We used again a L-shape for this battle although I bought some new tables to enlarge my TT-ground. But that was perfect to play not too long.
This was a testgame for our final game of the 2nd HoW-Campaign I game with my english friend and my wife. For this evening I played again the austrians and my wife the French. We will Play it again with british replacements for Ogilvys brigade. I think that this will Change the game completely (british are superior for firing only).
French - Richelieu (Dep.) 1) French Cavalry Brigade Mailly (Dash.) - (1xCav lég., 1x Cuir.) - standard, inferior 2) French elite brigade Chambrond (Dep.) - (2xirish inf. (1 standard size), 1xlight artillery) - superior inf., stand. artillery 3) French infantry brigade Lutteaux (Dep.) - (2xline infantry) 4) French Cavalry Brigade Thormond - (2xCav. lég.) - inferior Armybreakingpoint: 4 Pragmatic Army - Berlichingen (Dep.) I) Brigade austrian Cav. Damnitz (Dep.) - (hussars, dragoons) II) Brigade austrian infantry Courrières (Dep.) (3xline inf., 1xgrenadiers, 1xlight artillery) - gren. are superior III) Brigade austrian infantry Ogilvy (Dith.) (1x line infantry, 1x grenadiers) IV) Brigade austrian cav. Trips (Dash.) (2xcuir.) Armybreakingpoint: 5
Terrain: river fordable, gentle hills, no BUAs, the flanks are rough terrain
Specialconditions: both sides can split the units in turn one or tow in small units (piquets) before movement. Victory-Conditions: Both sides: - breaking the enemies morale in 6 turns
Es marschierten drei Regimenter wohl über den Rhein...
I will write more some descriptions of the Pictures which speak for themselfs.
But first you may wish to read the orders of the commanding Generals.
The enemy will attack you because he outnumber you. You have chosen a fine Position and you can count on one Brigade of the wild geese! The way to retreat will be difficult and Berlichingen can rely on some more infantry. The enemy will arrive not as one Corps. You may attack him during his deployement. Use than the strengh of you irish soldiers! You will have the fine cuirassiers du Roi too. One of our best cavalry Units.
Votre très humble
"Wohlgebohrner Herr und General!
It's now of the greates importance to attack the enemy before we go in the winterquarters. You have to be eager. We want to kick the French over the river Rhine. You will get 2 bigades of cavalry and 2 brigades of infantry for this task. The enemy is ountnumbered but can rely on a strong defensive position. Nothing to serious! You know how bad they shoot and they cannot hold their position when you grenadiers begin to fire!
Both armies in position. Note the Brigade under Courrières in columns!
Hurrah! (would the French cry). Chambrond use the Chance to advance immediately. Some reason was perhaps that FML Damnitz refused to move his brigade of cavalry. Courrières was met on the wrong foot and did'nt managed to line up his men properly. A firefight has begun.
I saw no other way than attack (in turn 2). This was the result. My fine grenadiers were hacked to pieces by the irish Regiment Dillon.
My Grenadiers run away. The outflanking Arenberg-boys were attacked by the cuirassiers du Roy and done fore too! 2 bn.s lost in turn 2 - a really bad start of the battle. On the other hand that meaned that Richelieu ignored Damnitz' cavalry arriving on the left side of this photo.
Dithering Ogilvy refused to advance. Therefore I myself had to walk to him to encourage this poor fellow. I decided that dashing Trips could not start his assault before Ogilvy advance. Now on this photo Ogilvy made his first steps forward.
Richelieu saw no other way than to continue his attack with Charbannes irish hordes. But now my austrians were better prepared and the irish were soften up in the last fight. Reg. Dillon had to retreat - and that was Richelieu's luck, that they did'nt came into hand to hand... Clare attacked bravely but learned their masters. The bn. of reg. Wurmbrand destroyed this irish Regiment very fast.
Now I thought that this was the hour of revenge when my dragoons attacked the cuirassiers du Roy in flank. But the cuirassiers du Roy are of a other material than most French horse regiments. They had to retreat - no surprise because I managed to outflank them - but my dragoons had to retreat too!
The battle reached his climax in a large cavalry combat on my left wing. Not the best result for my Kürassiere! OK, Regiment Berry was done fore but what happened than?
OK, Ogilvy managed at last to advance and fire with his Brigade ...
But than Richelieu took the Advantage of the last fight and attacked my last able Kürassiere in the flank.
That means that the battle was nearly lost for my. I lost 3 Units, the French lost 2. But now the Regiment Mestre-de-Camp was in a fine position to roll up my center.
Let's see what happened than in my next post!
Es marschierten drei Regimenter wohl über den Rhein...
Finally FML Damnitz used his hussars for some Action - and what a Action. As so often with HoW the Hand to Hand fighting was bloody and decisive. The Nadasdy-hussars charged Clermont-Tonerre into flank and M.d.C. Mailly could not do more than observe the fate of his last unit.
After the attack of Bayreuth-fusiliers (destoying Royal la Marine) the Boys from the Regiment La Marine came to a revenge: they attacked the grenadiers under Ogilvy who had to retreat and became than the objective to attack of the last riders under de Thormond. But what happened now? The Grenadiers fought brave enough and both Units were done fore!
