Lardies in Town

Some inspired local gamers had booked a hall and arranged a day of TooFatLardies gaming to be attended by Richard Clarke, one of the TooFatLardies rules writers. The fact that a day of Lard was going to happen not much more than a stone’s throw from my own centre of operations was just the incentive needed to dig out the old project, jump-start a new campaign, and aim to get something on the table in no time at all. It also provided the opportunity to ask the rules writer himself any ITLSU-related questions.

Operations at Dilbar, 1915

In the dim and distant past, starting a wargames project was normally based around getting just one army on the tabletop. More recently, my idea of a wargames project was to put together a complete tabletop: specifically, all the miniatures and the terrain for one particular battle. I decided to kick-start my current WW1 desert campaign by concentrating my efforts around recreating the operations at Dilbar, 13-15 August, 1915. I was attracted to this combat by a sketch map (right) in Operations in Persia (see Post 2). A small affair, it was nonetheless typical of
Imperial expeditions to destroy the resources of troublesome tribesmen spurred on by German agents and, importantly, included a number of features that had attracted me to WW1 desert warfare. The Indian regiments of the British Imperial army began the Great War as a frontier force well able to combat rifle-armed opponents. The First World War propelled this force into modern warfare. Dilbar (sometimes called Dilwar) is an early war example of operations that saw Indian forces combine with the Royal Navy to combat local tribesmen in desert terrain, and encapsulates a number of features particular to desert warfare.


In 1915 whatever the political situation in Persia, the British were determined to hold on to Bushire on the Persian Gulf. German agents (under the inattentive eye of the neutral Persian Government) were active at Shiraz from where they encouraged the local anti- British Tangistanis to attack the British at Bushire. Only one of two planned attacks materialised; carried out by mainly men from Dilbar led by their Khan, Rais Ali, who was well known to the British and blamed for local piracy. This attack was repulsed by the Indian battalion 96th Infantry. As a retaliatory measure, half of the 96th (led by Major Wintle) were sent to Dilbar on a punitive expedition to destroy the base and resources of the hostile Tangistanis. The expedition left Bushire on 10th August and travelled south in four ships: Juno, Pyramus, Lawrence and Dalhousie.
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