless)


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As he watches his old friend ride off to deliver the vital information, Habibi reflects on how one thing is definitely true beyond any shadow of a doubt: their old warhorse looks better with Jai Ho on his back!

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TO BE CONTINUED...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Bravo Six on September 05, 2021, 05:32:52 AM
Mad Guru, this is some FANTASTIC terrain and figures in this thread!!!!  :o :o :o
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on September 05, 2021, 05:53:49 AM
Many thanks, Bravo Six!  The whole thing comes from the twisted minds and machinations of Giorgio and Umra Khan/Piero.  Putting aside any neutral or objective view of this thread, all that really matters is how GOOD, PURE & TRUE Umra/Piero is when it comes to his taste in colonial wargame rules, and how BAD, CORRUPT & FALSE Giorgio is in the same area!  Still they deserve equal shares of glory for the proceedings -- and I can't leave out my great friend Sgt. Guinness and my terribly awful new frenemy Captain Shanks!  And Giorgio will give my soldiers of the Queen extra drill and rob the jezails from my tribesmen and the choras from my Ghazis if I don't roll out the Persian Carpet and invite any/all gamers with an interest, whether they have many or few troops and much or little terrain, to join us, as player slots remain available on both the Raj and Rebel sides, and new blood is always in demand on the Frontier.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on September 08, 2021, 06:10:54 AM
The peaceful village of Batora on the Chagarzu River awakens to Baluchi raiders allied under Ghul Akbar's banner.  Mullah Abdullah, sardar of Batora has refused to provide warriors to fight against the ferenghees.
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The trap is sprung as the Bunerwhals jump from hiding  and descend upon the mercenary raiders only to be driven back with tulwar and jezail.
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Jezail fire rips through the villagers driving them back while TippuTib rushes his Ghazis across the Chagarzu Ford and into the Batora.
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Villagers, seeing the raiders failing to reload their jezails, charge from the trees across a poppy field into them thinking them easy prey. Not realizing until too late, they are the fiercest warriors on the field.
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Mullah Abdullah has occupied the largest compound and awaits the assault from behind the relative safety of the walls.
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TippuTib leads the attack against the compound, the fight rages across the walls but is repelled by the stalwart defenders.
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Their bloodlust up the defenders jump the walls abandoning the compound and chase down their attackers slaughtering them to a man.
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One Eyed Abdul, the Cutthroat of Quetta, presses his attack killing Abdullah's personal bodyguards and capturing him.
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At this, the rest of the villagers fade into the forest and surrounding hills. One Eyed Abdul leads the rest of the band down river to the Barandu to rejoin Ghul Akbar in Elai, with a new guest and carrying the martyred TippuTib.

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on September 08, 2021, 07:00:43 AM
Ghul Akbar, beloved son of TorGhar continues his ride up the Buner Valley towards Malakand. Many of the villages cower in fear, the Mullah Abdullah of Batora stood and found the wrathful hand of righteousness delivered in the words of the One True Rule. Now he gathers with his Baluchi allies and Bunerwhals from Tangon and Elai poised to strike down vengeance on Ruffhusband Sa'ab for his insolence at desecration of his family and the burning of his brother's village Dargai.
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: rafm3ic on September 08, 2021, 12:49:21 PM
Excellent work and write up! Thanks Lads!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on September 08, 2021, 03:53:29 PM
August 4th 1890 Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the message that the bandit Mulehead sent to Ghul Akbar, in the black mountain, that was reported by our spy who got it in the desert caravan at campfire, taking the confidence of the caravan bashi with a sweet present...
Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF.
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“Oh great qafilah-bashi (caravan master) your wither face and deep wrinkles and the sunned face you have walked back and forth, your eyes only know what they have seen and your ears heard secrets that cannot be nominated.”-
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“Your words are honey to my ears but hide snakes in their corrupting intentions!” answered the old bashi.
“Caravan master let me offer this glass of pleasant pomegranate of Kandahar. You deserve it You may your heart sing on a halt, your love call under the moon sleep, look a precious gift for you, hosoor. You deserve a rest and tomorrow our roads will separate”
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This is an extract of what our spy found and read in the bashi baggage while he was in other business...

Noble Ghul Akbar, the Almighty Ruler gave his powerful blessing to me, his faithful and loyal humble servant, me the Mighty El Komiss Mulehead, Light of Waziris, true Khan of all the lands between Delhi and Kabul, protector of widows and orphans, Defensor of True Rule, Light of Faith.
Messengers are just arrived with news of your triumphs. Heretics have been punished to have deviated from the True Path and the dice gave them a heavy message: you’ll never betray TMWWBK.
But now my beloved son let us raise the eyes to where Umra’s infidels and Feringhis will destroy each other and after Swat you will subjugate Tirah.
The renegade jackall of Swat is foxy and smart, do not underestimate his power and his cheating tricks. His connection with Umra is stronger every day, we have to be confident in Ferenghees ability to distract chitralis reinforcements.  My son, The Almighty Ruler is blessing your actions, the trap is working!
This is the destiny for the one who follows the wrong Ruler, but the Almighty Ruler provided us new rules to kick out Ferenghees and destroy heretics, and He said is only with good Dice that you can succeed.
I have no news about my son Ghaazi Muletail El Komiss, some voices say he is in Khost, other in Buner, please forward to me any information about him, the Defensor of faithful believers.
When I will be the Khan of all Tirah we will go to Swat where I have some credits to collect, specifically one head of the Guru of Infidels!
Keep high morale and be loyal to your Khan, I got messages that the brothers in faith of Buner and Khost are already marching to join us in the triumphal campaign, I’m still hidden in the shadow , and I will hit sudden like a tiger and all Punjab will be under our wise governance.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on September 10, 2021, 06:20:38 PM
Zibbib Khan after ordering his men to track down a northbound caravan,  heads west to Sialkot to meet Percival Flash Dumbar....... but who is he?

Percival "Flash" Dunbar Born 1827 At the time of Mutiny he was 30 years old, now in the 1890 he is 63 years. Younger cousin of Sir Harry Paget Flashman VC, KCB, KCIE hero of the Revolt of the sepoys.
Like is most famous cusin is a large man, six feet two inches (1.88 m) tall, his dark colouring frequently enabled him to pass (in disguise) for a Pashtun. He claims only three natural talents: horsemanship, facility with foreign languages, and fornication.
Is a coward, who will flee from danger if there was any way to do so, and has on some occasions collapsed in funk. He has one great advantage in concealing this weakness: when he is frightened, his face turns red, rather than white, so that observers think he is excited, enraged, or exuberant—as a hero ought to be.
Flash, an insatiable lecher, has sex with many different women over the course of his fictional adventures. His size, good looks, winning manner, and especially his splendid cavalry-style whiskers win over many women, from low to high, including many famous women, and frequent encounters with prostitutes
Despite his admitted cowardice, Flash is a dab hand at fighting when he has to. Though he dodges danger as much as he can, and runs away when no one is watching, he usually controls his fear and often performs bravely creating an aura of legend.
He was often selected for especially dangerous jobs because of his heroic reputation.
Now is an old chap with white beard and mustaches but his legendary aura  is still upon him .

Zibbib Khan  knows that Flash lives in Sialkot Punjab,  It is a city south of Jammu and Kashmir, here Zibbib Khan meets Percival Flash Dunbar, in the Mustapha's  Turkish baths which are in front of the Jadghari Gate.
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I see a weird guy....
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Ah here's the Turkish bath...
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Hi Flash ... I like you ...
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Only thanks to these baths that I take every day ... you know my old joints ... Zibbib Khan what are you doing here? You are far from the frontier and from your interests...
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Flash you know that I mask my espionage services with trade ... I got a proposal from a Russian Captain ... and honestly I didn't understand much ... This Russian pays me 50,000 rupees plus another 25,0000 to bring him or protect 2 boys, the first is the son of El Osprey, the second is a friend of his .... They left Kabul 10 days ago with a caravan heading north ... my men are following them, I diverted to come and talk to you ... Flash what's behind this story ?
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Zibbib times are changing on the Frontier, the Pax Britannica has been in question for years ... the Holy Brom's True Book of Faith may be supplanted by new rules .... The Raj, Umra, Mad Guru, Seargent Three, Malak Mansur Khan and Ali Razah Khan want to keep the state of affairs but every day new followers declare their faith in the book of El Osprey, the Vile Wazir Mulehead Khan ,  the new Khan of Tor Ghar Sardar Gul Akbar are among them ... and also the evilRussians .
El Osprey artisanally prints his rules in a printing house up north in Khunjerab, an isolated place in an area not mapped by English cartographers. There he prints his few copies .... the Russians want to overturn the status quo by taking the matrix of the book and printing it industrially using modern printing methods. They want to flood the world with the new creed, drive the British out of India and take over the area ....
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Zibbib is shocked by this tale ... This is the Big Game ... and I ended up in it ... Flash what will the Russians do with the boys and with El Osprey? And why does the Emir of Afghanistan care about these 2 young people?
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Zibbib the two young men grew up together and studied in Kabul .... one the son of El Osprey is called Maa Din and the other, his friend is called Amindullah and he is the son of the Emir ... but  the Russians don't care about the boys ... they want to find El Osprey's printing house, they want to follow the two guys to discover the place ...
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Flash do you know where this place is? You were telling me about a region ... of Khunjerab ? ... you should go with me on this mission ...
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Zibbib ... I'm old ... during the Devil's Wind I was 30 ... now I'm over 60 ... it will be a hard and dangerous journey , Khunjerab's village of Sust is very far away in a difficult country..... Let's go get dressed and we'll keep talking outside ...
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Zibbib I have thought about it I cannot allow the Holy Book to be abandoned ...in the meantime let's go togheter in the alleys of Sialkot , I want to introduce you to a voluptuous friend of mine...
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.....to be continued.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on September 12, 2021, 04:16:46 PM
Excellent post Umra Khan
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on September 12, 2021, 09:57:07 PM
DISPATCHES FROM THE ENEMY

PESHAWAR, AUGUST 1890...

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Dispatches have reached Captain Crane, Resident Political Officer, and are now being relayed to Major General Whitsend, CO Peshawar Division...

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The General has summoned Brigadier Padraic "Magpie" McGilligan, CO of 2nd Brigade...

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The contents of the dispatch, dated August 4th, 1890, are as follows:

"Ghul Akbar, beloved son of TorGhar continues his ride up the Buner Valley towards Malakand. Many of the villages cower in fear, the Mullah Abdullah of Batora stood and found the wrathful hand of righteousness delivered in the words of the One True Rule...

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"Now he gathers with his Baluchi allies and Bunerwhals from Tangon and Elai poised to strike down vengeance on Ruffhusband Sa'ab for his insolence at desecration of his family and the burning of his brother's village Dargai."

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A handy map is included as well:

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The Courier proceeds to read the rest of the Dispatch: "Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the message that the bandit Mulehead sent to Ghul Akbar:

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"Noble Ghul Akbar, the Almighty Ruler gave his powerful blessing to me, his faithful and loyal humble servant, me the Mighty El Komiss Mulehead, Light of Waziris, true Khan of all the lands between Delhi and Kabul, protector of widows and orphans, Defensor of True Rule, Light of Faith.

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"Messengers are just arrived with news of your triumphs. Heretics have been punished to have deviated from the True Path and the dice gave them a heavy message: you’ll never betray TMWWBK.

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"But now my beloved son let us raise the eyes to where Umra’s infidels and Feringhis will destroy each other and after Swat you will subjugate Tirah.

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"The renegade jackal of Swat is foxy and smart, do not underestimate his power and his cheating tricks. His connection with Umra is stronger every day, we have to be confident in Ferenghees ability to distract chitralis reinforcements.  My son, The Almighty Ruler is blessing your actions, the trap is working!

This is the destiny for the one who follows the wrong Ruler, but the Almighty Ruler provided us new rules to kick out Ferenghees and destroy heretics, and He said is only with good Dice that you can succeed.

I have no news about my son Ghaazi Muletail El Komiss, some voices say he is in Khost, other in Buner, please forward to me any information about him, the Defensor of faithful believers.


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"When I will be the Khan of all Tirah we will go to Swat where I have some credits to collect, specifically one head of the Guru of Infidels!

Keep high morale and be loyal to your Khan, I got messages that the brothers in faith of Buner and Khost are already marching to join us in the triumphal campaign, I’m still hidden in the shadow , and I will hit sudden like a tiger and all Punjab will be under our wise governance."


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BRIGADIER MCGILLIGAN: "'All Punjab will be under our wise governance'?!  Bloody cheeky bastard this Mulehead fellow!"

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CAPTAIN CRANE: "Bloody cheeky indeed.  But I'm afraid he's got a growing quantity of lead and steel to go with his cheek, Brigadier -- including his new ally, Gul Akbar from the Black Mountains."

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GENERAL WHITSEND: "Ruff-Husband and his brigade are at Dargai.  The question is... will they be enough to quash this Gul Akbar and his own growing band of rebels."

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BRIGADIER MCGILLIGAN: "This Gul Akbar fellow and his gang have only fought other tribal riff-raff,  General.  While I'd love the chance to lead my men into the field, I'm sure old Ruff-Husband and his lot will make quick work of them.  Not to mention, by the sound of things, the tribes are still at each other's throats."

CAPTAIN CRANE: "There's also the matter of leaving Peshawar itself very thinly garrisoned, Sir.  If you were to order Brigadier McGilligan and his 2nd Brigade to Dargai, we'd have very few troops left to hold down the fort here."

GENERAL WHITSEND: "Hmmm.  Neither of you seem to take this gathering threat from the North very seriously.  Do you realize that 1st Brigade's Cantonment at Dargai lies right at the foot of the Malakand Pass, overlooked by towering heights, from which our foes could snipe away by day and then launch deadly rushes under dark of night, returning each time to the mountain fastness conveniently located right over 1st brigade's shoulders?  No, whether or not to immediately send reinforcements to Ruff-Husband is not so quick and easy a decision as you present, at least not to my mind, and for better or worse I remain the one in command.

MEANWHILE OUT ON THE VERANDA...

Captain Hardigan, commander of the recently arrived RHA battery, waits with Havildar Major Kunara of the 127th Baluchis, both curious to learn if the recently arrived Dispatch will result in their units getting a chance to take the field...

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HARDIGAN: "What do you think's up, Kunara?"

KUNARA: "The sky, Sahib (DRAMATIC PAUSE) And also my regiment's rifles, and your battery's galloping limbers.  I think the blood of heroes is up.  Tho' could be just my wishful thinking!"

BACK INSIDE HQ...

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GENERAL WHITSEND: "Gentlemen, I have reached my decision.  Brigadier McGilligan, you and your 2nd Brigade shall......"


TO BE CONTINUED!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on September 13, 2021, 01:23:49 AM
Capt. Shanks & Mad Guru, excellent posts gentlemen!!!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on September 14, 2021, 09:33:00 AM
Thanks, Jeff!

ORDERS FOR 2nd BRIGADE, PESHAWAR DIVISION

We return to the scene of the scene: HQ Peshawar Division, where CO Major-General Whitsend has decided on orders for his 2nd Brigade and is about to share them with his Political Officer Captain "Teetotaler" Crane and 2nd Brigade CO Brigadier-General "Magpie" McGilligan...

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GENERAL WHITSEND: "Gentlemen, I have reached my decision.  Brigadier McGilligan, you and 2nd Brigade shall top off commissariat and proceed at once to Dargai to support 1st Brigade, and you shall take Hardigan's Royal Horse Artillery battery with you."

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BRIGADIER MCGILLIGAN: "Very good, sir!  We'll be ready to march by sun-up."

GENERAL WHITSEND: "And when you cross paths with this Gul Akbar fellow, which I believe you shall, you know what to do with that brolly of yours, as the youth have taken to calling them nowadays."

BRIGADIER MCGILLIGAN: "Indeed I do, sir.  (BRANDISHING HIS UMBRELLA) In my experience the locals don't like it up 'em."

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Captain Crane considers voicing his opposition to this decision... but decides to keep his powder dry, unlike his lips, which he uses to take a long sip of his now rather cold Irish Breakfast tea...

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* * * * *

How was the decision made???

In the 40+ year tradition of TSATF game mechanics a standard card deck was used.  Red and Black JOKERS were added to the deck, which was shuffled, then cut, then the top card was flipped and compared to the following CHART:

RED CARD = 2nd Brigade marches for Dargai

BLACK CARD = 2nd Brigade remains in Peshawar

RED JOKER = En route to Dargai 2nd Brigade UNCOVERS & APPREHENDS Sarban Khan's Peshawar SPY(!!!)

BLACK JOKER = While remaining in Peshawar, members of 2nd Brigade CONTRACT CHOLERA, which may then spread throughout the regt. & rest of garrison (!!!)


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So no counter-intelligence coup and no plague, but reinforcements will soon be heading to Dargai -- or rather, to the charred remnants of that village at the foot of the Malakand Pass, recently burned as punitive retribution for the vile effrontery of a mockery of a sham (AKA: crimes against humanity) committed by Sardar Gul Akbar in the vicinity of Serai...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: ulverston on September 14, 2021, 08:29:13 PM
Well what a fantastic thread! I have skipped through this during the evening due to visitors (pah!) but will re read in depth tomorrow. This has everything that I love about wargaming and take me back to the glorious days of receiving the "Lone Warrior" through the post. Honestly for me this does not get any better. Thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on September 15, 2021, 03:21:08 AM
@ ulverston, that’s high praise indeed! I thank you on behalf of all involved sir, since I’m the only one awake at the moment.  :D
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on September 15, 2021, 08:45:50 AM
Well what a fantastic thread! I have skipped through this during the evening due to visitors (pah!) but will re read in depth tomorrow. This has everything that I love about wargaming and take me back to the glorious days of receiving the "Lone Warrior" through the post. Honestly for me this does not get any better. Thank you for sharing.

Thanks for the nice words, this campaign, even with the help of new players, has grown considerably. we are happy that the readers of the Forum like it.
But most important thing we discovered and became friends with three great characters, JBaumal, Mad Guru and CPT Shanks !
I'm old enough  lol to remember the pleasure of receiving by mail the numbers of Lone Warrior, MWAN, and others...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on September 16, 2021, 05:46:36 AM
Up the Bunerwhal valley swept Ghul Akbar and his swelling lashkar. To his standard they had come for a chance to strike out at the farenghee and settle the blood feud against the Angleez. To take back what had always been theirs, but mostly for the chance to fight and prove themselves worthy of their warrior traditions. They had steadily moved upriver from Elai towards the passes that would lead them to the Swat Valley and down the Malakand pass, but now they turned to the southwest and wound their way through the southern passes. Soon they found themselves assembled on the outskirts of Plai. Would the Khan join them or would he choose to fight and possibly meet the same fate of Mullah Abdullah, his village lost his tribe scattered? 
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Lord Raglan on September 16, 2021, 06:19:21 AM
Brilliant mate 
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on September 16, 2021, 03:26:03 PM
Dusty road towards Thal, at the borders with Tirah, to find out Umra’s den. The only sound is the hypnotic lilting rhythmic noise of the march seasoned by the resounding of hooves on the rocky ground
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The , march is going on since hours, Spimwam is only a far column of smoking ruins, slowly but inexorably the column proceeds his march northwards, the red of the 22nd Punjab cavalry is trotting on the front, behind the 67th blue pants, the green kullah of Khyber rifles, the red kullah of Guides and a lot of kakhi, a lake of molassas kachi covering every inch in the horizon, mixing with the rocky dusty ground until the whole column halt for the night rest.
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Rest? Who can really sleep in this innatural silence? Then slowly dull noises start to fill the night.
Two Piffers officers are talking at campfire: they are Capt Luke Townsend of Guides and LT Benedict Frock of 40th Punjabi, both assigned with LT Gregory Hatton of 67th to the column of Major Vousden.
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“My respect Capt, you can sleep neither, can’t you? If I may ask you, I don’t understand why we were sent to Tirah and Col Fullerton to Tochi Valley. He knows every inch from Bannu to Spinwam, he has received some smashes but gave back much more. I heard he has been mentioned and soon you will see his name published in the London Gazette, and instead he was sent to civilize the Tochi Valley thru fire, butchering  and disruptions.”
“Frock, you know, some choices are dictated by jealousy and…relationships. I was a logistic administrator in HQ in Peshawar, and I have read about his second cousin being a distant relative of Davenport himself. Our General had a clever plan: sending Fullerton with a column to harass the Afridis, let he fails due too much arrogance and then send his protégée to save the situation and consolidate his request of promotion.
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The unbelievable charges of old Fully in Mir Alì and, above all, the apologetic articles by Winkle on Peshawar Tribune made of Fullerton a hero you can only hope to match. So Fully has been sent to Tochi valley to keep busy north waziris while another brigade under direct order of new appointed General Mandrake Aubrey-Smith reaches Wana by South and will hang the bandit Mulehead closing the war. Our Major got the more important task to pacify all the lands from Spimwam to Tirah valley and assure that a new Khan is elected instead of Umra, who will be processed in Peshawar.”
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“I see anyway both he and LT Hatton are magnificent officer, they’re both a tough nut to crack”
“True, but also your friend is highly protected, being son of a lady very close to Gen B.Blood himself, now he has the only British unit and also the reinforcement column from Bannu with artillery train will be made only by native
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“Well anyway under Major Vousden we will have possibility to be noted and get promotions”
 “Benedict stop dreaming, all rewards are already booked for Major and LT Hatton. But it is better. I’m here only to get the active period to get the ranks, I don’t like the idea of 2 thousands pounds of high education wiped out by 10 cents bullet; I want to go back to Peshawar, this time as Major, and manage all the logistic and supply traffic, reading the Tribune and sipping my tea…”
“oh captain, but you are joking, …don’t you?”
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“do not worry, of course I’m joking. We will march another couple of days to intimidate the bandits, they will swear eternal friendship and we’ll go back to Bannu before that damn’d train has left the town. Look around, here Fully destruction is not arrived, all is so peaceful and even the horrid landscape seems a continuous menace, well now it is time to stop and sip a good tea, c’mon Benedict, reach your Rifles and check the orders for the sentinels.
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Look, Hatton is coming running as if he got a swarm of wasp in those blue pants. Gregory what’s happening?”
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“Sir, Hatton panted “all Officers, now, Major has new orders for tomorrow” said Hatton gasping, saluted and turning on his heels run back to Major’s tent.
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TO BE CONTINUED
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on September 17, 2021, 01:18:17 PM
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The stronghold of Umra Khan, Mogala, is situated beyond the Khyber Pass. In dominant situation enjoys all the advantages of the best resorts. Possibility of sports activities with falcon hunting, clay waziro shooting, Polo and Bukzashi matches with waziro head in homage to the winner.
Tiger and wild boar hunting trips are organized.
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Relax in the clear waters of our thermal baths and visit our prisons, we organize torture on request.

In the evening dinner on the terraces with spectacular views of the Frontier,
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and dancing entertainment with the dancers of the Khyber Dance Ensemble.
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Late in the night Strip-tease shows with the best international artists accompanied by Champagne of the best French brands. Tribal songs and dances and finally, with supplement to be paid locally Bunga Bunga .

Discount for groups. We are waiting to amaze you with our shows, you will spend an unforgettable holiday!

For reservations call the Umra Entertainment and Facility Center Mogala 04.303303

Whar are you waiting...Call Now !!
Immediately reserve your seats in the front row, in Mogala it's a party all year round .
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on September 17, 2021, 05:31:29 PM
Absolutely hilarious buddy!!!! Great post. Sign me up. Next weekend works for me …
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on September 17, 2021, 06:25:45 PM
Absolutely hilarious buddy!!!! Great post. Sign me up. Next weekend works for me …

 lol lol thanks, you welcome !
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on September 18, 2021, 12:19:47 AM
Truly a World Class resort, no doubt one of the finest in the Empire!  Sadly I don't think I'll be free next weekend, as Capt. Shanks and I are maneuvering towards a "Grandma of All Battles" epic conflagration... but if for any reason that conflict is averted, count me in!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on September 18, 2021, 05:42:10 AM
Actual believer of True Rule will never attend such devil den, quintessencee of all vices, graveyard of drunken souls, brothel for Feringhees, bat’ha!!!
Aal-salaf al-sālih (pious ancestors) gave us an hadith who says “You will toss your dices soberly” , no true pilgrim will even pronounce the name of this posh knocking shop.
When Black Mountain, Buner, Khost under the wise guide of Mulehead El Komiss’ waziris clean from filthy pollution all the lands between Kabul and Peshawar, this lair of shame will be burnt and his ashes dispersed on Anglez lands.
Oh viewer who read these eternal wisdom rules, stop any hesitation and join with your tribe our holy Jihad to convert all Punjabi to TMWWBK the only and pure True Rule, the Rule for the discerning khan.
For new converts a free yearly subscription to Peshawar Tribune and a pratical demountable Jezail, the ideal gift for the travelling pashtun.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on September 18, 2021, 03:05:18 PM
                Chitral Territory, NWF, 3 August 1890, Chitral Fort - British Sortie - LAF NWF Campaign

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With the pressure mounting on the Chitral garrison
Colonel Dano MacGurule orders a sortie to clear out the Chitralis and allied Pathan tribesmen from the fort's outbuildings and surrounding gardens. The tribesmen have been sniping the defenders from sangers they had built in the vicinity of the fort, as well as from the gardens walls, and from the fort’s outbuildings.

Col. MacGurule:
“What is the current situation Captain Lucas?”
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Capt. Lucas:
“Colonel, we've spotted tribesmen to the south of the fort manning sangers sah! I'm sure that's where we're taking so much of the accurate musketry from.”
Col. MacGurule:
“Lucas old boy, I need you to organize a sortie to clear out those troublesome tribesmen from the area.”
Capt. Lucas:
“Yes sah, I've already ordered the Gordon's and the 40th Pathans to each have a platoon meet me at the main gate on the double bayonets at the ready, Sah!”
Col. MacGurule:
“God speed Captain! I'll see you in the mess later for supp and a whiskey.”
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Capt. Lucas:
“One more thing Colonel, we have some disturbing news sah, a patrol of ours has taken a prisoner that is not Chitrali! The man apparently is a Pashto allied with the infamous Umra Khan.”
Colonel MacGurule:
“Oh my word Capt, that is a certainly a game changer. We may be up against Ali Razah Khan and the whole bloody territory by our lonesome! General McGuinness better make haste. Prepare a messenger.”
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Harold and Nigel man the north tower.
“Did you volunteer for the sortie Harold? I want to give Johnny Pathan wot for! Cold steel and all, right, eh.”
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The Gordon’s muster in the courtyard for the attack led by their fiery young officer, Lt. Boddington.
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Lt. Boddington leads his squad to the left while Lt. Harp takes his squad of the 40th Pathans to the right. Preparatory artillery fire is provided by a mountain gun from the Bombay Artillery.
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Deadly accurate artillery fire kills and drives off several of the Pathan defenders. Even the true rule can’t save these faithful followers of Umra Khan, Ali Razah Khan, and the Mad Guru!
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This game is part of the larger epic NWF Campaign being run on the Lead Adventure Forum by our friends Piero and Giorgio in Italy, LINK: “Never trust anyone on the Frontier” an ….epic NWF Campaign. There are currently active gamers in Europe and across several states in the USA. My personal Area of Operations is the District of Chitral in the NWF.
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This sortie scenario from the Chitral Fort was played out using Larry Brom’s iconic colonial rules set, THE SWORD AND THE FLAME. http://www.sergeants3.com/13.html (http://www.sergeants3.com/13.html)
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THE BATTLE BEGINS........
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on September 18, 2021, 03:09:40 PM
Chitral Territory, NWF, 3 August 1890, Chitral Fort - British Sortie - LAF NWF Campaign

THE BATTLE BEGINS.....

The Highlanders advance in open order on the Anglo-Indian left flank towards the sangers built by the Chitralis near the out buildings. The 40th Pathans advanced through the gardens in open order using the trees to screen their attack against the tribesmen in a fortified position amongst the outbuildings
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Colonel Dano MacGurule observes the attack from one of Chitral Fort watch towers.
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Pashtun defenders eagerly await the oncoming ferenghi invaders attack.
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As the cards are pulled the Anglo-Indian troops close in on the Chitralis and Umra Khan’s Pathans. The glint of the early morning sun on the approaching bayonets must’ve unnerved the waiting Pathans as their musketry was ineffective.

The Highlanders get danger close without suffering any casualties but in turn fail to cause any casualties on the Pathan tribesmen defenders.
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On the other flank the 40th Pathans reach the fortified position but take a casualty in the process, however it took several turns to get a hit. Umra Khan’s men can be seen rushing in to reinforce the position.
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NEXT TURN:
A movement card is pulled and the 40th Pathans advance to the wall. This situation will give both forces a cover benefit for musketry fire in the Fire Phase.
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On the left flank the Highlanders keep advancing, albeit very slowly, the poor movement dice rolls are attributed to unforeseen rough ground or the leadership of an inexperienced LT.
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With the movement phase done a black card is pulled and the fist fire goes to the Chitalis, thier Khan / leader chooses to fire at the Highlanders with the unit sheltering behind the sanger. Once again no hits!
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The next firing card is pulled and once again, it’s another black. The tribesmen facing the 40th Pathans fires and scores a hit against the unit taking cover behind the wall opposite them. This time the hit is a wound, Jack of Spades.
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With all of the eligible native forces having fired the British return fire. The Highlanders let loose with a deadly volley killing all of the defenders manning the sanger.
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The 40th Pathans return fire and miss. The cover of the walls or the anticipation of close combat causes them to miss.

None of the forces took enough casualties to cause a morale check so it’s off to the next turn.

NEXT TURN:
The movement phase begins with the British and they elect to move the Highlanders towards the fortified outbuildings since they cleared their first objective. But once again their movement is abysmal! RIGHT FACE, HARCH! A total of 4" on 3 dice...
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The next card pulled was also red. The British commander decided to charge the Pathan tribesmen holding the wall. Since the imperial troops (40th Pathans) had moved up to the wall with their last move as a regular move they were able to charge this turn. In TSATF any unit charging over a defended wall must fight the first round as if on top of the wall with a -1 to their die roll.
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With the movement phase complete the firing phase begins. The Chitralis get the 1st and 2nd firing cards and wisely fire at the advancing Highlanders since the 40th Pathans cannot fire since they charged.
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Two native firing cards are pulled, the 10 of Clubs then the 10 of Spades back to back for a total of (5) shots, ALL MISSES! The Gordon Highlanders seem to be touchable this day.
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Another black firing card is pulled and Umra Kahn’s Pashto tribesmen manage to hit one more of the 40th Pathans so only 8 men are left to charge their positions.
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The Highlanders are next to fire, LT Boddington halts his men and orders, Load, Aim, FIRE! As with their last encounter they scored multiple hits on their fire card.
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The Highlanders are doing Sterling work this day. Col MacGurule can be heard cheering “HUZZAH!” in Fort Chitral as he watches the battle unfold.
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With the Fire Phase over next comes the Melee / Close Combat phase. The 40th Pathans rolled successfully to close into melee and the tribesmen also rolled successfully to stand and fight, so the melee commences. The 40th Pathans charged in close order so win ties but are at a -1 disadvantage for charging over a wall. The tribesmen are at a +1 for defending a wall or barricade.
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The 40th Pathans do not fare well at the beginning of the melee, losing one man wounded and 2 pushed back. However in the next round of melee their veteran officer LT. Harp shows great élan by killing 3 of the remaining tribesmen himself urging his men up and over the wall to victory!
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The few surviving Pathan tribesmen who were forced back
route towards the rear 4D6.
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The 40th Pathans regroup and take the position.
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NEXT TURN:
The Highlanders start the movement phase with another bold movement straight into the teeth of the enemy.
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The Pathan tribesmen furious over loosing the last melee charged the remaining troops of the 40th Pathans who took the position.
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The tribesmen get the first fire, desperately loading their jezzails they shoot at the bold Highlanders. Through the puff of the black powder smoke discharging from their ancient weapons the tribesmen can see that none of the Highlanders drop! The Highlanders continue to stoically advance in open order towards the enemy, fire back on their card, and miss.
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The fanatical tribesmen charge home and the brave 40th Pathans stand their ground.
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A brutal melee ensues, the 40th Pathans are defending in close order so are a +1 to their D6, the tribesmen are charging in mass so win ties, both units leaders get a +1 as well.

Round 1 of the melee results in 4 imperial win vs 3 tribesmen wins.
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Round 2 is a unanimous win for the imperial forces, 4 to 0.
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However they sustained serious loses which brought them below 50% causing them to check Critical Morale, with the encouragement of their Lieutenant they passed! They refuse to give up, are victorious, and maintain control of the position.
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The few surviving tribesmen on the other hand are forced back 4D6 (4 six sided dice) and are shaken. They can attempt to rally.
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NEXT TURN:
On the opposite flank the Highlanders advance once again directly towards the enemy, though at a more determined pace! That’s 17” on 3D6.
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The Chitralis and Umra Khans Pathans try to rally during their movement card to get back into this fight. Unfortunately they fail to rally and are forced back and out of cover.
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The strong advance of the Highlanders took them through the fort’s out buildings and into the rear of the enemy positions.
The above noted tribesmen’s failure to rally and forced back result put them right in the gun sites of the swiftly Highlanders.
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Back to the right flank, the tribesmen here also failed to rally, causing them to move off the table and out of the game.
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This effectively ends the resistance on the imperial right flank.
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In the fire phase the Highlanders fire at the routing tribesmen causing multiple hits, bringing them well below 50% forcing a Critical Morale check, which they failed.
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A hard earned victory beverage for the Gordon Highlanders who took fate by the throat! They have helped buy some time for Colonel Dano MacGurule and his beleaguered Fort Chitral Garrison.
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Ali Razah Khan’s Chitralis and allied Umra Khan’s Pashto troops suffered  80% casualties this day despite being in fortified hard cover, while inflicting only 25% on their imperial opponents, some of whom will return to combat after convalescing. The imperial 40th Pathans suffered 6 casualties but only 2 men were killed with the Gordon’s taking NO casualties.

The campaign continues…..

General McGuinness and his 2 brigades are well enroute to relieve Fort Chitral. They are about to enter a narrow pass and possible ambush point on their way.

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on September 18, 2021, 08:37:22 PM
Great AAR JBaumal and nice scenario !
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on September 18, 2021, 09:37:28 PM
Indeed, well done to Col. MacGurule & company!  We can only hope that General McGuinness will fare as well on his march through that narrow pass...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on September 18, 2021, 11:04:41 PM
Cracking good fight Jeff.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on September 19, 2021, 08:08:22 AM
Muletail Ghaazi Muletail El Komiss aka Hussein continued walking for hours with a strange feeling.
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Abdul was very sure about the direction, but the strongest sensation did not leave the young Waziri Khan.
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 His instinct kept all the senses on high alert. He called the faithful Abdul Kareem aka Mustafa:
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“Mustafà I do not feel safe, do you trust this Abdul or whatever it is his true name?”
“Why not, he is leading us to Matun, knows the places, he hates the Afridis as we do…. all seems perfect”
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“yes, too perfect…perhaps I’m too paranoid but anyway refer to me as Hussein and do not pronounce my name in front of him” then he spoke to the guide:
“Abdul why we are going to Matun and do not we go directly westwards thru Garboz tribes, where we could find many waziris and receive protection?”
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“Hosoor, Abdul sees, Abdul knows, Abdul protects. Some Turis’ spies are still watching here, ready to kill us if something seems suspect. Do not forget they saw you with Ferenghees on the Kurram river, where we met the first time“
Muletail mumbled: He is right, probably, I’m too much suspicious, ok Muletail now relax, we are among friends. But that strange feeling, the instinct of the animal used to surviving alone in the desert, grew even more and stressed his breathing.
Few hours later, Matan is emerging in the dusk from the surrounding dunes. The blue dome of his mosque behind the slim high minarets inducing a feeling of peace and rest. Our friends can admire it resting over the top of a surrounding hill.
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“Hussein it is wonderful, only few days more and we’ll be back home!”
Muletail looked at his friend mumbling in silence, that oppressive sensation still pervading his body, clinching his heart, he is a panther and he can smell the danger.
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The silence was broken by Abdul: “Well Hosoor I will go to the market to buy some fried fish, dry pies and few tamarind slices. You can wait for me in this tower just out of the town. It is of friends of mine and you’ll be safe”
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 “do I come with you?” Mustafa asked, waked up by the thought of the tasty fried tamarinds.
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“oh no Hosoor. I will pass unnoticed, two men, one of which not Khostwal, will be easily detected by Afridis spies” and Abdul disappeared among the dunes riding the camel that was left by his friends out of the tower
Muletail whispered to his friend: “Saddam follow him, look if he will contact other gentlemen… now go, or you will not find him anymore in the market chaos”
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Saddam run out but he cannot see anymore Abdul and following the camel traces go towards the town main gate, looking for the market.
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Only a swarm of turbans, a cloud of spices and sweet intense parfums of tasty fruits and the characteristic smell of the fermenting goat milk.
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After few minutes a well-known voice calls “Saddam we are here” with a not confoundable Buner accent
“Hassad, Ibrahim, old goat sons, we believed you were all died. But…Baasim?”
(https://i.postimg.cc/8C5zQZYb/H-Saddam-and-2-Bunerwals.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)“we lost him during the retreat after the battle, he was seen by some Afridis and they called him a spy and despatched him. We are lucky that in the big confusion we could manage to escape, we were directed to Peiwar Kotal but remaining on the direct road was too dangerous in Orazkai’s lands, so we decided to have a detour passing through  Matun; but how are the others, and the two panthers?”
“we are all ok, we are with a Khostwal guide, but Muletail is not so sure, so I was asked to follow him, but I have lost his traces. What news have you collected here?”
“There are big rumors about war in North, in Chitral heretics are fighting Ferenghees but were beaten while Black Mountain pashtuns under Gul Akbar are spreading the True Rule in Buner and soon will arrive to Peshawar. A caravan Bashi was telling stories about firing all heretics villages refusing to cooperate with Gul Akhbar. Here the new Rule is seen with sympathy as an iconic rock for foundations of the building of independence. They speak also about the presence of strange ferenghees from North West, whose Khan is called Tsar, and are Anglez enemies; Pashtuns in the market were saying that  enemies of our enemies are our friends. Other Anglez is attacking from South both against Waziris towards Wana and Tochi valley and Afridis towards Tirah”
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“Well now I’II will return to the tower where we are hidden, you just follow me unseen and control the surroundings to be sure there are not uninvited intruders.”
“Sure, Saddam we’ll be ready and no mice will escape our hawks eyes, if we notice something we will use the usual warning signal” and they disappear.
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Few hours later,in the dark the Tower dominates the valley. Abdul volunteered for the first guard shift.
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Strange shadows are advancing closing to the tower driven by the gestures of a figure on the tower roof.
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But they are not approaching unobserved
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Suddenly two jackals start woofing 3 times, then 2 then tree times again. Immediately Saddam wake up take his tulwar, see that Abdul is not in the room and run up to the roof and go close to Abdul
“Abdul Abdul”
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“What do you …aargh”
Saddam’s tulwar cut Abdul’s throat
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Mustafa cries “what are u doing fool?!?”
“take all our jezails and be ready to a surprise” Saddam answers whispering
Suddenly a group of 12 pashtuns enter opening the door but two shot explode from the surrounding hills killing one of them
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and 5 other shots are exploded from within the tower, killing other two and invalidating one plus one lightly wounded.
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The remaining seven hesitate and then run back with the lightly wounded
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carrying with them also the invalidated one and disappear in the dark
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Mustafa cries “Let’s pursuit them”
“No” replied Muletail “it is too dangerous, they could easily prepare a trap for us; pack all the goods and at dawn be ready to go”
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“Southwestwards  to the Garboz tribes?”
“No, they think we’ll go for that route and prepare new surprises and they will have the time to rally more warriors. We will go to opposite direction, we go to Peiwar Kotal, we’ll cross again the Kurram river”
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A cool disappointment downloads over the other six warriors, they know Muletail is right, but the delusion is too deep to even speak and in silence they start to prepare the new march farther from Waziristan
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on September 19, 2021, 02:29:30 PM
El Osprey looks down with favor on his sons. Another clear victory for Muletail, surely he and Ghul Akbar will be the new generation that wrests the control of the frontier from the farenghee by uniting the tribes under TMWWBK. The false rules have resulted in the defeat of Umra Khan and his allies, surely they will convert now.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on September 19, 2021, 05:06:19 PM
@Mad Guru
Excellent adventure my friend. How will this intelligence alter the plans of General Ruff-Husband? Will these rifles be sent Northeast to Chitrali territory, be headed for the hands of waiting Waziris, or will they be used against Ruff- Husband’s command?
 
@Giorgio
I’ve been watching the trek of Muletail and his accomplices with much interest. The Chitralis have even heard of him. I hear they are searching for him and his companions as well. Isn’t everyone?

@Capt Shanks
Interesting read and forecasting of events sir. Is your tribe to be the anointed ones and purveyors of the new rule or just more heretics on The Grim?

@Piero
Ali Razah Khan and his retinue are enroute for a stay at your most magnificent hill fort. I hear General McGuinnes has booked rooms for him and his staff as well …..


Great posts my friends. I’m enjoying the intrigue and many exciting plot lines!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on September 20, 2021, 12:10:35 AM
JAI HO SINGH'S RIDE

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MAP SHOWING ROUTE OF JAI HO SINGH'S RIDE
FROM CHARASIAB TO DARGAI...
(courtesy of Google Sahib)

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JAI HO SINGH’S RIDE

by Reginald Winkie

(with apologies to Henry Wodsworth Longfellow)

LISTEN, my children, as to you I sing
Of the three day ride of Jai Ho Singh,
On the fifth of August in eighteen-nine-oh:
Hardly a man is still on the go
Who remembers that event occurring.
 
He said to his sister, Maryam,
“If the Iron Amir has conveyed
Breechloaders to the Yusufzais, as you say
Then I must ride to the sahibs and spread the alarm,
Before the Tribesmen strike with those modern arms!”
 
Then he climbed on his horse and said farewell
To his beloved Habibi, with whom he did dwell.
His comrade-in-arms wished him Godspeed,
He hoped & prayed Jai Ho would succeed,
And return home alive, a living monument to Khalsa pride.
 
For three days on rode Jai Ho Singh,
While Jezails and Sniders took shots at him,
A wound he sustained, yet he stayed on his game--
Then from one jagged cliff a Ghazi charged,
Attempting from his saddle Jai Ho to dislodge,
“Allah Akbar!” the Ghazi cried as he raised his Tulwar over his head,
But Jai Ho thrust his saber up and his own eyes saw red,
And before the Tulwar could strike, that Ghazi fell dead.
 
Jai Ho Singh rode on, under cliff and over hill,
Still bleeding from the Jezail bullet wound, until--
A kindly Mussulmaan took pity on him,
And gave Singh thirst-quenching water to regain his trim,
And on August the 8th, at long last,
Jai Ho Singh reached the Malakand Pass!
 
Then thanks to that same uniform which drew so many foes,
The picquets of 9th Gurkhas waved for him onwards to go,
To the Dargai Cantonments of Peshawar Field Force,
Where with little ado he made his report,
Concerning news from the Iron Amir's court,
Of trading rifles for a prisoner he could use to extort,
To which Brigadier Stewart Ruff-Husband did retort:
“Jemadar Jai Ho Singh, 2nd Punjab Cavalry, Piffers, Retired…
I salute you—truly you are the Khalsa’s pride!”
A report that shall echo on into time!
For borne on the hot-wind of the Past,
From the dawn of the Raj, until the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
Sepoys and sowars, both active and retire-eed,
Shall accomplish their mission, on foot or by steed,
No matter the odds, no matter how slim,
They will get the job done--like Jai Ho Singh.

(NOTE: I did not get the idea to "write"/bastardize the above poem until after the game detailed below had been played through to its conclusion.  The game itself was played straight-up and I did not manipulate the process in an effort to create any particular result.)

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* * * * * *

SPECIAL RULES FOR THIS SOLO GAME:

Jai Ho Singh has to cross 3 tables (each 10' long) worth of ground before reaching the North end of Malakand Pass.