Now the French had lost the battle (maybe they lost before when attacked by the hussars, but we wanted to play the turn to the end).
A unsignificant note: if the French had not lost their cavalry - Regiment Dillon had to quit the battlefield in the Rally Phase. So the attacks and hand-to-hand-Actions were the last Chance for the French to win by pure luck of dice.
It was a great battle. My wife, who played the French, was Content with the Scenario. She said that there was some influence from bad luck with the dice. It's right. Perhaps there was a Chance that the irish regiments could destroy my whole brigade under Courrières. To attack with These best troops of the French army was a bolt decision - but maybe the best she had...
- their was a british Brigade of infantry (see below in the OOB)
- 1 small unit of cavalry would arrive in turn 3 on a 3, 4, 5, 6 for both sides (I thought that this would make the battle more interesting)
French CinC: Lieut.Gen. de Charbannes (Dep.) 1) French Cavalry Brigade M.d.C. Montagne (Dep.) - (1xCav lég., 1x Cuir.) - standard, inferior 2) French elite brigade M.d.C. Broglie (Dep.) - (2xirish inf. , 1xlight artillery) - superior inf., stand. artillery 3) French infantry brigade M.d.C. Rupelmonde (Dash.) - (2xline infantry) 4) French Cavalry Brigade Lt.Gén. de Grammont (Dith.) - (2xCav. lég.) - inferior 5) French Mousquetaires de la Garde (Independent) Armybreakingpoint: 4-5 Pragmatic Army CinC FM Königsegg (Dep.) I) Brigade austrian Cav. Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel (Dep.) - (hussars, dragoons) II) Brigade austrian infantry Trips (Dash.) (3xline inf., 1xgrenadiers, 1xlight artillery) - gren. are superior III) Brigade british infantry John Huske (Dep.) (2x lineinfantry) IV) Brigade austrian cav. Neipperg (Dith.) (2xcuir.) V) Hannov. Reiter Regiment Bremer (Independent) Armybreakingpoint: 5-6
Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel refused to move for 2 times. That meant that every outflanking manoeuvre on this wing was inpossible.
My austrian cavalry is advancing at last. A typical situation on this wing: one of my fusilier Units is driven back by effective irish volleys. The French 3pdrs hold my grenadierbn. at bay.
Another advance, but the same result. My wife, the French Player, rolled 4s and 5s only. Therefor my second wave was driven back too.
My english friend commanded the left allied wing. Thanks to a bolt decision of dashing M.d.C. Rupelmonde the La Marine-Brigade charged. But what happened? The drove the 22nd Foot back. But Royal la Marine had to fall back too.
This wing saw 2 big cavalry clashs and here is the first. My amendments were in use and worked pretty well. Both sides decided to back to rally after first fighting.
A second clash and a clear result. The whole Brigade under Neipperg is done for. But the brigade under Grammont had to retreat. The Regiment Bremer was arriving now and General Huske send the unit on the hill to Smash the remaining French. In this 5th turn the british infantry managed to fire some deadly volleys finaly! Royal la Marine was done fore.
Nevertheless the fighting of my infantry was a real nightmare. The Regiment Arenberg was shot to pieces during the 5th turn. They attacked were shot with effective volleys again and again. Superior infantry holding their ground is a cracking nut.
Finaly my right wing managed to cross the stream. It was too late as the musketeers helped the French cav. Brigade to outnumber their opponents.
I thought that this was my last Chance to win or at least get a draw. My dragoons and hussars charged.
The musketeers had to retreat. Than my hussars pursued and destroyed this famous unit. Yess!
But there was no real chance to reach the same result with my dragoons. Their opponents were a large unit of cuirassiers du roi with the Support of the Regiment Clermont-Tonerre. My dragoons had to retreat.
During this same last turn I wanted to outflank the Regiment la Marine with my bn. Prié but was shot by deadly fire from regiment Dillon.
From left to right: My bn. Prié shot and done fore. La Marine with 4 hits but Pauls (or John Huskes) 33rd came to late. Regiment Bremer were too slowly - never managed to fight. On the right: the Brigade under Grammont rallying off hits after their final fight.
The allies had left 2 Points and the French 3 Points when nightfall. That means that it was a minor French victory.
The French cavalry fought very well and Neipperg didn't managed a Counter Charge what was very bad.
The amendments for cavalry worked very well. Perhaps I will Change the irish. They will stay to be superior but Standard for Shooting. In fact they suffered from the same French ineffective style of tactic.
The british shot with one unit (33rd) on the Royal la Marine. This volley caused 3 hits. The target had 4 hits now.
As we understood under reaction on firing we thought that Royal la Marine had to stay for the next british volley which caused more hits.
Paul asked if Royal la Marine had now the Chance to fire back. But I said that they would have to rout. I think that in this case the first volley was so effective that the French fled the field before firing back. Firing is not simultaneously I believe.
Es marschierten drei Regimenter wohl über den Rhein...
Magnificent table, replete with Belgian beer I'm guessing! Great markers for the Commanders to identify characters. Do they have ratings on the card as well? I'm also a fan of coir mats for fields. The piece de resistance of course is having a spouse who games as well. Maybe in my next life!