The sudden Italian retreat from Kasala had pushed the British prematurely on the offensive in Eritrea. As the Italians slipped away to Keru, the 4th Indian Division, spearheaded by Brigadier F. W. Messervy's motorised 'Gazelle Force' pursued.
At Keru Gorge, Messervy found the road blocked by mines, demolitions, and the whole of General Fongoli's 41st Colonial Brigade. Under-estimating the enemy's strength, Messervy immediately launched an attack with the 4/11 Sikhs, supported by his field artillery.
As the Sikhs became pinned down by the Italian defenders, a threat to the British gunners began to appear from behind. While the gunner's attention was fixed to the front,they were charged by a squadron of Ethiopian cavalry, led by two Italian officers on white horses.
Attacker: Italian (41st Colonial Brigade)
Defender: British (25th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, 5th Indian Division and Sudan Defence Force, and Skinner's Horse, 5th Indian Division)
Turns: 5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Keru Gorge, Eritrea 1941-01-21
Squads: A:12.0 D:4.0
AFVs: A:0 D:1 Morris CS9 x 1
Guns: A:0 D:3 OQF 25-Pounder Gun-How. x 3 Boys ATR x 1