Saturday, 27 November 2010

Yet again the Allies tasted the bitter fruit of defeat at the hands of the plucky French on Wednesday night.  Having reached turn twenty two and with the opening session of the first Ashes test match fast approaching we called it a night on our current game.  It had been once again an interesting tussle with a fair amount of ebb and flow but as I alluded to in the last blog entry it became increasingly difficult for the Allies as time wore on. 

Dom's Hungarian Grenadiers who finally wrested control of the woods from Neils' Westphalians only to find that the battle had left them behind.

Rather than outline the orbats in full I'll just give the total numbers involved for each side:

French (starting forces)

25 x Bns Infantry
2 x Regt Hvy Cavalry
4 x Regt Lt Cavalry
12 x Guns in 4 Bty's

Three infantry and one cavalry division.

Reserves (used)

2 x Regt Hvy Cavalry
1 x Regt Lt Cavalry
3 x Guns in 1 Bty

Reserves (not used)

14 x Bns Infantry
1 x Regt Lancer
6 Guns in 2 Bty's

Two infantry Divisions.

French Heavy cavalry with Wurtemburg light cavalry attached switch from the left flank to the centre leaving their horse battery to cover against any further Allied advance.

Allies(starting forces)

28 x Bns Infantry
4 x Regt Lt Cavalry
1 x Regt Uhlan
21 Guns in 6 Bty's

Four infantry and one cavalry division.


3 x Regt Cuirassier
3 x Guns in 1 Bty

Reserves(not used)

16  x Bns Infantry
7 Guns in 2 Bty's

Two infantry divisions.

Andy's Hungarians enjoy fleeting success against Erics line forcing him into retreat, but routs on their flank sapped their enthusiasm for further action and they were unable to exploit their gains.

As can be seen, though the Infantry and cavalry arms were relatively balanced there was a huge disparity in the amount of artillery available to each side.  This was further compounded by the fact that a third of the Allies guns were twelve pounders and that two of their batteries had Elite crews whereas the French had six and eight pound batteries with line crews.  The question I suppose is why didn't the Allies make more use of this advantage to achieve a win?  I think the problem was twofold, firstly the ground which the Allies were attacking over especially on their right made it difficult to concentate fire from guns and often they were masked by their own infantry.  Secondly the Allies failed to spot the one place where they would have the opportunity to employ a grand battery which was their extreme left.  Instead they employed a succession of localised attacks against equivalent forces and their artillery was often left unused.

The remnants of Justins' Russian line division gamely attempt to exert some pressure on the Swiss to support the attack of the Russian Elite division, but get toasted for their troubles.

So another game over and we'll be starting afresh next Thursday.  At the moment there is nothing specific planned though I've been mulling over the idea of a small scale battle using just the one table.  The idea is to introduce a bit more manouevre and a modified command and control structure into a game to see what happens. 
  Finally the answers to the questions I posed in the last entry, yes, no and not bloody likely.


Ravenfeeder said...

Surely that should be no, yes and not bloody likely?

Noel said...

To be honest I thought people just looked at the pictures.