In this fictional confrontation from the Kamerun (Cameroon) WWI campaign, a German gunboat needed to make its way past a French controlled river outpost, hopefully destroying the outpost in the process.
Unfortunately, the French had gotten word that the Germans were on their way. In additional to a few obvious defenses, the French and their Pygmy allies had lots of hidden surprises along the shore waiting for the gunboat.
As such, the German commander landed ground forces on either shore to flush out any waiting ambushes. The left bank was patrolled by a squad of askari with Azande musket men in support. Meanwhile on the right bank, a scout lead askari up the shore, while German sailors, Azande warriors and a witch doctor moved up the jungle track.
On the left bank, one askari was killed by a booby trap. Pygmy bowmen then opened fire on the askari, but were unable to hit their targets. The askari wildly returned fire, but could not get a bead on their attackers.
On the opposite bank the German forces advanced unopposed. The German gunboat tried to soften up the French barricade awaiting the troops, but was unable to dislodge the French soldiers.
As the gunboat moved down river, swordsmen hiding on a small islet appeared and managed to grapple their way onto the boat. German sailors quickly moved to counter attack the boarding party. At the same time, a French gun hidden on the right shore started pounding the gunboat, while French soldiers on the left shore began shooting at the German sailors. German morale began to falter under the attack.
On the right bank, the German sailors were quickly cut down by the French troops. The askari began rushing the French entrenchment, but were hampered by a group of Pygmy warriors that appeared out of the underbrush. The Pygmies were quickly killed off, and the surviving askari returned to their assault on the French position.
Back on the left bank, the German askari managed to kill off the Pygmy bowmen, but panicked and fled as more Pygmies appeared.
Between the boarding party and the French soldiers on shore, the sailors on the boat were quickly cut down. The gunboat got a final shot off at the French artillery, destroying it, but it was too late. The gunboat had suffered enough damage to it's hull that it began sinking and ran aground on the muddy riverbank.
On the right bank, the askari and Azande warriors were able to overrun the French position, but at a heavy cost. The few survivors quickly lost their lives to newly arriving swordsmen.
Overall it was a good practice game and gave up some ideas for improvement before we try a more in depth battle.