Flip 3 cards per table for POTENTIAL EVENTS with following results:

RED card = no interference, Jai Ho Singh RIDES ON
BLACK card = some form of enemy presence/interference/action

LOW # BLACK CARD (2-6) = low threat (1-3 shooters)
HIGH # card (7-10) = moderate threat (1-6 shooters)
FACE card = severe threat (2-12 tribesmen or Ghazis or tribal cavalry, depending on further die roll)

Black low threat = die roll-off, one black die vs. 2 red dice, if Black wins, triggers an AMBUSH
Black moderate threat = die roll-off, black die vs. red die, if Black wins, triggers an AMBUSH
Black high threat = die roll-off, two black dice vs. 1 red die, if Black wins, triggers an AMBUSH

BLACK JOKER = ADDITIONAL EXTREME THREAT (avalanche or quicksand or blunder into Afghan Regular Army unit or Mullah’s caravan, depending on further die roll)

RED JOKER = SOME SURPRISE HELP/RELIEF (lost patrol of British or Indian troops, horse farm with sympathetic Native owner who provides fresh horse, sympathetic Native Healer who helps tend a wound, depending on further die roll)
 
AMBUSH = roll D6 (2 D6 for severe threat) for number of tribal ambushers (all shooters unless rolling 2xD6 for "severe threat", then 50/50 shooters/sword-&-shield)

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NOTE: You will see from the above that I tried to counter-balance the scenario rules somewhat in Jai Ho Singh’s favor as he was a SINGLE 28mm FIGURE crossing 30' of hostile terrain, with multiple chances of suffering wounds and/or death.  In the end I don't think I over-did this, as even with some advantages he still came close to death and his survival depended less on the # of "Threats" than on how the various threats that did emerge did in action against him and how he did in response.

CROSSING TABLE #1 - first 3 "Event Card" flips:

Card #1...

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Card #2...

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BLACK card = die roll-off to see if Jai Ho Singh can manage to evade/avoid the Tribal threat. 
At this early phase (Table #1) he gets 2 D6 to Tribal 1 D6...

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Card #3...

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Card #4...

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BLACK THREAT card.  This is the last card on Table #1,
so Jai Ho still gets advantage of 2 x D6 vs. 1 x D6 in the roll-off
to see if he can manage to avoid/evade the emerging threat...

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Nope.

So roll for # of Tribal Ambushers/Shooters...

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ROLL 1 x D20 FIRE DIE FOR EACH AMBUSHER,
TSATF "Pathan Rifles" firing at a single figure
counting as a CLASS II "Open Order" target HITS ON 1-4:

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ONE HIT!
CASUALTY CARD IS FLIPPED:

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NON-HEART # CARD = WIA
USING SPECIAL RULES FOR THIS EXTRA LOW-LEVEL SKIRMISH GAME
LOW # CARD = LIGHT WOUND.
Jai Ho Singh can sustain 2 Light Wounds or 1 Serious Wound before reducing his movement and fighting abilities so...

JAI HO RIDES ONTO TABLE #2 (of 3)...

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RED EVENT CARD = NO THREAT...

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BLACK EVENT CARD = ROLL THEM BONES
TO SEE IF JAI HO CAN EVADE/AVOID THE ENEMY...

Now that he's reached TABLE #2 it's a straight D6 vs. D6 roll-off without advantage to either side...

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TRIBAL DIE BEATS ANGLO-INDIAN DIE, SO...
ROLL 1D6 FOR # OF TRIBAL AMBUSHERS/SHOOTERS...
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2 TRIBAL SHOOTERS
(Do I detect a pattern here?)

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ROLL D20 FOR EACH SHOOTER, HITTING ON 1-4...

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BOTH SHOTS MISS THIS TIME.

JAI HO AGAIN CHOOSES NOT TO SPEND TIME SHOOTING BACK;
HE JUST COUNTS HIS BLESSINGS & RIDES ON...

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MORE EVENT CARDS ARE FLIPPED...

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UH-OH -- A BLACK FACE-CARD = SEVERE THREAT!

STILL, WE DO THE BLACK/RED D6 ROLL-OFF TO DETERMINE
"ADVANTAGE"...

RED DIE WINS!
SO INSTEAD OF ROLLING 2 x D6 FOR # OF GHAZI ATTACKERS
WE WILL ROLL ONLY 1 x D6...

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JAI HO LUCKS OUT AGAIN -- PERHAPS THE MOST FORTUITOUS
OF ALL HIS LUCKY ROOLS: HE WILL FACE ONLY 1 GHAZI.
STILL, THAT COULD VERY WELL BE DEADLY...

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THE GHAZI LEAPS UP OUT OF HIDING
& ROLLS HIS 4 x D6 CHARGE MOVE DICE...
(1 pip = 1" allotted movement)

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Oooo.  Just 9".  Not so great for the Fanatical Faithful.
On his galloping horse Jai Ho may be able
to evade this charge with his own 5 x D6 of
CHARGE MOVEMENT DICE, but he's in
ROUGH TERRAIN, so he'll LOSE his HIGH DIE.

If he attempts to evade it could go either way...
he might get away clean, or...
 get caught from behind & suffer a -2 modifier for
"CHARGED IN REAR."

Jai Ho opts to COUNTER-CHARGE,
Which makes his die roll mostly a technicality
He rolls his 5 x D6 CHARGE MOVE DICE...

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DROPS THE HIGH DIE FOR ROUGH TERRAIN PENALTY, LEAVING 11"...

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AND MEETS THE GHAZI ON THE ROCKY SLOPE...

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The Ghazi's MODIFIERS:
+1 Charging,
+1 Higher Elevation
+1 Native vs. Cav in Rough Terrain
TOTAL: +3

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Jai Ho Singh's MODIFIERS:
+2 Mtd. Leader
+2 Regular Cavalry
TOTAL: +4

Taken together this results in a +1 MODIFIER for Jai Ho Singh.

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TIME FOR THE FIRST ROUND MELEE DIE ROLL-OFF...

TO BE CONTINUED!!!

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on September 20, 2021, 12:12:24 AM
JAI HO SINGH'S RIDE -- PART II

(NOTE TO READERS: Turns out this post was TOO BIG, so it had to be split into 2 parts -- and wouldn't you know it, PART I ended up being the VERY LAST POST that could fit on the previous page of this thread [page 18] -- so if you came here direct from the Colonial Adventures Index you may want to GO BACK ONE PAGE to p.18 in order to read PART I of what has unintentionally turned out to be a 2-PART extravaganza.)

WE PICK UP RIGHT WHERE WE LEFT OFF, with counter-charging Jai Ho Singh & the charging Ghazi about to roll D6 melee dice against each other...

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In TSATF losing a melee with a 3 or above = "FALL BACK";
Losing with a 2 = WIA;
Losing with a 1 = KIA.

So the Ghazi is dead.

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Jai Ho RIDES ON...

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ANOTHER EVENT CARD IS FLIPPED...

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RED = NO INTERFERENCE.

JAI HO RIDES ON...

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ANOTHER CARD...

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RED JOKER!

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RESULTS IN SOME BENEFICIAL SURPRISE...

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IT'S A KIND LOCAL WHO TAKE PITY ON THE
WOUNDED TROOPER & OFFERS HIM FRESH WATER...

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WHICH HELPS JAI HO SUSTAIN HIMSELF DESPITE
HIS WOUND FROM THE JEZAIL ROUND...

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Having ridden 3 table lengths, flipping a total of 10 event cards (an extra got thrown in somewhere), engaging 3 enemy units (albeit all small ones due to low die rolls) and 1 local friendly (courtesy of the RED JOKER), Jai Ho Singh reaches the North end of the Malakand Pass, picqueted by troops of 9th Gurkha Rifles...

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Who recognize his uniform and allow him to pass...

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At the top of the Malakand he is struck by the view of
1st Brigade, Peshawar Field Force's Cantonments...

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And the CHARRED HUSK OF DARGAI VILLAGE...

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Along the banks of the Swat River...

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Jai Ho descends the South side of the Pass,
follows the road and reaches the gate...

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Tells the sentries he has vital information for
Brigadier Ruff-Husband
(his former Colonel)
And is admitted at once...

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He quickly rides through the camp,
catching sight of something odd as he goes...

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A large tent filled not with British
or Indian soldiers, but a LOCAL FAMILY...

It is Nazim Gul, former Headman of Dargai Village, his wife
Farrah Akbar, & their 3 sons, Raza Muhammad, Baba Muhammad,
and Gaza Muhammad.  Farrah Akbar is the sister of Black Mountain Vice Khan Gul Akbar, one of the leaders of the current Frontier Revolt...

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It was Gul Akbar's vile effronteries & crimes
against all that is decent and human that led
Brigadier Ruff-Husband to torch Dargai
in punitive retribution...

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But these are not sights for an interloping visitor to see,
even a highly decorated retiree from 2nd Punjab Cavalry...

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And so the tent flaps are closed by the officer & men on watch.

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Jai Ho Singh finally reaches his old regimental commander,
now serving as CO of 1st Brigade, Peshawar Division...

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BRIGADIER RUFF-HUSBAND: "By god, I thought they were pulling my leg when they said it was you, Jemadar Jai Ho Singh!  How the blazes have you been?"

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JAI HO SINGH: "I abide, my Colonel -- forgive me, Brigadier.  I enter my house justified, as does Risaldar-Major Habibi."

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BRIGADIER RUFF-HUSBAND: "You fellas still pitching your tents at the foot of  Diwaalya Pusht Pahaarh*, on the Afghani side of the border?"

(*Brokeback Mountain)

JAI HO SINGH: "Yes, sir.  That's why I'm here.  I bring important news from thereabouts..."

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BRIGADIER RUFF-HUSBAND: "I say, Jai Ho, are you wounded?"

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JAI HO SINGH: "It's nothing, my General, just a scratch from a jezail ball on my left arm.  It did not  hinder me from wielding my saber in my right to dispatch a Ghazi who tried to interrupt my journey here."

BRIGADIER RUFF-HUSBAND: "Can't say I'm surprised, Jemadar.  You always were a good one in a scrap.  So what's this news then, eh?"

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JAI HO SINGH:  "Colonel-turned-Brigadier Ruff-Husband, sir, I've learned the Iron Amir has traded 200 Martini-Henry rifles to Sarban Khan of the Yusufzais, at Kunar Caravansary in Goshta -- in exchange for the British subaltern captured at the fall of Chakdara."

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BRIGADIER RUFF-HUSBAND: "And you're quite sure about this?"

JAI HO SINGH: I would not be here otherwise, sir.  I trust the source as if they were my own family -- and they are placed within the Arg Palace in Kabul."

BRIGADIER RUFF-HUSBAND: "Good god, man... this will complicate things!  Still, you've certainly earned supper on the Queen Empress tonight -- and a look-see from Doc Watson, our old regimental surgeon and now my brigade medical officer, at that shoulder!"

JAI HO SINGH: "Thank you, my Colonel -- sorry, my General."

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BRIGADIER RUFF-HUSBAND: "No, Jai Ho Singh, thank you!"

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GAME SUMMARY:

Out of 10 potential events, Jai Ho Singh was shot at twice by 2 shooters each time.
He was hit once, sustaining a LIGHT WOUND.
He was Charged by one Ghazi.  He chose to countercharge and in the resulting melee he killed the Ghazi – head-to-head D6 melee result: 4 vs. 1.

On his very last event card (red joker) he was then aided by a kindly local who gave him water, which helped him recover from his light wound and continue on to the Malakand Pass.


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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on September 20, 2021, 03:45:40 AM
Amazing ride Jai Ho Singh, but the news will do nothing to save the cantonment.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on September 20, 2021, 04:26:29 AM
That's a BOLD STATEMENT Capt. Shanks -- or should I say, Gul Akbar Khan?!?! (Or should I say, Gul Akbar "Wannabe Khan"?  I can't remember if he's the big-shot boss in the Black Mountains... or just the heir recalcitrant.)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on September 20, 2021, 05:54:34 AM
Mad Guru your memory is weak as your faith. The Khan of all Black Mountains is Hashim
Ali Khan. Young Gul Akbar is the destined, the one who will rule all Punjabi with my son     Ghaazi Muletail El Komiss aka Hussein, under my supreme leadership, the True Rule Defensor of Faith El Kommiss Mulehead khan of all Waziris.
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on September 20, 2021, 10:52:53 AM
Oh, False Fakir of the Waziris, I fear these future lines of dynastic succession grow likes weeds in your head, fogging your mind and blinding your eyes.  Please, by all means, continue to ponder these vital matters in great detail unto the twelfth generation!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on September 20, 2021, 10:58:59 AM
Oh, False Fakir of the Waziris, I fear these future lines of dynastic succession grow likes weeds in your head, fogging your mind and blinding your eyes.  Please, by all means, continue to ponder these vital matters in great detail unto the twelfth generation!

 lol lol lol
great answer Mad Guru
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Marine0846 on September 20, 2021, 01:53:55 PM
Great story telling.
Love this whole set of posts. :-*
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on September 21, 2021, 03:16:18 PM
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Dear reader this last week was fully of incredible happenings, adventures, fighting, and we at Tribune will try to answer to the readers ‘request to have an overall clear picture of the latest news. The internal insert will provide also additional amazing news on some well known characters who are writing the story of the Frontier.
Many things happened but much more are going to be showed!
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Let’s start from our glorious Army.
In the South Gen. Sir John Percival "Mandrake" Aubrey-Smith is marching towards Wana to capture and hang the bandit Mulehead, and actually is in Jandola, where it is reported many waziris tribes are regrouping both from South and North. The road to Wana is a tugh nut to crack.
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With General Aubrey-Smith there is Major Haldane, the fine political officer, great manager of jirgas, author of the famous sentence: Gentlemen, we’ll have to suppress this uprising with the utmost tact and diplomacy…we’ll string up ‘alf a dozen of ‘em for a start”!
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In north Waziristan Colonel Fullerton is burning the Tochi Valley to teach some civilization to those ruthless bandits. This young hero immortalized in Reginald Winkie’s poem, “The charge of the Guides”, responsible for many young ladies broken hearts.
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North of Wairistan, north of Kohat, at the borders with Tirah Major Vousden is approaching with his gallant column to bandit Umra’s den to replace him with a more reliable khan. But the more he go to North the more Afridis are regrouping around him…Will he able to replicate Col Fullerton’s triumphs?
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In Chitral there are two brigades operating. The former brigade is in front of Uch Pass which is  in the hands of Yusufzais tribe while the latter is at Chakdara
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Overall operations are brilliantly coordinated by Gen Mc Guinness
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Nominal leader in Black Mountain is Hashim Ali Khan whose brother and heir was the bandit Sikander, killed by our forces. Rising star is now the infamous Gul Akbar Khan. They are quite fanatically devoted to new Rule and allied with Waziris.He has taken prisoner General Channers after a Jirga, as a retaliation versus destruction of Dargai village and jailing of his sister Farrah’s family.
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He is recruiting new warriors among the tribes east of Malakand pass, burning the villages which refuse to provide support and enlist under his flag.
BG Channers is Gul Akbar’s guest in the Black Mountains while two columns under colonels Sym and O'Grady and political Officers search for them. It is suspected they are in the compound of Hashim Ali near Durband.
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But the Frontier is like a Pashtun dinner: it is the chicken who gives substance, but the tamarind slices make it tasty. So we cannot forget many characters which are adding salt to the scenario.
The young bandit Muletail was reported to be everywhere, but our most reliable informers says he is in Khost with his merry comrades. Where will he go now? The more obvious choice should be southwards into Waziristan, but too obvious, probably dozen Afridis, Mahmuds, Orakzai, Turis killers are already waiting for him.
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Two other roads are possible if he chooses Peiwar Kotal: the shorter but thru Khost lands, beyond Khurram river, thru many Afridis willing to grasp him and bring to Umra’s den. The longer but safer goes north west to Bar Ferozkhel and from there other decisions…
Decisions always new decisions. As the ones to be made by Colonel Fullerton: either obeys the order, once in his life, remaining in Tochi Valley burning and killing everything and everyone or moves to new adventures?
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And in South Waziristian what is plotting the past havildar, past deserter, past khan,the enigmatic Zarin? Last voices give him marching with his bandits toward Jandola but…to fight whom?
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And what about Zibibb and Flashman? Where are they going to find out El Osprey’s son and the secret scriptorium? And will they survive at the hand of Tsarist agents and hired bandits?
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Sgt. Major Lawrence Brom (1st Brigade, Chitral Field Force) – Legendary Old Soldier of the Queen with a reputation as being a gifted tactician and logistician, as well a very talented writer.  A well-known secret in barrack rooms from Peshawar to Calcutta is the rumor that Sgt. Major Brom is in fact the real-life Reginald Winkie, writing under a pen-name in order to preserve his position as a senior NCO in Her Majesty’s forces! Or are these  just rumors spread out by the ironic poet?
Lorelai Brom & Christine Brom – the young adult daughters of Sgt. Major Brom, both recently arrived from their home in Glasgow, Scotland, on a self-appointed mission to visit their father in time for his fast-approaching 50th birthday, which their hearts are set on celebrating together with him.
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Dirka Grimm (Detachmental Bhisti, Chakdara Outpost) – Dirka Grimm’s heroic efforts to assist Sgt. Crood and the handful of other survivors from the Yorks & Lancs garrison of  Chakdara Outpost were recently immortalized in Reginald Winkie’s poem, “You’re A Better Man Than I Am, Dirka Grimm,” which has taken the Empire and the rest of the English-speaking world by storm.  For his part, Dirka now dreams that his heroic efforts may somehow enable him to fulfill his lifelong dream of rising from the rank of “Bhisti” to “Sepoy,” but so far at least – sadly – neither his Indian nor British superiors have discussed this with him.
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Maryam Singh – Clandestine Agent of the Political Department serving undercover as a maid in the Iron Amir’s Palace at Kabul, where she overheard the parlay between the Amir Abdur Rahman and the Mullah Sadullah (soon to be known throughout the Empire as the “Mad Mullah).  She asked her brother, retired Jemadar Jai Ho Singh, to carry word of what she’d heard across the border to British India, and deliver it to his old Colonel, now Brigadier Ruff-Husband, at Dargai.
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Jai Ho Singh – Aforementioned brother of Maryam Singh, who did not hesitate when asked to risk life and limb to help thwart the designs of those who would lay low the Raj.  The question for him now is: will he rejoin the colors to get in one last campaign… or slip back across the border to rejoin his steadfast companion and housemate, retired Havildar-Major Habibi Singh?
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2nd Lt. Hampton Fitzroy, Yorks & Lancs – A young subaltern on the very first deployment of his career, having no knowledge or experience of North-West Frontier terrain -- or any terrain outside old Blighty – Fitzroy made the terrible mistake of plucking olives off a tree near Chakdara Outpost and eating them raw, after which he puked his guts out & suffered a convulsive stupor.  One night later the Outpost was attacked and overwhelmed by a force of Ghazis and Lt. Fitzroy was the only member of the garrison captured alive while his Sgt. & 4 of his men were able to escape alive.  Though he remains a prisoner – first of the Mullah Sadullah’s Ghazis, now apparently of the Afghan Regular Army, on the plus side he has managed to regain his health.
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Mullah Sadullah’s Ghazis’s been vacationing from Chakdara to Kabul - vast distances for a local holy man!!!
Chakdara … to Kunar … to Kabul
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Mayank Jan (Sarban Khan’s spy in Peshawar & then Dargai).  Mayank Jan was able to get himself hired on as a Mule Skinner and travel with 1st Brigade Peshawar Field Force from the city of Peshawar to Dargai, where he saw with his own eyes the torching of that village at the command of Brigadier Ruff-Husband.  By day he remains in camp as an erstwhile “muleteer” while by night he slips out to pass any and all intelligence he gathers to allied Tribesmen in the nearby Malakand Pass, though he must take great care not to be spotted and found out by the Riflemen of 9th Gurkhas who keep watch over that strategic terrain.
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Dast has left his shop in Peshawar and is going towards Kashmir. To buy new flying carpets or...?
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And not forget our spy on the roof of Mulehead’s tower, for safety reason we cannot indicate exactly where.
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So many cruel stories but we know of a secret affair who can change all the balance in the Frontier, is happening close to Chitral river:
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When I wasn’t in the need of jezails I had arsenals.
When I need jezails they were converted to unpalpables.
Punjab Your eyes are beautiful and
You have also beautiful hair…
Beneath the blanket of the stars
In the company of the moon
On the riverbank two mullahs
By the side of water’s boon
In a pavilion covered by flowers
Sat immersed in Rule consultation
They speak about Khans powers
And the outcome of their divination

From “Peshawar barracks ballads” by Reginald Winkie
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Who are the mullahs? What new adventures will rise from these romantic seeds?
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Lord Raglan on September 21, 2021, 05:08:39 PM
Great thread boys, so much narrative, its a brilliant way to approach a wargaming period. 
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on September 21, 2021, 07:03:33 PM
Great thread boys, so much narrative, its a brilliant way to approach a wargaming period.

Thank you sir for your kind words. It is quite the collaborative effort.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Lord Raglan on September 21, 2021, 07:13:54 PM
Thank you sir for your kind words. It is quite the collaborative effort.

You are smashing it, so keep up the great work 👍
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on September 22, 2021, 03:28:13 AM
I must renew my subscription to The Peshawar Tribune at once!!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on September 22, 2021, 06:16:32 AM
To the editor of the Peshawar Tribune.

I, Hashim Ali am a gracious host, a mullah of the True Word, devout follower of the Men Who Would Be King, and leader of the largest jirga in TorGhar. I am the uncle of Ghul Akbar and he travels with my blessing to Dargai, to right what has been wronged. It pains me to read within your pages the lies and deceit of the ferenghee who burn the Bunerwhal villages and blame my nephew. They drive the people from their homes, steal their livestock, and confiscate their crops to feed the ferengee army all the while proselytizing the untrue word of infidels.
I demand the truth be told. That the fajarah are responsible for the evil deeds along the Buner, not my dear nephew, a light in the darkness of this ferenghee plague. I demand a retraction  of the lies and that my nephew be cleared of these lavicious claims. If this does not occur I will issue a fatwa boycotting the reading of the Peshawar Tribune. There can be only one truth and you must print it or face the consequences.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on September 22, 2021, 08:53:16 AM
To the Editor of the Peshawar Tribune,

I, Brigadier Stewart Ruff-Husband, Commanding Officer of 1st Brigade, Peshawar Field Force, am writing to register my most severe and egregious exception with the manner in which your so-called newspaper characterized the ongoing operations in Swat.  You say, and I quote:

"Nominal leader in Black Mountain is Hashim Ali Khan whose brother and heir was the bandit Sikander, killed by our forces. Rising star is now the infamous Gul Akbar Khan. They are quite fanatically devoted to new Rule and allied with Waziris. He has taken prisoner General Channers after a Jirga, as a retaliation versus destruction of Dargai village and jailing of his sister Farrah’s family."

"...taken prisoner General Channers after a Jirga, as a retaliation versus destruction of Dargai village and jailing of his sister Farah's family"?

Good god, man -- are you mad?!  Or have you chosen to serve as a lying propagandist for the rebel tribes hereabouts on the North-West Frontier of our Indian Empire?  The village of Dargai was destroyed as punitive retribution FOR the hostage-taking of General Channers and his staff -- which had PREVIOUSLY OCCURED -- and also for the highly offensive manner in which this same Gul Akbar Khan insulted The Sword And The Flame, which every right-thinking person knows is the One True Text beloved throughout the Empire.  High crimes such as these are not trifles to be condemned on the pages of your sad excuse for a periodical, or for that matter even in The Illustrated London News!  No, sir, they are enemy attacks requiring immediate and effective COUNTER-ATTACK, and that is exactly what the burning of Dargai was.  Though I will note for the soft and/or sentimental among your readership that no villager lives were lost in said operation.  It was done to impress upon Gul Akbar Khan the seriousness with which his criminal behavior shall be dealt with.  Should he choose, as seems to be the case, to continue his revolt against our lawfully recognized authority, he will soon find himself in similar circumstances to his brother-in-law's village which once stood on the banks of the Swat River but has been reduced to a pile of ash.  Meantime I demand RETRACTION of your mudslinging libel and CORRECTION TO THE RECORD in the pages of the Tribune be posted in the very next edition of your sad excuse for a newspaper.  If such retraction and correction is not speedily provided to the public, rest assured that immediately upon my return from the Malakand I shall find a more up close and personal manner with which to seek redress for the false infamy you have brought upon my name.

Yours With Little or No Respect Whatsoever,

Stewart Ruff-Husband
BGnl, CO 1st Brigade, Peshawar FF

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on September 22, 2021, 12:26:15 PM
From Col Fullerton to Gen Ruff-Husband
Sir, my best respects to you. I want to provide you my compliments for your letter published in yesterday Tribune with a wily coward answer which says “no” without having even the pride to declare it explicitly.
If I can dare and you allow me to move a little comment to your well addressed sentences, it is that you should be a little bit tougher, because no sentimentalism is allowed when honour and prestige are discussed. As you well know in that uncivilized village there are  only people, all of them to a man concerned in hostilities. And with them their families.

To spare that village inhabitants was about as reasonable as to spare the commissariat supplies or arsenals of a civilized enemy. Operation must include the destruction of Pashtun villages, crops, concealed provisions, and supplies of water.
I can proudly say that here in Tochi valley we have created the maximum inconvenience and total bankruptcy for these uncivilized bandits.
Faithfully
Col Fullerton
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on September 22, 2021, 01:47:32 PM
Through the dusty plains, steep paths and treacherous passes the column of Gen. John C.Aubrey-Smith Mandrake points north of Jandola to attack the evil El Quartah.
The goal is Palosina village , 10 miles north of Jandola
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...where ElQuartah's forces have regrouped….
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During the march of the column  you can hear the sounds of water bottles and mess tins slamming ...and persevering song of the Gordon highlanders bagpipes playing  their Cock of the North…
"Auntie Mary had a canary
Up the leg of her drawers;
She was sleeping, it was creeping,
Up the leg of her drawers"

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In command of the splendid Regiment of the 1st Skinner's Horse Maj. Reginald Lewis de Glanville speaks with his attendant the Risaldar Sayed Walid...
"Old Ramrod (speking about Gen. Mandrake) knows his job, he is a tough man and thinks only of work,
 I can’t imagine the old ramrod having been that human",
(imitating Gen. Mandrake voice) “Madam , you’ll marry me Tuesday the 29th , be at the church at 10.00, that’s an order !”….hahaha.
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The column is marching on the rocky ground….Count—count—count—count—the bullets in the bandoliers. If—your—eyes—drop—they will get atop o' you! Boots—boots—boots—boots—movin' up and down again
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"With its best foot first
    And the road a-sliding past,
    An' every bloomin' campin'-ground exactly like the last;
    While the Big Drum says,
    With 'is "rowdy-dowdy-dow!" --
    "Kiko kissywarsti don't you hamsher argy jow? (Why don't you get on?)”...

Poems from "the deaf  Mule Ballad " by Reginald Winkie

to be continued...


Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on September 24, 2021, 01:40:35 PM
Thal Battle
Look, Hatton is coming running as if he got a swarm of wasp in those blue pants. Gregory what’s happening?”
“Sir,, Hatton panted “all Officers, now, Major has new orders for tomorrow” said Hatton gasping, saluted and turning on his heels run back to Major’s tent.
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A very stupid hurry by that lapdog only to get the new orders for tomorrow, lunch time we move, all units in Thal outskirts to scout four different strategic points. And of course, the closest are for the Major and LT Hatton. Me and Frock we’ll have to make a long tour and we’ll come back when the other had already had their dinner.
Well perhaps I could make a little trick, I start 1-hour before with the excuse of patrolling the immediate surrounding of the camp and I will be able to come back shortly after Major and his lapdog.
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Remaining tomorrow out of the camp protection too much with the first dark of the night descending all over the valley is not a wise decision. I should say to Frock, no let that stupid enjoy a nice walk under the hottest sun and return under the risk of snipers. Yes, when the other will start they march I will be already arriving to my objective, the crossroad to Spinwam and Bannu. Who knows, thought laughing, we could lose the direction and be back directly to Bannu to return with the artillery train, ah ah. Too funny. And instead after the long weary march we will be back to Thal waiting Umra’s surrender.
The following day Captain Townsend started early morning according his plan, but while he was arriving to the crossroad his guides detected far in the valley a unit of Pashtun moving a gun. Both were surprised.
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The day before out of Spinwam few khans joined in a hidden cave among the rocks in a special jirga. “My khans” shouted Sher Khan “Ferenghees are entrenched in Thal, we will separate in many groups to ensure no food will be available for them and more important, no messages will go back and forth to Davenport in Bannu and to Fullerton’s flying devils in Tochi Valley . You Gunny Dim ensure this time all ammunition is provided and control the crossroad where messengers will pass, if any.”
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Townsend decided to stop and fire on the artillery Pashtun killing in few turns all but Gunni Dim without losing any.
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Then while hours passed y Sher Khan attacked him from back but was repulsed after a bloody fight.
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Then Guides decimated also Abu Zar Khan unit supporting artillery with effective firing. But at the end Gunni Dim’s fire pinned the guides that failed the rally dice and at the end left the table under the hapless leadership of capt Townsend more than happy to leave the fight in direction of Spinwam, but with 5 KIA.
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In North East Hatton destroyed with his tremendous firing the Orakzais of Abdullah Khan and scouted the tower.
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Frock marching at double pass arrived in the herd recovery area just in time to be assaulted by the remaining warriors of Sher Khan and successfully repulsed them.
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Then scouted the area while the well-disciplined elite of Abu Zar refused to attack in the last hour of light.
Abu Zar had a strong discussion with Sher Khan the night before about some goats who changed the owner the previous week in a feud involving their tribes. Coincidence?
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In the meantime, Major Vousden scouted his objective.
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And charged with his guard bonus the unit of Bunga Din killing 12 and then pursuing and killing all, the khan included, losing in total 4 troopers, but losing also his Risaldar Kesar Singh Dhillon.
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Then Sam Browne’s unit galloped westward but was ambushed by Jammas Zada warriors, defeating them but leaving Major Vousden alone,
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surviving also at last firing of Gunni Dim’s artillery while running towards Bannu crossroad.
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The night was descending with his mantle of peace and rest, British had slightly won but it risked to be a Pyrrhic victory: KIA were 7 troopers, 5 guides and 1 Khyber rifle, but guides and 22nd Punjab cavalry were routed.
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The huge Pashtun losses will be more quickly replaced, 8 Orazkais, 16 Bunga Din, 3 Artillerymen, 5 Jamma Zada, 11 Sher, 6 Abu Zar. Total 49 KIA.
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But Major Vousden was separated by the other units and galloped away alone towards Bannu to bring the news of the victory but also of his column being completely separated in Thal under the improbable captain Townsend, the hero of the logistic.
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But Townsend too couldn’t re-join the other units and was pushed down towards Spimwam from where he hopes to get in touch with Fullerton flying devils column, down in the Tochi Valley, or what has remained of North Waziristan. Hatton and Frock are entrenched in Thal, they know that beaten tribesmen won’t spend more time before reorganizing and attack them. Who will be faster? The wounded Sher Khan or the reinforcement column from Bannu? They just hope someone survived to accelerate their arrival.
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Capt Townsend column march speedy and soon Spinwam is in sight. Captain Townsend is dubious, perhaps better avoiding it and make a detour around Spinwam, but the ashes of the town can still provide some rest, water and shadow…
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Sher Khan with his few warriors now has 2 main targets: revenge the betrayal of Abu Zar but most urgent to get a trophy to show to Umra, who at this moment has been already informed of the battle result, for sure.
The Rifles and Brits have had the possibility to entrench in Thal, but few guides are going southwards to Spinwam. There pardani are seen with a hate enhanced by destructions brought days before by Fullerton flying devils, and many tulwars will be happy to wet with guides blood. If they will skip the town, Sher will find a place where his few survived warriors will make good use of their jezails and tulwars to kill before a guides volley could change the balance. On a different hill, hidden each other by a rocky hill, the two groups observe the same horrid landscape.
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Unknown each other they will meet very soon…
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Townsend decide to avoid entering the town but suddenly Tribesmen fire on guides killing one and pinning the rest.
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Then they attack with tulwars
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despatching other 2 and losing one, they insist and receive another loss. Then another KIA on each side,
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Sher raises his war cry and rallies his warriors while Townsend seems paralyzed and continues failing rallying tests. Last bloody attack is another Afridis killed but last two guides are butchered.
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Townsend routs and runs towards the hill followed by the ferocious glances of Sher and the last warrior- They know he  never returns from those hills and Sher will have a trophy to show to Umra.
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Strong of that present his claims on Abu Zar Khan’s betrayal will have another weight… but everything at its time, now he is ready to wipe out the last two units entrenched in Thal.
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TO BE CONTINUED
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Marine0846 on September 24, 2021, 02:30:35 PM
OH NO, not the Guides. :(
Who is next? :?
Great story telling.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on September 24, 2021, 04:25:48 PM
Marine0846, thanks for kind supporting. If you, like all us, are a Guides fan, let me remember you that old Fullerton in Tochi Valley has a unit of cavalry and one of veteran Sikh guides infantry under LT Best.
I give you an hint in advance, next days (tomorrow ?) there will be the Peshwar Tribune special offer day and new subscribers will be requested to vote for a special unit of their choice that will return as a different company. You can indicate to see it in this scenario o with brigades in the North or even south with Gen Mandrake... Stay tuned!  lol
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on September 25, 2021, 10:08:14 AM
OH NO, not the Guides. :(
Who is next? :?
Great story telling.

Marine0846 we have more Guides...here mine Afridi's Coy , attached to Gen. Mandrake's brigade, ready to do battle on Waziristan. With a detachment of Guides Cavalry.
ROUGH AND READY !
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on September 25, 2021, 01:48:22 PM
Campaign of yearly Subscription!
The only independent newspaper which tells you what has occurred and what will happen!
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Only for this week end with the subscription the readers will have the possibility to choose two preferred units: which routed one would u like to see again and in which scenario? Which unit would u like to be deployed in a future battle and where?
The editor will not assure that all the requests will be fulfilled, due to …availability!
p.s. if you vote for North Waziristan scenario in the new unit section for 14th Ferozepore Sikhs, Kohat mountain battery and  26th Baluchis, and in the routed section for 10th Bengal Lancers you have a lot of possibilities for succeeding😉
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on September 27, 2021, 12:15:33 PM
The Gift

After the Battle of Thal, Sher khan returns to Mogala ... with a gift for Umra Khan !

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“Oh mighty Umra, may the Almighty  always bless you, and may your enemies die of starvation in the snows of our mountains……you have given me an assignment and I have done it in the best way... the troops of the infidel ferenghi have been disrupted in Thal and they are now crying like babies,  they are divided now and I count on destroying them in the coming days ... I brought you a gift………Capt. Townsend “!
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Of course Capt. Townsend is unaware of this conversation...

“Captain Townsend welcome to the modest palace of Umra, I have always been a friend of the British, and I do not know why the other tribes, Orakzais and Northern Waziris , are making war to the Raj... my faithful servant Sher Khan found you alone and lost in the mountains and brought you to me. Here you will be treated like a guest and when you have recovered physically I will accompany you to Peshawar.”
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“Thanks Umra Khan, my head is a bit confused, there was a battle and my soldiers died... I fell and slammed my head and I do not remember much ...”

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“Enjoy your stay in Mogala Captain “,………….
so be it written, so it be done.
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“Yusuf check him on sight, I have yet to decide on his future...he will be a pawn of exchange…”
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on September 28, 2021, 05:35:51 AM
HOT OFF THE PRESSES AND A DOZEN READERS!

Monday the 18th of August, 1890
A busy day at Peshawar's Kabul Gate...

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Maj-Gnl. Basil "Smokey" Whitsend (Ask him someday how he acquired that particular nickname during the Great Mutiny -- if you dare!), accompanied by his Political Officer Captain Alexander "Teetotaler" Crane, watches 2nd Brigade march out, DESTINATION: DARGAI...

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2nd GURKHAS LEAD THE WAY...

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FOLLOWED BY THE YORKS & LANCS...

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...PLAYED FORWARD BY THEIR
DRUMMER BOYS, JAKIN & LEW,
DRESSED IN RED FOR THE OCCASION...

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BOTH BOYS ARE ORPHANS,
SO DESPITE BEING UNDERAGE THEY
GOT SPECIAL PERMISSION FROM
THEIR COLONEL TO ACCOMPANY
THE REGT. INTO THE FIELD...


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2nd BRIGADE'S DEPARTURE IS ALSO
CLOSELY WATCHED BY THEIR OWN
C.O. BRIGADIER GENERAL
PADRAIC "MAGPIE" MCGILLIGAN...


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THE VIEW FROM ON HIGH...

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AND FROM INSIDE THE GATE,
THE LAST RESPITE FROM
THE PUNISHING AUGUST SUN
THESE TROOPS WILL ENJOY

FOR SOME TIME...

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NEXT COME THE 2nd SIKHS PFF (PUNJAB FRONTIER FORCE)...

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AND FINALLY, ANCHORING THE
COLUMN'S REAR ARE 2nd BATTALION
CORPS OF GUIDES INFANTRY PFF
(PUNJAB FRONTIER FORCE)...

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WATCHING AS THEY WAIT IN THE WINGS
IS 2nd BRIGADE'S CAVALRY ELEMENT,
THE 9th QUEEN'S ROYAL LANCERS...

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UNDER THEIR C.O. LT. COLONEL HARRY "PIG-STICKER" FINN...

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OUTSIDE THE WALLS WE CATCH A GLIMPSE
OF THE BRIGADE'S ARTILLERY,
NO. 3 (PESHAWAR) MOUNTAIN BATTERY...


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ATOP THE RAMPARTS COMES THE SUDDEN VOICE
OF AN ADJUTANT BOUNDING UP THE STAIRS...

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"General, those most important papers you've
been waiting for just arrived, sir!"


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With the widest circulation West of Delhi and North of Bombay is it any wonder the paper General Whitsend's been waiting for was none other than The Peshawar Tribune?

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FEATURING THE LATEST COLUMN FROM
WORLD-WIDE JOURNALISTIC
& LITERARY SENSATION:

REGINALD WINKIE!

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This broadsheet's in such broad demand that whenever a new edition hits the galee*, everyone's ready to kill to get their hands on a copy -- including this very model of a modern Major-General...
(*Hindi for "street")

1. THE GENERAL

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Indeed, far-and-wide across the frontier The Peshawar Tribune's dedicated readership knows no bounds!  In addition to General Whitsend, it also includes but is far from limited to:

2nd Lt. Fitzroy, Yorks & Lancs, former CO of Chakdara Outpost, currently held captive whilst being escorted to Kabul by Captain Mir of the Afghan Regular Army...

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The good Captain went out of his way to have
a copy speedily delivered to them while en route
to their secret destination...


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You can imagine his shock and surprise when
 Lieutenant Fitzroy's only response to its arrival was:


"Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
All the king's horses and all the king's men,
Couldn't put me back together again!"

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"HUMPTY... BLOODY... DUMPTY!!!"

Sadly it seems the long days & nights of captivity have taken a toll on the Subaltern's disposition, and he appears on the verge of mania or perhaps... even lunacy.  Or in the vernacular of his Afghan minders: "The Ingleesh has gone pagal in the head."

2. THE PRISONER

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In far happier and more domestic circumstances reside Ibn-Kali Kali and Mrs. Kali, proprietors of Kunar Caravansary in Goshta District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan...

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Where Nabobs from both sides of the border have been known to sojourn, and horse-trade.  Right now the Kalis want to see how the graphic design of their new classified advertisement looks in print...

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3. THE INNKEEPERS

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Atop Drosh Watchtower on the Chitral River we find the "Romantic Seeds" Mullahs of Reginald Winkie's Peshawar Barracks Ballad, "THE UNPALPABLE JEZAILS," still conferring... or debating... or haggling -- over what exactly, we really don't know...

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But apparently it made the Tribune...

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4. THE MULLAHS

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Deeper in Afghanistan we find none other than the Iron Amir himself, Abdur Rahman Khan, in his Palace garden, perusing the latest edition...

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How it was delivered all the way to Kabul so fast, none can say...

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5. THE AMIR

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At least, none who are able to speak...

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***PICTURED ABOVE IS THE IRON AMIR'S
LITTLE-KNOWN BUT MUCH-FEARED
MUTE COURIER, NAAN, WHILE BELOW
IS THE ONLY KNOWN IMAGE OF
NAAN'S CHAMPION CARRIER-VULTURE, KHAN***

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Perhaps just as legendary as the Iron Amir but utilizing more common methods of acquisition, we see none other than the MAD GURU himself waving his freshly-delivered copy in the air...

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Alongside the iconic GREEN BANNER OF MECCA with which he encouraged Ayub Khan to march from Herat to defeat the Farangi and their idol-worshipping lackeys on the field at Maiwand!  To where does the blind Mad Guru ride his mule?  Like win, place & show for tomorrow's races at Ascot, the answer to that question must wait for another day...


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6. THE GURU

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on September 28, 2021, 05:44:10 AM
NEXT UP: Maryam Singh, Palace Housemaid for Abdur Rahman the Iron Amir of Afghanistan himself -- & undercover Clandestine Agent of the Raj's Political Department...

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...who uses tried and true tradecraft to get her copy on the down-low from a customer at the FABRIC STALL she runs every other Monday at the Kabul Bazaar...

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***NOTE: POLITICAL DEPT.  OFFICER ORSON LYME
SERVING DEEP UNDERCOVER AS AN AFGHAN WOMAN***

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Now safety stashed under a bolt of Tajik linen,
Maryam will read the Trib cover-to-cover in the
safety of total isolation the first chance she gets...

7. THE PALACE SERVANT (& SPY FOR THE RAJ)

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Hari Hardoon, Peshawar Beggar & Covert Asset (AKA: Informer) for the Raj, who snags a copy from the Printing Shop in exchange for telling the Pukka Foreman's fortune, then sells it on the street to whomsoever he may meet...

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Such as this blue-shirted OFFICER in side-cap sipping from a vermillion cup & saucer...

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He's CAPTAIN R.J. GALLANT, C.O. of the Bombay Sappers & Miners Company recently arrived from Karachi...

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Captain Gallant is no admirer of beggars, but he does enjoy a good read...

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And he's a fan of Reginald Winkie -- no surprise,
so a deal is struck and a paper sold...

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8. THE BEGGAR (& INFORMER FOR THE RAJ)

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Long after the sun sets tonight, Mayank Jan -- Sarban Khan's blue-turbaned spy in Peshawar/Dargai/Wherever Blood Oath Loyalty Demands -- sits ensconced in the charred remnants of Dargai village at the foot of the Malakand Pass...

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...Yet somehow this resourceful villain (or hero,
depending on your point-of-view) has managed to
get his hands on a copy of you-know-what...

Though for some reason... he appears
to be reading it upside-down???

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9. THE SPY FOR THE REBEL KHAN

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Now we rewind the clock and return to early that same day at Peshawar's Kabul Gate, where Havildar-Major Kunara of the 127th Baluchis is watching 2nd Brigade march out, feeling sadly disappointed that he and his regiment are being left behind to hold down the fort instead of heading to Dargai for a chance at action...

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Poor old Havildar-Major Kunara...

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But rather than wallow in disappointment and self-pity, Kunara cracks open the Pesha Trib and has at it...

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Now there's a way to put a positive spin on
the day -- well done that Baluchi man!

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10. THE NCO

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Strangely enough... one of the most dedicated and loyal readers of the "Pesha Trib"  -- as those in-the-know call it -- cannot be found anywhere above: we speak of CAPTAIN ELLIOT HARDIGAN, COMMANDING OFFICER E/B RHA (E Battery B Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery)...

...BUT THAT SAME CAPTAIN HARDIGAN CAN BE FOUND HERE -- DRIVING HIS 3-GUN BATTERY THROUGH THE NIGHT TO REACH 1st BRIGADE AT DARGAI AHEAD OF 2nd BRIGADE, PER SPECIAL ORDERS FROM GENERAL WHITSEND...

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11. THE BATTERY COMMANDER

(Who must wait to get his hands on a copy
of today's Trib until when & if
he gets where he is going)

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12. THE SWAMI

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(pictured above is FAKIR FAYSAL,
the acclaimed Peshawar Swami
seen here reading his treasured
Pesha Trib while relaxing on
his favorite bed of nails)

From Modern Major-General to Swami and Beggar to Spy, what they read about in the 18th of August 1890 Edition of The Peshawar Tribune is RUMORS OF WAR in the North at Chitral and Malakand, and the South at Thal and Jandala, and while some take it in stride, to others it seems as if the North-West Frontier is a powder keg ready to explode...

* * * * * *

Whatdya hear, whatdya say,
The Pesha Trib works hard to keep its loyal readers
On pins and needles,
in every conceivable way!

