After the bloody affair at El Wetti Ensign Claude Canard and his Friend and mentor Ensign Côtelettes de Mouton of the French Sloop "Le Vendeen" has become separated from the main French body.
Cresting a sand dune they are shocked to see a large body of horsemen sweeping down on Captain Gagon's command despite a valiant defence the small command disappears under a cloud of sand and flashing blades. This is a desperate fight, Ensign Claude Canard knows he is next.
Ensign Claude Canard has spotted a small track that leads around a large dune towards a small cluster of buildings he can only hope to hold his force together and fight off the Arab riders until he can continue his journey.
Ensign Claude Canard and his Friend and mentor Ensign Côtelettes de Mouton of the French Sloop "Le Vendeen" is leading thirty Infantrymen, all good troops, who have rallied to him. There only objective is to save what men he can and, hopefully, find some shelter in the adobe village.
Claude and his ragged column enter the table, knowing the Ottoman hordes are hot on there tail, if only they can reach the safety of the adobe buildings they might just be able to hold on.
Dust to the rear of the column reveal arab horsemen. "Sacrebleu"
Ensign Claude Canard and his Friend and mentor Ensign Côtelettes de Mouton urge his men on, the French column catch the first break of the day as their card is first from the deck and they force march into the small village.
The French dig in as the Ottoman's skirt the village just out of musket range tempting the French to waste their precious first volley.
Ensign Côtelettes de Mouton directs the French Infantry however the powder issued to the troops had somehow become damp and even in this baking heat it was useless leaving the French with limited fire power to stop the Ottoman cavalry.
The cavalry wash against the walls of the adobe buildings unable to break into the sand stone walls, unfortunately Ensign Claude Canard is caught in a narrow side street with members of the ships crew of the French Sloop "Le Vendeen" the narrow alley is filled with black powder as the defenders drive off the horsemen.
Ensign Côtelettes de Mouton rushes to the aid of his friend and is attacked by Arab lancers, both sides suffer several shock points, Ensign Côtelettes de Mouton is forced from the village as more horsemen bear down on the defenders.
Ensign Côtelettes de Mouton chases after the french infantry meanwhile Ensign Claude Canard has one last trick up his sleeve, the ships crew light fuses on their hand bombs taken from the French Sloop "Le Vendeen" and throw them at the advancing horsemen, sending them fleeing.
Hurrah.... A cheer goes up from the remaining French defenders....
Meanwhile Ottoman Infantry appear on the horizon.
The fight is not yet over.....