Beerhseba 1917 Light horse charge
Game will be at the Derby World Wargames 2015, game takes roughly 40 minutes,if anybody wants to have a crack at it, then please approach.
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All scenary create and built from Adrians wall, the game itself was Victorian Steel rules with special amendments, these being as follows -
01-Light Horse 5 figs a company taking 5 hits
02-Artillery fire was only used for over 30inch, once the cavarly reached the limit the barrage stopped and then it was down to the Turks infantry with the rifles and machine guns.
03-Normal pushback rules were used
04-No moral for the Light horse, they either made it or they did'nt
trench gave a save of 5,6 for the Turks, each company of 4 figs took 2 hits only before abandoning the positions
05-Turks had a chance of 5,6 to hit the Light Horse charge once under the 30inch range
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Overall it gave a fair balance to the game and a good chance for both sides to win, and it was a way of showing that the rules are compatible for a small scale battle to a large one we seem to have in periods such as the Franco-Prussian war.
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The 4th and 12th Australian Light Horse Regiments drew up behind a ridge. From the crest, Beerhseba was in full view. The course lay down a long, slight slope which was - of cover. Between them and the town lay the enemy defences.
The 4th was on the right; the 12th was on the left. They rode with bayonets in hand. Each drew up on a squadron frontage. Every man knew that only a wild, desperate charge could seize Beerhseba before dark. They moved off at the trot, deploying at once into artillery formation, with 5 metres between horsemen. Almost at once the pace quickened to a gallop.
Once direction was given, the lead squadrons pressed forward. The 11th Australian Light Horse Regiment and the Yeomanry followed at the trot in reserve. The Turks opened fire with shrapnel. Machine guns fired against the lead squadrons. The Royal Horse Artillery got their range and soon had them out of action.
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The Turkish riflemen fired, horses were hit, but the charge was not checked. The Lighthorsemen drove in their spurs; they rode for victory and they rode for Australia. The bewildered enemy failed to adjust their sights and soon their fire was passing harmlessly overhead. The 4th took the trenches; the enemy soon surrendered. The 12th rode through a gap and on into the town. Their was a bitter fight. Some enemy surrendered; others fled and were pursued into the Judean Hills. In less than an hour it was over; the enemy was finally beaten.
From his headquarters, Chauvel had watched the battle develop. He saw the New Zealanders swarming the Tel; on their right the 9th and 10th LH Regiment were trotting in pursuit under shrapnel. On the Wadi the 2nd and 3rd LH Regiments were pressing forward in their attempt to take the town from the east. The Royal Horse Artillery were firing in support. Then over the ridge rode the 4th and 12th . . . shrapnel . . . the signal to charge! Not for almost an hour did Chauvel learn that Beersheba had been won.
Then disaster. The 9th and 10th in pursuit were bombed by a lone German aircraft; they suffered heavy casualties. The Desert Mounted Corps watered at the wells of the patriarchs and in the pool. For days, the charge was the talk of the camps and messes.
The Australian Light Horse had galloped into history.
South Australians can be proud of the contribution of the 3rd and the 9th in the Battle of Beersheba.
A Squadron 3rd/9th South Australian Mounted Rifles began as the Reedbeds Cavalry in 1841 and is privileged to have inherited the honors, the history and the tradition of the Australian Light Horse.