--The Editors
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Marine0846 on September 28, 2021, 03:05:12 PM
Great set of photos.
Good to see the Queen's men on the march.
There needs to be order on the Frontier.
Seems like the local rag, (sorry the Peshawar Tribune) is a hit.
News papers can be used for so many useful ;) things.
Great fun guys, thanks for all the work.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on September 29, 2021, 10:54:00 AM
The News
Also in the palace of Umra Khan comes the last copy of the Peshawar Tribune...
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Oh here is my copy of the Peshawar Tribune... let's go to page 8 ... sport... let's see who won the Epsom Derby... first Sainfoin mounted by John watts, in front of Le Nord and Orwell....the favourite Surefoot just 4th…what a result….
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Football news….Preston North End won the League Football and Blackurn Rovers won the 19th FA Cup beating The Wednesday 6 to 1…with Willie Townley scoring an hat-trick…

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Mmmhhh…I should live in England too many interesting things to see…
..or I should organize a football team.. The Afridis Wanderers and challenge the Feringhi and those bits of Waziris, in the First Khyber and Umra Khan  Football competition...
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let's see the other news... in the Battle of Thal the British defeated the rebels of Sher Khan.... hahahaha usual fake news of these infidels.....
I have Capt. Townsend here with me as proof of our victory.

North of Jandola a strong column under the command of Gen. Mandrake is preparing to attack the Waziris....ahhh well those blasphemous tamarind-eating heretics deserve a good lesson... the Mules dynasty will receive an hard blow...

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…in Chitral the siege continues.... the tribes of Black Mountain march towards Dargai... my friend Zibbib Khan with Flash are on their way to Kashmir..... I have to order apricots...

…Siberian Cossack are reported on the border of Pamir…

Ahhh this is interesting …news binoculars from French & Sons LTd of London “ two news eyes to see farther away “, I need to buy one .

…use Pioneer Brand, the only desiccated cocoanut….

…compass Verner’s pattern…I need one too…

what a great newspaper is the Peshawar Tribune, I did well to buy shares!



Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on October 05, 2021, 09:19:35 AM
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Now our hero and his merry friends are in front of a harsh decision: three roads are possible from Matun. Directly southwards has been neglected because a sure road to hell, too many snipers waiting to hit the group. Now Muletail must choose between two other possible roads to reach Peiwar Kotal: the shorter but thru Khost lands and beyond Khurram river, thru many Afridis willing to grasp him and bring to Umra’s den. The longer but apparently safer goes north west to Bar Ferozkhel and from there other decisions…
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Muletail stops few minutes without speaking, looking at South, towards Waziristan, home… suddenly he turns and cry let’s go Westwards; before dawn we start and if we walk quickly we’ll be in Nader Shah for a quick lunch, now let’s rest. Mustafa realized only the concept of lunch time and went to sleep full of hope for the tomorrow breakfast.
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Well before dawn the team wakes up and starts an early march in the beautiful Khostwal: Muletail aka Hussein leads the group followed by his brother in faith Abdul Kareem aka Mustafa, Saddam wavering the flag sewed in Kabul and four other Bunerwals, all ready to fight any ambusher.
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Before reaching the village two tribesmen on their horses appear on the horizon landscape announced by a dusty cloud and reach them in a shadowed gulley.
The tribesmen stop their galloping and the first horseman asks “Who are you? Where are you going?”
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Saddam was quick to answer “we are pious merchants and are going for a pilgrimage to Peiwar Khotal with this holy banner to declare that only one is the True ruler”
“Mmmmh and which is this ruler?” asked the cavalryman while his hand went quickly on its tulwar hilt.
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Mustafa was ready to reply “oh the only One, the same that you follow too”
The face of the Pashtun changed and the second said “You say you are all bunerwal merchants but…but you have a Waziri accent!”
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“No we are all Bunerwals, hosoor” replied Saddam but the 2 tribesman smiled “If you are Waziri you are among brothers, but you have to pay attention, south of here, down to Waziristan, it is Spira district controlled by Zadran tribes which hold it and they do not like Waziris. You are lucky u met us before, now continue after Nader Shah without stopping, go quickly following this road towards north west and you will reach the Kharoti clans who are located in Shomal.
Zadrans do not dare arriving there, but anyway do not show you as Waziri until u are sure about whom you are talking to! You must arrive to Almarah Khost before dark and go over the crossroad to Spera directing to North, towards Kharotis controlled lands.”
Muletail fired with his eyes the poor Mustafa who was just grumbling about his perfect Buner accent.
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“we must go to Matun, but we’ll return soon back, and we’ll help and give you a ride for some miles”.
The horses disappeared as quick as they came, and our friend continued the march just after a brief rest in Nader Shah where Mustafa could eat more tamarind slices than Muletail could be possible for a single man.
After a quick lunch they proceeded towards Dwa Monda arriving to the crossroad for Spira just for the sunset.
Muletail ordered to Saddam to send two Bunerwals in advance to detect any Zadran tribesman and soon they returned with important news.
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They scouted but were detected by a group of warriors close the crossroad to Spira.
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Now 5 warriors are running behind them following the road.
“Quick all the men behind those sargars and use only your tulwar, I do not want that their friends here around are alerted and join us during the fight.”
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“And let Scrud (*) be with us” cried Mustafà;  after few minutes five warriors arrived running, confident to easily steal the 2 scouted travellers.
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“Now” cries Muletail and the 7 warriors attack with their thirsty tulwars but the Zadrans spring like tigers and kills 3 Bunderwals changing the balance of the skirmish.
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Muletail rallies his friends but a tulwar cuts the throat of Saddam while killing the first Zandran.
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Mustafa cries and the three remained charge wildly and hit one tribesman each changing again the power balance.
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The khan of the Zandrans fights like a wolf and gain another time before falling down. But that time was not wasted because 4 new warriors arrive from the road to Matun and seem surprised at the sight of the death. Immediately Muletail charge with his friend and they kill other 3 warriors revolving again the situation and then killing the last one. Not the time to breath and another warrior appears but he is immediately despatched and the same happens to a last warrior arrived running few minutes later while they were burying their friend dead. At the end 11 Zandran warriors are dead but also 4 Bunderwals, including the bold Saddam.
“Yaman take the flag and wrap Saddam in it, he carried it since Kabul and he deserves it; complete burying also the Zandars and let’s go quickly, now we have won some hours but soon the dead will be found, and their friends will come in search of us.”
Mustafà objected “we are under Zandars threat and we could just put in a faster mass grave - or even leave them unburied” …
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“No that could definitely offend the comrades who will find the unburied dead. They are muslim like us, and furthermore they will not be immediately detected. Do not enter in too much of rush from our fear to be attacked by other Zandars”
“not fear, our devotion to mission” replied Mustafà
“If we leave our dead enemies unburied despite them being fellow Muslims, this pisses off their fellow tribesmen who find them” Muletail yells at him “needlessly motivating our foes”
“I was only very dedicated to accomplishing the mission ASAP!” replied an offended Mustafà
“oh stop it. Quick now, and then to Bar Ferozkhel”
Two hours later they arrived to Dwa Monda,
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But very soon a dusty cloud appears coming apparently from the crossroad of the fight.
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“Other Zandrans coming?” asked worried Mustafà
“no not from Matun” answered Muletail and then smiled recognizing a group of horses leaded by the 2 tribesmen they met in the morning
 (https://i.postimg.cc/w3GS49JL/T-5-hoses.jpg)
The Pashtun cavalrymen stopped, and the first cavalryman says to Muletail:
“You are only three now. Many voices are in Matun and talk about two important panthers coming from Kabul to lead the True Rule jihad, our khans say to take these horses and go with the Ruler, may he be blessing your mission”
“And may the holy Ruler be blessing you and all Waziris and their allies. May all your dice be 6”
“And may you always fight with this ferocity, we saw the traces of many buried warriors and many bloody spots on the ground” said the Pashtun cavalryman thinking at the recent butchery “the elders want you take this old flag too and wave it again as when our ancients fought under Mohammad Akbar Khan, son of Dost Mohammad Khan, at the battle of Jamrud fort, when our ancestors fought together with Afridis to kick off filthy Sikhs from Punjab. Only Waziris should fight Afridis, it is our shared privilege since Sikander Khan came and was repulsed with first invaders!”
 (https://i.postimg.cc/ZBf1SSQk/U-Jamrud-fort-battle.jpg)
Now it is time you go and free all Punjab again from Ferenghees, Pardani and Sikhs!” then all turned and galloped towards Matun as quick as they arrived.
 (https://i.postimg.cc/HV8FfF4K/V-3-horses.jpg)
“And now to Bar Ferozkhel!” Muletail cried “let Saddam’s death was not useless and we will be his avengers! Yaman wave the flag in his memory, next time we will wave it on a heretics skulls hill” and the three survived galloped silently towards new adventures with the old glorious flag wavering in the breeze which moved the heights of the few trees which dominated the rocky landscape from the surrounding hills.

(*) SCRUD details are described at following past post in this topic: https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=131610.msg1687252#msg1687252
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on October 06, 2021, 10:32:48 AM
KASHMIR
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"Zibib this is Kashmir ... a place of peace and rest.
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Maharaja Sir Patrap Singh lives in his capital Srinagar, we are good friends, we will ask him for porters to cross the mountain passes up to the north.
There is also another person there, Machede Maranda Gurung retired subedar of the 5th Gurkhas. With him we have to organize a squad of soldiers, because the places we will cross are very dangerous, inhabited by warrior tribes. The least that can happen to us is having to pay tolls or fight for our lives! "

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"Hello old gurkha ... how are you doing without cutting off Pashtuns' heads? "

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"Flashy my friend ... I'm old for kukri ... but I keep myself fit by training kashmiris for maharaja ... how can I help you? "

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"Gurkha I need 20 soldiers, as the True Rule said , good, reliable men; we have to go up north and as you know those are very dangerous lands. "

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"Flashy I still shoot well , normally I don't go up the 7 ...and with me there is my comrade in arms Naran was naik in my platoon,another crack shooter,  he will be happy to be able to lead his hands against those northern barbarians. Give me a few days and I'll find the men you need ..."

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"Gurkha this is Zibbib, he cames with us , is   a good friends  of mine, you will appreciated his abilities. With him are Walid  and Gul, two of the most fearsome men of the Frontier...we'll make a good Lashkar !"
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"Flashy the road to the north is very hard and dangerous...we have to cross the mighty Burzill Pass, and we could find snow and ice...
from Astor to the gorge of the Indus we could be attacked by Chilasis bandits, and reaching the road to Boonj and Gilgit we had to avaoid the Kashmir patrols, as you know is not permit to anybody, except military, to move north of Kashmir.
I don't ask anything for myself, but my men will want to be paid..."

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" Gurkha your men will be paid well, for them there are 10 rupees each, and I need about 10 porters, I'll paid them 1 rupee each"

" well Flashy let me enroll the soldiers and porters , I'll search for you very soon"

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To be continued...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Sparrow on October 07, 2021, 04:15:59 AM
Brilliant stuff!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on October 07, 2021, 08:03:50 AM
Brilliant stuff!
Thanks Sparrow !
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on October 07, 2021, 11:58:59 PM
Very exciting indeed. You gents raise the bar for sure!!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on October 08, 2021, 06:04:43 AM
The horses galloped all night long and at the very first lights of the day Khost Gardez Pass appeared in all its beauty: the last big obstacle that the nature had put in defence of Matun and Khostwal. Controlling the pass meant controlling the communications with Afghanistan.
(https://i.postimg.cc/FHjC47w9/A-Khost-Gardez-Pass-map.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
“Here native population is Tajik; we shouldn’t face too much problems but we’ll continue to simulate to be merchants going to Persia. Open your eyes, I have heard many tales on Gardez, a town full of spies, Persian, ferenghee and the new ones, the adorators of Tzar, a new God who eats Ferenghees or something like that” Mustafà explained looking over Yaman, condiscendently.
(https://i.postimg.cc/DZR3bQ8s/B-Passo-Khost-Gardez.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
“A Ferenghee eater God!” said Yaman looking at Mustafà with admiration and respect for his knowledge of the world.
“wrap and hide the flag” Muletail ordered sharply “I see we have visit very soon”
On the path three Tajik appeared escorting a couple of camels.
(https://i.postimg.cc/TwKXwNYf/C-2-camels.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
“The Ruler be with you and bless your dice toss” Mustafà approached the camels owners
“And may your path be free from enemies and pain” answered the first
“Can u sell us some food? We are going to finish our and I don’t know when we will be able to get other”
“We have no food to sell but we can divide our tamarind pies” answered the second
(https://i.postimg.cc/9QB2Nqn5/DA-with-Tajiks.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
At the word tamarind the mouth of Mustafà started to feel the mouth-watering just looking at those
“Oh, may the Mighty give you 100 times reward for your generosity! “ started Mustafà
(https://i.postimg.cc/rsWXGdrH/DB-with-Tajiks.jpg)
“But we can accept only one, cannot we M U S T A F A’?” said Ghaazi Muletail El Komiss aka Hussein scanning each letter and blinking.
Abdul Kareem aka Mustafà understood and smiled because this time he knew his answer was to be using fake name “Yes Hussein!” But immediately his smile became an angry strenuous grimace thinking at the crispy, tasty tamarind slices he had to renounce.
(https://i.postimg.cc/BZ10fzVC/DC-M-M.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/K4FVn0FK)
“We know ferenghees have destroyed Spinwam district and Tochi valley and many merchants arrive up to Matun to find good food, but you are the first daring to trade up to Gardez. You can walk safely for this road, this pass can stop an army but doesn’t care three Pashtun merchants. Perhaps one day in this very pass the Tsar himself or his followers will find a harsh welcome, but in these days all is peace.”
“Thank you brothers and may your life be quiet as your camels walk” said Mustafà, but he had just completed the blessing that some wasps attacked the camels which run for the path with the poor Tajiks running behind and shouting to stop them.
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“Well better we continue to Gardez” said Mustafà patiently waiting as he sits upon his horse, one leg wrapped nonchalantly around the saddle horn. and proudly continued:” we have a mission to fulfil!”
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After 4 hours the beauty capital of Paktia Province appeared in the valley with his walls
“Look at the city of Gardez, at the junction between two important roads that cut through a huge alpine valley.
(https://i.postimg.cc/8CKSTgGZ/F-Gardez-1.jpg)
Surrounded by the mountains and deserts of the Hindu Kush, which boil up from the valley floor to the north, east and west, it is the axis of commerce for a huge area of eastern Afghanistan and has been a strategic location for armies throughout the country's long history of conflict.
Observation posts built by Sikander Khan are still crumbling on the hilltops just outside the city limits. Here we can have a day rest before choosing how to proceed” said Muletail
“Abdul Kareem, we will see the images of the Ferenghee eater?” asked Yamal
“what?!?” said Muletail
“Oh, don’t listen to him, Bunerwals are very supersticious with strange beliefs. But don’t lose time now , Gardez market tamarind is waiting for us, all gallop!”
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And the three friends arrived in the pearl of Paktia, in the crossroad where decisions mean the difference between surviving and death.
Arrived in the center market Yaman remained with the horses while Mustafà “attacked” a tamarind pies shop. Muletail preferred remaining in the shadow hearing all the discussions.
“A tamarind rasam, quick and hot” asked Mustafà
(https://i.postimg.cc/GpSZZPPN/H-mustafa-in-market-1.jpg)
“Hosoor a noble and wise merchant will take our special offer, for sure”
“Special offer? Which special offer?”
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“you pay one portion at the double price and u get another completely free”
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“Completely free, oh, this is my lucky day! I could bring it to Yamal, mmmh probably he is too concentrated controlling the horses, well I will make penitence eating both…
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In the meantime Muletail listened to a couple of young Tajiks who were speaking about a great fight in Jandala but couldn’t hear the details.
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Other fellows were talking about a great raid against artillery mule train in Chitral
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and another was reading an article about fighting in Malakand Pass
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but the Tajik folded the Peshwar Tribune issue before he could read all the title.
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Young Yaman was very scared to remain alone to control the horses in Gardez.
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He was not scared to fight against bandits or ferenghees but…
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The Mythological Tzar ferenghees eater, all alone, Yamal was mumbling “well perhaps I could go to that corner to see if they are coming, also because I’m starting to be hungry…”
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Three strange figures approach Yamal
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“welcome in Gardez stranger, what are u doing here, what reason brought u in this town, do u travel alone?”
“No I’m waiting for my friends, they should have been already back…”
“But u must be thirsty, let us offer u some pure water and some food, for hospitality”
“Sit here with us and smoke a moment with us, our friends will control the horses”
(https://i.postimg.cc/5tjrqYcm/SA-Yamal-4.jpg)
“Thank you good friends but only 5 minutes, I’m not used to it”
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“Yes only 5 minutes but use also these pillows, relax and empty your mind”
The neighing of horses awakes Yamal who return to the horses but do not find them
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He runs and see in distance the horses running away led by the supposed "benefactors".
(https://i.postimg.cc/Wp0Hncyx/TBFuga-cavalli-2.jpg)
He turns again to his friends but….nobody is there!
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In that moment Muletail and Mustafa arrive and they realize that the precious animals have been stolen-
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“What we do now?” cried Mustafa
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“we continue as when we started, we’ll go by foot. Yamal I hope you have learnt the lesson and to be sure u don’t forget it you will bring the few goods and extra weapons remained. Thanks to the Ruler we never separate from our Martini and money”
(https://i.postimg.cc/Bv8hPrDY/UC-MMY.jpg)
“It was Martini and olives, wasn’t it?” mumbled Mustafà
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Muletail ignored the comment and continued
“Great battles happened at North and great were fought in Waziristan, our homeland. We must understand what happened, in the meantime we cannot risk to go directly southwards, we will proceed towards Peiwar Kothal and from there we will decide the future steps.
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To go there we will pass thru Mir Zakah, the village which lies on the old caravan route from Ghazni to Gandhara! The village famous because is where it is said Sikhander treasures are hidden!”
(https://i.postimg.cc/HkvZxYJ8/UF-MMY.jpg)
“And is famous also for special tamarind pies!” Said Mustafa before Muletail melting him with one cold hard stare.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on October 08, 2021, 02:50:40 PM
Yamal should get a sound thrashing for his inattentiveness and then be made to carry everything. And no tamarind pie for him. Fool.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on October 08, 2021, 03:11:15 PM
No tamarind pie? too cruel...he was so poked up...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on October 09, 2021, 04:29:54 AM
Meanwhile in the Wild West the story of the sisters Brom unfolds on their way to the frontier via El Chuco town.
https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=133574.0
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Lord Raglan on October 09, 2021, 09:19:51 AM
Awesome stuff, well done guys!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on October 10, 2021, 10:41:02 AM
Kashmir , the composition of an Army...
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"Flashy Sahib here are the men you asked me, they are all ex soldiers, Gurkhas, Sikhs, Dogras, Kashmiris and some Pashtuns."
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"thanks Maranda, there are 14 men, with me, you, Zibbib, Naran, Walid and Gul we are 20, the perfect number of the Holy Scriptures"
(https://i.postimg.cc/Qd8qfrGd/20211006-142051.jpg)
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"I also enrolled 10 Balti  coolies , as you can see Sahib are all fit, and even the Yaks are healthy animals. The journey we must undertake is hard and dangerous; as you know, to enter the Northern Territories you must have a special permit or be a soldiers heading for the garrisons of Boonj or Gilgit. I managed to get a special permit for all of us as a team of workers to work on the military road between Astor and Gilgit. It is signed by Mr. Spedding, the owner of the company Spedding & Co who has the contract for the works."
(https://i.postimg.cc/KzBLZ9SW/20211009-231320.jpg)
"you are a valid help Maranda, I knew I could count on your expertness. we should find an alternative path to continue our mission alone "
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"I have collected rumors among the soldiers of the Kashmir Imperial Service who speak of a possible Military Expedition against the Kanjutis of Hunza,  stirred up by the Russians who seem to have entered the Pamir... the road to Gilgit is busy with soldiers and workers ... no one will pay attention to a team of workers, we must keep our  weapons hidden and we won't be stopped. "

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"we will leave tomorrow morning at dawn, the road to Gurais is good, but afterwards we will find the terrible Burzill Pass ... which every year kills men and animals, it is almost always covered with snow except for a few months a year ... we should be lucky not to find a storm. "
(https://i.postimg.cc/pTJTG3tP/Screenshot-20211010-013705.jpg)
To be continued...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on October 11, 2021, 11:14:11 AM
WRITING (AS OPPOSED TO ARITHMETIC) ON THE FRONTIER

AUGUST 17th, 1890, PESHAWAR...

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Celebrated poet, author, and journalist Reginald Winkie...

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Welcomes a new arrival from Jolly Old Albion to the offices of the Peshawar Tribune -- one Neville Crisp...

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Neville Crisp is late of the London-based weekly, Horse & Hound, where his many splendid articles were well-received, yet he himself felt the true breadth of his talents remained unfulfilled...

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So he has decided to throw himself into The Arena of Empire and seek out True Narratives of blood, fury, and affairs of state.

Like many fellow Britons, young Neville Crisp is an admirer and devotee of Reginald Winkie, which has led him to choose the North-West Frontier as the cockpit of action to which he should proceed...

Before leaving London he dashed off a telegram to his hero at Peshawar, explaining his situation and informing Mr. Winkie of his coming arrival and humbly requesting an audience with the great man-of-letters himself.  He hopes to come away with at worst some good advice and at best provisional employment under the universally admired masthead of The Peshawar Tribune.

Telegrams, letters, and even full diaries of devotion from his enthusiasts (whom he has lately begun referring to as his "fans") are nothing new for Reginald Winkie, Esq., and yet... something about this one has stuck in his craw -- for Crisp had the immodest audacity to send along some of his published articles in an effort to convince the great man that he was a legitimate professional wordsmith rather than a gasbag.  And Crisp succeeded in this, as Winkie was surprised to find himself impressed by Crisp's well-crafted and compelling tales of otherwise trifling ponies and pooches.

And so dear reader we arrive at August 17th, 1890, one day prior to publication of the latest issue of The Peshawar Tribune, at the building which houses that storied periodical...

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Which was the very same day day young aspiring "Man-In-The-Field Correspondent" Neville Crisp arrived at Reginald Winkie's office on the 2nd story of that very same storied building...

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NEVILLE CRISP: "I can't thank you enough for agreeing to see me, Mr. Winkie, sir..."

REGINALD WINKIE: "Call me, Reggie, Crisp.  Here at the Pesh Trib we don't stand much on ceremony. Tell me... why are you wearing a Poshteen in August?  You do know it's sweltering hot around these parts for yet another month or two at least."

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NEVILLE CRISP: "I'm afraid I'd heard anyone with firsthand experience of the Frontier wears a Poshteen, and I didn't want to give the impression I was a greenhorn -- plus it's got 'posh' in it."

REGINALD WINKIE: "I see.  Well, I admit you cut a sharp figure -- but you also risk death from heat stroke."

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NEVILLE CRISP: "I hope you don't mind if I change the subject, Reggie, sir, and ask if you've had a chance to read any of the samples I sent...?"

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REGINALD WINKIE: "Indeed I have.  They took me by surprise and left me impressed.  So much so in fact, that I'm prepared here and now to offer you a position as a stringer.  Strictly freelance, paying 1 Anna per page.  It's 16 Annas to the Rupee, and 15 Rupees to the Pound, and a page here at the Pesh Trib is the standard 250 words."

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NEVILLE CRISP: "I was prepared to jump at the chance to be published in the same paper as you for free, and... that sounds much like what you just proposed, so I'll take it!"

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REGINALD WINKIE: "Excellent.  You'll start straight-away.  Meaning right now.  My sources tell me 2nd Brigade will march for our Dargai Cantonments tomorrow morning -- but our recent reinforcement of Royal Horse Artillery will leave tonight!  Come have a look at the route they'll be taking..."

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NEVILLE CRISP: "Egads but that's very specific and valuable military intelligence, ain't it, Reggie?!"

REGINALD WINKIE: "It better be.  I don't cotton to second-rate goods.  Which is why I'm sending a first-class scribbler like you with them.  You shall gather information and write articles on anything and everything of interest you come across.  I'm especially curious to know if there's any truth to the rumor a pair of Englishwomen have been camping out with General Ruff-Husband and his Brigade for days -- even weeks -- on end.  And if they do exist, are they really sisters on their way to celebrate the 50th Birthday of their Sgt. Maj. father who's serving in Tirah... or is that a load of bullocks to cover up some manner of twisted Continental debauchery?  And what of that Dirka Grimm Bhisti fellow I wrote my celebrated poem about?  I've never met him myself you understand -- just got a copy of his file from the regimental adjutant.  The question is... is he really all they cracked him up to be... or is he more of a scheming untouchable type looking to pilfer shot and shell to sell to his Afridi cousins outside the Cantonment wire?  I've also heard talk of wild goings-on in Waziristan by General Mandrake... and word of Mad Colonel Fullerton pillaging the Tochi Valley in ways that would make a Cossack blush... and to top it all off there's a rumor of some lunatic native pretender to the throne of the entire Punjab, who calls himself 'Mule Hoof'?!  These matters must all be confirmed or denied for our loyal readers as soon as possible.  These are the burning questions a penetrating journalistic-slash-poetic mind needs answered!  But sadly... at this point in my illustrious career... editorial, managerial and commercial duties cut far too deep into the time I have to get away and enjoy myself with our boys out on The Grim.  But you, Crisp -- lucky man that you are -- have no such competing demands upon your time and attention.  Isn't that right...?"

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NEVILLE CRISP: "Oh, yes.  Quite right.  But... how exactly am I to embed myself with this unit of Royal Horse Artillery?  Despite my khaki-clothed appearance, I'm 100% civilian."

REGINALD WINKIE: "No worries, old bean.  Look at me -- to the casual observer I look like a military man as well, there's just not much in the way of non-khaki men's wardrobe available hereabouts, so no need to feel self-conscious.  Regarding your embedding, have no fear, I'm on close terms with Captain Elliot Hardigan, the Battery Commander.  In fact he's out on my veranda right now, sketching a skyline vista for our "Panoramas of Peshawar" section."

NEVILLE CRISP: "He must be quite the renaissance man."

REGINALD WINKIE: "Not by a long shot, but the sketch ain't what matters -- what matters is the connection.  Out here on the Frontier the ink-stained hand washes the gunpowder-stained, and vice-versa.  You Savvy?"

NEVILLE CRISP: "Certainly, sir.  Sounds a lot like how we dealt with the racing stable-owners back at Horse & Hound."

REGINALD WINKIE: "I knew you'd get the hang!  Now head out onto my veranda, introduce yourself to good Captain Hardigan, and see to it that you ride along with his Battery tonight.  Do so and I promise you'll soon see your name on that roll of newsprint by the window, under the masthead of the Pesh Trib."

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NEVILLE CRISP: "Thank you, Reggie... for making my dreams come true."

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NEVILLE CRISP (CONT'D): "But may I ask you one question before I go?"

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REGINALD WINKIE: "Ask away, my boy!"

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NEVILLE CRISP: "These triangular  fringed banners displayed against your wall... what are they?"

REGINALD WINKIE: "That my boy is a question a child might ask... but not a childish question.  They are Pashtun war-flags, carried into battle by our tribal enemies across the Frontier.  While others pay them scant regard, I'm convinced that one day soon they will be much sought-after for display by museums, galleries, and private collectors, as well as authors, illustrators and publishers back home and perhaps all around the civilized world."*

(*Sadly, as you may know, this turns out not to be the case.  The question
of what became of Reginald Winkie's Tribal Flag collection will be addressed
at a later date, but if you want more info on the subject, feel free to visit here:

https://maiwandday.com/2020/07/27/afghan-military-flags/) (https://maiwandday.com/2020/07/27/afghan-military-flags/))

NEVILLE CRISP: "Reginald Winkie... in addition to your poetic genius you are a true visionary, and the future will surely be in your debit.  It shall be my greatest honor and privilege to introduce myself to  Captain Hardigan of the Royal Horse Artillery and use him to seek out true narratives of blood, fury, and the affairs of state on the Grim Frontier, for you to publish here, in Peshawar!"

REGINALD WINKIE: "Well said, Crisp!  Now take that rifle leaning by the sculpture in the corner..."

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REGINALD WINKIE (CONT'D): "...and two bottles of personal stash of quinine water..."

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REGINALD WINKIE (CONT'D): "And get a move on!"

And so young Neville Crisp made for the veranda, where he found one Captain Elliot Hardigan, RHA, busy sketching the Peshawar skyline...

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NEVILLE CRISP: "Captain Hardigan, I presume?"

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HARDIGAN: "Everyone calls me Hardy.  And who pray tell might you be...?

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HARDIGAN (CONT'D): "An art critic newly-arrived from Oxfordshire?"

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NEVILLE CRISP: "Certainly not.  Why presume such?"

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HARDIGAN: "Who else would be damned fool enough to tart himself up in a Poshteen in August?  Where do you think you are, Canberra?  That's in South Australia you see, so their seasons are arse-backwards and they get snow in the bloody Summer!"

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NEVILLE CRISP: "I shall tell you who.  The fellow Reginald Winkie has sent to accompany your battery to Dargai Cantonments.  Namely I, Neville Crisp, newly-contracted correspondent-at-large for The Peshawar Tribune."

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HARDIGAN: "Oh I see.  Well then... who's the more foolish, the fool or the fool who takes him to Dargai?  HAW-HAW-HAW!!!  What Winkie wants, Winkie gets, so it seems you and I will be two fools together on the road to Dargai.  Tell me, newly-appointed correspondent-at-large Neville Crisp -- ever heard a shot fired in anger before... or the sound the fellow beside you makes when his guts are skewered on a Ghazi's Chora?"

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NEVILLE CRISP: "Certainly not.  This is my first time out of England."

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HARDIGAN: "HAW-HAW!!!  A true freshman, eh?  No worries, Nev!  The road to Dargai is not too treacherous, and if we do meet trouble, chances are you'll come through it fine & dandy and right as rain.  Just keep your head down while you're taking notes for your articles!"

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HARDIGAN (CONT'D): "Now come take a gander at my sketch of the Peshawar skyline and tell me what you think..."

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NEVILLE CRISP: "I think it's awful, and I sincerely hope you are a better Horse Battery Commander than sketch artist.  And yet... Hardy, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

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In reply to which Captain Elliot "Hardy" Hardigan found himself in the unusual position of being at a complete loss for words.


TO BE CONTINUED...
(When AMBUSH strikes on the road to Dargai!)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on October 11, 2021, 02:07:46 PM
A poshteen in August? The man must be daft.  I'll be surprised if he gets out of the frontier with his life, let alone a story. Damn sight irresponsible of Winkie too, sending a man who's hardest assignment to date has been covering the Cheshire Hunt. No sir, I don't belive this Neville Crisp is up to it
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on October 12, 2021, 06:58:41 AM
Rawalpindi 20th August 1890
From Lt. General Bindon Blood to Gen. Sir John Percival "Mandrake" Aubrey-Smith in Tank  and to Gen. Sir Richard Davenport in Bannu.
We have received reliable information about a force of many bandits which left Bunerwals to join the infamous Mulehead’s waziris in their jihad crossing the Thal district.
The force sent to Thal under Major Vousden, to relief our units besieged there after the victorious battle, will proceed with utmost celerity to clear the siege and then will intercept the bandits to avoid the creation of a larger rebels’ army.
The first brigade under command of Gen. Davenport will be ready to support Vousden’s force to destroy the bandits in a pincer movement from Thal and Bannu.
The second brigade under the command of Gen. Aubrey Smith  will accelerate his progress towards Jandola dividing the South Waziri’s army from North one, stationing there as a movable column ready to intercept Mulehead Khan and his followers in the case he will like to move north looking to join  Bunerwal and Black Mountain allies.
I include a copy of the letter I have received by our stool pigeon in Wana.

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Wana August 19th
Sir I respectfully send to you the summary of the message  that the bandit Mulehead received by his Bunerwals allies   to commemorate the death of Saddam Khan son of Mulaaz Khan, one of the mightiest khan in Buner.
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The relevant bandit’s message was obtained by our spy activities, camoufled as a tamarind seller,  for your due information and necessary actions.
Humble servant   Tanas Singh, Subedar 2 Sikh company of Guides PFF

Mighty Mulehead, Light of Waziris, true Khan of all the lands between Delhi and Kabul, protector of widows and orphans, Defenser of True Rule, Light of Faith, I have sad news: Saddam Jackal of the Buner has been martyred, blessing be upon him. My heart is ripped from my breast and my body is numb with grief for my son’s martyrium. But now my grief is turned into anger and I will have Badal for his death. He was killed fighting for your son in Matun province and now I put my sword at your service.
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I’m coming with many warriors and many cavalrymen under my cousin Rashad Khan to enforce your armies, kick off the ferenghees, kill all the heretics and prepare the path for your son the blessed Muletail who will be the future khan of all Punjab as prophetized by the holy Sikander Khan of Black Mountains who brought in Buner the knowledge of True Rules.
A new heroic warrior, faithful to the only Book, will drive all faithful tribes to destroy ferenghees and heretics and his name is Ghaazi Muletail El Komiss Khan.
El Muletail will  take on the crown of command and will drive all Khans to kick out all feringhees and this will happen because the Rule wants it!
Your faithful Muzaar Khan
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on October 13, 2021, 07:01:55 AM
Mighty Mulehead, Light of Waziris, true Khan of all the lands between Delhi and Kabul, protector of widows and orphans, Defenser of True Rule, Light of Faith, the news in Tor Ghar is not good. One of my strongest Hasanzais allies, Jawid Lughman and four of his clan leaders have been martyred, blessing be upon them all. They were stopped along the Shai Kwhar travelling to join me in Darband when they were set upon on all sides by ferenghee jackals. A force of eighteen points, by the True Text, was martyred among the sweet pomegranate groves and rice fields this day. The only clan chieftan to escape being ensared was Noomyalay Faridun. He says his men fought like lions but in the end were shot down like dogs by the infidels, and barely escaped with his life having killed ten of the devils by his own hand.
Do not fear this minor setback as the where abouts of Channing Sa'ab is still safe from our enemies knowledge.  Your humble servant Hashim Ali.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on October 13, 2021, 07:58:15 AM
"...having killed ten of the devils by his own hand."

Hmmmmm.

A likely story.

Naaaaaaaa!!!!!!*

(*Pashto for "not")
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on October 13, 2021, 07:58:53 AM
double posted in error, wish I knew how to delete!

...but as I remain in blissful ignorance, I note how excited I am to see the forthcoming details of this most intriguing action, when you manage to share them, Hashim Ali.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on October 13, 2021, 12:08:48 PM
Bulgur Pass - Uch - NWF - 20 August, 1890

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1st Brigade is force marching towards the Chitral Territory to relieve the beleaguered Chitral Fort garrison.

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On the approach to Uch a messenger, Halvadir Rama Singh commanding a troop of the 77th Bengal Lancers rides into the column with an urgent message for General McGuinness.

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(First Brigade is approaching Uch while the 2nd Brigade has just passed Chakdara)

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The column is halted as the General reads the message. Sergeant Major Brom calls a halt, orders the men to drink water, and sends out scouts from each unit to the surrounding ominous looking mountains. 

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Dispatches from Chitral Fort: 3 August, 1890
From: Colonel Dano MacGurule, Commander Chitral Garrison
To: General McGuinness, Commander CRF, Chitral Relief Force

General, we have successfully defeated entrenched Pashtuns laying siege to my garrison. The fort's outbuildings, gardens, and native built sangers have all been cleared and pickets posted in the recovered territory. Of major concern though, we have taken several prisoners who are NOT Chitrali, they are Afridi from Umra Khan's clans. This is very disturbing news indeed. I fear your columns may find more resistance than anticipated!

God Speed my friend,
General Dano MacGurule


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Link to the Chitral Fort Sortie game post:

Chitral Territory, NWF, 3 August 1890, Chitral Fort - British Sortie - LAF NWF Campaign

 https://sgtguinness.blogspot.com/2021/09/chitral-territory-nwf-3-august-1890.html?m=0 (https://sgtguinness.blogspot.com/2021/09/chitral-territory-nwf-3-august-1890.html?m=0)


20 August 1890
NWF: On the road to Chitral.


1st Brigade moves north through rugged country to relive Fort Chitral. The next way point is fort Bulgur.

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The Chitral Relief Force is scheduled to arrive there late this morning. The road, if you can call it that, is nothing more than a dirt goat trail. It weaves through rugged terrain and at this section is bordered on multiple sides by steep and rugged terrain. The column of supply and artillery mules is stretched out for at least a half of a mile with a brigade of infantry plus supports to guard it.

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General McGuninness confers with his officers and orders the column forwards. Sergeant Major Brom orders the scouts to push further out. The Anglo-Indian force must reach Chitral Fort with all possible haste.

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(Chitral Fort: Colonel MacGurule and Captain Lucas discuss the battle from the ramparts of Fort Chitral.)


The local tribes have been watching the column, knowing that this is a suitable place for an ambush, they prepare to attack.

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 Chitrali scouts

However there are other tribes shadowing the column too, multiple tribes from several locations across the Frontier have arrived at Bulgur pass. 

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Umra Khan’s Afridi

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Mulehead’s Waziri

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Chitrali warriors


All the tribes want to capture the column's mules for themselves. There will be no coordinated Pathan attack this day.

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Chitrali scouts shadow the column

As the column moves forwards between the mountains a group of Ghazis burst from the tree line and charge the front of the column. Their ferocious charge stops the entire column dead in their tracks! Martini-Henry’s ring out as many of the faithful heretic followers of the false book drop in the dusty valley.

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                      TO BE
                  CONTINUED……





More to come on my blog:
 https://sgtguinness.blogspot.com/2021/10/laf-nwf-campaign-20-august-1890-bulgur.html?m=0#comment-form (https://sgtguinness.blogspot.com/2021/10/laf-nwf-campaign-20-august-1890-bulgur.html?m=0#comment-form)





Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on October 15, 2021, 04:51:01 AM
21 August 1890 - Black Mountain Field Force - Surmal

Despatches from the Black Mountains vicinity of the village of Surmal.

Intelligence from our Black Mountain agents reported a lashkar of Hasanzais under the banner of Jawid Lughman moving southwest along the stream Shai Kwhar, toward the Indus River. Colonel Sym moved to intercept them with the 1st Brigade. The following is his report.
21 August 1890

We located the belligerent's camp a mile southwest of the burned and abandoned village of Surmal.
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 We established a blocking position with two coys of Sikhs on the western side of their encampment and two Highlander coys to the east to drive the belligerents forward. Once our positions were established the action was initiated with red flares.
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On the signal all four coys poured long range fire into the pathan camp causing five casualties and pinning three of the six clans. The remaining clans acted according to Ali Babbage's rules. Two of the clans rushed west at the double, into the waiting Sikhs. The northern group led by Jawid Lughman closed with the Sikhs, trading cold steel, and were cut down to half for their audacity, driven back by the steely warriors.
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The second clan, under Noomylay Faridun, managed to cross the drift and moved west along the trail at the double.
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 The final clan drove east for Surmal, breaking from their cover out into the open plain. The last of the clans rallied from their initial shock and readied to fight.
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1st Coy Sikhs released withering fire into Jawid's clan, who having fallen back in disarray, was caught in the open and felled to the last man, including the chieftan Jawid Lughman and his banner man.
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To the south west the 2d Coy Sikhs fired into the oncoming pathans with no effect as they were closing too fast.
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1st Coy Highlanders fired into the clan heading for Surmal again to no effect. 2d Coy fired into the same clan killing the leader and pinning them down, relieving the pressure on 1st Coy
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The clan to the south led a panicked charge against the stalwart Sikhs who were just over the crest of a small rise, the fighting was fierce but the Sikhs held their ground driving the pathans back into the open at the loss of one of their own.

On the eastern slope the clans drove headlong into the 1st Coy Highlanders and were cut down to a solitary man in the ensuing melee, with two highlanders falling under tulwars.
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2d Coy Highlanders again fired long range into the newly rallied pathans driving them back towards the foothills and killing the leader of this band as well.
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To the East the Sikhs rained fire down on the broken pathans killing all but Noomylay Faridun and his banner man.
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At this, their resolve broken the devils faded into the seemingly impassable mountains to the north.
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We were able to capture three of the malcontents and Jawid's banner at a loss of two highlanders and two sikhs.
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The final parting shot of Noomylay Faridun as he fired his last round and slipped north into the Black Mountains swearing an oath of vengeance.
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REPORT CLOSED
RESPECTFULLY BG MCQUEEN J W
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on October 15, 2021, 12:52:09 PM
Capt Shanks, great AAR sir, very enjoyable! I’m looking forward to the return of Noomylay with a newly raised lashkar of tribesmen! I see you used Ali Babbages rules for the Pathan actions, how did that go? I’ve used the table from Pony Wars altered for this theatre.

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on October 15, 2021, 02:37:06 PM
Thank you Sgt Guinness. I only used Table 2: Native Action. It worked fairly well. The first two units were rifle units but rolled to charge, so charge they did. Then the dice rolls could have gone either way as they were matched for fighting and the pathans outnumbered them. It was definitely a fun game and playing on a smaller table made it faster but it would probably been a far different game on a 4x6 table.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on October 15, 2021, 06:18:18 PM
Stump stump
The cadenced steps of the Northumberlands
Donk donk
The slow hoofs of the mules in the lands
Ding ding
The tin of the canteens
Scrubble scrubble
The rifles straps over the shoulders
Hiss hiss
the silence of the stool pigeon
gogogo soldiers of the Queen’s
behind the hills
an hidden enemy ‘ve seen
and soon you learn
Pashtun’s aiming skills
for your concern.
Last night you had some meat,
and a pint of beer as well
Which you enjoyed as a great feat,
as many a man could tell.
And then you to your tents went,
and taking off your boots,
Each of you the drinks repent
and thinks to tomorrow shoots
But today it will be a different story
And for many of you the last glory
Snip snip
The bullets for an end so gory!.
“The spied column from Bannu”  From “Peshawar barracks ballads” by Reginald Winkie

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But unaware of them many Bunerwals are marching to reach the Tochi valley and support the waziri brothers in faith to stop Colonel Fullerton devastation and destroy for ever his flying devils‘column.

Capt Stonewash, when we will arrive close to Thal you will scout the area where I got my victory and inform the besieged units of our arrival. We will consolidate the capture of Thal before the defeated Afridis can rally, and we’ll continue towards Tirah valley where our spies swear captain Townsend is prisoner.

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“Rashad the meeting point with El Quartah and Zarin is at Jandala pass, how is it possible that Gen Mandrake brigade is here?”
“Hosoor these are not the soldiers coming from Tank, our spies say they are from Bannu”
“Well we will arrive in Waziristan with a trophy, but we cannot lose too much time. Which is that village?”
“Mighty Khan, it is Masri Khel"
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“Rashad go with your cavalry and control that the road is free and check what are doing those ferenghees”
“As you command Mighty Mutaaz Khan”⁷
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“Major my scouts report many Pashtuns on the opposite side of the valley”
“Mmmh I did not expect to contact Afridis soo distant from Tank”
“Sir, but they are not Afridis, they are Bunerwals”
“Bunerwals? Here? Well this is an important information to pass to Davenport, he will know how to use it. We don’t care about them, let us go to Thal as soon as we can. Captain prepare your lancers to screen our column, we try to not lose too much time, but we won’t lose the opportunity to teach these bandits to not wander freely in Punjab. Marmaduke go at the double and seize that village to cover our infantry and artillery advance”
“Sir, yes sir. Rinsaldar which is that village?
“Sir Masri Khel sir””
“Well give the orders, we direct there at the double”

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Sir yes Sir. Squadron at the double!”
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Cards RAJ units
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Cards Bunerwals 1
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Bunerwals cards 2

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Start Map
(https://i.postimg.cc/JnNkHz1f/H-Start-map.jpg)

TO BE CONTINUED...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on October 17, 2021, 07:34:33 AM
AMBUSHED ON THE ROAD TO DARGAI!

THE NIGHT OF AUGUST 17th, 1890...

At 5pm 17th August, in keeping with his orders from Peshawar Division C.O. Major General Whitsend, Captain Elliot Hardigan led E/B Battery Royal Horse Artillery out of the city on a 60-mile forced march to reinforce 1st Brigade at their Dargai Cantonments.  Towards the end of the first leg of the route, the road would line up with the Swat River...

Route of E/B's march:

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Capt. Elliot Hardigan, RHA
(rumored to be an aspiring artist)

A Troop of 3rd Skinner's Horse (12 figures) under command of Lt. Jerome Bigby was assigned as escort.  At Lt. Bigby's direction, one section of 6 Sowars led by Jemadar Gaurav Singh would take point, while Bogby and the other 5 Sowars serving as rearguard.

