I'm back from Bristol but again only for the weekend, I now have to face the prospect of practical and written tests at the end of the week which I'm not looking forward to at all. So once again it's pictures from the library being posted. These three show the same moment from one of our early battles in a sort of disconnected montage. The scenario was one in which the French were given the task of stopping the two allied advance forces linking up and holding a strategic road junction. There were 3 French divisions of 8 to 9 battalions and a foot battery each, plus a small cavalry division of 2 regiments of dragoons and 2 of light cavalry. Opposing them were two Russian divisions, again of 8 or 9 battalions with artillery and a Prussian division of 10 battalions. Cavalry for the Russians was 2 heavy regiments plus an uhlan and a hussar regiment and for the Prussians a light cavalry regiment. Each side also had a horse battery. The first picture shows the French right where the attack is going well and the Prussians are in disarray. Things had started well for the Prussians, deploying onto the table they had been caught out by the French lights but a spirited charge from their own cavalry saved them from being cut down. However their deployment area became more and more restricted and the superior French infantry finally drove them off with heavy casualties.
Picture number two is of the centre and shows another French attack, this time against the Russians. The French appeared to have the advantage as they were able to concentrate more troops at the point of attack, but the nature of the terrain made it difficult for them to make those numbers count and the melee's which ensued ended in a stalemate. It was here that the French also decided to deploy the majority of their cavalry but it was destined to spend most of it's time sitting at the back of the table waiting for an opportunity that never came.
Last but not least the French left. It was here that the battle was decided. The Poles were given the task of stopping any allied reinforcements from reaching the centre but had to cross a large stretch of open ground with little cavalry support in order to do so. Inevitably the Russian cavalry was able to force them into square whilst the Russian infantry raced on almost unmolested towards the strategically vital crossroads. Their arrival made the task of the French attack on the centre impossible.
The game was played out over three (maybe four) evenings and in the main went well, remaining balanced until the last few moves. It also gave me as the game designer a better idea of what works and more importantly what doesn't.
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