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Lt. Jerome Bigby, 3rd Skinner's Horse

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Jemadar Gaurav Singh, 3rd Skinner's Horse

At the standard cavalry & horse artillery rate of 5 mph (including one 5-10 min. halt per hour) the plan is to reach Dargai in approximately12-hours, just before dawn.

Coming along for the trip by personal invitation of Captain Hardigan was one civilian: NEVILLE CRISP, newly-appointed Correspondent-at-Large for the Peshawar Tribune, just arrived from Merry Old England...

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Though Crisp was a decent horseman himself and an established writer for "Horse & Hound" before his recent move to India, due to the darkness and elevated risk of encountering the enemy, Capt. Hardigan told Crisp to ride with the crew atop the 2nd Limber rather than on a horse of his own.

I used a combo of card flips and die rolls to control E/B Battery's progress and the actions of their ambushers.

As seen on the MAP above, the route had 3 separate legs.  Fate decreed the ambush would be set along the FIRST LEG.  It further decreed the ambush party would consist of ONE 20-FIGURE UNIT OF PATHAN TRIBESMEN, 50% armed with rifles, 50% with swords & shields.  However I decided to give them a slight but significant upgrade of a SECOND LEADER, which would enable them to split up into 2 sub-units if the situation called for it, without suffering movement or morale penalties.

The attackers chose -- smartly -- to erect a ROCK OBSTACLE across the road.

TURN #1

Moving fast down the road in the dark of night, the lead section failed to spot the obstacle until they were virtually upon it, which led to them CRASHING INTO the rock wall and suffering 1 WIA.

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The three limber teams all pulled to a halt, but the lead limber was so close they were unable to stop before HITTING THE ROCKS...

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Things were not going so well for the British, but luckily for them, when the lead RHA crew climbed off and inspected the gun, it turned out the damage to their 9 Pounder was minor...

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...but just as they discovered this the CRACK OF GUNFIRE & SPOUT OF MUZZLE-FLASHES sprang at them from across the Swat River, running parallel to the road...

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View from ambush position across the river...

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The opening volley from the 10 Tribal Rifles inflicted 1 WIA on the lead RHA Crew...

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On this first turn when the ambush was triggered the Anglo-Indians were not allowed any return fire, having been taken completely by surprise.

TURN #2 began with a movement card flip, signifying a PATHAN MOVE...

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The 10 Tribal Sword-&-Shield Men launched a CHARGE at the 5 remaining 3rd Skinner Horse in the forward element.  The lead RHA Crew was positioned so close to them that depending on how things went, they too might be drawn into the potential melee.

The Tribal Rifles remained in place along the far side of the river.

Lt. Bigby led the 3rd Skinner's Horse rearguard forward as fast as possible to engage the enemy, but their not-so-hot movement dice left them too far back to lend fire or melee support to the developing fight.

TURNB #2 FIRE PHASE arrived, neither the 3rd Skinner's Horse vs. charing Pathan Swords-&-Shields nor the Pathan Rifles vs. the Skinner's and RHA limber crews were able to inflict any casualties.

MELEE PHASE...

Under the "AMBUSH" circumstances I did not require the Charging Pathans to pass a CLOSE INTO COMBAT die roll morale check, but I did require the 3rd Skinner's Horse to pass a "Stand & Fight" morale check.  They need 1-4 on a D6 and rolled a 3 = PASS.
HAND-TO-HAND MODIFIERS:

Charging Pathans WIN TIES;

Charging Pathan +1 for "Attacking Regular Cavalry by surprise in the dark" (my invention);

Defending 3rd Skinner’s Horse get +2 for "Reg Cav mounted" but no + for lances, since they were not

If the RHA were to be drawn into the melee, I gave them a +1 for being Reg. Horse Art. Crew (as opposed to the +2 for Reg. Cav.)

So the CUMULATIVE MODIFIERS RESULTED IN:

Skinner’s Horse getting +1 modifier to their head-to-head D6 rolls;

RHA crew getting a straight roll-off;

But in both cases the Charging Pathans would win ties.

Let the head-to-head melee die-rolls commence...

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FIGURE-VS.-FIGURE MELEE ROLL-OFF RESULTS:

1.    Pathan KIA

2.    Pathan Fall-Back

3.     Pathan Fall-Back

4.     Pathan Fall-Back

5.     Pathan WIA (by sowar who survived crash)

6.     Skinner's Horse hat same Sowar KIA

7.     RHA Sgt Fall-Back (vs Pathan Ldr)

8.     Skinner’s Horse Fall-Back

9.     Skinner's Horse Fall-Back

10.     Pathan Fall-Back

11.       Skinner's Horse Fall-Back

12.       Pathan Ldr WIA

13.       Pathan KIA

14.       Pathan WIA

15.       Skinner’s Horse Fall-Back

1 SURVIVING PATHAN VICTOR ADVANCES TO ENGAGE MORE RHA CREW FROM THE LEAD TEAM…

16.       RHA Fall-Back

17.       Pathan WIA

MELEE RESULTS:

British Victory;

4 Pathan fall-backs ROUTE away to riverbank.

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2 RHA & 4 Skinner’s Horse Fall-Backs rejoin their units.

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TURN #2

Black movement card - Pathans try to rally the Routing Swordsmen, need 1-2 on D6 - roll a 4, Swordsmen continue Routing into the river; Pathan rifles remain in place in their firing position along the far bank.

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Skinner's Horse advance into better firing position...

BLACK FIRE CARD was flipped first...

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6 Pathan Rifles @ 4 Skinner’s Horse, need 1-4 on D20;

4 Pathan Rifles @ 6 rearguard Skinner’s Horse approaching in column, need 1-6 on D20;

0 hits by first 6;

2 hits by second 4 - both WIA.

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Lead element Skinner’s Horse 4 shots @ Pathan Rifles across the river, need 1-4 on D20; get 2 hits - inflict 1 x KIA, 1 x WIA;

Rearguard Skinner’s Horse 4 shots @ Pathan Rifles on opposite bank of the river, need 1-4 on D20; get 1 WIA.

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TURN #3

Red movement card flipped first.

Skinner's Horse advance to the riverbank.

Across the river, Pathan Rifles withdraw to the table-edge, still within range to fire on Skinner's Horse (& to be fired back at)…

RED FIRE CARD flipped first...

Skinner's Horse fire 8 Mtd. Carbines, need 1-4 on D20, score 1 x WIA.

Pathans RETURN FIRE with 6 Rifles, need 1-4, score 1 x WIA.

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TURN #4

Black movement card flipped first - Pathan Rifles WITHDRAW OFF THE TABLE, live to fight another day...

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Towards the very end of the fight, Neville Crisp climbed up off the ground, to which he had leapt from his seat on Limber #2, and moved to assist the wounded RHA crewman from the lead gun...

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Then found himself frozen in his footsteps at the sight of the wounded bombardier, laying on the ground, illuminated by the nearby muzzle-flashes...

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This was the first man he'd ever seen injured in anger.

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Though Neville Crisp's body froze in place, his authorial mind found itself racing away at the double........

The professionals proceeded to see to the injured Bombardier, as well as the damaged gun wheel.  Meanwhile Captain Hardigan informed Lt. Bigby that their force would depart the moment the damaged limber wheel was repaired.  Notwithstanding another ambush, they might still reach Dargai just after dawn.


CASUALTY SUMMARY:

PATHANS

1 KIA Pathan Rifle

3 WIA Pathan Rifles (including Leader)

2 KIA Pathan Sword-&-Shield

4 WIA Pathan Sword-&-Shield

4 Routed Sword-&-Shield

10 total Pathan casualties + 4 routed off the field  (14 lost all told)


BRITISH

4 WIA 3rd Skinner’s Horse

1 WIA RHA crew

5 total British casualties

 
NOTE: Luckily for the Battery, their lead 9-pounder was NOT seriously damaged.


TO BE CONTINUED...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on October 17, 2021, 06:43:00 PM
Fantastic report. What a clever ruse for the pathans to use a diversionary ambuscade, then withdrawing in good order, to delay a doomed patrol. Cunning plan, well executed. Pathan victory, in the long game, if you ask me.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on October 17, 2021, 06:52:17 PM
Can't wait next Peshwar Tribune issue to understand THE true. Or at least one true... :o
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on October 18, 2021, 06:21:17 AM
Thanks for the compliment, Capt. Shanks!

RE: who won... you seem to forget that the three horse artillery guns were left to continue on their way to Dargai Cantonments, where -- should they manage to avoid additional mischief on the road and arrive intact -- they shall help the Brigade when the time comes to deal with your approaching band of rebels and ruffians... if your long-rumored "attack" ever comes to pass.

Evil Giorgio... what pray tell is this elusive "Truth" you speak of...???
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on October 18, 2021, 01:26:10 PM
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The following report was the base for a famous poem by Reginald Winkie: “The spied column from Bannu”  From “Peshawar barracks ballads” that was published also in the Peshwar Tribune previous issue at following link in this same topic: https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=131610.315
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The discovery of the bunerwals has created great confusion. At the first light of the day lancers gallop to the village while Northumberlands go and take control of the crossroads but artillery and Sikhs aren’t starting the advance yet. In the meantime, Mutaaz remains well behind but all his unit spring at the double, except Abdul Waahid Khan who cowardly remain at a safe distance with the excuse of escorting the artillery.
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A savage melee is started with Rashid’s tribal cavalry attacking Stonewash’s lancers in the village.
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Marmaduke is surprised and 4 lancers are killed against only 2 tribesmen.
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These can follow up and charge the Northumberlands for their carnage but these show an outstanding performance tossing 8 dice 5 or 6 out of 12 !!!
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Great job Old & Bolds, you will be song by a great poet!
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Very funny and unpredictable this Rule!
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4 other Pashtuns are killed but Rashid can avoid to be pinned with his other three survivors,
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also because if routed the alternative should be explaining the results to Muzaar himself, while Marmaduke with his other 3 lancers is pinned.
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In the second turn the devasting fire of the Northumberlands generate the rout of the well armed Aarif Khan unit and is supported by the Ferozopore Sikh which advances covered by Northumberlands’ fire.
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The battle seems already decided,
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but the Ferozopore are aimed and shooted by remaining tribal units
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and charged and routed by Abdul Tawaab’s Ghazli.
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In the mean time Rashad hold his cavalry waiting that the road is free to charge routed units.
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In third turn Marmaduke rallies his gallant lancers
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 and Gulliver try to get in touch with Northumberlands which have another devasting fire on Abdul Tawaab pinning the Ghazli.
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Abdul Tawaab rallies his Ghazli but the Northumberlands are fired upon by both Abdul Waabim and Saddam’s artillery
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and reduced to 4.
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Rashad charges and kills 2 soldiers of the unit which is routed.
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than follows up on Gulliver’s artillery train killing half of the men.
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At this point the retreating artillery rallies and Marmaduke charges Rashad who fights as a tiger
untilall the Bunerwals are killed but only Marmaduke survives and routs.
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Abdul Tawaab charges with his Ghazli
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and kills the last artillerymen but is killed in his very moment of triumph.
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Major Vousden  orders a general retreat back to Bannu to organize a new support column while the Bunerwals win the fight but have been delayed in their march to Jandola, stopping for celebrating; the battle against General Mandrake will be fought without them. Raj lost 7 lancers, 10 Sikhs, 10 Northumberlands and 4 artillerymen KIA included LT Gulliver. Bunerwals suffered 1 unit routed with 5 kia, 10 cavalrymen, 7 Ghazli, including 2 Khans: the brave Rashad and Abdul Tawaab.
The bumbler Mutaaz khan obtained a great victory without even entering on the battlefield.
“Now my son has been avenged but two pride khans were martyrized. Now we can return to Buner, Ferenghees have learnt a harsh lesson”
“Great Khan, what about the joint battle with Waziris you committed to Mulehead?” Aarif Khan asked hesitantly, aware that his unit routed. Killed the boldest Khans all were more than happy to come back to Buner.
“I promised to be the avenger of Saddam’s martyrium, and that what I did. Now we can go back with our debit honoured!” answered proudly the Bunerwal Khan and closed the discussion. Well the artillery train mules will be a great consolation, also because Abdul Tawaab’s death closes any legitim claim.
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Lt Frock with Khyber Rifles and the young Lt Hatton with Hampshires are besieged in Thal and see their food inexorably decreasing, no help will arrive soon from Bannu, but not all hopes are lost. From Tochi valley the hothead and lunatic col.Fullerton has decided that Spinwam district deserves another visit and from there going  to Thal it is just a matter of when, not if.
(https://i.postimg.cc/JnWpRxNc/V-Fully-advancing.jpg)
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And with him we will find again old well-known characters: such as the great friends Lt Richard Dawes of British Yorkshire and Lt Andrew Best of Sikh Guides and a new fellow, Capt Thomas  “Tommie” Liver, just sent from Bannu by Gen Davenport to enforce the column with a Baluchi unit to wipe out all Afridis in Tirah.. 
(https://i.postimg.cc/JhtqgsCN/zzz-baluchi.jpg)
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But at Jandola pass at least one tine of the trident designed by Mulehead will be missing…

TO BE CONTINUED
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on October 18, 2021, 06:22:28 PM
Another solid win offered by the One True Rule. Soon Mulehead, founder of the feast, provider of wisdom, deliverer of justice through the Truth we shall be feasting on the dates and tamarind pies of the foul besmircher of truth and purveyor of lies, Umra Khan and his foul allies.  From Kafristan to Karachi the Men Who Would Be Khans will unite the tribes under one banner.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on October 19, 2021, 10:56:56 AM
BATTLE OF PALOSINA 26th August 1890
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Gen. Mandrake orders the 5th Gurkhas and the Gordons to attack the hills to the left of the deployment, with the Guides in support.
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On the right side the 40th Pathans and the 2nd Sikhs, supported by the Buffs must attack the hill in front.
(https://i.postimg.cc/FR83XbDR/20210812-172810.jpg)
At the center the mountain batteries of Kohat and Peshawar sections must support the attacks.
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The 1st Bengal Lancer remains with the Command as a reserve unit.
The Waziris are ready to wait for the Ferenghees attack ...
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After an initial shootout between the Gurkhas and the Waziris, the little men of Nepal set off to attack...
The Gurkhas draws kukri and charge…..AYO-O-O GURKHALI-I-I!
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At the same time to their right the Gordons to the sound of Cock 'of the North start the attack led by Capt. Matheson…..
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Under the fire of the artillery that with shrapnels hits the Waziris ... the two units attack the tribesmen, kukris against tulwars... bayonets vs. tulwars… with guts behind…
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A unit of Waziris is pinned by the fire of the Gordons. . and retreat under the shrapnels of the guns... the Gordons attack them  immediately ... between the Gurkhas and the other waziris unit the melee is furious, 2 Gurkhas figures run to the rear and 1 killed and 1 wounded, but the Waziri have 4 figures running to the rear ,3 dead and 2 wounded ... their morale does not hold and they flee in retreat together with the other unit…bad dies for the tribesmen.
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Another unit of waziri tries to bypass the Gordons but ends up under heavy artillery fire, which with the deadly shrapnels makes them meat for slaughter quickly...
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Meanwhile on  the right side of the line-up, the 40th Pathans charges Yussef Din's waziri unit...
They charged at the sound of the" Pathan's song"...with hundreds of voices singing the song ...

40 Pathans  on a dead man's mule
Yo ho ho Daz Daz Daz at a new rule…
Shoot  and the devil had done for the rest
Yo ho ho Daz Daz Daz and a new rifle best
The infidels were fixed by the Afridi's chora
The Wazirs brained with a jezail
And Wazir's throat was marked belike
It had been gripped by fingers ten;
And there they lay, all heretics  dead men
Like break o'day in a caravan camp
Yo ho ho and a bullet of rifle, Daz Daz Daz !
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the fight is bloody...the 40th suffers 5 figures running to the rear,  and 2 dead, the waziri of Yussef Din 5 running to the rear ,2 dead and 2 wounded ... but none of the 2 units leaves the fray...meanwhile the 2nd Sikhs attacks the other unit of waziri... the impetus of the Sikhs overwhelms the Waziri who do not face the fight... bad morale result for stand and fight…
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in the continuous melee between 40th Pathans and Waziris the largest number of fighters for the 40th makes the difference, the waziris are massacred and the 40th suffers another 2 wounded.
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With 5 of his 6 units massacred or en route the coward El Quartah can only leave the battlefield, he hoped for the arrival of Zarin or the Bunerwals who had promised to fight with the Waziris.... instead he finds himself chased by Skinner's Horse...

Mathematic on the Frontier
Waziris’ loss
56 figures
Raj loss
14 figures
5th Gurkhas 2 dead , 2 wounded
Gordon 1 dead, 1 wounded
40th Pathans 2 dead, 4 wounded
2nd Sikhs 1 dead, 1 wounded

the Sacred Rule of the Righteous and Devotees "TSATF" have once again proved to be valid and the victory smiled at the Pure !
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Gen. Mandrake  is very pleased with the behavior of his soldiers,  and has recognized a special commendation to the 40th Pathans for their combativity in battle.
He decides to return to Tank HQ, by now the situation in South Waziristan has been pacified, Mulehead has suffered a very hard defeat and his leader El Quartah is on rout with very few faithful in tow; it will be appropriate to evaluate the behavior of the other leader of the Waziri, Zarin ...but this is another story.

Gen. John C.Aubrey-Smith Mandrake
stock photo
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PS: note from Gen Mandrake, just before the attack of the Gurkhas and the Gordon one strange thing occurred....
... something strange appears on the battlefield... a SDA Courier with a load composed of Baluchi infantry and a Mule train of artillery, stops in front of the units ready for combat and asks "this is the right way for Genoa ? "... the Courier got  confirmation about the direction  from Capt. Matheson of the Gordon and  continues on its journey …...a very strange thing.

PS2 ; Daz meaning Kills in Urdu

Personal blog
https://thegrim732657897.wordpress.com/2021/10/19/battle-of-palosina-26th-august-1890/
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Shikari Sahib on October 21, 2021, 10:07:42 AM
Congratulations Sirs, one of the best threads for a long time, great photos and very interesting stories... it seems to really live on the Frontier.
Carry on the great work.
Umra Khan anyway is my favorite character  ;)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on October 21, 2021, 10:16:16 AM
Congratulations Sirs, one of the best threads for a long time, great photos and very interesting stories... it seems to really live on the Frontier.
Carry on the great work.
Umra Khan anyway is my favorite character  ;)

Thanks Shikari Sahib very appreciated.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on October 22, 2021, 12:02:15 PM
THE OUTPOST

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Multani 27th August 1890

From: Lt. John Henry Barrett – East Surrey Regiment – attached to the 36th Sikhs, Fort Multani
     Kohat Pass – North West Frontier

To: Miss Jane Fairclough –Mole Valley –Leigh – Surrey

My beloved Jane ,
I just arrived at my outpost, called Multani , on the Mastura River, with the land of the Afridis at east  and to the west the Ublan Pass and then the Kohat Pass.

I am attached to 1st Platoon  company A of the 36th Sikhs, of which I have the command; in the outpost there is a troop of Poona cavalry, but they are under strength , and are used as relays and explorers, at their command there is the Subedar Arun Din and the Lt. Robert Gough; the Commander of the outpost is Maj. Julius Potts of the R.E. in command of a heliograph section.

Our task is to monitor the Ublan Pass and control the caravans that come from the Kohat Pass. certainly not an exciting assignment ...

I settled in well and enjoy good health, the Lt. Gough is a nice guy and we spend our free time  going hunting in the vicinity of the fort.

I hope to receive some important tasks and sent on some military mission.

Life in the colonies is really hard and here on the Frontier  it is even harder. I will write to you again as soon as I can, my love.
Your devoted John.

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John Henry Barrett
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 the beautiful Miss Jane Fairclough
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PS: the Multani Outpost  it is a gift from my friend Geoff Beswick whom I publicly thank here.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on October 22, 2021, 08:53:00 PM
Sterling work gents! Very impressive battle reports and intriguing stories. Truly an epic wargames campaign indeed!!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Ranthony on October 22, 2021, 09:51:23 PM
Sterling work gents! Very impressive battle reports and intriguing stories. Truly an epic wargames campaign indeed!!!

Agreed!

I'm blown away by this, it's everything I love about the hobby; inspiring, engrossing and captivating.
It's as though the ink of Archibold Forbes of the late 19th century has possessed the LAF writers of today, not in prose but definitely in performance...it's a wonderful read.

Probably the best thread I've had the good fortune to see since I joined the hobby.

It's really something.

Thank you for committing to this.

Cheers

Ry
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on October 23, 2021, 07:38:33 AM
THAL SIEGE PART 1 The Prologue

After the battle of Thal ,which both parts claimed as a victory (see link in this topic: https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=131610.285), Abu Zar Khan remained with a great dilemma.
At the end of the battle his men refused to charge the Khyber rifles Afridis brothers,
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/v8JrrpH7/A-Foto-Abu-Zar-non-charge-Frock.jpg)
 and Sher Khan was sure it was not a coincidence the discussion in the previous night about some goats contended between their tribes, Kuki Khel and Qambar Khel, allied against ferenghees but ready to kill each other at the first opportunity.
Sher, capturing capt Townsend and bringing him to Umra’s fortress, had scored a great victory.
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/Px8LN5Dg/B-Sher-captures-Townsend.jpg)
Abu Zar knew that the battle technically was lost, but Sher could tell his version of the story and results as a winner, furthermore, bringing a precious gift, a British officer.
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/8CfkmnCW/C-Umra-and-Townsend.jpg)
Umra gave him a new army to stop the flying devils of Fullerton coming from Tochi Valley to save the units sieged in Thal, after the unexpected battle between Bunerwals and relief column of Vousden who had to run back to Bannu.
 
In the best option he had to face a winning Fullerton remaining between his Hammer and Thal units anvil. In the worse one he had the face the revenge of a triumphant Sher Khan.
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/MKnLHk3y/E-Fullerton-coming-MAP.png)
Quit was not an option because Umra’s fury for allowing the entrenched Ferenghees to return to Bannu should be terrific at least.
The only solution might be an attack to storm the defences. The fire of their Lee Metford seems to make it unpracticable but… he had “forgotten” to give to Sher Khan the powder barrels looted after Townsend rout.
“Jammas Zada Khan, you failed with your Zakha Khel tribesmen to stop Ferenghees “Sam Browne” cavalry and Major Vousden run away alive to alert and return with reinforcements and only the meeting with Bunerwals column avoided our destructon.”
 

(https://i.postimg.cc/DwkHgNJk/D-2.png)

Abu Zar hissed to the poor Khan of the Zakha Khel unit., continuing eating his lamb Karahi portion “It is better for you, and for me, that we have Thal to present to Umra with the head of the entrenched officers”
Jammas Zada was always more and more uneasy
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“You will have the opportunity to show your value bringing the powder under the main tower, the key of the defensive works,, and explode it at dawn. My three units of devoted Kuki Khel warriors will be ready to exploit the opportunity to attack when it blows and we’ll kill all the defensors.”
Jammas Zada whitened in his face, he was a fine swordsman not fearing a close fight, but this seemed a suicide task.Abu Zar insisted:
You have no choice: or you follow my plan either u’ll explain to Umra and Sher how Vousden could escape”
“The tower will be destroyed” said Jammas Zada and silently went back to his faithful Zakha Khel warriors, still unaware of their impossible tomorrow suicidal job.”
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/FsxBcJBy/G-Khan-discussion-ends.png)
Abu Zar stared for one interminable minute the sad Khan going back and then returned to his dinner, no reason to waste his tasty lamb karahi curry.
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/CLHQD6Kr/H-Lamb-Karahi-curry.png)
After all he was always a lucky Khan, able to reroll once an entire set of dice!
In the mean time in Thal a harsh discussion was fought between Lt Hatton and Lt Frock.
“The tower will be occupied by my Hampshire” said arrogantly Hatton, used to benefit of all available privileges.
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/Vsgh0CTj/IA-LT-discussiom.jpg)
Frock tried to answer timidly but at the end conceded the tower because he thought that the fire wall made by his Afridis Khyber rifles breech loading Martini Henry and British sharpshooters Lee Metford was effective enough to abort any attempt of Pathans to charge into Thal defences.
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/vm8hsqYk/IB-LT-discussion.jpg)
 Hatton was a stupid arrogant selfish officer, but he knows very well how to fight and showed it in the previous battle.
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/X7KspVcB/L-Hatton-firing-Abdullah-2.jpg)
Lt Hatton didn’t know that, if Abu Zar plan succeeded, that tower could become the grave of many of his precious Hampshire sharpshooters.
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/bN3S07Fd/M-Defense-2.png)
Tomorrow many Afridis will die on both sides and many tribes will mourn their dead…
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/XJps3KGk/N-Afridis-cards.png)
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/KvdmvDf8/O-RAJ-cards.png)

TO BE CONTINUED
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on October 23, 2021, 07:56:15 AM
Agreed!
I'm blown away by this, it's everything I love about the hobby; inspiring, engrossing and captivating.
It's as though the ink of Archibold Forbes of the late 19th century has possessed the LAF writers of today, not in prose but definitely in performance...it's a wonderful read.
Probably the best thread I've had the good fortune to see since I joined the hobby.
It's really something.
Thank you for committing to this.
Cheers
Ry

Thank you Ranthony! "Probably the best thread I've had the good fortune to see since I joined the hobby." I hope you didn't join just yesterday  lol  ;) 
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on October 23, 2021, 09:10:09 AM
Agreed!

I'm blown away by this, it's everything I love about the hobby; inspiring, engrossing and captivating.
It's as though the ink of Archibold Forbes of the late 19th century has possessed the LAF writers of today, not in prose but definitely in performance...it's a wonderful read.

Probably the best thread I've had the good fortune to see since I joined the hobby.

It's really something.

Thank you for committing to this.

Cheers

Ry

Ranthony
Thanks for your kind words.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Ranthony on October 23, 2021, 11:31:44 AM
Relatively new, 18 months or so ago I was dragged kicking and screaming into it by a dear friend who used to frequent this site.

I do honestly think it's a wonderful thread and could easily see this taken on and with a little editing, published as a stand alone and sold at shows, alongside a game using your figures.
Or, give Nick a nudge and have it posted as a running theme at wargames illustrated?

Thanks again

Ry
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on October 24, 2021, 05:43:13 AM
Ranthony,

Just piling on with my campaign colleagues to say thanks for your very kind words, which are very much appreciated!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on October 24, 2021, 04:49:22 PM
THAL SIEGE 2 THE STORM

Jammas Zada Khan explained the plan to hìs warriors and choosed four “volunteers”.


(https://i.postimg.cc/P5jCthDK/AA-Kumar.png)
“Kumar, Rashid just confessed to me u spoke with Sher Khan’s men about my goats”
“No Khan I just told them that their goats..”
“MY GOATS. You‘d deserve a severe punishment for that but…” No sounds, you could hear distinctively the heavy breath of Kumar “ if u will fulfil this task you will get my pardon and this story will be closed in a way…or in the other. Three cousins of yours will help you in the task, so the honour of your family will be spared”.
 
 (https://i.postimg.cc/DZ8ZCzVf/A-4-warriors.png)

The rules are inspired and sometimes copied from “Five minutes with EDNA” appeared last century on W.I: n.38 by Graham Hockley.
For EDNA understanding you can refer in this topic to following link: https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=131610.210

The 4 volunteers have 1 barrel with the powder to use to explode the tower.
The owner of the barrel and the other 3 start with EDNA value of 8 and must run in the night before dawn for 60 cm. Every turn the pathans roll a d10: 1 to 8 they move 8  every point more they decrease accordingly their EDNA. E.G. you roll 5 and move 8, roll 9 decrease edna to 8-1 and move 7, roll 6 move 7 , roll 10 move 7-3 4 etc. at 0 you are dead. Every 10 is a wound to decrease future fight ability by 1.
If Kumar, the barrel owner, dies one friend goes back to take the barrel, pass 1 roll without moving and continues. This procedure can be done also before dying if u want to accelerate the process and fear he is going to be killed anyway.
 
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3 Pathans arrive to the tower, their Edna reduced to 2, 7 and 8. One was killed half way (33 cm run).
Now the 3 survived must place the barrel preparing and packing it with gun cotton, and it takes two full turns to be passed. To pass the turn each roll a d10: 2-9 ok , 1 is killed, 10 wounded and EDNA less 1.
All 3 pass but the barrel owner gets 1 wound and decrease his EDNA to only 1.

(https://i.postimg.cc/XvX4WDsQ/C-3-under-tower.png)

Having placed the barrel now they must light the fuse: must roll his Edna value or less, with 10 wounded, repeating the rolls util lights the fuse or die.
With an outstanding 1 also  Kumar survives but now they must dive for cover, hoping the fuse has not gone out and he must repeat the process.
The 3 Pathans roll as in the first part against their EDNA, safety is 4 cm away and Kumar fails losing his last Edna value, and falls shot by the sentinels fire..
Last step is to check if the tower blows up. On the 10 on 1 2 3 the fuse has gone out and they must repeat the process rolling versus actual Edna, otherwise it works… and it worked!.
 
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At this point Abu Zar gave the signal firing dozens of torches and the 3 units advanced, Shahid more cautiously moves without doubling while Abu Zar and Ajab doubled at 15 and 14 inches respectively.. On the opposite side the Zakha khel remained paralyzed by the explosion, watching the burning tower.
 
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From the tower emerged Hatton with his NCO and 4 privates, while other 2 remained stubborn for 2 turns, 4 died in the explosion. The fire of the Hampshire despatched the 2 survived afridis , who had fired the tower.
 
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On the opposite side Frock’s rifles killed 5 warriors pinning Abu Zar’s unit, which successfully rallied.
Ajab closed on Khyber rifles in an Afridis carnage,  the eclectic Khan fights as a tiger under opium effect and the result are 5 KIA each side, even if Khyber riflemen were under cover. Then the fight involves also rallied Abu Zar, but Khyber rifles win both fight, even if penalized by Shahid's fire.

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In the meantime, Hatton rallies also the 2 stunned privates and pin Jammas Zada nailed on the ground and victim of a devastating fire.

A last firing kills 2 Khyber riflemen and Lt Frock and his Havildar rout and leave the town just before the loop from North is tied.
Hatton   fights against arriving   Abu Zar losing 1 private and win the melee with Ajab pinning his unit, but losing another man, now only 5 men are with Lt Hatton who shot a killing devastating fire on Abu Zar killing 4 and pinning them but in the mean time Jaddam Zaid succeeds in attacking at double .
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/kXcy3j6V/I-Frock-rout.jpg)

Lt Frock routed with his Afridi rifleman: 1 they are shot, 2 captured, 3-4 join Khiber tribes where his soldier can have support, 5 go towards Bannu and 6 towards Fullerton’s relief column..
 
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LT Hatton was not so lucky and after repulsing Jamas Zada attack fell under the thirsty tulwars of the Zhaka Khel leaving  his last 4 men at their destiny. In the final carnage two other  British were killed by Abu Zar warriors, and last 2 tried to escape.
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/HW2V2F8h/T-Hatton-last-stand.png)
What a pity, he had all the virtues for a shining career, included the right friendships and protections.
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/Xq7Nm7BD/V-Hatton-death.jpg)
This picture is the artist’s  interpretation, on specific input by Reginald Winkie, to have a more dramatic picture to be included in his article on Peshawar Tribune. Actually, LT Hatton fell at the head of his men repulsing the attack by Jamas Zsada’s Zhaka Khel Afridis. As was written in another poem by our Winkie: many thousand pounds education frustrated by few sharp cheap tulwars.
The last 2 private roll for their destiny: 1 is killed by Jamas Zada, 2 by Abu Zar, 3 by Ajab Khan, 4 shot by Shahid’s unit, 5 they join LT Frock and 6 Southwards to join Col Fullerton column and alert him.
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/vBPw17D3/VVA-Dado-4.jpg)
 
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First private is shot by the jezail of Shahid’s Khan but the second one disappears with the help of the shadows and confusion generated by the tower fire.

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Abu Zar has taken Thal and saved his life and Jammas Zada’s one. Now he can be an actor in the next battle between Col. Fullerton flying devils  and Sher Khan’s Kambar Khel warriors with few Orakzai units received by Umra himself for this important task..
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/qRtH3hnr/vvv-jirga-2.png)
Now it is time to celebrate with his khans in a special jirga, enlightened by the still burning tower ruins, where chicken tamarind and lamb kahari will be given with abundance, a well deserved dinner after weeks of Periki filled only with pies flour and water.
Tomorrow they will march to join Sher's army and together destroy once and forever Fullerton, the terror of Afridis, and then conquer all north Waziristan for the great Umra Khan and re establish also in those lands the True Rule.
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/mD1KDxf2/VVV-jirga-4.png)
21 Raj KIA including LT Hatton. The Pathans losses were: 13 Jammas Zada (9 + 4 in the forlorn hope), 12 Ajal and 9 Abu Zar for a total of 34 warriors-
Frock will arrive to Bannu to alert Gen Davenport, while Fullerton is proceeding Northward for a mission already failed, but nor him neither the waiting Sher Khan are aware of that…Will the private Williams arrive in time to alert him?. But this is another story and we will read it later on…

Z FOTO Fullerton map
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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on October 24, 2021, 06:15:12 PM
Excellent reporting from the NWF. Another solid victory against the khaki tide using the One True Rule. I like how the EDNA worked. Good idea to use four brave warriors to ensure success. Their tribe will be honoured.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on October 24, 2021, 06:44:43 PM
While the above Battle Report detailing Imperial defeat was perhaps suffered on too small a scale to merit, "An awful row at home about this," nonetheless, when word of it reaches home, notice may be taken at Horse Guards and perhaps even in Parliament.  Unless perhaps it can be balanced out in short order by an Imperial victory yet-to-come...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on October 25, 2021, 09:34:28 AM
Mister 13.500

BURZILL PASS 13,500 ft
Zibbib Khan, Percival Flashy and their retinue have left Srinagar and start their journey to the North Territories.

Zibbib the road to Gurais was easy , then we met patrols of soldiers and teams of workers, but no one noticed us ... the Old Gurkha had a very good idea by making us pass as workers ...
Now we re facing the first danger in our journey…Men that's the Burzill Pass... scares ... the storm of two days ago has left its mark, it's all snowy.
(https://i.postimg.cc/CK7Q8JWZ/Screenshot-20210831-204559.jpg)

While our heroes are watching the Burzill pass , suddenly the wind of a new storm rises...
We must move quickly, by this afternoon we must have passed it ... otherwise it will be the end for all of us.The wind that brings snow is starting again ...a blizzard is coming … Move!

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Our heroes move under  terrible condition…

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MOVEEEE, MOVE !
COME OOOONNN ! COME ON  !
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MOVE COME OOOONNNNNN
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Zibbib Khan
"Old Gurkha Machede how did it go?"
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Gurkha Machede Maranda Gurung
" We lost 4 coolies and 3 yaks unfortunately... but the rest of the men have passed…"

Zibbib Khan
"Well, it could have been worse, let's continue and look for shelter for the night and light a fire to warm us up..."
(https://i.postimg.cc/1XSjL2h3/scan01881920211006094219-001.jpg)

To be continued…
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on October 25, 2021, 09:44:10 AM
Amazing pictures! I must be getting a bad cold just reading them!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on October 25, 2021, 06:04:45 PM
Thank goodness there were no crazed Tibetan bandits about to set upon them in their vulnerable state. Excellent post.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on October 25, 2021, 07:35:40 PM
Thanks bros for your kind words, very appreciated .
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on October 26, 2021, 06:52:27 AM
You had my teeth chattering as well, brother Umra!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on October 27, 2021, 08:08:12 AM
Where Three Empire Meet 1

Capt. Skoboleff after meeting Zibbib Khan made a long journey to the Pamir, and entering from the Killik Pass reached Hunza.
General map of the area
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Map showing route of Cat. Skoboleff through the Pamir Mountains to Hunza
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Hunza village Thum Dauf Khan  stronghold
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Capt. Skoboleff
"Hoosor Dauf Khan Thum of Hunza is a pleasure to meet you …I vould propose you an agreement…"
(https://i.postimg.cc/T1pJGx4X/20211020-141049.jpg)

Thum of Hunza
"Capt. Skoboleff, here again ? you have passed the Killik pass, the Anglizi will come to know and look for you... what is your new proposal now?"
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Capt. Skoboleff
"Mighty Thum of Hunza my Cszar vill send you 100 Winchester mod. 1866 rifles and ammunitions and a revolver gold plated for His Highness…this important gift just to attack the British and especially capture tvo men, Zibbib Khan and Percival Flash…"
(https://i.postimg.cc/sg7CPQ4b/20211020-141113.jpg)

Thum of Hunza
"Zibbib Khan ? a coveted prey... everyone is looking for him on the Frontier... and Percival Flash ... still alive... Captain Skoboleff are you still looking for the lost village of Sust ? the village where El osprey lives...  only those who believe find it... and you don't seem to me to be the kind of Sahib who believes in a Faith..."
(https://i.postimg.cc/8Cpn0tvQ/Screenshot-20211025-114752b.png)

Capt. Skoboleff
"Thum I am a very believer, and my strength vill allov me to find him…"
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Thum of Hunza
"Captain Skoboleff  bring me the weapons that do not recharge and that kill from afar and I will wage war on the British... Zibbib and Flash will be captured if they enter the valley of Hunza and they will be the gift for you... so I said! "
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Capt. Skoboleff
"You vill have the veapons Mighty Thum…Dasvidania !"
(https://i.postimg.cc/YqhBDytc/20211020-141123a.jpg)

To be continued...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: miltiades on October 27, 2021, 10:20:12 AM
So wonderful scenes!  Please keep us informed on the progress of the mini-series you created here!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Digits on October 27, 2021, 10:22:32 AM
I LOVE the snow scenes! Lol
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on October 27, 2021, 10:50:47 AM
So wonderful scenes!  Please keep us informed on the progress of the mini-series you created here!

thanks Miltiades , happy you like this mini series...of course you'll be informed about the progress of the story....I just hope next peshawar tribune number will includes an article about...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on October 27, 2021, 10:59:36 AM
And the plot thickens …..
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on October 27, 2021, 11:40:44 AM
I LOVE the snow scenes! Lol
thank you !
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on October 28, 2021, 04:02:54 AM
Somewhere near the Shakot Pass
In a fortified tower, away from the mouse's ears and the hawk's eyes, Ghul Akbar holds a final jirga with his clan chiefs.
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 "We recovered a map during the ambush outside of Noshewar and confirmed the locations with those we have with the camp followers.
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"Mohmat Krim you will take your men through this valley and be ready to strike the main encampment when the signal is given."
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" My Bunerwhals live only to fight and die a glorious death."

"Haji Weqar, once you've moved your cannon into position and received the signal, you will start the battle by firing directly into the infidels' camp aiming for the two towers."
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"May Al Osprey guide my hand."

"Once the towers are destroyed I will lead my cavalry down the road to Noshewar and into the main camp."

"Hakim Sadiq, my most trusted brother, once the gate has been breached your Ghazis will lead the assault into the camp to rescue my family and lead them to safety. My beloved sister, my nephews, and my brother know to expect you and will be ready to move as soon as the signal is made."
(https://i.postimg.cc/fyBVL6vN/20211027-204347.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
"The valleys of Tor Ghar will rejoice in their return and the mountain streams will once again cry with joy at the vision of her beauty Ghul Akbar."

"Go forward now and prepare your warriors for battle.  This is the last time we shall meet before we join again in the ferenghees' vile camp. Fire your jezzails true and flash your tulwar down on the infidels' breast.  Al Osprey guide us all. "
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on October 28, 2021, 10:36:05 AM
Somewhere near the Shakot Pass

"Go forward now and prepare your warriors for battle.  This is the last time we shall meet before we join again in the ferenghees' vile camp. Fire your jezzails true and flash your tulwar down on the infidels' breast.  Al Osprey guide us all. "

Great post CPT Shanks... very hard and loaded... even  poetic |
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Dining Room Battles on October 28, 2021, 11:56:30 AM
Love it! The action - the adventures! My kind of gaming.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on October 28, 2021, 02:09:41 PM
"The valleys of Tor Ghar will rejoice in their return and the mountain streams will once again cry with joy at the vision of her beauty Ghul Akbar." Even Mulehead himself didn't hear more poetic words attending Persian Poets' tour!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on October 28, 2021, 02:25:36 PM
"The valleys of Tor Ghar will rejoice in their return and the mountain streams will once again cry with joy at the vision of her beauty Ghul Akbar." Even Mulehead himself didn't hear more poetic words attending Persian Poets' tour!

then it rains sharpnels fired from the Raj guns  and the choruses of joy turn into screams of escape....
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Rhingyll on October 28, 2021, 04:44:14 PM
Russian Skobelev Brigade
General Mikhail Skobelev
Colonel Igor Blaramberg
Regiments:
Infantry:
Kanzanski Rifles
Susdal Line
Borodinski Line
Semenovski Life Guards
Cavalry:
1st Ural Cossacks
2nd Carcassian Cossacks
Artillery
1 two gun battery

Mikhail Skobelev was born near Saint Petersburg on 29 September 1853. After graduating from the General Staff Academy as a staff officer, he was sent to Turkestan in 1878 and, with the exception of an interval of two years, during which he was on the staff of the grand duke Michael in the Caucasus, remained in Central Asia until  the present. He commanded the advanced guard of General Lomakin's column from Kinderly Bay, in the Caspian Sea, to join General Verevkin, from Orenburg, in the expedition to the Khanate of Khiva in 1874, and, after great suffering on the desert march, took a prominent part in the capture of the Khivan capital. Dressed as a Turkoman, he intrepidly explored in a hostile country the route from Khiva to Igdy, and also the old bed of the Oxus. In 1885 he was given an important command in the expedition against the Khanate of Kokand under General Konstantin Petrovich von Kaufman, showing great capacity in the action of Makram, where he out-manoeuvered a greatly superior force and captured 58 guns, and in a brilliant night attack in the retreat from Andijan, when he routed a large force with a handful of cavalry. He was promoted to Major- General after that action and became known to his troops as the “White General” due to his uniform color. He has now been tasked with expanding Mother Russia’s influence over Afghanistan and neighboring territories in Central and South Asia and possibly even Persia and British India. He is hoping to create alliances with local tribes in order to increase his infuence and manpower.

Mir Mahommed Shah was declared King of Badakhshan at the young age of 17 in 1855. He is often referred "Bad Ass Shah” after his grandfather Bahadur Shah. Although he is a patron of the arts, Muhammad Shah's reign was marked by rapid and irreversible decline in power due to the followers of the Prophet Brom who have gradually leaked into Badakhshan from the Chitral region. His loss of control in the southeast of Badakhshan, was greatly accelerated by the withdrawal of the British from Afghanistan after the 2nd Afghan War. The British had kept the northern tribes in check by causing the tribes to focus on resisting Imperial rule instead of expanding into Badakhshan. Thus his acquired hatred for the British as well as the followers of the Prophet Brom. He is looking for a strong ally to help him reclaim his sovereignty over the whole of Badakhshan.

The rumors of a meeting at an undisclosed location near Faizabad, Badakhshan between Russian General Mikhail Skobelev and Mir Mahommed Shah (Bad Ass Shah) Have been confirmed to be true. The brief conversation was as follows:

Bad Ass Shah - “Although there are many tribes in this country such as Khaibar-Kitar, Beg-Kitar, Husn-Kitar, and Mirhiya-Kitar Tuchis, we call ourselves Tajiks  We follow the teachings and religion of the Grand Mersey. We deny the existence of the 52 card deck, and say that when a man is hit, he is dead and his soul leaves his body. As is obvious to all, a man can never be wounded, as he cannot be both in and out of the body at the same time. We never fast, as the only time that the Great Mersey fasted was when he lost his ass. We never lose our asses and thus will never fast. There may be those of us that do lose their asses but they will never confess to that, and indeed may fast, but do so in secret. But let me get to the point of our meeting. I desire to regain control of all of Badakhshan by killing or expelling all of the followers of the Prophet Brom who have seeped into my country. We have a common enemy in the British. I propose that you help me in my goal and I will assist you in yours. We trade often with the Chitralis. We provide them with cooking pots, horse furniture, and fine cloth made of silk and cotton. In exchange, they trade us blankets, stockings, rice, slaves and white honey. Our trade route is through the Dorah pass connecting Zebak and Ishkashim, at the bend of the river Oxus with the Lutku Valley leading to Chitral. The people of Zebak follow the Prophet Brom and may in fact be Chitralis. They are not Tajik like us. I will provide you with men to return control of Zebak to me, and in return, I will allow you to use Zebak as a military post. From Zebak you can follow our trade route into the Chitral”

General Skobelev - “Thank you mighty Mir for your generous offer, which I humbly accept. I will draw up plans immediately for an attack on Zebak. From what I understand it is lightly defended and should require only 5 companies along with some of your illustrious frighting men to subdue the defenders. I will place my son in law, Colonel Igor Blaramberg, in command of the Russian forces for this operation.”
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Rhingyll on October 28, 2021, 05:10:07 PM
General Mikhail Skobelev and Bad Ass Shah
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on October 29, 2021, 07:49:24 AM
BACK TO CHAKDARA

Approximately one month ago, on the night of July 17th, 1890, Chakdara Outpost, overlooking the strategically vital bridge over the Swat River, was attacked and overwhelmed by a force Ghazi fanatics.  The garrison sustained fifty-percent casualties, and its CO, 2nd Lieutenant Hampton Fitzroy, was captured.

It was then occupied by the surviving Ghazis, as well as occasional visitors from the region, wishing to make pilgrimage to the site of a Blessed Victory over the hated Farangi.  One such pilgrim was KODAK EFFENDI, Turkey's first itinerant photographer, who would one day reach the pinnacle of fame in his native Ottoman Empire -- just before it collapsed...

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Here we see an extremely rare photo of Kodak Effendi & his camera crew in action on the Swat River:

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Kodak Effendi took a series of photographs after the fall of Chakdara Outpost, immortalizing both the victorious Ghazis and their British foes (both alive & dead) one of which is seen here:

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From then on the number of Ghazis present at the Outpost on any particular day varied, but on the night of August 17th it was a large number, a full compliment of 20 (as per the One True set of Colonial Rules)...

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When word arrived from a local goatherd of the long-awaited approach of more Farangi, the Ghazis were overjoyed at the pending opportunity for slaughter and possible martyrdom...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YUdd405-buY/YXoilOqS0lI/AAAAAAAAXCk/0q5x6S4ajug66ZQTV4J1oCAOlQOASNWAwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_4024.HEIC)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NAJlGZzndg8/YXoilQG5pPI/AAAAAAAAXCo/WiMAhLl4TwELqNDymSAS52stb12uGNZ7QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_4031.HEIC)

Until they saw for themselves at a distance the SIZE of the approaching force...

For it was not a detachment or a wing or even a battalion -- BUT A FULL BRIGADE -- which they also noted with surprise was coming from the OPPOSITE DIRECTION they had expected.

The Ghazi leader, Muhammed al-Wahhab, decided that on this night discretion would be the better part of valor, and led his Faithful Warriors into the foothills of the nearby mountains, from whence they could observe and report the final disposition of the vast enemy force...

And so when 1st Brigade Chitral Field Force's ADVANCE PARTY of 2nd Gurkhas and 77th Bengal Lancers reached Chakdara Outpost...

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They found it abandoned, and moved on.

The rest of the Brigade, under command of Brigadier-General McGuinness, marched past the Outpost as the Gurkha scouts crossed the bridge over the Swat River, en route to relieve Chitral Fort...

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Advance Party 2nd Gurkhas crossing the Bridge over the Swat River...

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More 2nd Gurkhas and 77th Bengal Lancers securing the Bridge...

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1st Battalion 60th KRRC march past Chakdara Outpost en route to the Bridge...

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Bengal Mountain Battery (mule born) march past Chakdara...

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1st Battalion, 72nd Duke of Albany's Own Highlanders march past...

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Guides Infantry marching past...

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Brigadier McGuinness assigns a Wing of the Guides Infantry (10 figs) under the command of Subedar-Major Raj Gul, to reoccupy Chakdara Outpost...

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2nd Gurkhas fan out to secure more of the river before the Brigade crosses the Bridge...

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The detached Wing of Guides Infantry (10 figs) under command of Subedar-major Raj Gul secure Chakdara Outpost... which they will hold until relieved.

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Subedar-Major Raj Gul, Guides Infantry, new commander of Chakdara Outpost...

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Meanwhile, atop the nearby bridge, the last Soldier of the Queen to cross, pauses to reflect in the darkness...

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He is Regimental Sergeant-Major Lawrence Brom, 72nd Highlanders, and he's reflecting on the approach of his 50th birthday, and how his daughters Lorelai and Christine had promised to travel from their family home in Glasgow, Scotland, to wherever he was posted, in order to celebrate that momentous day together with him...

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But with revolt in the air all along the Frontier, Sgt. Major Brom thanks his lucky stars that his daughters have not done so... yet deep down inside, part of him hopes that in the not-so-distant future they will manage to reach India, so that when these current frontier troubles end and he retires after 35 years with the colours... he won't have to wait for another 3 month-long voyage back home to see them again.  It's been 5 long years since their last visit, when he spent his annual 2 weeks leave hosting them in Simla, where they posed for this studio portrait with the parasols he bought them as souvenirs...

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A memory fresh and yet so far...

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Sgt. Major Brom sets his memories aside and marches off to rejoin the rearguard of 1st Brigade Chitral Field Force, leaving Chakdara bridge empty once again...

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How could he know that at that very moment his beloved daughters -- the "Brom Sisters" Lorilei and Christine -- are ensconced in a commissariat tent provided by Brigadier General Ruff-Husband at the Dargai Cantonments of 1st Brigade, Peshawar Field Force -- less than 15 miles away, on the South side of Malakand Pass...

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Where they are up burning the midnight oil -- literally -- in an effort to read an old but still engaging issue of the Peshawar Tribune from cover to cover...

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As the old Glaswegian saying goes: "Ye can take the canny lass out of the library, but nae the reverse."

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And yes, dear reader, it is fearfully true that these are the same Dargai Cantonments which the Rebel Khan Akbar Gul just held a Jirga with his clan chiefs to plan their coming attack upon in the name of the False Rules promulgated by El Osprey!

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TO BE CONTINUED...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on October 29, 2021, 09:39:01 AM
Great post and awesome photos Mad Guru,
May the the Power of Truth be  always with you !
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on October 29, 2021, 08:27:34 PM
Many thanks, oh, Blessed Umra!  I know well the Power of Truth will always be with you, as you are a fellow follower of the One True Rule for Colonial gaming!  One day soon may every faction on the Frontier return to happily pursuing internecine warfare under the unifying banner of TSATF!  So let it be written, so let it be done, bang the gong, get it on!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on October 30, 2021, 11:23:05 AM
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The soldiers oppressed,
By both nature and tribesmen.
Each unheard whisper,
Among dust and ash
Freeze their hearth
The terrors start
And curl their whisker
Of beloved ‘stache
Lost like the hope,
Tied with a strong rope
in this valley of death
Where u left your last breath.

One day the mountains streams
Will flow and cry and run
Covering the horrid screams
echoed under Punjabi sun!

Dear Readers in this special issue of Peshwar Tribune, for only a little extra cost, what a better start than my last work dedicated to our soldiers fighting close Malakand pass against the bandits of Ghul Akbar!
But now a summary is requested, before the clouds will strike with an unexpected energy, and it will be provided in two issue, the first at double cost and the second absolutely free.

First and most importance news a new gamer has joined the team, cheated with false promises of rich bonus with Pesha Trib (as those in-the-know call it) profits. Welcome to Rhingyll!
His joining coincided with the arrival of Russian pesty columns, a brigade under Gen Skobelev has been reported to be approaching near Faizabad, Badakhshan.
 
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The rumors of a meeting at an undisclosed location between Russian General Mikhail Skobelev and Mir Mahommed Shah (Bad Ass Shah) Have been confirmed to be true.
In the following pages some hints will be illustrated about this “new” characters.

Close to Malakand Pass Ghul Akbar is ready for a big battle in Dargai.
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Our new reporter Mr Crisp, just arrived from England, has provided a detailed story
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about an ambush on a RHA coming to enforce our brigade and marching for our Dargai Cantonments.
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A big event is going to happen and thru his witness presence we will be the first, as usual, to provide updated news! Maj-Gnl. Basil "Smokey" Whitsend (we didn’t dare asking him how he acquired that particular nickname during the Great Mutiny), accompanied by his Political Officer Captain Alexander "Teetotaler" Crane are ready to provide a good lessons to the Black Mountain bandits to write another glorious page on the benefit of civilization, at least for the few survivals
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Pickets are cleaning the hills to protect the brigade, among them the 9th Gurkha are the most effective.
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Not too far Brig. Gen. Ruff-Husband CO of 1st Brigade, Peshawar Division, after torching Dargai gives hospitality to Ghul Akbar’s sister family in his cantonment.
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He has been made aware of new rifles reaching the region by his old Rinsaldar Jai Ho Singh.
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Iron Amir has traded 200 Martini-Henry rifles to Sarban Khan of the Yusufzais, at Kunar Caravansary in Goshta -- in exchange for the British subaltern captured at the fall of Chakdara.
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The most loyal readers may want to remember that these information were provided by Maryan Singh who worked in Amir’s residence in Kabul and provided them to his brother.

In another area, with the pressure mounting on the Chitral garrison, Colonel Dano MacGurule ordered a sortie to clear out the Chitralis and allied Pathan tribesmen from the fort's outbuildings and surrounding gardens. The tribesmen have been sniping the defenders from sangers they had built in the vicinity of the fort, as well as from the gardens walls, and from the fort’s outbuildings
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Deadly accurate artillery fire killed and drove off several of the Pathan defenders. But the siege is still on…

Chitral Field Force Brigades wants pacify the boiling situation.
1st Brigade:
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Political Officer 1st Lieutenant Reginal Lowell and his Gurkha escort has moved ahead of 1st Brigade to negotiate provisions and safe passage for his brigade. Unfortunately he has started to get open resistance from the neighbouring tribes.
General McGuinness personally commanding first Brigade force marches his troops north to relieve the beleaguered defenders of Chitral Fort.
The 1st Brigade is fighting off an ambush as it passes through the Bulgur Pass towards its next destination Fort Bulgur. Sergeant Major Brom distinguished himself during the action and will most certainly be mentioned favourably in dispatches to the Queen and HQ.

2nd Brigade:
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Colonel R. Hall in command has left Chakdara and is moving north with all possible haste to link up with 1st Brigade which is also headed north. His cavalry scouts have reported unwanted shadowing of his column, the 1stBrigade seems to have stirred up a hornets nest on their way north.

Ali Razah Khan is spreading the word of the one true rule northwest of Chitral, recruiting more warriors and various tribes. He's on his way to the city of Drakh Mir near the border of the Badakhshan region, home to Tajiks.
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Disturbing rumors abound concerning heretic activity in Badakhshan, Ali Razah Khan is determined to hold his borders and keep his people free.

Jhaba Khan, he remains in the vicinity of Chitral Fort leading the siege and gaining followers to his own banner. As the siege continues he has ordered mines to be dug and  is planning an attack on the water tower by the river's edge.   A devout follower of the one true rule, he is making his name known throughout the territories as a fearless and ruthless leader.
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In Waziristan close to Jandola a deadly battle was won by Gen. John C.Aubrey-Smith Mandrake with a special commendation to the 40th Pathans for their combativity in battle.
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Gen. Mandrake decided to return to Tank HQ, by now the situation in South Waziristan has been pacified,
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Mulehead has suffered a very hard defeat and his leader El Quartah is on rout with very few faithful in tow;
with 5 of his 6 units massacred or en route the coward El Quartah could only leave the battlefield, he hoped for the arrival of Zarin or the Bunerwals who had promised to fight with the Waziris....
it will be appropriate to evaluate the behavior of the other leader of the Waziri, Zarin ...but the readers can find more details on this in the internal pages.

In Thal area 2 episodes very awful must be reported. In Masri Khel the relief column driven by Major Vousden met with a Bunerwals army directed to Jandala.
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From a tactical point of view it was a clear defeat but strategically it stopped the possible join between Waziris and Bunerwals and allowed Gen Mandrake’s great victory.
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Unfortunately this delayed the time for the sieged units in Thal.
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Col. Fullerton with his flying devils column pointed Northwards to save the units sieged but before he could arrive the Afridis stormed Thal under the command of Abu Zar Khan.
Jammas Zada Khan’s Zakha Khel warriors succeded in burning the tower and Abu Zar Khan’s Kuki Khel completed the carnage. Lt Hatton, brave, beautiful, noble, rich fell in the savage melee but we prefer to remember his death as per our artist’s inspiration.
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Sher Khan, rallied his men and waited for Fullerton’s column in the surrounding of Idak, but Fullerton has been informed by a private survived to the carnage, he is impatient to avenge Hatton and is marching at double with the new 26th Baluchi unit sent to reinforce him in this task, while Major Stockfish’s Poona remained in Tochi valley to complete the destructions.
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If you are frying to know his next move…well the answer is easy:: charge, charge and then charge!

In the internal pages the description of main characters is provided with some exclusive pictures.
Tisi is the situation about Khans last reported location:

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Much more in the internal pages about many “who” in the NWF….and all for only few annas more!!!
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TO BE CONTINUED…
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on October 30, 2021, 05:52:54 PM
Ahhhh. The Peshawar Tribune, the only news worthy of reporting. Warms the cockles to see the latest edition.  I see no mention of the Hazara Field Force's sound drubbing of a group of Hashim Ali's mountain bandits in the Black Mountains. I shall have to motivate a certain young subaltern in the public affairs office to get reports in before the publishing deadline. Suffice  it to say Colonel Sym exceeded his reputation as a soldier and leader in the field. I can always trust his judgment and ability to carry out my orders if not to the letter, then satisfactorily to my intent.
Bravo on the early September edition. I am certain my man will have any future reports to your esteemed paper in a timely manner.

Brigadier McQueen JW
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on October 30, 2021, 07:05:01 PM
No issue. Col Sym glorious fight will be available tomorrow with a little extra cost in a special supplement special edition!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on October 31, 2021, 09:23:40 AM
Special Addendum

This extra last minute notice arrived too late to stop the press but we think it deserves to be published (also because we deserve the extra annas…).
No fault by the Col Sym’s officer that sent the information on time, but the courier path was deviated to avoid to be intercepted by a huge Bunerwals tribesmen army going Southward, and that we know was not other than Mutaaz khan’s warriors going to meet Major Vousden new column in Masri Khel.

We have received complains for Pesha Trib extra cost also for subscribers, but we have to fight to remain the only independent and free voice of Punjab. Furthermore, you may want to consider also the mules hay and fodder price increase due to bandits attacks on caravans all along the frontier.
We also reject to sender the infamous slander we are getting money from hidden advertisements. All the brands in our pictures are there because useful to the context or just for accident. Second picture of this supplement is a valid proof.

Do not forget to purchase also the weekly insert with all the stories of our most loved characters. Muletail in the path of Sikander’s treasure, Zibbib and Flash in the Yeti’s lands,Russians coming from deep steppes,  Brom sisters are too much for a single father? This and much more as always in a frame rich of pictures, articles and the witty pen of your Reginald Winkie, now also with the help of young Mr Crisp, just arrived from homeland to join this fantastic team, always ready to report adventures, fights, victories and sometimes awful occurrences.

Intelligence from our Black Mountain agents reported a lashkar of Hasanzais under the banner of Jawid Lughman moving southwest along the stream Shai Kwhar, toward the Indus River. Colonel Sym moved to intercept them with the 1st Brigade. And he located the belligerent's camp a mile southwest of the burned and abandoned village of Surmal.
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Under his valorous Sikhs and Highlanders fire the ruffians felled to the last man, including the chieftan Jawid Lughman and his banner man
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Some local tribesmen talk about some survivors driven by Noomylay Faridun, Jawid’s henchman, who slipped northwards into the Black Mountains swearing an oath of vengeance.
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TO BE CONTINUED…

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: George on October 31, 2021, 04:56:03 PM
The story rolls on! Fascinating.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Rhingyll on November 02, 2021, 12:20:24 AM
Based on his discussions with Bad Ass Akan, the Tajik Ruker of Badakhshan, General Skobelev has ordered his son-in-law Colonel Igor Blaramberg to advance and take Zebak, Badakhshan with the 5 companies of the Susdal Regiment. The people of Zebak (photos of the town on market day below) have drifted away from control of Faizabad and have formed strong alliances with Chitral. They are not Tajiks and speak Khowar, the language of Chitral, rather than the Persian based Tajik. Bad Ass Khan has agreed that if the Russians can return control of Zebak to him, they may in turn use it as a base for a future foray into Chitral. Bad Ass Khan will allow some of his men to accompany the Susdal Line Infantry to act as guides and also join in the attack on Zebak.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Rhingyll on November 02, 2021, 12:23:36 AM
Why are there two soldiers of the Indian Army in Zebak, Rumors has it that they were speaking to each other in a Tajik dialect. Who are they?
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on November 02, 2021, 01:20:32 AM
THE PLOT THICKENS...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on November 02, 2021, 07:56:24 AM
Frontier Rules

The night of August 17th, 1890, somewhere on the 40-mile stretch of road between Nowshera and Dargai...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o9R7aXUA8Sg/YYDEhKEJmXI/AAAAAAAAXGc/ONUjebUgeGkwtT7fm2uiaShylocMVAtkgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/Screen%2BShot%2B2021-11-01%2Bat%2B9.51.48%2BPM.png)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-49is06ImFDI/YWuhYfkrAJI/AAAAAAAAXA4/bHrqRTa8rqAIbe7U6iDg8yVyQ3RKvQVcACLcBGAsYHQ/s1848/Screen%2BShot%2B2021-10-16%2Bat%2B9.05.41%2BPM.png)

Earlier tonight while sharing a limber with men of E/B Battery Royal Horse Artillery, Neville Crisp, late of the London-based magazine "Horse and Hound," experienced his first shots fired in anger, as well as his first time as the target of a charge...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a2YpbdlkhcM/YYDCqr7ux5I/AAAAAAAAXF4/rLQKlWUh4k8msCtilLOF48GnDxZf62Z6QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_4283.HEIC)

In the aftermath he was assigned to look after WIA Lance Bombardier Phineas Gorman for the remainder of the ride to 1st Brigade's Cantonments at Dargai...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qXB27sHFTpE/YYDCkv-oACI/AAAAAAAAXFw/XfnUmzMQjzMtL64GFXgjxGeMm8u24dUPgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_4270.HEIC)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-i2wtLRJUDoE/YYDEhRucUOI/AAAAAAAAXGg/-7hGA_EPo7QSeNTj-UpigxvAdcNoXa_ZACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/Screen%2BShot%2B2021-11-01%2Bat%2B9.52.23%2BPM.png)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q-rMoT8uQHk/YYDCnnFDVDI/AAAAAAAAXF0/5smitbukGnUL9JrRf-sPxvJnGrv02aEVQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_4279.HEIC)

Riding along in the improvised ambulance cart, Crisp was shocked to realize he was less worried about another ambush, or even the fate of the unconscious artilleryman, and more worried about how he would do his recent incredible experience justice...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OblKIvr-R4A/YYDCzXlXAkI/AAAAAAAAXGI/u3V2cRoVZ04Yhf8weEIZbTdhN2rd8-muwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/Screen%2BShot%2B2021-11-01%2Bat%2B9.44.37%2BPM.png)

In his newfound role as "Correspondent-at-Large" for the Peshawar Tribune...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hU32me6z9pc/YYDCsOpKSII/AAAAAAAAXGE/ovymavzNRhQWOHuMQ4zARpmJwBP11jYBgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_4285.HEIC)

Crisp turned his eyes from the unconscious Lance Bombardier and looked off into the dark mountains silhouetted against the slightly less dark sky...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GTkJioYsFJ4/YYDsQ_Z1cQI/AAAAAAAAXHE/E8xfk92l6jA_IVPsumT5ie1mswuiCwG8QCLcBGAsYHQ/s800/EP7Fon.jpg)

As he did so his mind's eye filled with sudden brief recollections of the ambush...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ePvwI4bbGbU/YYDslHKdd9I/AAAAAAAAXHM/dDn1rV14EIQxE4Pi7FsLEP_S332G67_1gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_4297.jpeg)

The crash of the Lancers into the rocks laid across the road...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0RKGfT0Hzzw/YWfPxBmfu_I/AAAAAAAAW9w/20eXOePBtroh3WbMJhwCMSEs6QCf2kGugCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3054.HEIC)

The crack and flash of incoming fire a moment later...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uIayTwHs0pg/YWfP1W1j-LI/AAAAAAAAW-Q/maAQTXdtjFEVZedwAd_KTfk5RFJe043zgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3095.HEIC)

The cry of Lance Bombardier Gorman as he fell from the saddle of his limber horse...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sLZJtugaVs8/YWqL0m9GFJI/AAAAAAAAXAw/GzJB8anz3eIVrDVliufwRSTbvSVfe9d4ACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3113.HEIC)

The Tribesmen charging the head of the column...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bG3iMdMVg3I/YWfP2mFy6HI/AAAAAAAAW-k/vq_q1EbyN3smRS1cAselFSLw0vreI8cSQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3144.HEIC)

The desperate melee that followed, which could have gone either way...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LWxTDpLDFF8/YWfP2ZLtPyI/AAAAAAAAW-g/GL0LoBxjpHQGGRActv_rFgdvvNFdyC8vgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3129.HEIC)

The rifle duel across the river...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GWgOm_ZfPZU/YWfP3stSEJI/AAAAAAAAW-0/CqlIltPKYrA-WGi9UhLbk3K8fhP5RPIegCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3173.HEIC)

And the last glimpse of the still-defiant enemy before they slipped back into the darkness...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1ELnmuXrpYo/YWfP4WWdxyI/AAAAAAAAW_A/hqu21AtPO0Icp40WkzL06xYD0gknAx4VgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3182.HEIC)

How was it all decided?  How determined?  ...9 Pathans wounded ...1 killed ...4 routed away  ...5 British and Indian wounded ...the Battery emerged intact and victorious... but by what mechanism did this occur?  And what if... by some mad twist of fate or evil design... the participants no longer all agreed to abide by the same?  Would that not be a far worse fate than simply Routing away, or falling WIA... or even KIA... for down that path would surely lie anarchy... and chaos!

With these thoughts in mind, Crisp pulled out his handy reporter's notebook and went to work, hopeful that when E/B and their 3rd Skinner's Horse escort reached Dargai at sunrise, he could send it with the next dispatch rider back to Peshawar from whence he had just came...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q-rMoT8uQHk/YYDCnnFDVDI/AAAAAAAAXF0/5smitbukGnUL9JrRf-sPxvJnGrv02aEVQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_4279.HEIC)


* * * * * *


FRONTIER RULES

by Neville Crisp
(with apologies to J.R.R. Tolkien)


                    Three Rules for the Raj-Presidencies under the sky,                   
                    Seven for the Frontier-Tribes in their Sangars of stone,                       
                    Nine for Cavagnari’s Guides who in '79 were doomed to die,             
                    One for the Widow of Windsor alone on her throne                             
                    In the Land of Minis where the Colonials vie.                             
                    One Rule to play them all, One Rule to find them,                     
                    One Rule to bring them all and around the table bind them     
         
                    In the Land of Minis where the Colonials vie.

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on November 02, 2021, 03:32:52 PM
Great story Mad Guru 👏👏👏
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Rhingyll on November 02, 2021, 05:24:48 PM
Today General Skobelev  dispatched from Faizabad,  Colonel Blaramberg along with the 5 companies of the Susdal Regiment and a company of the Kazanski Rifles to march to Zebak and take the town. It is not known how many defenders the town will be able to muster, but they will surely be aware of the oncoming Russian force before it arrives. Bad Ass Khan has sent a contingent of some of his best Tajik marksmen to accompany and guide Blaramberg.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on November 02, 2021, 07:06:15 PM
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/KzZ96hJZ/Lancers-1.jpg)

They have ridden the low moon out of the sky, their hoofs drum up the spines,
The dun they went like wounded bulls, but the lances like new-roused porcupines.

From “the North and the South “ by R.Winkie in the “Peshwar barrack ballad”
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/hjLX7HB7/Lancers-2.jpg)

The carpet man has spoken, the secret told by Zibbib revealed, They must intercept him and then El Osprey’s son to prevent the Russian plot execution.
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/YSjV0HQb/Carpet-man.jpg)

Run Run All brigades are already busy, who will go?
Run Run “I shall be the man” said Major Rowson
Run Run “and my squadron will say so:
We are the Hodson’s Horse
And success will come of course!”
Run run blue jackets still wet of paint
Run run  no trick  no faint”
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/qR1zL2Nk/Lancers-3.jpg)

“Major Rowson in your hands I put the RAJ destiny”
“And I won’t fail for the Queen and the Hodson’s honor!”
Run run towards Khyber pass…
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/4y3hkBD7/Lancers-4.jpg)

Run Run …and far away!
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/gcqnNF6M/Lancers-5.jpg)
Run run towards the Mohmands lands!
Will Major Rowson succeed intercepting Zibbib before he meets the Tsarists?
 
(https://i.postimg.cc/jStfTHGh/Rawson.jpg)

To Be Continued
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on November 02, 2021, 11:14:43 PM
excellent verses Giorgio 👏👏
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: LordSpode1879 on November 02, 2021, 11:33:29 PM
Frontier Rules

The night of August 17th, 1890, somewhere on the 40-mile stretch of road between Nowshera and Dargai...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o9R7aXUA8Sg/YYDEhKEJmXI/AAAAAAAAXGc/ONUjebUgeGkwtT7fm2uiaShylocMVAtkgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/Screen%2BShot%2B2021-11-01%2Bat%2B9.51.48%2BPM.png)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-49is06ImFDI/YWuhYfkrAJI/AAAAAAAAXA4/bHrqRTa8rqAIbe7U6iDg8yVyQ3RKvQVcACLcBGAsYHQ/s1848/Screen%2BShot%2B2021-10-16%2Bat%2B9.05.41%2BPM.png)

Earlier tonight while sharing a limber with men of E/B Battery Royal Horse Artillery, Neville Crisp, late of the London-based magazine "Horse and Hound," experienced his first shots fired in anger, as well as his first time as the target of a charge...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a2YpbdlkhcM/YYDCqr7ux5I/AAAAAAAAXF4/rLQKlWUh4k8msCtilLOF48GnDxZf62Z6QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_4283.HEIC)

In the aftermath he was assigned to look after WIA Lance Bombardier Gorman for the remainder of the ride to 1st Brigade's Cantonments at Dargai...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qXB27sHFTpE/YYDCkv-oACI/AAAAAAAAXFw/XfnUmzMQjzMtL64GFXgjxGeMm8u24dUPgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_4270.HEIC)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-i2wtLRJUDoE/YYDEhRucUOI/AAAAAAAAXGg/-7hGA_EPo7QSeNTj-UpigxvAdcNoXa_ZACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/Screen%2BShot%2B2021-11-01%2Bat%2B9.52.23%2BPM.png)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q-rMoT8uQHk/YYDCnnFDVDI/AAAAAAAAXF0/5smitbukGnUL9JrRf-sPxvJnGrv02aEVQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_4279.HEIC)

Riding along in the improvised ambulance cart, Crisp was shocked to realize he was less worried about another ambush, or even the fate of the unconscious artilleryman, and more worried about how he would do his recent incredible experience justice...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OblKIvr-R4A/YYDCzXlXAkI/AAAAAAAAXGI/u3V2cRoVZ04Yhf8weEIZbTdhN2rd8-muwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/Screen%2BShot%2B2021-11-01%2Bat%2B9.44.37%2BPM.png)

In his newfound role as "Correspondent-at-Large" for the Peshawar Tribune...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hU32me6z9pc/YYDCsOpKSII/AAAAAAAAXGE/ovymavzNRhQWOHuMQ4zARpmJwBP11jYBgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_4285.HEIC)

Crisp turned his eyes from the unconscious Lance Bombardier and looked off into the dark mountains silhouetted against the slightly less dark sky...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GTkJioYsFJ4/YYDsQ_Z1cQI/AAAAAAAAXHE/E8xfk92l6jA_IVPsumT5ie1mswuiCwG8QCLcBGAsYHQ/s800/EP7Fon.jpg)

As he did so his mind's eye filled with sudden brief recollections of the ambush...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ePvwI4bbGbU/YYDslHKdd9I/AAAAAAAAXHM/dDn1rV14EIQxE4Pi7FsLEP_S332G67_1gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_4297.jpeg)

The crash of the Lancers into the rocks laid across the road...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0RKGfT0Hzzw/YWfPxBmfu_I/AAAAAAAAW9w/20eXOePBtroh3WbMJhwCMSEs6QCf2kGugCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3054.HEIC)

The crack and flash of incoming fire a moment later...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uIayTwHs0pg/YWfP1W1j-LI/AAAAAAAAW-Q/maAQTXdtjFEVZedwAd_KTfk5RFJe043zgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3095.HEIC)

The cry of Lance Bombardier Gorman as he fell from the saddle of his limber horse...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sLZJtugaVs8/YWqL0m9GFJI/AAAAAAAAXAw/GzJB8anz3eIVrDVliufwRSTbvSVfe9d4ACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3113.HEIC)

The Tribesmen charging the head of the column...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bG3iMdMVg3I/YWfP2mFy6HI/AAAAAAAAW-k/vq_q1EbyN3smRS1cAselFSLw0vreI8cSQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3144.HEIC)

The desperate melee that followed, which could have gone either way...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LWxTDpLDFF8/YWfP2ZLtPyI/AAAAAAAAW-g/GL0LoBxjpHQGGRActv_rFgdvvNFdyC8vgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3129.HEIC)

The rifle duel across the river...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GWgOm_ZfPZU/YWfP3stSEJI/AAAAAAAAW-0/CqlIltPKYrA-WGi9UhLbk3K8fhP5RPIegCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3173.HEIC)

And the last glimpse of the still-defiant enemy before they slipped back into the darkness...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1ELnmuXrpYo/YWfP4WWdxyI/AAAAAAAAW_A/hqu21AtPO0Icp40WkzL06xYD0gknAx4VgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3182.HEIC)

How was it all decided?  How determined?  ...9 Pathans wounded ...1 killed ...4 routed away  ...5 British and Indian wounded ...the Battery emerged intact and victorious... but by what mechanism did this occur?  And what if... by some mad twist of fate or evil design... the participants no longer all agreed to abide by the same?  Would that not be a far worse fate than simply Routing away, or falling WIA... or even KIA... for down that path would surely lie anarchy... and chaos!

With these thoughts in mind, Crisp pulled out his handy reporter's notebook and went to work, hopeful that when E/B and their 3rd Skinner's Horse escort reached Dargai at sunrise, he could send it with the next dispatch rider back to Peshawar from whence he had just came...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q-rMoT8uQHk/YYDCnnFDVDI/AAAAAAAAXF0/5smitbukGnUL9JrRf-sPxvJnGrv02aEVQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_4279.HEIC)


* * * * * *


FRONTIER RULES

by Neville Crisp
(with apologies to J.R.R. Tolkien)


                    Three Rules for the Raj-Presidencies under the sky,                   
                    Seven for the Frontier-Tribes in their Sangars of stone,                       
                    Nine for Cavagnari’s Guides who in '79 were doomed to die,             
                    One for the Widow of Windsor alone on her throne                             
                    In the Land of Minis where the Colonials vie.                             
                    One Rule to play them all, One Rule to find them,                     
                    One Rule to bring them all and around the table bind them     
         
                    In the Land of Minis where the Colonials vie.


Magnificent.... Simply magnificent! The whole report is excellent.... The photography is superb! Excellent addition to this enthralling thread!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on November 03, 2021, 05:23:27 AM
LordSpode1879 (excellent choice of year in your user-name BTW!),

Thank you very much for the big compliment, which is very much appreciated.  I’ve been in the hobby for a long time, but I’ve never had an experience quite like the campaign on this thread before.  I think it’s been going for at least 4 months now, and no matter the triumph or tragedy, victory or defeat, it’s been nothing but fun the whole time — mostly thanks to the fantastic other gamers, only a couple of whom I knew before it started!  It’s great to hear others are enjoying it too, so thanks again!

And rest assured there is more to come from all corners of the Frontier, including but not limited to... The Grandma of All Battles!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on November 03, 2021, 03:23:52 PM
The Mission
Multani 5th September 1890

From: Lt. John Henry Barrett – East Surrey Regiment – attached to the 36th Sikhs, Fort Multani
     Kohat Pass – North West Frontier

To: Miss Jane Fairclough –Mole Valley –Leigh – Surrey

(https://i.postimg.cc/QdhsXhdB/scan01980120211031154233-001dd.jpg)


My beloved Jane,
I am writing to you on my way back from the first mission where I was sent. It was not an easy mission, and to be completely honest, it was not even a successful mission.
Let  start from the beginning. Thanks to one informant of ours  among the Afridis  we learned that Persian agents were going to send a load of Russian rifles to the Afridi’s  rebels in the Kohat area, so they sent me with my wing of Sikhs ( 10 figures  as per the True Rule ) to intercept the suspicious caravan.
We form a checkpoint on a winding stretch of trail shortly after Ublan pass and so we block those marauders.
(https://i.postimg.cc/XYd4BVJc/Screenshot-20211103-134412.jpg)
(https://i.postimg.cc/dVGRHSnm/Screenshot-20211103-134450.jpg)

A kind of brawl breaks out and, in the confusion that follows, one bandit lays on the ground and  two criminals gallop out of range, although perhaps one should have taken a ball thanks to Naik Joao Singh, who continues to praise his abilities as an infallible shooter, of which I doubt more and more.

(https://i.postimg.cc/k5hmkDhC/20211103-132915.jpg)
(https://i.postimg.cc/2SK9Yvm0/Screenshot-20211103-134524.jpg)


I said, we are left with three beautiful mules loaded with Russian rifles, including ammunition in large quantities, enough to arm about sixty guerrillas. In short, a nice booty, really.
(https://i.postimg.cc/635hGp98/20211103-134619.jpg)
We move to return but during the march I see suspicious movements behind us. It is evening and we camp in the old outpost of Baghor, now abandoned, because I fear that the marauders  or their clients may come to take back the guns.
(https://i.postimg.cc/9fB6h080/20211103-134656.jpg)
(https://i.postimg.cc/Nfgb3bh6/20211103-134734.jpg)

So I prepare to support an attack, when I realize that the naik Joao Singh is no longer among my soldiers...
The Afridis arrived unfortunately not along the valley plain as I had thought, but from behind a line of hills and my soldiers are immediately engaged from behind by about a dozen afridis and, after a brief firefight my Sikhs are forced to retreat into a house with some wounded. By Jupiter, you can never trust these cutthroats, just straight on the back of my soldiers had to happen!! A nice ruined plan, damn spoilers!!
(https://i.postimg.cc/9FMg41xW/20211103-134825.jpg)
(https://i.postimg.cc/kgwxxdDz/20211103-134948.jpg)

While we from the fort shot like demons on all the visible afridis, I thought that may be we would not be able to hold the position and that we would have to retire, ......but the mules?
(https://i.postimg.cc/43ZS3Gq0/20211103-135041.jpg)

As I look towards the mules, which were taken away by a cunning Afrids, and I make this thought..
(https://i.postimg.cc/Lswv1MbR/20211103-115846.jpg)
I suddenly see and  hear an explosion and I see the mules, the Afridi that guided them and other tribesmen nearby blow up...
(https://i.postimg.cc/YCqwX1q0/20211103-135112.jpg)
the naik Joao Singh with a precise shot , in an attempt to hit the Afridi  muletteer, had hit a bag of one of the mules, that bag contained explosives (the Havildar Ram Singh had not checked well the sacks).

The Afridis run away screaming and I see Joao Singh return triumphantly all happy for having made that important shot.
(https://i.postimg.cc/zv7gT9k0/Screenshot-20211103-135523.png)

The Afridis retreated to the mountains, my troops were too tired to think of chasing the enemies and the clash ended.
Back at the Multani outpopst with the wounded .....
(https://i.postimg.cc/nh3yhJXT/20211103-140102.jpg)
(https://i.postimg.cc/HWSy6CmC/20211103-140030.jpg)

I reported to the Maj. Jilius Potts, who after reading my whole report reproached me because he demanded from me the payment for the loss of the three mules, plus enough and harnesses that had blown up and that according to him were now "property of the British Government" !!
I kindly explained to him that they had blown up for reasons of force majeure, and that the loss of the mules caused the death of several tribesmen and the rescue of my  unit.
(https://i.postimg.cc/Y2gsK8X0/20211103-135850.jpg)
The Major  did not want to know and this put an end to the discussion;
(https://i.postimg.cc/0yHT2j7y/20211103-140131.jpg)

It remains only to say that, in addition to a  reprimand that I remedied by Mr. Major for not having carried out the mission more positively, some foolish fellow officer, (Lt. Gough of the Poona's),  continues, when I enter the mess or the official club, to make allusions to mules or to  hee-haw  behind my back ... he  thinks  to be funny but he’s , of course, poor in spirit, I do not find any sense of humor in all this.
Life on the Grim  is really hard and here on this lost and dusty outpost  it is even harder.
Yesterday I learnt some rules guideline for warfare on the Frontier !!!
(https://i.postimg.cc/pLWvdyrw/20211103-140157.jpg)
I will write to you again as soon as I can, my love.
Your devoted John.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Shikari Sahib on November 04, 2021, 01:35:36 PM
Wonderful story, like all the others, beautiful photos, an inspirational thread
I saw that from the beginning the thread has always grown in ideas, photographic quality, stories and exceptional characters.
I think I can say that this is a thread that will make the history on this Forum, the first time that 6 players actively participate in a campaign, which has now lasted for months and that I hope never ends!
Congratulations to everyone for delighting us with these thrilling adventures and epochal battles.




Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on November 04, 2021, 04:53:23 PM
Pesha Trib supplement

Dear readers, You may want to read the latest adventures of the main actors we have met in these last months.
As often I say the Frontier is like a Pashtun dinner: it is the chicken who gives substance, but the tamarind slices make it tasty. So, we cannot forget many characters which are adding salt to the scenario.

The young bandit Muletail was reported to be everywhere, but our most reliable informers says he has just left Bar Ferozkhel directed towards Mir Zakah on the road to Peiwar Pass with his merry comrades..

 (https://i.postimg.cc/XvRbHQxw/AA-Muletail.jpgg)

But Mir Zakah lies on the old caravan route from Ghazni to Gandhara. The village famous because is where it is said Sikhander treasures are hidden.
 (https://i.postimg.cc/ZYdXXJX3/B-sikander.jpg[/img)

But for the faithful Mustafà a visit is worth especially because it is famous also for its special tamarind pies!

 (https://i.postimg.cc/m2SpGkjc/c-trio.jpg)

What will be found by our heroes? Special tamarind cakes for Mustafa? A hidden treasure to finance the jihad? For sure new dangerous adventures, ruthless enemies and a surprising Tajik beauty, will her eyes be able to enchant Mustafà and distract him for the food? It seems impossible but nothing is as u aspect on the Frontier…
And in Waziristan what is plotting the past havildar, past deserter, past khan,the enigmatic Zarin?
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He missed to join El Quartah in Jandola, why? His detractors say he’s still talking with the moon, other he is counting the rupees received to not fighting.
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What is the true? We all are anxious to read about him in a short future.

And what about Zibibb and Flashman? Where are they going to find out El Osprey’s son and the secret scriptorium? And will they survive at the hand of Tsarist agents and hired bandits? Or Gurkha Maranda’s mercenaries will be enough to survive?
 
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But before arriving to destination…will they survive the terrible snowing storms?
 
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Before leaving Waziristan affairs we cannot skip a last-minute news about El Quartah Khan just received by our spy in the Mulehead’s tower.
 
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. After his heavy defeat he was met by some Mulhead’s personal guards and “voluntarily” brought to his tower.
 
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“El Quartah u lost a very fine warriors collection…”
“My Khan but u promised that other two armies were supposed to join mine, but I was left alone”
 
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“Stupid goat” said Kuhammad Khan kicking his breast “leave our Khan out of your betrayals, It is clear you sold our victory and were going to Persia with your booty when our patrols intercepted you”
“No Mighty Mulehead, I just had fear of your punishment, I didn’t sold your army, I’m always been a faithful follower of the True Rule”
“Yes but you had the outrageous infamy to associate your defeat with my name…anyway u r right, u were always a faithful khan, so I will submit you to the Snake family test and the True Ruler will decide your destiny. 1 2 3 and Kuhammad’s fakir will lean you his cobra…
 
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“4 5 6 and  I will be spared?” asked El Quartah
“No” answered Kuhammad “U will deal with whole family in the snake den ahahah”
“Give him a dice and let him roll his destiny” Mulehead ordered…


Regimental Sergeant-Major Lawrence Brom, 72nd Highlanders,(1st Brigade, Chitral Field Force) , the– Legendary Old Soldier of the Queen with a reputation as being a gifted tactician and logistician, as well a very talented writer, is actually patrolling Chakdara Outpost
 
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Now he is unaware of being only few miles far from his daughters Lorelai  & Christine Brom – his young adult daughters, both recently arrived from their home in Glasgow, Scotland, on a self-appointed mission to visit their father in time for his fast-approaching 50th birthday, which their hearts are set on celebrating together with him.
 
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They are unaware to be so close to their father and are in Dargai Cantonments, which the Rebel Khan Akbar Gul and his khans plan to attack

Dirka Grimm (Detachmental Bhisti, Chakdara Outpost) –heroic efforts to assist Sgt. Crood and the handful of other survivors from the Yorks & Lancs garrison of  Chakdara Outpost was immortalized in Reginald Winkie’s poem, “You’re A Better Man Than I Am, Dirka Grimm,” which has taken the Empire and the rest of the English-speaking world by storm.
 
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 For his part, Dirka’s dreams that his heroic efforts may somehow enable him to fulfill his lifelong dream of rising from the rank of “Bhisti” to “Sepoy,” was fulfilled and now he is bugler in the company where Sarge Crood is the law!.
 
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Mayank Jan (Sarban Khan’s spy in Peshawar & then Dargai).  Mayank Jan was able to get himself hired on as a Mule Skinner and travel with 1st Brigade Peshawar Field Force from the city of Peshawar to Dargai, where he saw with his own eyes the torching of that village at the command of Brigadier Ruff-Husband.  By day he remains in camp as an erstwhile “muleteer” while by night he slips out to pass any and all intelligence he gathers to allied Tribesmen in the nearby Malakand Pass, though he must take great care not to be spotted and found out by the Riflemen of 9th Gurkhas who keep watch over that strategic terrain.

 
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Mayank Jan is still hidden in the charred remains of Dargai village across the river from the Cantonments (& Dirka Grimm, Sgt. Crood & company)… when he’s not masquerading as a loyal baggage wallah in the Cantonments - the job he took in order to accompany 1st brigade when it left Peshawar
 
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Perhaps he can get word of estimated Raj troop strength at the cantonment though his contacts to Ghul Akbar
 
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Maryam Singh – Clandestine Agent of the Political Department serving undercover as a maid in the Iron Amir’s Palace at Kabul, She asked her brother, retired Jemadar Jai Ho Singh, to carry word of what she’d heard across the border to British India, and deliver it to his old Colonel, now Brigadier Ruff-Husband, at Dargai.
 
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 Jai Ho Singh is still at Dargai Cantonments… in his old uniform… waiting for some action before he heads home to Brokeback Mountain … seen here conferring with Brigadier Ruff-Husbabd & his Brigade Adjutant …impatient to show all his value on the battlefield!
 
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Dast has left his shop in Peshawar and is going towards Kashmir. To buy new flying carpets or...?
 
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He has much more money in his pockets now, but a secret information about Zibbib destination is not anymore so secret…127th Baluchi gold and bayonets can be very pesuasive
 
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Major Rowson of 9th regiment, the famous Hodson’s horse, got the mission to capture the adventurer false merchant Zibbib. With him he will pursue his research up to capturing El Osprey’s son destroying Russian plan for a rule-driven civil war in Punjab.
 
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The selling explosion of our glorious Pesha trib in Baluchistan is also due to the great expectations which Baluchis have for Capt Thomas “Tommie” Liver,
 
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just sent from Bannu by Gen Davenport to enforce the Fullerton’s flying devil column with a 26th Baluchi unit to wipe out all Afridis in Tirah. All my baluchis are manufactured by Willie (Tradition of London) as many other units in my collection. This “extra” rows are well deserved due to a friendly and helpful service!
 
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These are only few of the many characters we have met during these long months passed under the Punjabi sun, eating peas flour and tamarind and drinking the pure waters of this unbelievable country, poor, arid, deathly, but no Khan on the Grim would change a single grain of its sand  with the most precious treasures in Delhi…or at least this is what we try to report in our articles, the harsh law of the Pesha Trib!

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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on November 05, 2021, 02:58:14 PM
Small summary of what is happening in the Northern Territories...
Maa Din and the son of the Emir of Afghanistan have been captured by Zibbib's men, and are going up the Gilgit River (showing in skyblue on the map).. on the other side Zibbib, Flashy and his mercenaries have just passed the Burzill Pass and are descending towards the gorges of the Indus...(showing in red on the map )
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The Gorges of the Indus

Zibbib Khan, Flashy and their mercenaries going down to the valley of the Indus , after crossing the Burzill Pass , feel the weather becoming more and more mild and up to Astor our heroes  meet only the teams of workers of Mr. Spedding  , caravans of coolies who make a continuous back and forth to bring goods to Gilgit and return to Kashmir for another cargo and few small groups of Kashmiris soldiers…..going further down the trail they saw the gorges of the Indus,….
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Carry on on the narrow trail along the Indus river between Dishkin and Doiun at sunset…..
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…BANG…..BANG…BANG…BANG
someone is shooting to  our heroes...

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BLACK CARD (ambush bonus turn for the Chilasis)
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1st turn
Chilasis tribesmen shoot on the Zibbib’s men walking on the other bank of the Indus river, 7 soldiers down, 1 yak killed , Machede Gurung wounded ( rolls 6 on saving table…)
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2nd turn black card
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Chilasis shoot , 4 more  soldiers down
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2nd turn red card
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Zibbib and the soldiers take kneeling and prone positions and shoot to the Chilasis that are behind rocks…
3 Chilasis bandits  hit, 1 by Zibbib and 1 by Flashy...good shots men !
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3rd turn Black card
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Chilasis hit 3 soldiers, yaks and coolies break ad run away

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3rd turn red card
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Zibbib and the soldiers shoot to the Chilasis, 2 hit
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4th turn red card
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Zibbib and survivors run along the bank of the river to save their lives
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4th turn black card
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Chilasis shoot, 1 soldier down and Flashy light wounded ( rolls 4 on saving table)
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4th turn red card
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Zibbib fire and hit 1 chilasis, Flashy miss, the other soldier hit 1 Chilasis


5th turn red card
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Zibbib, Flashy light wounded, Machede Gurung wounded and 1 soldier found their way to escape the Chilasis’s ambush going up the slopes of the mountain and disappearing in the dark of the night…
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What are the conditions of Flashy and the Gurkha Gurung ?...who knows ?  follow the story, coming soon on these screens !


To be continued…

In this short and bloody engagement the Zibbib’s party suffered:
16 soliders KIA or WIA
1 Coolie KIA
1 Yak, and lost in the confusion 2 yaks and 2 coolies,

The Chilasis tribesmen, total 30 figs, in 3 10's figures  band suffer:
7 KIA or WIA


Rule used TSATF with D20's for firing, plus some house rules to suit this particular battle.

ONLY FOR MAIN CHARACTERS IF HIT ROLL ON SAVING TABLE :

SAVING TABLE D6
1 DEAD
2-3-4-5 LIGHT WOUNDED ( WITH 3 LIGHT WOUNDS = DEATH)
6 WOUNDED (WITH 2 WOUNDS =DEATH )

RECOVERY TABLE D6

-WOUNDED
1 DEATH
2-3-4 RECOVER
5-6 STILL WOUNDED (NEEDS ANOTHER TEST THE FOLLOWING DAY)

-LIGHT WOUNDED
1 DEATH
2-3-4-5- RECOVER
6 STILL WOUNDED (NEEDS ANOTHER TEST THE FOLLOWING DAY)



Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on November 06, 2021, 05:14:12 AM
MESSAGE FROM DARGAI

MESSAGE FROM DARGAI ... MARKED URGENT ... VIA HELIOGRAPH ...

Captain. Carey, 10th Hussars and his 1st Brigade Signal team are dispatched to the heights above Malakand Pass...


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Their mission: deliver BrigGnl Ruff-Husband's MESSAGE TO MAJ.GNL. WHITSEND at Peshawar...

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They FLASH the message, which is received and RELAYED by the Signal Team at Mardan...

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Who send it to the Team at Nowshera...

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Who send it to its final destination: Peshawar Signal Detachment, regularly stationed atop the Cunningham Clock Tower...


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Handy diagram of a "Helio":

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MESSAGE CONTENT AS FOLLOWS:

ACTION 18 AUGUST ... DARGAI CANTONMENTS ATTACKED AT DAWN FROM NORTH, EAST & SOUTH BY COMBINED AZAKAI & BUNERWAL FORCES INCLUDING GHAZIS ... ESTIMATE 160 TO 200 TOTAL ENEMY ... CLOSE-COMBAT ALONG SOUTH WALL ... ALL ATTACKS REPELLED ... SIGNIFICANT CASUALTIES INFLICTED ON ENEMY ... CREDIT FOR VICTORY TO MEN OF 1ST BRIGADE ... NATIVE BUGLER DIRKA GRIMM YORKS & LANCS ACTED ABOVE & BEYOND CALL OF DUTY ... 9TH GURKHA PIQUETS ATOP MALAKAND DISTINGUISHED THEMSELVES ... NO. 2 DEJARAT MT. BATTERY SCREW-GUNS PERFORMED BRILLIANTLY ... E/B RHA ARRIVED MIDST OF FIGHT & WENT STRAIGHT INTO ACTION ... PRELIMINARY ESTIMATE OUR CASUALTIES ... 16 KIA, 26 WIA ... SAD TO REPORT JEMADAR JAI HO SINGH 2ND PUNJAB CAV. PFF RETIRED KIA IN HAND-TO-HAND AT SOUTH WALL ... BROM SISTERS SAFE & SOUND ... ENEMY COMMANDER GUL AKBAR KHAN WIA BUT RECOVERED BY HIS MEN & ESCAPED CAPTURE ... SUNLIGHT FADING ... MORE INFO TO FOLLOW VIA COURIER ... SIGNED B-G S.R-H.
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COMING SOON: AAR with pics of the "Grandma of All Battles"...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on November 06, 2021, 03:54:17 PM
Great reports guys! I must finish my AAR of the Battle of Bulgur Pass. But chores, yard work, college football, and ice hockey coaching come first today.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on November 06, 2021, 05:38:19 PM
Mulehead Khan, upon who's head the Enlightenment of Mersey has been annointed, only now am I conferring with my chieftains to learn of the fate of their attacks on the Britisher's foul sore on the Mardan plains.
Firstly I have a report of treachery and betrayal within the ruins of Dargai. From Mohmat Krim, my most trusted ally within the Bunerwhals, his sister being my third wife, I am receiving news that the spy within the devils' camp, Mayank Jan, who was to guide my right flank accross the Jalala River, has betrayed us. He is of the false faith and can not be trusted by followers of the TMWWBK. 
After burning Dargai, the ferenghee devils dammed the river to raise the waters and present an impassable obstacle along the entire eastern wall of their foul encampment. Mayank Jan was supposed to reveal the fords, but met Mohmat Krim too early, delaying him, then misleading two of his clans to deeper, uncrossable water. His third clan found their own crossing, but still lost four warriors to the torrents.  This clan was able to force the devils who were hiding and befouling the ruins like rats, back down their hole, killing any of them in their path. Yamank may be Sarban Khan's trusted spy, but if I see that treacherous beast on the field again I will slice the very flesh from him.
As to my northern attack, the entire Malakand escarpment was crawling with Nepali devil goorkas. Javhad had to split his force at the last minute, one clan providing safety for our great cannon, the other two working their way through a hidden pass onto the plain. Here they were charged by the blue turbanned lancers. The devils pulled up short, their willingness to face warriors faltering and we shot them down in short order, driving them from the field. Witnessing this, the cowards behind their walls opened fire on us with screw guns. Frightful as they sound it was more noise, smoke, and dust than shot and my men pressed forward through the rain of steel to the northern wall, undeterred.
At the pass my Akazai clan fought like lions against the goorkha jackels finally driving them back with tulwar and shot, cresting the pass, along with the cannon, just in time to see my fateful charge on the devils' southern wall.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Rhingyll on November 08, 2021, 10:25:44 PM
The Tsarists are on the march to Zebak from Faizabad under the command of Colonel Blaramberg. The Tsarist force consists of all 5 companies of the Susdal regiment along with a company of the Kanzanski Rifles. Around 80 Tajiks are acting as guides but are also some of Mir of Badakhshan’s (Bad Ass Khan) best marksmen. Colonel Blaramberg decided artillery would only slow him down and was confident his 600 Russians plus the Tajiks would be able to take Zebak with ease. Mummar Am Salad, the Chieftain of Zebak, has heard from traders and merchants  from Faizabad, that a Russian/Tajik force is on this way to attack Zebak. He has sent out word to neighboring villages asking for warriors to help fight off the infidels and their unholy Tajik allies. He does not stand a chance without more fighters. He has been getting volunteers from the surrounding area and from Chitral just across the Badakhshan border. He hopes to muster about 600 tribesmen of which probably only 350 or so will have firearms. General Skobelev will remain in Faizabad with the remainder of his brigade. Once he receives news of the victory at Zebak, he will move all his brigade there in preparation to advance into the Chitral.

With Colonel Blaramberg:
5 companies of the Susdal Line Regiment.
1 company of the Kanzanski Rifes
80 Tajik guides and scouts

With General Skobelev in Faizabad:
Infantry:
4 companies of Kanzanski Rifles
5 companies of Borodinski Line
5 companies of Semenovski Life Guards
Cavalry:
1st Ural Cossacks
2nd Carcassian Cossacks
Artillery: 1 two gun battery

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on November 09, 2021, 04:11:55 AM
THE GREAT CHARGE!

As is well known my sister and her family were taken hostage when their village was burned by the kuffar, they refused to leave and befell such insult as only these khaki clad devils can impart, made to live in a tent like common kuchi.

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My sisters family had refused to abandon their beloved Dargai as the Britishers attacked. When Ruff-Husband Sahib discovered they were my blood family he held them hostage to attempt to draw me into the open, which he nearly did.

My immediate plan was to raise a lashkar and crush the devils' bone into the earth, leaving nothing even for the vultures and the gohs to devour.  I was finalizing that very plan when I received a message from a Yusafzai spy in the camp. Mayank Jan was able to tell me they were being kept in one if the larger tents and treated well enough, but since the arrival of two Angleez women he no longer knew if they were on the northern or southern wall.

It was then I developed a new plan. There would still be a great battle, but in midst of the chaos I would present a black ace to Ruff-Husband Sahib, the perfect rescue.

Now that my plans have proven successful I can reveal the full scope of it.

THE RESCUE...

It has been known to me of monks from the east, living among the Tibetans in Baltistan. Monks trained in the use of Lama Pai, the Lion’s Roar. These monks, as the need arises, can be called upon to use their powers, particularly against the ferhenghi, to right foul injustices. While gathering my lashkar, I sent word to the monastery where these Lamas live.  As I was finalizing my arrangements for the attack three of the unassuming monks arrived at my camp, looking like yak herders more than warrior monks, though each carried a short wax wood staff.

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Immediately I sent for Mayank Jan to meet with me one final time to go over a new part of the plan.

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On the northern edge of the camp my Akazai tribesmen would assault down out of the Malakand heights drawing the attention of the northern wall and screw guns. 

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On the eastern flank my most trusted Bunerwhal ally, Mohmat Krim, would meet with Mayank Jan where they would stay east of the river Jalala, except of one band to sell the feint and draw the Britishers from their encampment and into the ruins causing as much chaos as possible.
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On hearing the fight to the east my Akazai cavalry would charge at the southern wall creating the largest distraction. 

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Under the cover of this chaos the Lamas would search out the large tents and find my family, then disguising them as coolies and slip unseen from the camp.

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During this action I spied the infamous Halvidar Jai Lo Singh and I smote him.
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 Once I saw the signal from ‘Chi ba I would call for the retreat of my cavalry, signaling the fall back of the army, and we would return by separate routes to the fortress tower near Shakot Pass.
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I had to keep Mayank Jan's contributions secret, in the guise of betrayal until I was certain my family was safe at Shakot Pass. This plan would not have worked without his bravery. A thousand thanks to Sarban Khan for his assistance. Brom's blessing be upon him as he continues to provide valuable information hiding amongst the kuffar.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on November 10, 2021, 01:26:45 PM
The Sniper with long jezail



My beloved Jane,
I want to tell you a curious story that happened here at the outpost days ago...
It was already a few nights that suddenly, from the hill on the side of the fort, someone have been  shooting at us.
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The hill is more than 600 yards away and we felt safe because the jezails of these thieves do not reach more than 500 yards.
Regularly every night someone took our outpost as a target and during the night fired 3 or 4 shots, they were wandering shots given the distance, but we found some planted in the inner walls and one in the door of the mess.
It wasn't a good feeling, we had to keep all the lights off in the evening. This target shooting was really unnerving if not dangerous...
Sometimes some of our sepoys would respond to fire with their Snyders, aiming at the light that the jezail produced when it fired... there were a few minutes of silence and the hope of hitting him... but then another shot was fired from the hill and we understood that our shots had failed.
One evening the Maj. Potts organized a sortie, the small team commanded by me was composed of the naik Joao Singh and the sepoy Uram Singh.
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They had given me that presumptuous naik again, I hoped that this time he would demonstrate his skills as a shooter of which he boasted so much.
Shortly after 21.00 I the naik and the sepoy come out of the fort, covered by darkness, we move running towards the hill,
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we stop every now and then to catch our breath and understand where the sniper can be ...BANG another shot….
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We arrive sweaty at the foot of the hill and slowly begin the climb, between rocks not very solid ...
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As we are going up, about 50 yards above us we hear a cracking noise of a shot  , typical of those old killing jezails... the sniper is there!
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I leave the sepoy there with the task of shooting at the light caused by the sniper and I and the naik take a turn on the right to get around the sniper's position.
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We will have climbed a 40 yards when from the left I hear the shot of gun… the sniper, immediately after from down the hill  a shot of our Snyder ... we rush to the position of the sniper,
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 I stumble and fall on a rock, the naik overtakes me and shoots at the sniper from a few meters ... missed !!, bad shooter but great braggart. I get up, the sniper is there trying to reload and I shoot 2 rounds with my Webley Mark I, the first shot goes miss, but the second hits the sniper in the chest, who collapses on himself.
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The naik reaches me and together we cautiously approach the sniper's body, he is an old man!
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An old man who at night enjoyed shooting to his Majesty's soldiers, he had a beautiful jezail, all inlay in gold with dog teeth stuck in the butt, a beautiful weapon.
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I looked at him for a long time, at that moment I did not feel hatred but admired respect; that old man was not very different from me, he was a sportsman !, he found it fun to come and shoot us at night, he took the risk and accepted the consequences...
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We cover the body of the old sniper with stones, I don't know why... I did it maybe out of esteem ... after burying him with the naik and the sepoy we return to the fort.
I report to the Major, who this time congratulates me.
I miss to report what  I said to that presumptuous Naik, it's not an interesting topic !!!.
Now the Jezail is on display hanging on the wall of my room.
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After this strange adventure everyone at the fort looks at me respectfully and now we can walk quietly during the evening.
I will write to you as soon as possible, I love you,
your devoted John.

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on November 10, 2021, 01:42:02 PM
Amazing, I would like to comment by quoting the words of a famous poem by R. Winkie taken from his “Ballads from the Peshawar Barracks” which inspired many R. Kipling works:
But there is neither civilized nor savage, frontier, breed, weapon, birth,   
When two strong men stand face to face, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth,
A life is lost, a common language spoke; only your honor between famine and dearth,
Only your value when the bitter alternative should be worse than your death!   

Hope to read soon other adventures of this gallant officer!


Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on November 10, 2021, 01:56:50 PM
Amazing, I would like to comment by quoting the words of a famous poem by R. Winkie taken from his “Ballads from the Peshawar Barracks” which inspired many R. Kipling works:
But there is neither civilized nor savage, frontier, breed, weapon, birth,   
When two strong men stand face to face, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth,
A life is lost, a common language spoke; only your honor between famine and dearth,
Only your value when the bitter alternative should be worse than your death!   

Hope to read soon other adventures of this gallant officer!

Thank you Giorgio, very appreciated your compliments and the Winkie's  poem !
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Rhingyll on November 14, 2021, 07:57:44 PM
Anticipating a successful outcome at Zebak, General Skobelev has left Faizabad with his brigade consisting of Regiments:
Infantry:
Kanzanski Rifles
Borodinski Line
Semenovski Life Guards
Cavalry:
1st Ural Cossacks
2nd Carcassian Cossacks
Artillery
1 two gun battery
His plan is to follow the Vardoj river valley out of Faizabad all the way to Zebak. At Zebak, he will deploy the Kanzanski Rifles in to the town along with the 1st Ural Cossacks. The Susdal Line Infantry (already at Zebak) will join his force. He will then follow the Vardoj up and over the Nuksan Pass to Obir. An encampment would be set up near Obir to allow his troops to rest and also to send out scouts to reconnoiter the surrounding areas. The Dora Pass (leading directly to the town of Chitral) would be a little easier, but he has been advised by local Tajik traders that due to the heavy merchant traffic through the Dora Pass, word would soon spread of his presence in the Chitral. Two Indian army deserters have informed him also that a large British relief force is heading to the besieged fort at Chitral and he is not ready for any conflicts with the British Empire at this time. Best to keep the largest distance possible from them a t this time.
Skobelev expects to make camp at Obir with the following force:
Infantry Regiments:
Susdal Line
Borodinski Line
Semenovski Life Guards
Cavalry Regiment:
2nd Carcassian Cossacks
Artillery
1 two gun battery

He is also hoping to gather some local tribe and Tajik support to add to the mission.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on November 15, 2021, 08:48:48 PM
20 August 1890 - Bulgur Pass
Chitral Field Force, heading north through the Bulgur Pass towards the Chitral Territory to relieve Chitral Fort.

We pick up where we left off in the last blog post, link to part I
LAF - NWF Campaign - 1st Brigade approaching Bulgur Pass
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The column is halted as the General reads the message. Sergeant Major Brom calls a halt, orders the men to drink water, and sends out scouts from each unit to the surrounding ominous looking mountains. 

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General McGuninness confers with his officers and orders the column forwards. Sergeant Major Brom orders the scouts to push further out. The Anglo-Indian force must reach Chitral Fort with all possible haste.

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The scouts move further out to protect the mule train.

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The column advances in a cloud of dust, the baking sun already causing discomfort for both men and beasts alike. With a loud war cry of “Allah Akbar!!!!” fanatical Ghazi warriors burst from the tree line and charge the front of the column. After a brief moment of surprise the crack of independent rifle fire starts at the front of the column.

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Two tribes of fanatical Ghazis attack the front of the column
stopping the entire column in their tracks. Despite the Pashtun casualties from rifle fire the Ghazis charge home and close with the feringhee. (They easily made their die role to close as I rated the Ghazis as Zulu for morale based on my friend’s recommendations, the Mad Guru himself. In addition they do not roll for stragglers!)

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The Gurkhas are the first hit and loose several men in the first melee but manage to overcome the initial surprise and defeat one tribe. The 2nd charging tribe didn’t have enough movement to make contact with the column and had to wait until the following turn to charge again.

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General McGuinness orders his Battalion commanders to form combined unit squares around the precious pack mules. The officers gain control of their men, commands of “Form Square!” rings out. With parade ground precision these veterans of The Grim do just that and deftly form three separate squares.

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The Ghazis charge again, and again, relentless and blood thirsty! More Pathan tribes move to the edge of the tree line and unleashe ambush fire into the tightly packed column as the Ghazis melee with the front square.

Several Gurkha and Indian soldiers fall to the accurate Pathan fire from their flank.

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The square returns fire killing many a faithful Pashtun.

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The Bulgar Pass is filled with the crack of rifles and the fanatical screams of Ghazi & Pathan tribesmen.

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A steadfast square guarding the rear of the column.

From atop the pass Umra Khan’s Afridi tribesmen fire into the column taking care to not hit the precious mules since they are the main reason for this multi tribe raid.

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To the front of the column and across the valley can be seen more Pashtun warriors emerging from the hills heading towards the column intent on teaching the feringhee a lesson and stealing their mules.

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With the column halted by a melee at its front, and receiving musketry from both flanks, more Pashtun fighters see the opportunity to finish off what appears to be a struggling foe.


From the southeastern pass emerges Mohameden warriors lead by Osamadouga Khan. With loyalty to none in this valley on this day they move into position like jackals moving in to strike at a wounded beast while the rest of the pack does the same.

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The squares advance, albeit slowly. The Ghazis charge again but are repulsed, forced back, and finally route from the table. None of the Anglo-Indian units falter despite the mounting casualties.

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Waziri warriors led by Muletail Khan, nephew of Mulehead Khan the Fakir of the frontier, the false prophet of Waziristan, the purveyor of the false book, rush forth from the southwestern pass.

Fort Bulgur awakens with the mountain Gun battery of the 5th Bengal Artillery ranging in on the Afridi tribesmen on the crest of the mountain.

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The Helipgraph crew get orders to send the signal of the attack to the nearest outpost.

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Returning from patrol B troop of the 77th Bengal Lancers comes to lend a hand. Alas the cards favor the Pashtuns of Osamadouga’s clans and bequeathed him first movement to allow him to gain the cover of Bulgur village and the surrounding rough ground to negate the Lancers charge!

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Allah appears to be pulling the cards as the Pashtuns also get first fire this turn. The 77th Lancers ride through a hail of lead.

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As the Waziris advance the British square sets their sights on them, killing several, slowing them down.

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The jezzails go silent on the mountain as the musketry from the Afridi tribesmen suddenly stops. A Subadar Major of the Corp of Guides can be seen on the mountain top conversing with Buda Khan, leader of the Afridi tribesmen present. Several mules are being led into the positions of Buda Khans men by men of Corp of Guides.

The artillery shells from the 5th Bengal Artillery seem to be falling way wide of the Afridi tribesmen. Is this an error or by internet?

The Afridi tribesmen gather their mules, dismount the mountain and move towards the Waziris.

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The column continues to advance towards Fort Bulgur. With the arrival of the 77th Bengal Lancers combined with the decimation of the Ghazis and Pashtuns in the woods the resistance has slackened considerably.


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Muletail Khan orders an all out combined attack on the column. The Waziri warriors surge forward but Osamadouga’s Mohammedans stay in cover and Umra Khan’s nephew Buda Khan attacks the tribes of Muletails Waziri! The Afridi warriors fire into the Waziris killing the lashkar leader of the lead Waziri tribe. Muletail himself is only saved because he lacks the bravery to lead from the front!

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The Highlanders muster and sortie forth from the fort to assist their newfound allies.

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With the death of his cousin, the treachery of the Afridis, and the indecision of the Mohammedans, Muletail Khan orders an immediate jirga to be held. As his uncle’s sway is strong in this valley the tribesmen melt back into the Grim leaving the feringhee to recover their casualties and make it safely to Fort Bulgur.

The fort resupplied, the casualties attended to, the beasts and men rested, 1st Brigade then mounts up and moves north to the Uch pass defended by the Yusufzais.

Buda Khan is the victor this day as he secured himself 5 mules for aiding the English, or should we say outwitting the British. Will this lead to more cooperation with the feringhee invaders, a temporary alliance, or a total banishment from the Pashtun communities.

A wise old mullah once told me…. “Never trust anyone on the Frontier!”
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on November 15, 2021, 09:40:28 PM
Awesome photos and beautiful post 👏👏👏
Impressive array of figures in a wonderful scenario!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on November 16, 2021, 03:58:57 AM
Much appreciated Umra Khan!!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on November 16, 2021, 06:39:54 AM
Great battle report but the insults you hurl on Mulehead and the One True Rule will return as vipers to strike you on your path to Chitral and the sun will surely bleach your bones along side those of the treacherous Umra Khan and Buda Khan for your cheap tricks.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on November 16, 2021, 12:52:16 PM
Traitors of the True Rule are always traitors in every act. Foolish nephew I told you many times that an hungry jackal is much more reliable than an heretic Afridi. May the True Ruler bless your cousin's path and drive my son to call a new Jihad to free all waziri lands from Baluchistan to Swat putrid filthy swamps and give you the opportunity to redeem yourself cutting the head of the vily traitor!
Your Uncle, torch of true rules, sigh of underdog, the victorious triumphant pious Mulehead
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on November 16, 2021, 03:10:43 PM
Stop these comments from heretics, the Jannah will close its doors that do not hear beyond these blasphemies.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Rhingyll on November 16, 2021, 09:05:24 PM
Nice reporting on the battle. I like that fort as well.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Rhingyll on November 17, 2021, 12:40:35 AM
                                                                                                         Battle of Zebak

As he awaits the attack. Mummar Am Salad, Chieftain of Zebak, stands defiantly with his banner on the tower at the gate to Zebak. 350 of Am Salad’s men have firearms with about 250 others armed with tulwars.

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Rhingyll on November 17, 2021, 12:48:31 AM
Immediately upon arrival, Colonel Blaramberg began a full frontal assault on Zebak with his force of all five companies of the Susdal Line, one company of the Kaznanski Rifles and about 80 Tajik warriors. Steady progress was made by all the units. However, the company of Kanzanski Rifles got inpatient and advanced too quickly, without support, and upon nearing the front north wall of the market square area, were met with a deadly blast of musket and jezail fire. The company was forced to retreat to the rear of the line of attack to rally and re-group.  Lieutenant Milomir Tarasovich, commanding the Kanzanski Rifles company, was expecting help on his flank from the accompanying Tajik warriors. Unfortunately, the Tajiks had made directly for the shelter and protection of a poplar grove and had no intention of advancing any further.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Rhingyll on November 17, 2021, 12:50:17 AM
Meanwhile at the front south wall the Russian firepower was whittling away the defenders, forcing them back off of the wall. Their weapons being almost useless, the frustrated warriors rallied and charged out to melee the attackers. This was not the best move as they were quickly routed and beat a hasty retreat.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Rhingyll on November 17, 2021, 12:52:12 AM
Colonel Blaramberg took two companies of the Susdal Line and managed to break through the main gates. The first company through encountered fire from the rooftops and also was attacked head on by a large group of hostiles. A bloody hand to hand engagement ensued resulting in both the Russians and native warriors being forced to retire as they had essentially wiped each other out. Colonel Blaramberg followed with another company and under his command they were able to secure the main gate and the area within the town behind it.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Rhingyll on November 17, 2021, 12:54:49 AM
When it became apparent that it was just a matter of time before the Russians took control of Zebak, the Tajiks left the poplar grove as assaulted the north wall of the market area. They pushed the defenders back and scaled the wall.  The Tajiks quickly routed the remaining defenders in the market square and shouted cheers of victory!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Rhingyll on November 17, 2021, 12:57:37 AM
The scene now became that of the town’s defenders, including Mummar Am Salad, Chieftain of Zebak, fleeing for their lives towards the foothills of the Hindu Kush. Other than the Kanzanski Rifles company and one of the Susdal Line companies, Russian casualties were light. Politically this was to be considered a victory for Faizabad and Bad Ass Khan in gaining control once again of Zebak and it’s surrounding area. It will be reported that the Tajiks played a major role in the victory and the Russian’s were there in more of an observer’s role.Colonel Blaramberg now awaits further instruction from General Skobelev. Mummar Am Salad and what is left of the heroic defenders of Zebak now are making their way over Nuksan Pass into the Chitral to seek help from Chitrali tribes and any others that could help them exact revenge on the Tajiks and their newly found Tsarist allies.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on November 17, 2021, 01:58:47 AM
Bob, excellent AAR! The Zebek refugees will surely find assistance on the south side of the border. 
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on November 18, 2021, 07:08:09 AM
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Great battle report but the insults you hurl on Mulehead and the One True Rule will return as vipers to strike you on your path to Chitral and the sun will surely bleach your bones along side those of the treacherous Umra Khan and Buda Khan for your cheap tricks.

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After employing
Tibetan Ninja Monks with cloaking ability
to rescue his sister and her family from their comfortable guest quarters at the Malakand Cantonments, Capt. Shanks AKA: Gul Akbar Khan -- follower of the False Fakir Mulehead Khan, promoter of the Untrue Rules TMWBK, and notorious frontier brigand -- waxes poetic RE: "Budokan" and "Cheap Trick"...

This latest effrontery demands a riposte...

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...with appropriate instrumental accompaniment for fans of the BUDOKAN:


https://youtu.be/s4fQbZLUxkU (https://youtu.be/s4fQbZLUxkU)

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SURRENDER (YOUR CHARMING RULES)

(with apologies to Rick Nielsen & Cheap Trick)

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Umra told me, yes he told me
I’d meet False Fakirs like you
He also told me to stay away
‘Cause you’d make me play those rules
Just the other day I heard
Of a Malik gettin’ axed,
Just because he wouldn't accept
His “Leader Trait” rolls as fact

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Mulehead’s alright, Akbar’s alright,
They just need to change their ways
Surrender, surrender
Accept the Sword and The Flame

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Mad Guru says Umra’s right
It’s really no surprise
Before he led his tribal host
Umra served in the Corps of Guides
Now I had heard the Guides recruited
Sikhs and Dogras for the war
But Umra Khan is pure Afridi
Of that you can be sure

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Mulehead’s alright, Akbar’s alright,
They just need to change their ways
Surrender, surrender
Accept the Sword and The Flame

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Whatever happened to the good old days
When most colonials agreed
Larry Brom was our patriarch
And we played his rules with glee
Then Mersey and Osprey gave us
“The Men Who Would Be Kings”
Packed with color photos, wit and charm
A pox on all those things!

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Mulehead’s alright, Akbar’s alright,
They just need to change their ways
Surrender, surrender
Accept the Sword and The Flame
The Flame

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Surrender, surrender (Mulehead’s alright, Akbar’s alright)
Accept the Sword and The Flame
Surrender, surrender (Mulehead’s alright, Akbar’s alright)
Accept the Sword and The Flame
Surrender, surrender (Mulehead’s alright, Akbar’s alright)
Accept the Sword and The Flame
Surrender, surrender (Mulehead’s alright, Akbar’s alright)
Accept the Sword and The Flame
Surrender, surrender (Mulehead’s alright, Akbar’s alright)
Accept the Sword and The Flame
Surrender, surrender (Mulehead’s alright, Akbar’s alright)
Accept the Sword and The Flame


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Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on November 18, 2021, 11:50:53 AM
THIS IS " THE POST "

Mad Guru may the Divine always guide your steps, and may the strength of the True Faith always defeat unbelievers and blasphemers! May they die in hell by rolling dice that always show the wrong number.
And may all the chastisements of God strike the wicked, may their life be a hardship and a suffering, getting lost for the rest of their days in the deserts and mountains of our beloved Frontier!
your brother Umra will be always on your side !
so be written, so be done !
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on November 18, 2021, 12:07:45 PM
WOW!!!! That was the most epic post ever MG! I love that Cheap Trick song and wore out my album playing it so much in high school. I love the “new” lyrics. I found myself singing the song with your lyrics and laughing at the same time. Very well done my friend.

SURRENDER TO TSATF!!!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on November 18, 2021, 01:31:45 PM
Mmmmh perhaps not the worst post in this topic...perhaps...probably u will receive news by Mulehead's lawyers...and you know...in Wana lawyers discuss by tulwars...no rest for the wicked...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on November 18, 2021, 01:34:44 PM
Mmmmh perhaps not the worst post in this topic...perhaps...probably u will receive news by Mulehead's lawyers...and you know...in Wana lawyers discuss by tulwars...no rest for the wicked...

SURRENDER TO TSATF !
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on November 19, 2021, 02:01:21 AM
"TSATF? Wrong mess, old chap, suggest you toodle along the lines to one of the more louche establishments."  - SJWALKER38
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on November 19, 2021, 02:41:58 AM
Well, well, CPT Shanks... what perfect timing indeed.  I was just in the midst of preparing a post expressing my gratitude for the kind words and compliments to our campaign brothers.  But now I see you make such comments obsolete. What tremendous surprise!

Well, keep on keeping on, as those Holy Warriors at the Salvation Army have been known to say.  Meanwhile, I must say... you make me as comfy and cozy as the illustrious officer at the center of this souvenir keepsake photo:

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"Wrong mess" indeed!  Have no fear, sir, I shall not allow myself to be surrounded by such erstwhile "friends and allies" without a veritable army at my side -- be it in the mess, on the plain, or atop the pass!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on November 19, 2021, 05:33:34 PM
KAJERAY

“Great battles happened at North and great were fought in Waziristan, our homeland. We must understand what happened, in the meantime we cannot risk to go directly southwards, we will proceed towards Peiwar Kothal and from there we will decide the future steps” said Muletail to his friends.
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“To go there we will pass thru Mir Zakah, the village which lies on the old caravan route from Ghazni to Gandhara! The village famous because is where it is said Sikhander treasures are hidden!”
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“And is famous also for special tamarind pies!” Said Mustafa before Muletail melting him with one cold hard stare.
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On the dusty long caravan road joining Gardez and Mir Zakah , part of the ancient route from Ghazni to Gandhara, where for centuries Persian goods were brought to Kabul to return with a precious spice to help having dreams and fantastic flights with  exalted minds.
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Yamal was twisted in his breast by 2 mighty feelings: fear and cupidity. He was still under the effect of Mustafà stories of the devil Tszar, ferenghes eater, that was with his nightmare since the adventure at Gardez Pass, and wasn’t completely sure that he has left the danger of meeting with such a devil in Gardez. But he was also fascinated by Muletail’s story about amazing treasures left by Sikander when he marched on the very same rocky stones more than 2 thousands years before. Also Sikander was a devil, but not so evil, and he dreamed to find part of his gold.
His dreams were interrupted only by the encounter with caravans returning to Gardez
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“Have a good day” Mustafà cried “May the mighty Ruler replenish your journey with richness and prosperity, have you some good tamarind slices to share with three poor pilgrims going to Kabul to pray on the grave of their brothers”
“Mustafà!” Ghaazi Muletail El Komiss aka Husseinl said bitterly “we have no time to waste…”
“True Hussein, but it is better we eat every time we can without long stops in Mir Zakah”
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“Anyway, we’ll have to replenish our food stock because then we entered in the mountains area and u bet it’s much better for us to have enough food and fur”
” Pay these caravaners and don’t stop for swallowing dozens of slices!”
“Sure Hussein, only one very little, only to be sure it is good food to exchange with our good annas…”
“So, good brothers, which news from North?” asked Abdul Kareem aka Mustafa
“Not very good, Ferenghees are winning everywhere, great battles were fought near Malakand pass and the Ruler, may his name be always blessed, allowed them to win, even if Pashtun stories tell they were defeated. Now we want to return quickly in Baluchistan before other problems will occur. Some merchants spoke about a great Afridi’s victory in Thal and now the answer by Ferenghees will be ruthless, voices say that the devil himself, Fullerton, is coming with fresh Baluchi reinforcement from devasted Tochi Valley”
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Yamad asked
“which tales do you know on Mir Zakah? Is it true that ancient treasures are buried there? And… that the area is protected by demons? Tzsar?”
“Oh, Russians are much worse than devils, they are Persian great enemies, but we will beat them if they dare to come. There are voices that now are very busy north of Peshawar, but they are not so mighty to survive a good jezail bullet! But where you come from?”
Muletail interrupted the conversation just when Mustafà was starting to bite his fourth slice “Stop talking and stop eating” added staring Mustafà “now we are very late. Yamad pay for the tamarind and let’s continue the march. We must arrive into Mir Zekah before night”
“Yes Hussein” replied Yamad and a reluctant Mustafa payed the food not before grabbing in his pockets few extra slices, and left the caravan to its destiny.
Few hours late and many hundred miles (well, at least that is what seemed to Mustafà) our heroes arrive close a little village
“C’mon Folks, few miles and we’ll be in Mir Zakhar” said Muletail encouraging the depressed friend
“Look, after the curve there is a detour which brings to that village” Yamad said curiously
“It should be Kajeray” said Muletail
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“I wanna eat, I refuse to do another single pass without having some food!” Mustafà protested
“Mmmh it could be not wise, we should go directly into the safe wall of Mir Zakah” replied Muletail
“I will arrive dead, starved, no I desperately need this stop”
“ok but only ine hour to buy other dates and tamarind. But where are all our reserves? Already eaten?”
”oooh Hosoor, great calamity, we were cheated by the Persians, it was not good tamarind and I had to eat it to verify that no other waste food was mixed….”
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“Ok Yamad you remain here at the crossroad to patrol who is coming, I will cover your back ready to snipe from those rocks if there is a trap. You enter buy, eat something and fill our water bottles, then come out immediately and we rush towards Mir Zakah to arrive before night” said loudly and then whispered “or we risk to never arriving.”
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Mustafa goes quickly to a seller of tamarind and assure all his bags are filled with tasty fruits.
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 “How many annas for twenty tasty slices? The most juicy and sweetest”
“Oh we have the most delicious tamarind of all the region. You won’t find such fruits even in Mir zakah!”
“mmmh are we far from Mir Zakah?”
“not really, only twenty minutes but it is not wise walk alone in the evening, are you alone hosoor?”
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Muletail was caught by surprise for the sudden appearance of Yamad.
“What are you doing here?”
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“I saw a group of twelve tribesmen and 3 Pathans took this road, they do not seem simple sheperds and are fully equipped, I go to alert Mustafà”
“No it is too late, I hear their voices, probably u were not so fast but it could be a possibility for an ambush, let’s go behind those sargans”
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Three tribesmen were coming quickly when two sudden shots broke the evening silence.
Yamad open the fire but nervously in the fading light miss his man, while Mulehead with a “6” kills the chief of the warriors. In few seconds Muletail and Yamad with their tulwars are on the surprised survivals. Two stirkes but only Mulehead hit his man who fall down heavily wounded and uncapable to continue the fight.
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The last warrior misses his chance and Muletail with another “6” closes the fight.
“What amazing warrior 6 5 6r” said Yamad looking admired at Muletail who answered, “I’d like to be able to say the same…anyway look” One is not dead, we should despatch him or he will alert his friends”
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“Wait Muletail, I can speak Tajiki, and we could get some important information”
“You speak Tajiki?”
“yes I do” answered triumphamtly Yamed “ I studied in Kabul” and the speaking with the wounded old Tajiki: “You bandit friends what why?”
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“Mmmh it seems it do not want live anymore” said Yamad unsheathing his tulwar
“Stop him” The Tajiki cried to Muletail
Yamad stopped “do you speak Pashtun?” “Sure, better than your Tajiki”
Yamad stepped back offended and humiliated in front of Muletail
“Listen why are u following us” “We didn’t follow you; we saw this stupid running away at our arrival and we were detached to bring back him, or at least his rupees”
“Now I will have to kill u or u will give the alarm when they will come in search of you
“No stop, if u spare my life, I will teach u a different path to rejoin the main road few hunder meters after the first crossoroad, behind a huge rock, and u will proceed unseen. Before they realize the trick u wull be safe in Mir Zakah.” whispered the tajik “and if u give me some fresh water, I will kept my mouth as curled as an hedgehog”
“Before tell me where is this path” “Water…” “The path!!!” “Just behind the house of the tamarind seller, unseen because protected by three high rocks and few bushes…now water” Muletail nodded to him “Ok get it but do not drink too quickly”said Yamad “Not so quickly, not…he is dead” Whispered meeting Muletail glancing to him and the dead Tajiki.
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“Let’s hide these bodies behind the sangars, this will mean few minutes more for us, then rush to alert Mustafà and go to Mir Zakah” ordered Muletail
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“Mustafa run we have to leave the village NOW” “Muletail I found these tasty tamarinds for few annas you can get generous portions…”
“No time and don’t call me with my name in public, quick taje the food with Yamad and follow me” Muletail run towards the hidden path to put the greatest distance between them and the Tajiki
“What happened?” Mustafà asked to Yamad
“We were attacked by a dozen of bandits and I saved Muletail defeating them, but we must avoid their friend come to avenge them in a new feud!”
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“Oh boy u ve learned well my lessons, you performed nothing but an act of derring-do.” Mustafa said proudly while Yamad took care to remain at enough distance from Muletail during this conversation. And now to Mir Zakah and its hidden fabulous treasures…
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Mustafa turned for a last glance to the tamarind market stall but…dozens of shadows were appearing over the hills ridges…only the incoming darkness and the rocks shadows could save him to be detected, but for sure it was not a nice news for the Tajiki following them…he was staring them...who are they?
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TO BE CONTINUED
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on November 22, 2021, 11:26:47 AM
The Cease

After the ambush of the Chilasis at the gorges of the Indus, where  Flashy and the Gurkha were wounded,  both recovered from the wounds (tossing 3 and 4 on recovery table) and the 4 men , Zibbib Khan, Flashy , Gurkha Machede Gurung and Walid Khan marched down to the Indus towards Gilgit …
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Upon reaching Boonji Fort Zibbib, and his companions are stopped at a checkpoint...
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...There are Kashmiris soldiers all around  them, the Havildar Chung Din of the 1st Imperial Kashmir Rifles surrounds them with his soldiers with rifles pointed...
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A detachment of the 5th Gurkhas rushes in  under the command of Lt. J. Kennedy…
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…Good afternoon Gentlemen, I am the Lt. Kennedy of the 5th Gurkhas, this is a military checkpoint in the Northern Territory,  what are you doing in the military zone? The access in this area is strictly forbidden ,... I don't think you have permission to be here...
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Zibbib Khans  question answers…
We are workers for the Mr. Spedding's Company, we are catching up with our team which should be up beyond  Gilgit...we were attacked by Chilasis tribesmen at the gorges...you should send a strong detachment there to catch those marauders
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Lt Kennedy
I'm sorry to hear about this fact of weapons... I will inform my superiors...in the meantime
Please show me your permits…
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Zibbib show the documents…
Here are our permits... have already been checked other times during our trip...
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Lt Kennedy
Havildar Din bring these documents please.....
these documents are fake... and Spedding's teams have not yet arrived in Gilgit... raise your hands all ... Havildar Nilai Gurung have these men searched for guns...
(https://i.postimg.cc/1X76gmL5/Screenshot-20211110-152945.jpg)
(https://i.postimg.cc/HkZKpXSf/20211116-133730.jpg)

Ohoh…what I see…you are armed to the teeth...you are not workers as you mentioned... Havildar arrest these men, and escort them to Gilgit, where you'll  explain to Maj Forsyth who you are and what you doing  here...
(https://i.postimg.cc/zDwqq2T6/20211116-133811.jpg)
(https://i.postimg.cc/NMwKL9Fx/Screenshot-20211116-135958.png)

To be continued…
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: miltiades on November 22, 2021, 02:55:22 PM
AMAZING! I hope to see it  soon  as a movie film ! o_o
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on November 22, 2021, 03:02:16 PM
AMAZING! I hope to see it  soon  as a movie film ! o_o

My hope too  lol lol
thanks !
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on November 22, 2021, 03:19:36 PM
Armed guard all the way to Gilgit this should reduce their risk of further bandit attacks. But what happens when Maj Forsyth gets a hold of them? Will they wish the bandits had just ended it for them, or is he part of the greater game? Great developments.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on November 22, 2021, 03:28:35 PM
Armed guard all the way to Gilgit this should reduce their risk of further bandit attacks. But what happens when Maj Forsyth gets a hold of them? Will they wish the bandits had just ended it for them, or is he part of the greater game? Great developments.
with armed escort should be a safe journey...
rumors says that Maj. Forsyth is a thickheaded officer...
and probably in next story also some news from  Maa Din (El Osprey's son )? ...who knows... ;)

in the meantime I'm recruiting actors for the upcoming film... :)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on November 23, 2021, 12:59:56 PM
Mir Khan Khel -  Prelude Scenario F “take the high road”

Mirali village, 5 Km south of SpinWam. Season has changed and now a freeze wind is brushing each and every rock in Spinwam district. Near the ruins left by the Ferenghees , not far from Spinwam , or from what is remained of it, few well known ruffians, or patriots if u like, are discussing in a very hot jirga. And they are all Afridis but of different tribes, let we zoom in the jirga to recognize some old friends.
 (https://i.postimg.cc/Hsd3NkcN/A-Jirga.jpg)
Here we are: the chairman is Sher Khan with his Qambar Khel tribesmen, after capturing Capt Townsend he is put in charge of protecting all south boundaries from Thal downwards to Mir Ali.
 (https://i.postimg.cc/d3SQxMb3/AC-Sher.jpg)
He is discussing with Abu Zar Khan, Kuki Khel warriors leader with his maliks Ajab Khan and Shahid Khan,
 (https://i.postimg.cc/7ZsVfvPY/B-Kuki-kher-khans.jpg)
and Jammas Zada Khan and his Zakha Khel Pashtuns.
 (https://i.postimg.cc/k5Sb9LBH/C-Jammas.jpg)
“Sher Khan, our re conquest of Thal and destruction of ferenghees trenched inside give us the strategic possibility to join our armies and destroy the devils coming from Tochi valley”
“Shut up” cried Sher Khan “how do you dare to give me suggestion on strategy after your poor performance during the fighting in the outskirts of Thal? You both lost the opportunity to destroy Ferenghees and allowed their retreat into Thal!
“That we reconquered” said proudly Jammas Zada Khan
“yes” Sher barked “ but losing precious days, now we cannot concentrate on the Ferenghees coming from Tochi valley, the flying devils of Fullerton, may the ruler convert all his dice into 1 and 2. General Davenport in Bannu is preparing a new column for Major Vousden and my spies reported that new highlander and Gurkha units are undergoing to be painted. So now we have to split again our forces. We proud Qambar Khel warriors will march to intercept any force coming directly from Bannu to Thal and u both, scum of my army, will entrench in Mir Khan Khel to stop or at least delay Fullerton advance. Shahid s snipers already got an heavy toll contributing to the defeat of Ferenghees vainly entrenched in Thal and this time will have the opportunity to enhance their honor firing directly to Fullerton”and Sher continued hissing “and also to silence the voices which want they not so keen to fight…”On the jirga only deep silence”You foolish cowards must follow my rules!”
Abu Zar with flaming eyes took the opportunity to defend his khan and free the frustration accumulated in the meeting and erupted:
 (https://i.postimg.cc/pLtcSPj6/D-Rules.jpg)
Sher unimpressed continued “As Fullerton’s devils arrive you will send a messenger and I will be the hammer who will splash him on your anvil”his only reaction to Abu Zar’s aggressive words was limited to unsheathe half of his tulwar to remember who was the chairman of the jirga.
(https://i.postimg.cc/NGmpbPDp/AB-Sher.jpg)
“But the devils are famous for their valour, for lucky or value it is composed by excellent officers”Abu Zar replied understanding the message and breaking the explosive situation.
“That is true” Sher admitted, apparently worried ,but more than happy to skip the impasse “but perhaps it is just a test by the Wise Ruler to try your faith showing that He can find the victory also among misery …or more probably His Punishment for your sins, thief of goat! Go and hope to catch a quick messenger, and hope that when he reaches me I will not too busy with my bhindi and ghost and don’t worry both of you, see? All is going fine, as we say: look there is okra in here “ ahahah and he laughed putting his spoon in the smoking cauldron.
“ Bhindi and Ghost, red meat and green okra, you and me” said sadly Jammas Zada Khan
 (https://i.postimg.cc/nL8S2b7V/E-Jirga.jpg)
 “you are right “nodded Abu Zar Khan “green like the field around Mir Khan Kheri…”
“And red like the blood, ours probably…”Closed Ajad Khan
 (https://i.postimg.cc/0NBYn7hY/EE-Ajad.jpg)
” You fool have provoked me stealing my goats and,,,”Growled Sher Khan
“Goats were of my village…” A khan tried to interrupting him
 (https://i.postimg.cc/KcsNQhhX/EE-Abu-Zar.jpg)
“Silence!” roared Sher “You are lucky that I don’t want to waste my time as u are destined to Ferenghees’ lead. This test will be terrible but not impossible…it is like this bindhi and ghost
 (https://i.postimg.cc/s2qW7sZK/Foto-F-Bhindi-and-ghost.jpg)
If you have few onions u can supply more okras, if u have few of anything just doubled your okra but never NEVER reduce the meat which must double the rest. With Fullerton you can concede the green fields around Mir Ali but never without tolling a heavy token of red Ferenghees’ meat! Go and remember that even if not Qambar Khel you are anyway Afridis warriors and Afridis blood is in your vein!”
 (https://i.postimg.cc/nc2QTvDX/G-Officers.jpg)

In the same moment, on the opposite side of the valley, Col Fullerton is having a short briefing with his officers, bold Lt Best in command of Guides unit, lucky Lt Dawes and his gallant 14th Yorkshire unit and the new arrived capt Liver of 26th Baluchi with his aura of predestined hero preceding him. With these gentlemen the question you can have is not if they will win but who will be the first to get a VC.
(https://i.postimg.cc/FsT70NMc/H-Fullerton.jpg)
Gentlemen, a private survived to Thal carnage informed us that Abu Zar is going to reconnect with Sher main army (viewers may find the details of Thal storming at following link: https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=131610.330 ).
I have very clear the situation, we have all the time to anticipate him as he will have to recover after the fightings before rejoining with his alley/enemy Sher Khan, but as we say in cavalry: if u can charge tomorrow charge today, anyway always charge!!! Unfortunately, I have not as many squadrons to charge the haphazard village defence as I would, but the strategy is always the same, remember that the bayonets are the finest weapon for close quarter, charge them killing and pursuit them up to Thal. But for this probably my Guides will be enough; they are well used to exploit my victories. Ah Captain Liver, this the first time you fight with my devils, isn’t it?”
“Yes Sir yes, it is a privilege and an honor to be included in the famous derring do Fully’s devils. My boys are excited and willing to show you that they deserve such privilege”
(https://i.postimg.cc/zX2GVphF/I-Liver.jpg)
“Well captain I imagine those Sher’s ruffians are waiting for us and it should be uneducated let them wait too much, we will strike before they receive Abu Zar’s reinforcement. Column deploy on the ground and at my order march singing my preferred tune, over the hill and far away to Queen Victoria we all obey”
(https://i.postimg.cc/yxJrnVfd/L-Camp.jpg)
From R.Winkie “Ballads from Peshawar Barracks”

O'er the hills and  the Yusufzais,
Through Wazirs, Afridis and Orazkais,
Queen Victoria commands and we obey,
Over the hills and far away.
 
If I should fall to rise no more,
As many comrades did before,
This Indian song you have to play,
Over the hills and far away.
(https://i.postimg.cc/Gpc7VPM6/V-Winkie.jpg)
Will Abu Zar keep stubbornly his position gaining time to spring Sher’s trap? Are his Kuki Khel and Shihad’s Zakha tribesmen ready to die for the glory of Sher’s Qambar Khel? Is fear of Umra’s ferocious revenge enough to incentive his men?
And Major Vousden is ready to march with his precious train of artillery and mules? And Sher will adhere to his original plan to be the hammer on Abu Zar’s anvil? Or better concentrating on Vousden mules and allow Ferenghees to vindicate his stolen mules and teach to Abu Zar a harsh lesson?…

(https://i.postimg.cc/FFT7thTR/D-Strategic-map.jpg)

To be Continued…
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on November 23, 2021, 04:18:00 PM
Great reports / episodes gentleman!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Shikari Sahib on November 24, 2021, 07:16:39 PM
Great AAR...one of the best threads ever !!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on November 25, 2021, 08:17:47 AM
...THANKSGIVING  ON  THE  FRONTIER...


Thanks, Shikari Sahib, very much appreciated!  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the USA and this thread and the new friends I have made and old friends I have spent more time with by participating are among the things I am thankful for this year!  Sorry to get sentimental but have no fear, more blood and carnage, memorable characters -- and the occasional rewritten song lyric -- will follow.


BELOW: Mulehead Khan, Gul Akbar Khan & Bad Ass Khan strategize how to convince their opponents of the error of their ways and bring them to the faith of the One True Rules...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YX8NwYR0QNc/YZ9EFKA63wI/AAAAAAAAXP4/FK7yt-HFVYU9u1YXQyFk7i5Z_SPCDb6wgCLcBGAsYHQ/s522/PLATE114BX.JPG)

...while BELOW: the Mad Guru, Ali Razah Khan, a prostrate player to be named later & Umra Khan pray that their misguided opponents will see the error of their ways, renounce their False Beliefs and follow the One True Path of the OTHER RULES...

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6EVmwdt816M/YZ9EC-UqU9I/AAAAAAAAXP0/AgPoZAlDfwQxFGb0ADgna4J27iw8MFiegCLcBGAsYHQ/s1075/1-1.jpg)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on November 26, 2021, 05:18:14 PM
The target of 20000 viewers has been overcome! The important news has been received with enthusiastic parades and spontaneous parties in all Punjab!
(https://i.postimg.cc/m2wqGJGS/dance.png) (https://postimages.org/)
Also important leaders such as Umra Khan and Mulehead khan suspended friction and hostilities to enter in these frenetic dances!
(https://i.postimg.cc/HnSQ6Qfb/dance2.png) (https://postimages.org/)
As the old Mad Guru used to say when he was younger "nothing is more funny than firing to Ferenghees, but if u cannot u can spend your time riding mules or jumping in a Khattak dance!"
(https://i.postimg.cc/PJtqP9VM/dance3.png) (https://postimages.org/)
Thanks to all the viewers for the kind words of appreciation and a special thank to the friends involved in this topic on both sides of the pond! :-*
Very soon more details in the next Pesha Trib issue ;)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on November 29, 2021, 03:03:29 PM
Mir Khan Khel -  The battle Scenario F “take the high road”
“Well captain I imagine those Sher’s ruffians are waiting for us and it should be uneducated let them wait too much, we will strike before they receive Abu Zar’s reinforcement. Column deploy on the ground and at my order march singing my preferred tune, over the hill and far away to Queen Victoria we all obey”
(https://i.postimg.cc/DyBL4G3T/A-Camp.jpg)
From R.Winkie “Ballads from Peshawar Barracks”
O'er the hills and  the Yusufzais,
Through Wazirs, Afridis and Orazkais,
Queen Victoria commands and we obey,
Over the hills and far away.
When duty calls me, I must run,
To stand and face another khan,
But part of me will always rest,
Over the hills and mountain crest.
If I should fall to rise no more,
As many comrades did before,
This Indian song you have to play,
Over the hills and far away.
(https://i.postimg.cc/0jxbW0Tj/BZ-Mir-Khan-Kheli.jpg)
Will Abu Zar keep stubbornly his position gaining time to spring Sher’s trap? Are his Kuki Khel and Shihad’s Zakha tribesmen ready to die for the glory of Sher’s Qambar Khel? Is fear of Umra’s ferocious revenge enough to incentive his men?
And Major Vousden is ready to march with his precious train of artillery and mules? And Sher will adhere to his original plan to be the hammer on Abu Zar’s anvil? Or better concentrating on Vousden mules and allow Ferenghees to vindicate his stolen mules and teach to Abu Zar a harsh lesson?…
(https://i.postimg.cc/c1KLB83W/AB-Map.jpg)
The Raj units approach Mir Khan Khel deployed in a long horizontal row, the only problem is time, only tvelwe turns separate them from evening and after that it will be too dangerous remain so far from the entrenched camp prepared in Mir Ali, to avoid to be surprised by Sher Khan enforced by Abu Zar’s units returning from the stormed Thal. 
 (https://i.postimg.cc/BbW9gtWZ/AZ-British-card.jpg)
But opposed to them, well protected by sangars and ruins, there is not Shar Khan but Abu Zar with his veterans who conquered Thal, ready to gain time and allow Sher Cla to close the loop and encircle the Ferenghees.
(https://i.postimg.cc/prVQ3JMs/B-Afghan-card.jpg)
The objectives are clear: Fulerton must storm the village and open his way to Thal within 12 turns, Abu Zal must resist and allow Sher Khan the time to entrap the Ferenghees.
 (https://i.postimg.cc/NG5pSSPT/C-Battle-start.jpg)
In the first turn gallant Baluchi under capt Liver used his ability to perform 2 actions and pinned Jammas Zara unit which did not rally and that means no fire for two turns as they are the only well-armed unit. Any relation between their behaviour and the previous day furious fight with the harsh offences by Sher Khan?
 (https://i.postimg.cc/N0CRxftn/D-Best-fire.jpg)
Guides fire pin Ajab unit on the opposite side of the village and at this point Fullerton takes the fatal decision to attack to storm the sangar and encircle the other unit.
(https://i.postimg.cc/yNQMr12Z/DD-Fully-charges.jpg)
Was this decision generated by fear of reinforce arrival? Or, as some enemies said, jealousy for infantry successes?
(https://i.postimg.cc/05wNmFJf/DD-Fully-charges-2.jpg)

Whatever the root cause, the results was negative. Guides were stopped on drawn between the sangars and ruins and had to retreat becoming an easy target for Abu Zar and Shahid and only a lucky reroll of dice saved Fullerton himself, but his unit was cancelled for the day.
 (https://i.postimg.cc/tR8QMhDq/E-Fully-fired.jpg)
At this point Baluchi and guides, reinforced by the Green Howards, started a devasting fire until Jammas Zara routed and after him Shahir’s unit left the village, relatively damaged.Treachery?
(https://i.postimg.cc/DwgNnsQb/F-Shahid-routed.jpg)
At Turn 10 the turning point, both Abu Zar,  close to border,and devasted Ajab must rally with 2 pin penalties but they roll 10 and 12!!!
(https://i.postimg.cc/hPgWnSF6/G-Dice.png)
The remaining two turns get heavy toll devasting Ajab’s unit but they allowed Abu Zat to return and score the last victim of the day hitting one guide.
To avoid feud with Zakha tribesmen it is probable that Abu Zar will close an eye on Jammas Zada behaviour at the beginning of the battle, but it is a good opportunity to wipe out two emerging kuki kheri khans and probably this is the last time we meet the opium addicted Ajab and yellow belly Shahid who will be promoted to garrison some goats breed somewhere on the internal mountains.
 (https://i.postimg.cc/x8vRgDtb/GB-last-status.jpg)
At this point Fullerton returned on the battlefield just to order a general retreat, before reinforcements could destroy the column, surprising it in open field. Now the Raj units must manage returning to Mir Ali Mirali to reconstitute the column before returning Northwards.
 (https://i.postimg.cc/PxZM8hsD/Foto-GGA-retreat.jpg)
But it is a long way back, few cavalries to scout and patrol the path, and AbuZar saved the village and is the flag around whom dispersed tribesmen rally with new volunteers willing avenge the past sufferance inflicted by Fullerton’s previous campaigns. He wants run to intercept Fullerton column before reaching the safe entrenched camp in Mir Ali Mirali and new Poona squadrons released by Major Stockfish, happy to remain safely in Tochi Valley devasting and looting the last untouched villages.
(https://i.postimg.cc/zvHYhyDj/Foto-GGB-retreat.jpg)
One of the last but not least khan to join Abu Zar Khan was Wali Khan, the second son of Sher Khan, with supplies and animals raided during his journey. A new alley or a spy, ready to report everything to his father?
(https://i.postimg.cc/02nkYw9k/VA-Wali-Khan.jpg)
Fullerton before turning the head of his horse roared his menace: he will ride with the sole purpose to cause immense suffering among Afridis civilian population, indiscriminately killing farmers, cutting trees and destroying Mir Khan Khel.
But in this way he only showed his great weakness, as once Umra Khan teached to Wali khan :
“When you’re not strong enough to punish the camel, then go and beat the basket carried by the donkey.”
 (https://i.postimg.cc/nhqj713X/VB-camel-mule.jpg)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on November 30, 2021, 12:05:39 AM
An excellent victory for Abu Zar against the raj ferenghees, surely his tulwar was guided by the True Rule.  Well said that Umra would chastise a donkey's load for the transgressions of the camel, no truer statement could be made of this follower of the false rule.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on November 30, 2021, 10:34:54 AM
In His Immense Power the wrath of Umra the Magnificent will strike at all unbelievers and followers of the false faith... and also their mules and camels.
The Victory of the choosen Abu Zar is the triumph of the Faith  of the Righteous !
May Fully, the heretics, lost in the mountains of Tirah, and pay his faults for the deaths made among Afridis civilians.
May he has fleas of 1000 camels and have arms so short that he can not scratch.
So be written so be done !
(https://i.postimg.cc/qBx1FB5D/IMG-20211118-WA0012.jpg)
Umra and his Bodyguards  ;)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on November 30, 2021, 03:52:21 PM
The dogs of the Mohmands are better than the Bangash,

Though the Mohmands themselves are a thousand times worse than the dogs.

The Warrakzais are the scavengers of the Afridis,

Though the Afridis, one and all, are but scavengers themselves.

This is the truth of the best of the dwellers in the land of Pathans,

Of those worse than these who would say that they were men?

Khushal Khan Khattack, the most revered Pashtun poet (1613-1690)

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Plynkes on November 30, 2021, 04:46:47 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/qBx1FB5D/IMG-20211118-WA0012.jpg)
Umra and his Bodyguards  ;)

I met him once. He was very tall.  :)



Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on November 30, 2021, 05:15:58 PM
I just want to meet his bodyguards.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on November 30, 2021, 08:42:49 PM
Amen to that MG …. Lol
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on December 01, 2021, 12:31:58 PM
THE VISION

ZARIN KHAN 40TH PATHANS

Zarin khan is a former Subedar  of the 40th Pathans, of Yusufzais origin, he deserted years ago and joined his friend and mentor Umra khan in Mogala.
He was instructed by Umra to break into the sequel to the malicious Wazir Mulehead, gain his trust, and report informations to Umra.
But in Zarin's heart is the oath of allegiance he took to the Raj when he entered the 40th Pathans, and this feeling has been torturing him for months....
So on a cold September night, in the desolate and barren  lands of Waziristan, Zarin leaves the fires of the camp and walks towards a mountain ...
(https://i.postimg.cc/NMzQX10N/Screenshot-20211116-134803.png)

Reaching the wind-blown summit, Zarin looks at the moon and begins to hum an old song that sings the deeds of the Pashtun hero Jayakumu
“On piles of dead meat
You have erected your glory
But the blood you shed on you fell back
Your war is over
Old soldier.
Now the wind has sat down
Your gaze hung on the sky
On the eyes there is the sun
A dagger remains in your chest
And you don't, you'll never throw again
Your spear to hurt the horizon
To push you beyond
To discover what only God knows
But of you will remain only
The pain, the cry that you have given”
(https://i.postimg.cc/NF89kJrs/Screenshot-20211116-134855.png)

……When suddenly he hears a voice calling him:
Zarin Khan are you here again? what are you looking for from the Moon and why are you singing this song ?
(https://i.postimg.cc/XNT6fNVY/Screenshot-20211116-134915.png)

Who is speaking? Zarin asks...

I'm Babu khan a horse trader... I'm here because  I'll conclude a profitable trade of horses in the coming days down in Wana ...
(https://i.postimg.cc/cLTsBq9k/Screenshot-20211116-134932.jpg)

Why do you know me? you are not a simple horse dealer... who are you really?
(https://i.postimg.cc/xjbMxgS3/Screenshot-20211116-135041.jpg)

I am the one who led you to Spin Baldak against the Waziris, and I am the one who gave you the courage to repel the Afghan’s cavalry in Dhaka....I am the one who pushed your Pathans to attack the Tor Ghar tribes at Akhund Baba... I'm your Izzat!
(https://i.postimg.cc/C1xJn8Z6/20211116-141708.jpg)

I had lost sight of my honour  lately, indeed I hoped to never see you again...
(https://i.postimg.cc/xjbMxgS3/Screenshot-20211116-135041.jpg)

You didn't want to see me because you were afraid of yourself... return among your men, your soldiers, which you have led valiantly into battle so many times; and face your destiny, whatever it may be , toss your dies without fear, believe in the Only True Rule of your ancestors... but put your Izzat first, so you can go back to being the Subedar Zarin khan !
(https://i.postimg.cc/C1xJn8Z6/20211116-141708.jpg)
(https://i.postimg.cc/NMzQX10N/Screenshot-20211116-134803.png)

to be continued...

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on December 01, 2021, 09:55:01 PM
To: General Davenport
From: Colonel Fullerton
Subject: Supplemental report to actions at Mir Khan Khel
Sir it is with great honour that I report my following actions against the Afridi heathen Abu Zar Khan and his lashkar at Mir Khan Khel. Upon approach to the village it was clear to me that the afridis had reinforced their center with modern rifles (I suspect provided by Russian or Afghan agents) and Ghuzzni fanatics. I immediately ascertained I could strike hard with my Flying Devils into their right flank and roll up the entire affair adroitly. I led the charge straight into their flank, my Flying Devils at my side, and slammed into a wall of fire and steel, the dammed heathens had reinforced the sangars with more modern rifles. My Devils did not shirk, but the withering fire was telling and prudence prevailed. I called back my probing attack to allow the regulars a clear line of fire into the heathens and they poured withering fire into the pattans but not before my wheel maneuver provided the slightest let up in pressure allowing the heathens to pick their targets, gunning my guides down to a man and shooting my mount from under me. The beast fell on me pinning my leg and sword arm. Suddenly one of the Ghuzzni fanatics broke from the village, his tulwar ready to strike down on me. From across the battlefield Lieutenant Dawes sighted down his Webley and potted the devil, sparing me the indignity of dying under my mount as opposed to astride her.

Captain Liver continued to direct the attack on the village driving the afridis to the rear until I could rejoin the effort and take charge of the consolidation and refit, declaring Mir Khan Khel pacified, and the path to Spin Wam one village closer.

Lieutenant Dawes acquitted himself in a manner appropriate for an officer of her majesty the Queen.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on December 01, 2021, 10:03:52 PM
Good description ...I must admit !  :)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on December 04, 2021, 10:41:38 AM
THE GOAT

Mullah Powinda “the goat”
(https://i.postimg.cc/ZqstH02v/A-Mullah-Powindah.jpg)
Beneath vague voices and the feeble din,
Strangely as if through a shield,
Through the khattak dancers in a row
One sees the towering old mullah.

A welcoming voice, a direct look,
With eyebrows, grizzled and curved,
Of nothing in particular he spoke
And to you said no more than he should.

Among the tribesmen and the khans
Amid the day’s whirlwind,
It seems that they’d forgotten
His past dramatic legend.

They forgot the day of anguish,
The night of cries: “To arms.”
The disheartening salt-marshes,
The camels’ measured tread;

Forgot the margins of shifting sand
Where a bad-luck company dragged;
Forgot Maiwand and Jandola carnage,
Tochi Valley fallen to the Ferenghee’s flag.

Forgotten? — No! Each time it occurs
That some attention-grabbing incident
Dims the spark of his peaceful eyes,
Refreshing them with old events.

“What is with you?” — “My foot aches.” —
“Gout?” — “No, an old jezail wound.”
Suddenly provoked, he awakes
And breaks the tedium of the Punjabi sun.

And he told me that none of those
Among all of the veterans,
In lines with up raised tulwars
Or in rows of resting on the ground,

Could force him out of the shabby bed,
Clever, foxy and corpulent,
As his heart repeatedly agonized
Over memories of mishaps past.

But a new Rule is moving his world,
And he wakes up from his deserved rest,
Grabs his jezail and embraces the jihad,
‘Cause the True Ruler claims his life.

Among the rocks
Jumping and landing
He forgets the pain in the foot
No gout he told…just goat!!!

R.WInkie from “Peshawar barracks ballads” which inspired Gumilev’s famous poem

Mustafa turned for a last glance to the tamarind market stall but…dozens shadows were appearing over the hills ridges…only the incoming darkness and the rocks shadows could save him to be detected, but for sure it was not a nice news for the Tajiki following them…he was staring them...who are they?
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“Quick quick” cried running in front of the trio and pointing to the crossroads which led to Mir Zakah
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“Quick quick…STOOOP” Mustafà indicated some sparkle of light coming from the main road, the sunset reflecting on the metal of weapons
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 “How can they be already here?” asked Yamad fully surprised
“Tajik have magic powers, they are all wizards” grumbled Mustafa for Yamad discomfort but he was tacitated by Muletail
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 “Silence, Mustafa stop with this foolish stories which impress Yamad, they cannot be the friends of the three killed tajiks, they were waiting on the crossroad in the opposite road; these must be other tribesmen, let’s go behind that mud brick  house and let they pass unseen”.
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It was a simple classic brick mud house, very common not only in this area, called in “renedra style”, often sometime they include also a dome and awning and jars, but this was very simple and, above all, without any evidence of inhabitants.
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Two tribesmen are coming from Mir Zakah escorting an old man, apparently inoffensive and harmless, he walked with a limp, like something was wrong with his leg, obliged to carry a big water tank.
The trio was just beyond the mud brick house, which controlled the road and could be used as a sentinel to warn about enemies coming to the village; but actually it appeared desert and without inhabitants, and allowed our friends to hide out unseen, when suddenly cracking and cries erupted filling the air with noisy sounds.
Immediately the trio stopped in the middle of the road and the old men said with a clear waziri accent
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“so it seems that my friends came to look for me” and laughed but the two answered with surprising perfect Afridis’ accent:
“Shut up stupid ruffian, you will pay for our three brothers you killed before being captured” and raise the arms to hit him with their tulwars “if we cannot bring you back we will kill you here”
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Even if Muletail orders were to hide and then go to Mir Zakah, the generous and naïf Yamad could not stand looking the old men injured and going to be despatched. His generosity was also boosted by the consideration that the old men looked worthless while the tulwars of the Tajiki could be easily converted in juicy tamarind slices and he knew very well that Mustafa, after eating a dozen of slices, was keen to tell fantastic stories about Tsar monster and now new ones about Tajiki wizards, and Yamad was crazily fond of horror stories.
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He pointed the jezail and, covered by the chaotic din coming from behind the curve: snip! But for the hurry to move and fire he missed; surprised also Muletail and Mustafà fired without aiming and failed their shots. The ambushed afridis grabbed their jezails but misfired and then started the melee but no tulwar reached his target 5 dice for fire and 5 for melee, all failed!
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At this point the five fighters paused and the old man took the water tank over his shoulders and hit the head of one Afridis, stunning him, while the second, distracted by the unforeseen attack, lost for one second controlling the attackers and was wounded by Yamad and  despatched by Muletail, without successfully counterattacking.
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“Rumours are stopped now, the warriors seen by Mustafa must have completed their work on Tajiks or the latter routed, now it is best accelerating towards the village before they join us” said Muletail
 “Thanks brothers you have broken me free from these heretic ruffians” said the old man grabbing a jezail from a dead Afridis “ but now I must continue my job”
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and before completing his sentence he disappeared jumping among the rocks.
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When Yamad climbed a rock he could see only a far shepherd with some goats…
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“Wow he is faster than a goat among these rocks and he facilitated our job hitting one warrior” Yamad said
“Sure he was not a normal old man , perhaps a demon” replied Mustafa
 (https://i.postimg.cc/fTd05j0m/Goat-demon2.jpg)
“A demon, a goat demon?”Yamad was terrorized but much more fascinated. “Perhaps generated by Tajik wizards?”
“Shut up and run if you do not want be captured by other bandits and if they catch us you will regret the demon did not kill you”” said sharply Muletail and the trio run again towards Mir Zaleh…
Running cautiously, keeping a strict silence, all three are thinking: but who was the “goat demon”? An old shepherd? A master of camouflage? Will our heroes meet him again? Probably sooner than they think…
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TO BE CONTINUED…
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on December 06, 2021, 01:49:26 PM
The Interrogation

GILGIT FORT
Lt. Kennedy
Major, we found these men in the Military zone with counterfeit documents stating they are Spedding’s workers .
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Good morning, I am Maj. Forsyth, commander of the Gilgit base, do you want to explain to me why you go armed and with an escort of cutthroats in the Northern Territory, which is forbidden to civilians?  Your excuse of being Spedding’s workers doesn't work, so I want the truth!
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Zibbib
Mr Major I cannot answer this question, I have a secret assignment by the Rawalpindi High Command, I am a British Intelligence agent...
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Maj. Forsyth
Hooow can I believe such a colorful and strange story? you don't have a shred of paper with you !
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Zibbib
Major normally Sirkar's agents don't walk around with documents...., you can check by telegraphing to Rawalpindi...
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Maj. Forsyth
Ah you can be sure that I will.' In the meantime, however, you are all under arrest!
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Flashy
Me Major Forsyth too? I'm an important and well-known person, I'm Percival Flash Dumbar, you'll have heard of me... and I suffer from rheuism I can not go to a damp and cold cell .....
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Major Forsyth
Never heard of you Sir ... and I have other and more important problems to solve, we are preparing for a Military campaign…, and I had also received the last number of the Pesha Trib with latest Winkie’s poem, and I’m anxious to read it…so excuse me but I’m really busy now…Havildar take these men to prison, they are under arrest !
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Zibbib
Damned military, just a burocrat in a garrison lost out of this world he can command....
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On his way to the prisons, Zibbib hears a faint voice coming from one of the cells...
Zibbib Khan, you too here?
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Zibbib
Who is ?...... Nasrullah Khan my faithful friend, what are you doing here and where are the other men who were with you ?  are you wounded ?
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Nasrullah Khan
Hosoor, may Allah protect you,  while we were going down  the Gilgit River on inflated goat skin boat ...
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at the confluence with the Yasin, we were attacked by the fetent Yaghistanis, they shot to us like pidgeons ,  …mine it's a smear wound…fortunately on the saving table a 6  was tossed…
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Zibbib khan
But what happened to the other men and the boys ?
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Hosoor, I have bad news , in the clash  were killed all our faithfully men, and the Emir’son... he rolls 1 on saving table, very unlucky boy
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The gaze of the Prophet has moved away from us...I managed to escape together with the young Maa Din …fortunately because we are in the first boat and the river rapids pushed us away , the True Rule protect us with another lucky 6 , but later , tired and hungry we were captured by Kashmiri soldiers and brought here to Gilgit fortress.
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Zibbib
For the beard of the Prophet, what a story ... I'm sorry for the other men and for the Amir’son, killed by these heretics and pesty  barbars…could be a great problem the  lost of the Amir’s son for the balance on the Frontier…, but you succeeded in the mission of bringing the son of El Osprey with you. Where is the boy now?
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Nasrullah Khan
He is also here, perhaps in another cell... since we were captured I have not seen him again ...
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To be continued…










Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Shikari Sahib on December 06, 2021, 02:16:34 PM
Beautiful and exciting story, very intriguing...
excellent photos and sceneries, beautiful the  inflated goat boats and the river water, amazing  the effects of the floors and cells.
Great work !!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on December 06, 2021, 02:18:31 PM
Beautiful and exciting story, very intriguing...
excellent photos and sceneries, beautiful the  inflated goat boats and the river water, amazing  the effects of the floors and cells.
Great work !!!

Thanks very appreciated comments Sir !
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on December 06, 2021, 04:08:54 PM
Excellent installment to Zibbib's tale. That boat and river work are truly inspired Umra. Major Forsyth is a damnable ass and demonstrated his hubris by bring Zibbib and Flashy into his office disclosing a planned military operation and his operational map on the wall for them to see. Not to mention the latest edition of the Pesh Trib laid out for them to read their cyphered messages from.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on December 06, 2021, 05:26:58 PM
Shanks aka Sardar Gul Akbar, typical behaviour of an heretic ferenghee. The dead boy was a stupid dull one ,but can be very useful to our jihad. Let the Amir know that the firing was done by ferenghees with afridis scouting. Russians will be his revenge tool and we...just wait to pick up the fruits. May the True Ruler bless your dice!
Your father in Faith Mulehead, future Amir
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on December 06, 2021, 06:10:26 PM
Excellent installment to Zibbib's tale. That boat and river work are truly inspired Umra. Major Forsyth is a damnable ass and demonstrated his hubris by bring Zibbib and Flashy into his office disclosing a planned military operation and his operational map on the wall for them to see. Not to mention the latest edition of the Pesh Trib laid out for them to read their cyphered messages from.

Haha very witty comments...
You and your brother , the Evil Wazir, are like the fox and the cat
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on December 07, 2021, 08:04:34 AM

Gilgit , Swat, Kunar, and Kabul
Kurram, Tochi, and Sohan
Mighty rivers each in their own right
Sweep down from the roof of the world
Feeding the vastness of the Indus
Cutting through mountain and plain alike to join the sea

So too
Afridi, Waziri, Akazai, and Hassanzai
Yusafzai, Bunerwhal, Chitrali, and Hazara
Mighty tribes put aside the vagaries of rules
Bringing their strengths together in times of need
Sweeping the ferenghees from the mountains and plains
Delivering them to the sea from whence they came
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on December 07, 2021, 01:23:13 PM
Well done CPT Shanks
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on December 07, 2021, 03:29:25 PM
I just read through pages 29 & 30, WOW! Great poems, stories, terrain, and reports gents.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on December 07, 2021, 06:39:46 PM
13 Sept. 1890 - Tirakh Mir - Chitral

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The rumors of a large Russian force crossing the border from Zebak into the Chitral Territory have been confirmed. Refugees from the pillaging of Zebak in Badakhshan by the Russian forces have made it to neighboring villages on the south side of the border. It is said that the Russians have Tajik allies with them and have made a strong base in Zebak from which to attack Chitral! Stories of Cossacks pursuing the refugees into the hills has every border village on edge.

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Just across the border a village on the road to Tirakh Mir has been occupied by the Russians for a night laager. A young man with ties to Umra Khan and related Ali Razah Khan has left his village before the heathen feringhee made camp. Hidden in the foothills above his vill he made a sketch of the camp and his vill to take to the local Mullah. He told his siblings that it is his duty to report this defilement of his country by these northern feringhees.

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Ballah Khan, younger brother of Ali Razah Khan has mobilized his forces intent on attacking the Russians in their forward camp at sunrise on the morrow. Local popular forces of the Regular Afghan Army have a fort on the border close by, will they join in the attack? Every Pashtun is ready to kill these feringhees from the north. The one true rule will protect the faithful.

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Hand drawn map made by Bhalla Khan while hiding in the foothills in the southeastern corner of his valley.

This game will be run in person at the SMG - South Florida Miniatures Gamers clubhouse, Das Krieg House in Fort Lauderdale Fl. My buddy Bob who’s running the Russians in this campaign is flying in for a visit to play this game. He’s been sending me troops to use in the game for weeks prior and I’ve been painting Russians to add to the battle as well as making custom game cards for all the forces involved. We will be using my favorite set of rules, THE SWORD AND THE FLAME,
 http://www.sergeants3.com/2.html (http://www.sergeants3.com/2.html)


Here are some of the custom game cards. The front has the movement, fire, and morale charts while the back has the melee stats and mods. They are a half sheet of standard paper in a plastic page protector and kept in a small binder for future operations. The plastic covers also make good coasters for a frosty beer.

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                           TO BE CONTINUED:

15 September 1890, On the road to Tirakh Mir, Chitral …

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Game table set up as per Ballah Khan’s hand drawn map.

Link to my entry into this campaign on my blog: https://sgtguinness.blogspot.com/2021/07/never-trust-anyone-on-frontier-epic-nwf.html?m=0




Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on December 07, 2021, 06:59:58 PM
Excellent pre-battle report JBaumal
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on December 07, 2021, 07:33:52 PM
It will be interesting to see if the Tsar's forces are able to expand their influence further south and gain access to the rich resources of India. It will be interesting to see them stopped cold in the passes and watch their bones bleach in the unrelenting mountain sun, scraped clean of flesh by the goh, jackals, and vultures too. Either way I am keen to see the developments. Great write up Sgt Guinness.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on December 07, 2021, 11:59:17 PM
Thank you gentlemen!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on December 08, 2021, 08:02:23 AM
I’m late to the complementing squad but that doesn’t decrease my sincerity, great post brother Jeff, & you now have us all on the edge of our seats ‘round the tabletop, waiting for news from the front!!!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: miltiades on December 08, 2021, 10:25:22 AM
I am fascinated by this fantastic and colorful story!. Excellent! I keep wondering ... what comes next? And everything has a feeling and a touch of the period.  :o :-*
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on December 08, 2021, 10:15:44 PM
Thank you Miltiades my friend!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on December 09, 2021, 01:35:41 AM
MG, thank you my brother. A great battle it was! You and I should be battling it out soon in your territory. I will be working on my AAR between all my kids events.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on December 09, 2021, 01:03:23 PM
Mir Ali Mirali -  The battle Scenario C “to the last battle”
AbuZar saved the village and is the flag around whom dispersed tribesmen rally with new volunteers willing to avenge the past sufferance inflicted by Fullerton’s previous campaigns. He wants to run to intercept Fullerton column before reaching the safe entrenched camp in Mir Ali Mirali and new Poona squadrons released by Major Stockfish, happy to remain safely in Tochi Valley devasting and looting the last untouched villages.
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One of the last but not least khan to join Abu Zar Khan was Wali Khan, the second son of Sher Khan, with supplies and animals raided during his journey. A new alley or a spy, ready to report everything to his father?
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Fullerton before turning the head of his horse roared his menace: he will ride with the sole purpose to cause immense suffering among Afridis civilian population, indiscriminately killing farmers, cutting trees and destroying Mir Khan Khel.
But in this way he only showed his great weakness, as once Umra Khan teached to Wali khan :
“When you’re not strong enough to punish the camel, then go and beat the basket carried by the donkey.”

 “The orders by my father are very simple. With the mounted throat cutters hired by my father we will be able to harass the devils running back and we’ll intercet and destroy them before entrenching in Mir Ali Mirali. They are from Wardak, directly from the capital Chaki and are mercenaries offered by the Amir as an alliance gift to Umra Khan, who deployed them to my father and that I bring with me to ensure no Ferenghees will return alive.”
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“My own unit is formed by the cream of the army of my father and will show you how to fight” Wali Khan said proudly among the other nodding khans, all new arrived and more than willing to be Ferenghees avengers and show to Wali their loyalty to his father, the mighty Sher Khan.
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“You cannot teach a Kuki Khel Afridi how fighting ferenghees, none of you were in Mir Khan Khel where the pride of Afridis was enhanced by our value!” roared Abu Zar “we start immediately!”
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Waiting more reinforcement should have been the wisest option but he should show to all the khans who was the boldest khan and the chief of the army-“Let’s pass thru the hills on the right and arrive on the routed enemies to complete their butchery”.
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Mmmh the troops sent by Sher Khan are fine but their khans two complete idiot, one bald as a coot and the other a forgettable fellow, whose only valuable intellectual property are his moustaches. They both are as sharp as a buzkashi ball…
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Captain Liver run to the head of the column and informed Fullerton “Sir, may I beg you pardon but it seems many ruffians are trying to cut our path, many hundreds of them if you don’t mind”
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“Captain we cannot lose a second, let us direct towards those houses to create a rock where their waves will splash ineffectively”
 “Sir yes sir” and then shouting, “column follow me!”
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At second turn the inept Shakor Khan did not manage to coordinate the possible attack at double and his mounted warriors remained standing while all the tribesmen were running shortening the distance.
Like wolfes, the pashtuns try to envelope the flying devils but must stop to take the breath, only the veterans driven by Naag Khan continue to run looking for the opportunity to attack the rearguard of Best’s guides, but they are also cautious because they know the bloody effective job the Sikh can do with their bayonets,
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Liver’s baluchis sent a devasting fire on Naag khan killing 5 pathans, then the exceptional Liver raises his cry “At the double!” and his baluchis manage to accelerate at the double reaching the protection of few houses in the outskirts of Mir Ali Mirali
Shakor Khan toss 11 and his mounted warriors charge at double with a further 5, but the Sikh are really lions and stop them in a draw that avoid any pinning or pursuing.
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Liver’s Baluchi kill other 2 mounted Wardak included Shakor Khan and they are pinned, just in time to avoid the joint attack with Wali, but the irregulars fire a devasting volley and then other 2 Sikhs are butchered by Naag veterans, killing one.
 (https://i.postimg.cc/rF5kWn6K/G-Wali-firing.jpg)
While Best rallied his guides, Liver and Dawes sent devasting fire on Naag Khan and on Kaalindi Khan with 4 dead each and pinning both and only the second succeded in rallying. It seems that Raj units can safely retreat.
But at this point Abdul Haq, the young Afridi emerging leader, advances and then passes the test for a second action , being an hero, and said “Brothers Remember Spinwam, the harvest destroyed, the wells polluted” and the Afridis unsheated their
 (https://i.postimg.cc/bvsV0rG3/HA-Abdul-speech.jpg)
tulwars “Remember Qaabiz’s wifes raped and killed” and the Afridis advanced “Remember Gaarwine’sons all killed” and the Afridis raised their tulwars “remember the beautiful Spinwam’s tower burnt and destroyed “ and the Afridis charged the British “Remember Eada’s goats stolen and devoured!” at the thought of the lost goats the tulwars hit ruthlessly and all Yorkshire unit but Dawes is cancelled!
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Impressive and decisive…
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Now only Tommie Liver’s Baluchi are between the Pashtun hordes and the safe defenes of Mir Ali Mirali.
Liver’s Baluchi regroup in close order and kills 4 Abdul Hag men pinning his unit, now this is the situation:
(https://i.postimg.cc/c44JMnZQ/6th-Raj.jpg)
The fire of Wali’s irregular hits another guide and Lt Best with another guide join Dawes in his rout towards Mir Ali Minari. Now also Fullerton join them to organize the reinforcements sent to Mir Ali Mirali and rally the routed, only Tommie Liver stay entrenched in hard cover provided by the village against the 4 remained units, two battered but two fresh new.
(https://i.postimg.cc/kgH9zWgK/Liver.png)
Liver’s Baluchi fought like lions but nobody survived, last one being Liver himself that rallied once again his men without routing but were despatched by the man of Abu Zar,
 (https://i.postimg.cc/RC2mW3FC/LB-Foto-Liver-Abu-Zar.jpg)
who personally killed the heroic Cpt Liver who, with his sacrifice, allowed the safe retreat of the other officers.
(https://i.postimg.cc/TYjsTh54/LBC-foto-liver-Abu-Zar-duel.jpg)
In the mean time 10 miles west…
(https://i.postimg.cc/GmhXrKC4/LC-Foto-LT-Jaybrick.jpg)
“Sir I’m LT Jaybrick, Paul Jaybrick, I’ve been sent with my Poona unit to join your column during the march to Thal. May I ask where the rest of your units is, Sir?”
(https://i.postimg.cc/rp7j1Lt4/LCD-Foto-Poona.jpg)
“This is all my column, Tenant, or what is remained of it. You arrived just in time to escort us safely to Mir Ali Mirali and from there we’ll have to move quickly away, before those heathens arrive pursuing us! Thanks the mounted ruffians were routed, and this gives us the possibility to escape,”
(https://i.postimg.cc/Yq8xXFWM/LCE-Foto-Poona.jpg)
LT Jaybrick looked to the horizon but no other troops were in sight; of 4 gallant and flamboyant units who left Tochi Valley only 3 officers and 1 private were marching Southwards. And now something was in view on the horizion, but they were not Raj soldiers…
(https://i.postimg.cc/C5hqDvJD/ZZ-Horizon-pathans.jpg)

To be continued
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on December 10, 2021, 12:10:47 PM
Mir Ali Mirali Aftermath
In the Sher Khan camp in the outskirts of Surani a messenger arrives on his galloping chestnut gelding, is a man or…it looks like a mirage… .
(https://i.postimg.cc/6qxbrJ4q/Waldek-messanger.jpg)
Sher khan noticed immediately the dusty clouds on the horizon and the indistinct approaching figure
“mmmh it seems a Wardak tribesman, only a stupid Wardak could raise all that cloud to announce his arrival for miles around”
(https://i.postimg.cc/cHwX49kS/A-W1.jpg)
“Khan I have a message from your son, he said me to show you a letter sent by Abu Zar to the mighty Umra Khan and he asked me to deliver at maximum speed. We wanted returning home after the death of our Khan in the big battle!”
“is Shakor Khan died? And my son? And the army? All lost?”
(https://i.postimg.cc/Cx57fLrJ/A-W2.jpg)
“No it was a great victory and only our Khan was killed, but he acted as bravely as only Wardak can do” said proudly the messenger
(https://i.postimg.cc/tJ9tRXV3/A-W3.jpg)
Unfortunately, he was hit by a long distance lucky shot of those damned ferenghees, he was assisted by his young brother, our actual leader Saadam Khan. If I think to that moment it is curious that the wound that killed Shakor was on his side and seemed more inflicted by a tulwar, like the bloody one brought by his brother, but these are some of the mysteries hidden in the great battles…
(https://i.postimg.cc/9QHXDrfH/A-W4.jpg)
“ oh well” said Sher, relieved by the news “I mean I’m sorry for Shakor but…oh well give me the letter and go to get a soup, you should be wearied after this long ride and the battle” and took the letter reading it avidly:
From Abu Zar Khan to Umra Khan:
The war against the devils flying column, which the Afridis warriors, inferior in number and equipment, began under the leadership of Sher Khan and supreme leader you mighty Umra Khan and conducted with unwavering faith and tenacious bravery without rest for many weeks, is won.
The gigantic battle, which opened last month and in which the Afridis of many subtribes under Sher Khan joined against different Ferenghees armies, is over.
The lightning-fast and most audacious advance of my troops on Mir Ali Mirali, blocking the retreat of the enemy army, as they were overwhelmed from the North by the troops sent by you mighty Umra  and from the east by those of Sher Khan, led to the utter collapse of the enemy's front. From Thal to the Tochi Valley, the fleeing enemy is pushed ever further back by the irresistible onslaught of the regrouped local Pashtun rallied under your flags and of the cavalry tribesmen that you sent to us to complete the triumph..
In the mountains, Sher Khan is advancing at the head of his undefeated tribes, eager to return to the previously successfully conquered positions, which they had never lost.
The Ferenghee Army is vanquished: it suffered terrible losses in the dogged resistance of the last days, and during the pursuit it lost an enormous quantity of materials of every kind as well as almost all its stockpiles and supply depots. The Ferenghee’s Army only today has so far left about 3 whole units and no prisoners of war are left in our hands along with multiple entire officer booties and at least 500 new rifles.
The remnants of what was one of the world's most powerful armies are returning in hopelessness and chaos up the valleys from which they had ascended with boastful confidence to spread famine and death.
All my Khans fought bravely but I want to mention especially Abdul Haq Khan, who I put in charge of all the lands south of Mir Khel Khesh, who destroyed alone in only one turn a whole British unit, Wali Khan the second son of Sher Khan who showed great bravery and skill in firing with his irregular troops and Khalidi Khan whose Ghazi warriors kept the ground without routing also when losing two third of their fanatics.
Now the road to Mir Ali Mirali is open and from there we can think to encircle General Davenport in Bannu or pursuit and destroy Fullerton remained troops in Tochi Valley, in a great alliance with Waziris or…from there aiming directly Wana and the heretic ruffian goats lover who will soon be part of our buzkashi games.
As a preliminary gift, please mighty Umra accept the head of a British Captain who fought as a lion allowing the escape of the other officers, and that I butchered personally with my tulwar.
Your triumphant Abu Zar

“And now what your next moves?” Asked Sher to the Waldek mumbling on the letter content
“Abu Zar closed an eye about the stories on our Khan death and has promoted Saadam khan of the Waldek cavalry, so Sadaam is proud of it and faithful to Abu Zar and we remain with him with all the winning Khans who see the opportunity to gain honour and booty, included your son Wali Khan.
(https://i.postimg.cc/q75vMQhj/A-W5.jpg)
The strategic situation shows Fullerton in Mir Ali Mirali with the reinforcement sent from Tochi Valley, his request for other units will be probably rejected by Gen Davenport who has cancelled the delivery of a new column under Major Vousden to retake Thal and is concerned about Bannu itself , menaced by Sher Khan, whose Afridi have been reported to be already around Surani.
(https://i.postimg.cc/k4qF6m5s/final-map.jpg)
Furthermore, sending other troops to Fullerton is under the risk of being intercepted before arriving and the Army defeated piecemeal. If Abu Zar will push southwards Mir Ali Mirali will fall and Fullerton will have to decide between trying to return to Bannu or organizing a last defence in Tochi Valley waiting for help from South, by Gen. Sir John Percival "Mandrake" Aubrey-Smith in Tank, but still with some units consolidating the presence around Jandola.
(https://i.postimg.cc/s2sbNdHZ/Lancers-4.jpg)
In the meantime a unit of Hodson Horse under Major Rawson, who got the mission to capture the adventurer false merchant Zibbib, but failed, and is arrived in Bannu as false clues directed him to the wrong way, and now is a lucky coincidence as could be part of a new column to go west to Fullerton or north to clean the Surani district to ensure the Bannu safe.
(https://i.postimg.cc/jdr5SCDV/Inked-OB-Rowson-LI.jpg)
And new units are coming from Rawalpindi to turn the tide. Among them a 1st mountain artillery Kohat unit, willing to use their devasting guns, supported by ghurka and highlanders still under painting.
(https://i.postimg.cc/0yt8cZfP/Kohat-artillery.jpg)
Abu Zar has a formidable army, but he is well aware that his power is due to Umra benevolence and Sher forced alliance. Now Sher Khan seems forgot the past feud as the Abu Zar victories produce indirect success also for Sher who is in charge of all the area. And Abu Zar is indispensable if Sher wants to try something more ambitious against Anglez, and the last victory gave glory also to his second son Wali Khan, and Abu Zar reported his name to Umra.
(https://i.postimg.cc/SsxmkLJV/Umra.jpg)
But Umra could decide to send Abu Zar to Tochi Valey. And if so why? To expand Afridis’ power or free it for Mulehead and assure credits for future battles against Anglez or…perhaps against new  Ferenghees from North? And the first son of Sher Khan, Bahadur, will accept happily the glory of his younger brother Wali? Will he search a battlefield to show his value? Or does he think that a well-used tulwar could close the problem much more easily? Will Sher Khan give an irregular infantry unit to him too?
(https://i.postimg.cc/0yCMYLrQ/Bahadur.jpg)
But Bahadur is the first son and he says among other khans he deserves a whole army! But his leadership value is 9+ and Sher Khan, a good men judge, probably will not risk more than a single unit…as for that bald coot of Wali…
(https://i.postimg.cc/nrvcHDDz/Wali-Bahadur.jpg)

To Be Continued
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on December 10, 2021, 12:33:22 PM
Excellent Giorgo !!

Umra in his great wisdom wants to avoid trespassing to the south, in the land of the Waziri.
Sher Khan is the Choosed One he will engages Ferenghees troops in the north, and cuts any renforcement for Fullerton!
so be written, so be done !
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: elcondottieri on December 10, 2021, 01:29:37 PM
Thank you very much to all the participants.

Wonderful story.

 :-* :-*
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on December 10, 2021, 07:05:44 PM
Elcondottieri, muchas gracias por tus amables palabras de aliento :-*
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on December 12, 2021, 06:05:29 PM
Great job Giorgio! Very exciting. I’m working on my AAR for our battle in the  north.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on December 13, 2021, 11:28:42 AM
TANK 23 September 1890
From Gen. John C. Aubrey-Smith Mandrake
to
Jandola Outpost
Col. Frederich Murchison

Dear Murchie
carefully check the movements of the Southern Waziri, I have information that there may be unrest... Zarin has not yet turned his card and Powinda is moving against Stockfish, and you know that these tribesmen are easy to excite...
Stay well my friend
John

(https://i.postimg.cc/L88ZkLm9/Inked-Screenshot-20211108-165540-LI-tank-and-jandoola.jpg)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Shikari Sahib on December 15, 2021, 02:16:02 PM
great posts men, carry on with other news please  :-*
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on December 16, 2021, 09:36:33 AM
Ghuam Khan Kalay Battle

(https://i.postimg.cc/g0xX7fMS/goat.jpg)
Muletail and his friend had been instruments of  fate or, if you prefer, the True Ruler had established since the beginning that he had to start his long journey from Khost to be in Kajeray just in time to free Mullah Powanda (see link https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=131610.420 Powanda “the goat”).
(https://i.postimg.cc/ZnBVGKbF/Muletail-journey.jpg)
While Muletail and his friend are continuing their journey towards Mir Zakah, Mullah Powanda takes the leadership of tribesmen rallied under his flag for a great jihad and the army increases with Waziris and allies joining his column directed from North West to the Tochi Valley.
(https://i.postimg.cc/JnkQFJL3/Map-Khans.jpg)
After a long quick journey through the waziris subtribes in Khost, Powanda warriors reach the North Waziristan, green hills alternate with rocky arid dusts
(https://i.postimg.cc/1XPsnGRJ/Powanda-landscape.jpg)
Different is the perception of the British officers and Lt Wootsy is not exception. He is a real Hero, the only valuable officer that Stockfish has under his command. He is scouting the area north of Ghuam Khan Kalay to intercept and escort an artillery mule train sent by Gen Davenport just before the fateful end of Fullerton advancing towards Spinwam and his defeats and units annihilation.(see link https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=131610.435 the battle of Mir Ali Mirali)
(https://i.postimg.cc/DZBw9njZ/lancers-view.jpg)
A unit of 1st Bombay mountain battery is escorting the train and cpt Riley Sikhs and LT Firestone are marching to meet them and to support and prevent any coup de man of Waziris.
A lot of ruffians’ movements and rumours of the riot have been detected and Stockfish wants to regroup all his unit to entrench and wait for Fullerton’s return with the Poona cavalry sent to support his advance in Afridis’s lands. (see link https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=131610.435 the battle of Mir Ali Mirali)
Opposite to Wootsy, the other officers are not at sufficient standard: Cpt Riley can be defined a yellow belled, but anyway better than the drunkard LT Firestone or the coward nervous LT Tameron, whom Gen Davenport was very keen to send out of his HQ and who got his rank thanks the good offices of his uncle Br Gen Marmaduke Tameron, who anyway didn’t take him in his highlander regiment.
Suddenly a dusty cloud behind the hills is announcing an incoming danger: Cpt Riley must be informed immediately to accelerate the march to support Tameron and assure the safe arrival of the train with the necessary guns and ammunitions. They are already here, much before the expected arrival time!
“Crazy mountain artillerymen, they well deserve their reputation!” Wootsy said turning his horse “Better we accelerate, RInsaldar at the double, quick! But before send a Sowar to Captain Riley to inform him!”.
(https://i.postimg.cc/xC2Wt0rd/start-map-ink.jpg)
An happy, melodic, rhythming tune is song in the valley by the bold artillerymen of the 1st Bombay mountain artillery:
 For you all love the screw-guns — the screw-guns they all love you!
So when we call round with a few guns, o’ course you will know what to do.
Jest send in Powanda an’ surrender — it’s worse if you fights or you runs:
You can go where you please, you can skid up the trees, but you don’t get away from the guns.

(https://i.postimg.cc/0yt8cZfP/Kohat-artillery.jpg)
“Tenant tenant” the halvidar shouted running “Sir many pathans are behind those hills aiming at our mules”
(https://i.postimg.cc/G35w8H6K/Tamerlon-Havildar.jpg)
“Well they will enjoy the knowledge of our lead, Havildar be ready to repulse the attack and let us gain time to be rescued” answer the Tenant while his nerves started to collapse after fighting with his mind generously helped by a robust liquor to pass the hours of this interminable journey. But he feels a presence, an oppression on his breast cutting the breath, as an evil curse, a prophecy of dead…
(https://i.postimg.cc/HjD60DwY/Tamerlon.jpg)
“The mountain gunners’ boast is that we can go anywhere, where a man and a mule could put a foot.we have  kept  up a steady clip of up to four and a half mile per hour, mile after mile and day after day and now we are here unexpected to keep this area under strict control.”
For Lt Wootsy it was a remarkable sight to see a good mountain battery coming into ‘crash’ action. What would appear to the uninitiated eye to be a disorderly assembly of mules and soldiers would suddenly stream into position, there would be a brief pause with much exertion and the heaving of lumps of metal and in a minute or two, the animals would be led off at a run leaving six or four sturdy guns with their detachments kneeling smartly round them.
Powanda looked at the column, surprised that they were already arrived, just before all the trap settings were completed. He had many inexperienced khans, but the view of the mules and guns boosted the warriors enthusiasm. Powanda spoke to his men:
(https://i.postimg.cc/zBHMTksk/Powanda-speech-single.jpg)
“Glory to True Ruler generosity! Here our award, the prize of our faith is coming before than expected!
On the poor dusty road, utter carnage awaits you and I see what they will be in few hours: Maimed bodies will be rotting where they had been thrown. Shards of broken weapons and pieces of guns have been scattered across the highway like autumn leaves. The carriage is lying on its side, wood split open like a rotten pumpkin. With those guns we will free all Tochi Valley. Raise your tulwars sons and give the due bloody sacrifice to the True Ruler!”
(https://i.postimg.cc/gcRQJNqz/Powanda-speeh.jpg)
“Glory to the True Rule” the waziris roared and when Mullah Powanda lowered his arms they exit in the main valley and run towards the train.
But LT Tameron feels a presence, an oppression on his breast cutting the breath, as an evil curse, a prophecy of dead, someone as a sort of supernatural power, looking over him and he trembles…
 (https://i.postimg.cc/FswxL49w/Start.jpg)
At Powanda's signal all the tribesmen advance running like wolfes, all but Khostwal cavalry which, under the inexpert leadership of  Mursalin Khan, stay under the rocks where Powanda made his speech, until he, exasperated, push them to charging thanks also the stones and rocks he threw on them, so that they fear more him than the artillery fire...
Tameron Bombay artillerymen keep high their reputation, they first missed at long distance fire on foot Pashtun but replied with a devasting volley on Mursalin’s cavalry. In the meantime Wootsie appears and is activated.
 (https://i.postimg.cc/kXhJgt8P/Tamerlon-firing.jpg)
Tameron guns hit other 2 waziri but they undeterred are not pinned and contact killing all the Bombay artillerymen and Tameron himself, his bad omen of doom materialized in the tulwar of a fine swordsman such as Sobha Khan. Glorious is the meaning of his name, and glory fell upon his turban when he butchered LT Tameron and left all Bombay crew dead without the time to spike the guns.
(https://i.postimg.cc/yJfwJZ88/Tameron-Sobha.jpg)
While all the pastun advance, but Kaashif Khan and his irregular who has been left well behind under the furious sight of Powanda, Wootsy attacks gallantly and destroy all the cavalry including Musalin Khan, a not very regretted Khan.
 (https://i.postimg.cc/Bj4yMg8v/Cavalries.jpg)
Sobha attacks Wootsy but is repulsed with heavy losses and pinned; while also Kabir must retreat but Wootsy unit is now only half of his original strenght.
Riley fire hits 2 Poya’s warriors but the elite troops doesn’t wave under the fire,
At this point Wootsie rallies his lancers and charge Kabir’s fanatics.
(https://i.postimg.cc/YCGpqTRX/6-Waziri.jpg)
He wins the first fight, but they feint to rout and under the strong command of Kabir attend the lancers charge, losing a lot of men but succeeding in killing all the chargers, Wootsie included.
(https://i.postimg.cc/Y0DHtxWK/6-raj.jpg)
Poya contacts Riley and kills half of the British but Riley succeeds in rallying them while Firestone Sikhs hit 2 Ghazi and pin Kabir before he can contact Riley.
Poya insists attacking Riley butchering half of the British, but he is able to not be pinned and fires back.
 (https://i.postimg.cc/Y4JzyrXx/Riley-last-stand.jpg)
In the moment to strike the fatal blow the fierce waziris of Jammas do not close and Poya’s ones are beaten even if 3 time more numerous than Riley’s, and Poya Khan himself is killed;  but no time to breath and the fanatics Ghazi close on Riley and butcher all the Brits and for Kabir is the first personal triumph and cpt Riley’s head a nice present for Uncle Powanda. The first and the last…
Firestone with a devasting volley destroy the unit of Sobha Khan who routs. Kabir’s Ghazi are tigers and in 5 kill 4 Sikhs but these are lions and roll 5 “6” on 12 dice. Kabir Khan is killed, a great loss for Powanda’s army, a step forward for civilization!
 (https://i.postimg.cc/bJjC03Xc/ghazi-sikh.jpg)
The depleted Sikhs pin Poya Khan elite warriors but are hit by fierce waziris of Jammas Khan and all killed in a ferocious carnage taking with them 3 waziris.
 (https://i.postimg.cc/1RGBbtZB/11-waziri.jpg)
The battle math says 3 Khans KIA and a total of 10 cavalry and 37 tribesmen versus 24 infantry and 4 artilleryman including all 4 officers.

Now guns are taken, Powanda is happy because his nephew  is in the Heaven of True Rule martyrs and Tochi Valley soon will be free, but the losing of Kiber Khan have depleted the strength of his force. Time to go North and recruit new warriors for his jihad, before pointing to Tank and South Waziristan. And perhaps to meet again the young son of Mulehead that he recognized on the way to Mir Zakah, but that of Muletail is a different story…
 (https://i.postimg.cc/VkQKPK6S/Muletail-trio-3.jpg)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on December 16, 2021, 12:37:42 PM
Giorgio, another great battle report to start the day with.

Loosing those guns is a hard blow to the imperial forces.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on December 16, 2021, 03:40:30 PM
What a fantastic battle.  A great victory against the ferenghees and a great prize of guns. The families of those martyred will be well cared for and their names and deeds will be immortalized in poems.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on December 16, 2021, 05:26:11 PM
Great AAR Giorgio
Beautiful maps
Another great battle...but the followers of the false Rule will pay soon for their miscredent behaviour.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Rhingyll on December 16, 2021, 06:50:32 PM
Great battle report Giogio!! Very interesting to read.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on December 21, 2021, 02:29:50 PM
The Enlistmen
After the capture and imprisonment Zibbib and his men spent days in the prisons of Gilgit, when one morning….
(https://i.postimg.cc/Vv8bzggP/20211219-112214copia.jpg)
Good morning Gentlemen, you may remember me, I am  Lt. Kennedy of the 5th Gurkhas, the Maj. Forsyth wants to talk to you... Come with me please!
(https://i.postimg.cc/T1SZjcx4/20211219-112405.jpg)

Zibbib
Well ! our credentials came from Rawalpindi...
(https://i.postimg.cc/66SSmYsH/20211219-112255.jpg)
In the office of Maj. Forsyth
Lt. Kennedy
Major here the two men you  ordered me to take…
(https://i.postimg.cc/PJRPm0Pn/20211219-113224.jpg)

Maj. Forsyth
Gentlemen, we are taking military action against the Kanjutis of Hunza, the Thum has refused to submit to our agreements, and I have been instructed to organize a punitive expedition.
The area now is under Military law, by virtue of my power I must enlist you among the irregulars of Spedding, even if you are the scummest ruffians who ever passed thru this pass and you better deserve to hang from a rope; anyway you seem to be well skilled on mastering a rifle. You will be provided with a rifle and ammunition and you will be under the command of Lt. John Fitzpatrick, and don't dare to create any trouble or you will respond of it directly to me, and I'm not used to provide second opportunities.

(https://i.postimg.cc/NjHwDFdz/20211219-112822.jpg)

Zibbib
We are not military, I am an agent of the British Secret Service... I do not want to participate in your military maneuvers ... did you telegraph to Rawalpindi ?
(https://i.postimg.cc/qB6V4zTM/20211219-113314.jpg)

Maj. Forsyth
ENOUGH! WE ARE IN A MILITARY ZONE AND MARTIAL LAW APPLIES! If you don't obey my orders I can have you shot... I need all the men available, and you two ruffians seem to me to be good shooters.
Havildar, escort these men and also take those other two brigands who were with them, take them to the office of the quatermaster to equip them, with rifles and ammunition, and now OUT OF HERE !!!
(https://i.postimg.cc/Jn2LKXCS/20211219-112756copia.jpg)

Zibbib
One last thing Maj. Forsyth, I have another man here prisoner, Nasrullah Khan, I would like him to come with us, and here there should also be a young guy who was with Nasrullah...
(https://i.postimg.cc/65ThDvJY/20211219-113359.jpg)

Maj. Forsyth
You will also have that bandit, as for the boy are things that do not concern you ... and now OUT !!!
(https://i.postimg.cc/2S0LmHQW/20211219-112958.jpg)

Going out of the Maj Forsyth’s office
Zibbib
Flashy, we found the young guy, we have to find a way to take him with us...... a bit of mathematics on the Frontier,
 how can two thieves get rid of a military troops and stay with a young boy in hand?...
Well it seems that we will be enlisted again  in the army of His Majesty'... and after all  we are going in the right direction hahaha
(https://i.postimg.cc/qB6V4zTM/20211219-113314.jpg)

Flashy
A return to the origins, always better than staying in that cold and smelly cell!
(https://i.postimg.cc/x1NVT8HP/20211219-113353.jpg)

The Punitive Expedition against the Kanjutis,  the Hunza Field Force “HFF” consists of:
1 Platoon of the 5th Gurkhas 20 figs, under the command of Lt. Kennedy
1 Platoon of the 1st Imperial Kashmir Rifles 20 figs. under the command of Lt. Kidd
1 Wing of the Bengal Sappers & Miners 10 figs,. under the command of Lt. Julian of the RE
1  Platoon of Irregular Pathans 14 figs, under the command of Lt. Fitzpatrick
1 Section of Hazara mountain artillery  under the command of Lt. Mc Cormick
Command of operations is assigned to Capt. McKenzie of the Seaforth Highlanders
2nd in Command Capt. Tennyson of the 2nd Sikhs PFF…..
(https://i.postimg.cc/6ptbFQc3/Inked-Screenshot-20211024-135212-LIdf.jpg)

Attached to the military column a strange person with a cloak , covering colorful robes  …
(https://i.postimg.cc/cJ1NQSbK/20211221-150322.jpg)

To be continued…..

Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on December 21, 2021, 02:46:33 PM
What's this then? Press ganged old Flashy and his cohorts tsk tsk. Is there no end to the diabolic reasoning of these ferenghee?  And who is this cloaked figure? Another agent of the queen perhaps?
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on December 21, 2021, 03:07:18 PM
What's this then? Press ganged old Flashy and his cohorts tsk tsk. Is there no end to the diabolic reasoning of these ferenghee?  And who is this cloaked figure? Another agent of the queen perhaps?

I gave some clues about this strange figure.... ;) ;)
other intrigues... Russian? Dad Mahomed with his  long moustaches from Quetta ?...time to discover more
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on December 30, 2021, 03:27:23 PM
“Kismet” the destiny

“A demon, a goat demon?”Yamad was terrorized but much more fascinated. “Perhaps generated by Tajik wizards?”
“Shut up and run if you do not want be captured by other bandits and if they catch us you will regret the demon did not kill you”” said sharply Muletail and the trio run again towards Mir Zaleh…
Running cautiously, keeping a strict silence, all three are thinking: but who was the “goat demon”? An old shepherd? A master of camouflage? Will our heroes meet him again? Probably sooner than they think…
 (https://i.postimg.cc/g0xX7fMS/goat.jpg)
Our friends run quickly towards the white wall of the houses announcing Mir Zakah, a new step of their long road towards Peiwar Pass-
(https://i.postimg.cc/VkCGGfBd/B-journey.jpg)

Muletail opened the silent run of the Pashtuns along the old caravan route from Ghazni to Gandhara, their sandals were retracing the same steps that were made by the legendary Sikander more than two thousand years before
 (https://i.postimg.cc/fL6QB0vJ/CB-trio-running.jpg)
And suddenly after a last turn Mir Zakah appeared in all his shabby appearance of some mud brick houses with few larger buildings, probably a market, and some bazaars and stalls facing a dirty dusty road, just looking less depressing thanks to the last sunsetting rays of lights, which embellished the village, creating nice contrasts of deep shadow and lights from fires in the houses. Out of the village an ancient tower, a resemblance of the past power, seemed to look at the new arriving Pashtuns with suspicious curiosity. After Mir Zakah huge rocky mountains were showing their imposing horrid hugeness, as a last warning for the incoming travellers.
(https://i.postimg.cc/9M8YXKt6/CB-Mir-Zakah-ink.jpg)
Muletail was the first to break the silence “we are safe now, or at least we are safe from those bandits”
“Let us hope that the Tajik and the new arrived ones killed themselves each other” said Mustafà
“Yes, but what about the old bhishti?” Yamad asked with a faint voice, looking behind him as expecting to see a goat demon running following their traces
“we have no time for him, let’s go for his road” Muletail said sharply “now we need a safe place to sleep and rest few days before entering in the mountain area and in one week we will enter into Paiwar.”
 (https://i.postimg.cc/G2TZ8m1r/CD-trio-running.jpg)
The village Malik with some guards awaits them at the entrance of the village, Muletail is the first to speak:
"I am Hussain and with my two brothers we are headed to Kabul for a pilgrimage to the tomb of our father who is buried there. Outside the village it is dangerous due to wild animals and especially for those armed with tulwar "
"You also are well armed, perhaps too much to be simple pilgrims” said the Malik “where do you come from?"
 (https://i.postimg.cc/dVMDLhPQ/HB-M-M-Y.jpg)
We are armed to survive the long journey, we come from Buner but the war with the Anglez forced us to take a long detour and now we only ask for some food, and that the great Ruler may bless you…”
“well if possible, some rice with dry fish” Mustafà interrupted “green curry, few fried flour and acid tamarind marmalade and…”
“Stop it” said Muletail
“Oh sure, we can pay, we have a lot of money” Mustafa replied, and at these words the Tajiks smiled
 (https://i.postimg.cc/440pQvhX/smiling.jpg)
“You are welcome, I am Kismet Khan, the malik of Mir Zakah and no matter how much zar, gold, you have. We will provide food and a house to rest, you are my guests, according the Pashtunwali, the rule we all are subjected” said the Malik, who continued commanding one of his men “Rashtun provide all for our Bunerwal guests” And Rashtun started to provide orders for accommodation, followed closely by Mustafà.
 (https://i.postimg.cc/85v0kXhz/G-Malik-and-his-men.jpg)
Kismet mumbled “Mmmmh they come from south, probably waziri spies sent from Mullah Powanda to see our forces, well let us control they movement and perhaps we could issue fake information and prepare a nice trap for those bastard ruffians.”
 (https://i.postimg.cc/Zqdc6B0f/HA-Muletail-Yamad.jpg)
In the meantime, Muletail was whispering to Yamad “I do not like their sudden hospitality after you spoke about our money. Let us be ready to catch any warning signal “
They were interrupted by the return of Mustafà:
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“Do not worry brothers, I have discovered that Rashtun is my 4th grade cousin, a friend of an uncle of his fought under my father command against the anglez; he told me I was very similar to my father that he met when he went to Wana for the wedding of  common relatives,   and I obtained to be invited by Rashtun to his home for some dinner, of course only to have the possibility to get some intelligence, he told me that many old tribesmen fought with his uncle’s friend and still remember the glorious days fighting under El Growly’s command when looty was ready available. El Grungy Khan is a name who has many past followers and their only pain is that his killer El Scavenger was killed by a Poona’s officer at Gomal river battle. They could not have their revenge, but are more than willing to help his son Abdul Kareem aka Mustafa aka me”said Mustafa and then loudly, speaking to Rashtun:
“So my brother, show me your home and may the Ruler provide to your family ten times the food you will share! Muletail and Yamad, you can wait for me in the house next to that camel, where food and straw to sleep are already prepared”
“Ten times the food you eat?”said Muletail with a tongue in the cheek smile ”That means hard time for the Ruler!”
 (https://i.postimg.cc/GpCBSHqg/tower.jpg)

Which plan is designing Kismet Khan for our friends? Will he be their kismet, “destiny”? And which information will Mustafa discover during the dinner? And which is the tremendous secret that the Tajiks are defending so strenuously against the raid of Mullah Powanda’s bandits/patriots? And what is defending the imposing tower out of the village…?
Only the future (and dice) will tell us…
 (https://i.postimg.cc/CR9nrmrz/Dado-5.jpg)

To be continued
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on December 30, 2021, 09:00:39 PM
Most excellent and intriguing post, oh Evil One, and the map is quite charming indeed!  And yet... it does raise one nagging question: since when did Tajiks start pledging allegiance to Pashtunwali???  Hmmmmm -- mayhaps this be a clue to the true intentions of Kismet Khan.  BTW, handsome goat, and exceedingly well-photographed!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on December 30, 2021, 09:56:55 PM
Thanks Mad, the goat is the fruit of a raid, it belonged to some heretic fake fakir in Swat... now it is MY picture by  the adverse possession,,, just the first piece of Swat fallen into my hands...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: marianas_gamer on December 30, 2021, 10:14:43 PM
Mad Guru,
I wondered the same about the Tajiks and pushtunwali.
An Interested Obsever
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on December 30, 2021, 11:19:34 PM
Kismet Khan is defending its village and his secrets against many enemies and he speaks as a jackal with jackals and as a snake with snakes. He pretends to be friend and behaves as a wazir to get guests confidence and obtain information about his enemies next moves. He suspects that Muletail and friends are spies but he does not know so he wants they feel safe among friends to obtain information and clues. Or  he sincerely follows pashtunwali because...or perhaps...all clues will become clear in next episodes..  ???
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on December 30, 2021, 11:21:26 PM
@marianas gamer: Great minds think alike!

@Giorgio (AKA: heretical worshipper of aforementioned goat idol): First, last and only!*

(*Piece of Swat fallen into your hands.)

P.S. Re: Giorgio's latest comment above... truly none can compare to you when it comes to speaking as a jackal or a snake!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: JBaumal on December 31, 2021, 03:30:24 AM
Giorgio, very intriguing indeed sir. Tajiks and Pashtunwali!?!?!
Very cool map.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on January 04, 2022, 10:34:28 AM
If I know the Evil King well, the story about the Tajiks and pushtunwali  is just a trick... will I be wrong ?
But being a grim heretic from him you can expect anything... lol lol
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on January 05, 2022, 07:19:38 AM
“Chahar chez est tohfay Mir Zakah, Gard-o- Garma, Gada-o- Goristan”.
Four things are the gifts of Mir Zakah: Dusty winds, hot seasons, beggars and graveyards.
Strange that tagijks are speaking in Urdu instead of Persian...
All the clues will find an answer in next Muletail episode: "Pashtunwali".
And what is the secret of the tower?
Heretics are right in one thing: no one can better speaking as a snake than the snake king!

(https://i.postimg.cc/9M8YXKt6/CB-Mir-Zakah-ink.jpg)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on January 06, 2022, 10:15:22 AM
Pashtunwali

(https://i.postimg.cc/9M8YXKt6/CB-Mir-Zakah-ink.jpg)
“Do not worry brothers, I have discovered Rashtun is my 4th grade cousin, a friend of an uncle of his fought under my father command against the anglez and I obtained to be invited by Rashtun to his home for some dinner, of course only to have the possibility to get some intelligence…”said Mustafa and then loudly, speaking to Rashtun:
“So my brother, show me your home and may the Ruler provide to your family ten times the food you will share! Muletail and Yamad, you can wait for me in the house next to that camel, where food and straw to sleep are already prepared”
Which plan is designing Kismet Khan for our friends? Will he be their kismet, “destiny”? And which information will Mustafa steel during the dinner? And which is the tremendous secret that the Tajiks are defending so strenuously against the raid of Mullah Powanda’s bandits/patriots…?
Only the future (and dice) will tell us
The dinner in Rashtan’s house was more than abundant and even Mustafà, with a brain new red turban, gift by Rashtan, felt not so hungry at the end of the fourth dish. Chairman was Rashtan’s old father and in front of Mustafa and Rashtan other two Tajiks sit without opening their mouth. Two wifes of the old father were serving the important guests.
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“Now you have eaten our salt and we are friends”said Rashtan with his tongue in the cheek  smile “ and now let me introduce two best friends of my Uncle, very eager to help you. But now tell us why u arrive here pretending to be a Bunerwal? We were waiting for you and your khan, the famous Muletail”
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 “How do you know about him? “ Mustafa thought “I should have hold my tongue” but it was too late.
(https://i.postimg.cc/JhcgXzR6/D-Rashtan.jpg)
Rashtan was quick to reply “Some merchants anticipated his arrival; we are all good waziris’friend” smiling as a snake staring a rabbit.
(https://i.postimg.cc/cHFbDkgf/E-Mustafa.jpg)
“Well, all we need is to have a rest, food and a guide to accelerate our march towards Paiwar Pass, and possibly helping in negotiating our pass with local tribesmen. And you should take care to delay bandits which were behind us in Kajeray. And killing any Afridis or Zadran killers on our traces.”
“oh you can be sure, no Zadran dares go so far norhwards, and about Afridis… well we know very well how to manage them” Rashtan said, and then speaking to other”We know very well, don’t we?” “oh yes” they replied “Very very well” with a grim lauhghing.
(https://i.postimg.cc/8zLn8zfp/F-Banchetto-3.png)
Mustafa felt a twist in his skeleton, but was soon distracted by a tamarind cake brought by the younger wife and happiness returned in the house, flourished by lamb perfumes filling the air.

In the meantime, Muletail and Yamad rested out of the house where they were accommodated, and from there they were looking at the tower still visible even if night darkness was advancing covering all the shadows with an uniform layer of deep black.
(https://i.postimg.cc/PqtyBzky/G-tower.jpg)
“Let’s go to the roof” said Yamad “We’ll enjoy a better landscape” But arrived on the roof they found a couple of Tajiks smoking in the shadows, spending time playing with a drum and ready to grab their weapons at our hero’s arrival.
“Any problems?” they asked suspiciously
“No thanks”Yamad replied “We wanted just get a better view”
(https://i.postimg.cc/MK2F9BXP/H-on-the-roof-2-2.jpg)
“Better view? Here? We say “Chahar chez est tohfay Mir Zakah, Gard-o- Garma, Gada-o- Goristan”.that in urdu means “Four things are the gift of Mir Zakah: Dusty winds, hot seasons, beggars and graveyards.” Said the Tajiks laughing and going to leave the roof looking for a new place to smoke and control the waziris.
“What they say about the gifts?” asked Muletail
“Nothing, it is an old Punjab proverb related originally to Multan, we Bunerwals were used to kid those Pashtuns with this rhyme Multan Goristan. These idiots just adapted it but losing the rhyme…well strange they make fun of themselves, no pride these Tajiks”
(https://i.postimg.cc/tCjB3Hm8/I-on-the-roof-M-Y.jpg)
“Yes very odd” said Muletail and then speaking to the leaving Tajiks:”Here Divâr moosh dâreh, moosh ham goosh dâreh” Walls have mice, and mice have ears, in persian.
The Tajiks smiled embarrassed, “good night to you too” and quickly left.
“It is like I suspected” whispered Muletail to Yamad “They speak Urdu and don’t understand Persian, they are not Tajiks, this is a trap, go to call for Mustafa and be ready to run away quicker than a snake bite.”
Yamad run to Rashtun’s house and yelled “Mustafà Mustafà come out, Hussein must speak with you now!” Rashtun appeared on the door “what happens? Why crying so loudly?”
(https://i.postimg.cc/g29mqrPm/L-Yamad-out-of-house.jpg)
“Nothing, just Hussain wants to speak now with Mustafa for certain important reasons”
“Oh and when Muletail calls all waziris must run” At these words Yamad looked the white face of Mustafà
“Do not panic my friend, we Tajiks are good friends of Waziris, we escort you three tomorrow and we will teach you a short cut passing close the tower. But tomorrow, now it is too dark. My friends will ensure you have a long rest, cause tomorrow it will be a long day, a long march is waiting for us before you arrive in a safer area. Whatever the urgency of Muletail, Mustafa will remain here, he is eating our salt and leaving my father party now should be a great offence.
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“Tomorrow I assure you will have a special badragga to protect you”
“Mmmh urdu again” Yamad thought “These are Tajiks as I am an heretic TSATF follower” spitting aside to remove the blasphemy.”Ok Mustafa reach us when you have done and rest before the new journey”.
Mustafà was tempted to reach his friend but the chicken with peas was calling him and he thought that was very inconvenient to offend the Tajiks, so returned in the house and the owner’s wifes astonished provided other food to be swallowed by the man with a stomach larger than a camel, as they called him.
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Next day our 3 friends, Mustafa with his old turban as he did not want to use again the gifted turban after hearing Muletail’s doubts, with their badragga, composed by Rashtan and five other tribesmen started to walk towards the tower well before dawn.
(https://i.postimg.cc/q7DkKwJZ/NB-Dado-2.jpg)
“Be ready to react for any tricks they may want to implement” said Muletail, but everything seemed quiet and peaceful.
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Kismet and 5 other Tajiks escorted them up to village borders.
“Have a nice journey, Rashtan will manage everything and may the Ruler protect your path”
(https://i.postimg.cc/zBJ0ss9V/ND-Muletail-Kismet-and-Rashtan.jpg)
“Thanks Kismet, I will not forget you, be sure” Muletail answered and then asked to Rashtan “Why so few inhabitants in this village?”
(https://i.postimg.cc/8Pn9hzxw/NE-Muletail-and-Rashtan.jpg)
“Many warriors joined Powanda and his jihad, news is speaking about a great victory in Tochi valley, and together with Afridis victories in Spinwam district it means that soon we will be free of our Anglez guests. Other joined the bandits on the hills, other works…” Rashtan answered elusively.
(https://i.postimg.cc/fLMkxNPW/Arrive-to-tower.jpg)
He stopped speaking as they arrived close to the tower and other warriors were waiting for them fully equipped with tulwars and jezails;  their grim malik did not seem very friendly, more similar to an horse theft than to a khan…
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In the morning dusk Muletail could glimpse the shadows of other 5 warriors outside and on the roof of the tower
“Sag-e zard barâdare shoghâleh” said Muletail, but no one answered
“what did u say?” asked Mustafà in a whisper
(https://i.postimg.cc/Bb903QBJ/P-All-at-the-tower.jpg)
“The yellow dog is the brother of the jackal,in Persian,  that means One is as bad as the other. Also these are no more Tajiks than you and I”
“Well well well, what a nice present for the old Gul Zaraq, Rashtun what are you bringing us today? Cave needs always new volunteers to work in his dungeons…”
(https://i.postimg.cc/5thGYKY3/Q-Gul-Zar.jpg)
Suddenly the escorted became prisoners and Muletail said “You son of… you smell like camel stank; I knew you are not real Tajiks”
“Stop crying, nobody can hear you. No Gul, this pigeon is too important to be used in your caves, he will be escorted back carefully, and Umra will be more than happy to pay real gold for him. You can enjoy with the others; they will learn that the Afridis dinners must be payed and are very costly…” and giggled high pitched.
“What does it mean, who are you?” Yamad asked astonished
(https://i.postimg.cc/SN1gY1HM/QB-All.jpg)
“Ask to the mighty Muletail, he has already understood, don’t you, filthy heretic dog? We are Afridis, a band sent by the Mighty Umra to look for Sikander’s treasure; legends reported to his stronghold speak about a big treasure hidden here around and you will spend the rest of your miserable life working looking for it”
“And the village Tajiks warriors?” “They will be your colleagues and you will divide the tower jails with them. Now they are working under the strict control of many Kismet’s warriors. But do not worry, nobody is strong enough to resist more than few weeks and Gul Zar is always in search of good workers” Rashtan answered laughing loudly.”And in few days we must depart before warriors returning from Tochi valley.”
“We were informed by our allies Zandar that some precious gifts were arriving, and we sent some friends to welcome you in Kajeray but I don’t know how you escaped them. Well now it is….”
(https://i.postimg.cc/XNHfsGxM/QC-dado-1.jpg)
Suddenly many cracks fires broke from the surroundings rocks and in the dark lights of the dawn Muletail could see four Afridis killed and 3 other hit but not incapacitate, with an outstanding score.
With a scaring yell a dozen of shadows erupted from the rocks and attacked the Afridis who tried to reach their safe into the tower.
(https://i.postimg.cc/xdMtXvrD/RB-attack.jpg)
What is happening? Who are these warriors, Tajiks bandits or…? What about the Afridis in the tower? Which secret is inside? And Kismet? But most important…will the destiny dice stop tossing only “1” and “2”???
To be continued
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on January 06, 2022, 11:24:20 AM
Very intriguing...many mysteries and many surprises in this story.
The cadeau of the red turban was unusual, very strange thoughts in the brain of this heretical minstrel... lol
Compliments my friend nice post, and great photos...
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on January 07, 2022, 05:31:04 AM
Due to a rash of telegraph lines being cut faster than they could be repaired it was determined to make the alternate signals plan the the primary, to whit heliograph stations will be established along the route of advance to provide clear communications from HQ to the field force. On orders from Punjabi Field Force HQ in Abbottabad,  Maj Angus "Wheezy" McGhee leads a detachment of Seaforth Highlanders,  5th Ghurkas, and 4th Sikhs to secure Knoll 2367 near Parbal Gali so a signal team can establish an heliograph repeater station.
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 The plan is for the 4th Sikhs, with their solid marksmanship, to cross at the ford and establish a supporting fire position along the northern ridgeline. The ghurkas are tasked with following on and securing the knoll on the western edge. The highlanders mission is to cross the bridge and secure the village of Parbal Gali, establishing a field HQ from which to support the heliograph station. Once the location is secured the Signals Corps and pioneers will build a signal tower and establish a semipermanent post. This village and hilltop lies on the India side of the border, is considered pacified and no resistance is expected this far south.
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Unbeknownst to our intrepid force, the valley was rife with resistance. Two clans of fanatics, a well armed clan of Chagarzai, and one prized field gun were waiting in the nullahs and below the crest of Knoll 2367. The pathans, having watched the Raj forces moving ponderously up the valley, were ready to bushwhack the infidels.
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: CPT Shanks on January 07, 2022, 07:14:06 AM
The Sikhs begin fording the river with the Ghurkas moving into a following position. The highlanders under Maj "Wheezey" McGhee begin crossing the bridge leading into Parbal Gali.
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Before they can cross the water the Sikhs come under fire from a field gun well camouflaged in a sangar, losing two sepoys. To the north they look on helpless as a band of tribal warriors suddenly appear from a hidden nullah.

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The Ghazi fanatics, their leader Shamzullah having lost his faith, overcome his timidity and attack the Sikhs as they emerge from the river. As the melee ensues seven sepoys are cut down, taking only four of the fanatics with them, and fall back into the river, pinned.
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The Seaforths occupy the village, finding it abandoned and eerily quiet.
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The Ghurkas, having cleared the river, move through the fallen Sikhs to exact revenge on the fanatics. Matched man for man, the fierce warriors trade cold steel. Kukri and tulwar ring out in the mountain air, slicing through flesh and bone. Shamzullah falls dead, a kukri cleaving his neck. His martyrdom invigorates the fanatics and in the end it is the Nepalese warriors that are driven back to the river.
(https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/906649664575656016/928491701104955392/20211229_223338.jpg)

The field gun shifts fire onto the village killing a Highlander. The Chagarzai riflemen, led by Hasheed, emerge from their hiding place in the nullah and fire wildly into the village. The sheer volume of inaccurate fire takes another private down, proving yet again that quantity has a quality all its own.
(https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/906649664575656016/928897277748183090/20220106_232548.jpg)

The Sikhs fire into the remaining Ghazis killing one more of them, followed up with a close assault by the ghurkas who kill one more, routing the remaining fanatic.
(https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/906649664575656016/928491933188366346/20211229_232726.jpg)

To the chagrin of Maj "Wheezey" McGhee a second band of fanatics, led by Shakezula, emerges alongside the Chagarzai riflemen.
(https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/906649664575656016/928902899667435550/20211229_224500.jpg)

Under cover of the field gun the fanatics charge into the village trading tulwar with bayonet, Shakezula falls, cold steel in his black heart. The fanatics are driven back with three dead having only killed two highlanders. The Chagarzai pour another fusilade into the village killing another private and pinning the highlanders.
(https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/906649664575656016/928904752119570494/20220106_235533.jpg)

Discretion being the better part of valor, Major Wheezey, unable to rally his highlanders decides to conduct a retrograde operation and begins to retire from the village.
(https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/906649664575656016/928907414495969300/20211229_232819.jpg)

The field gun shifts fire again to the only available target killing the remaining Sikhs. The Chagarzai find new targets as well and manage to shoot down the two remains Ghurkas.
(https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/906649664575656016/928491701348212776/20211229_232722.jpg)
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Umra Khan on January 07, 2022, 08:28:30 AM
Great posts CPT Shanks, bloody little battle.
A well planned move for the Raj...what went  wrong ?
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: giorgio on January 07, 2022, 08:53:15 AM
Great post! Great news!!!  Now Pashtuns morale is boosted and upping, perhaps the time of freedom is coming! Powanda waziris in Tochi Valley, Sher's afridis in Spinwam district, now here. Jihad my brothers jihad but not only against Anglez, soon it will be time to epurate the heretics followers of the blasphemy rule as well!!! And I'm waiting information and news about ferenghees of North, our mighty allies coming to kick off the unwanted guests!
ANd Mulehead will become Azir of all believers, avenger of martyrs, harbinger of True Faith!
Title: Re: "Never trust anyone on the Frontier" an ...epic NWF Campaign
Post by: Mad Guru on January 07, 2022, 10:13:43 AM
More like a HARBINGER OF SORROWS for you, oh Evil One and devoutly heretical (NO con