One month ago we met with a best of my mates, "Mac" Takis. It is a rare occasion for us to meet as he has many obligations but, anytime we play he have fun and enjoy our game!
Takis is painting with good speed his Prussian and Anglo-Hanoverian armies and I had just finished my French army.
In the context of our armament programs we decided to show each other what we've got , so we filled a 6' by 6' table with our figures...
We fielded about 17 infantry battalions, 9 cavalry regiments and 8 batteries each.
Here is a picture of the table from the French perspective. We decided to put almost flat terrain, two villages dominating the field as strategic targets, Vesterhof was closer to Takis' deployment and Ostendorf was closer to mine. There is part of the table to the right that the camera did not take. Woods to the middle, where Takis' Freikorps could have better chances to occupy as I had fewer light troops.
My right wing consisted of one cavalry brigade of one Gendarmes, two Dragoons and one Hussar regiments. To my far right (not shown) an independent unit of Light infantry.
Takis' Freikorps have already occupied the woods. Most of his troops are inferior. Although they will have a ground disadvantage, I decide to send my cavalry through the woods, starting with the Hussars as a spearhead. As we shall see later, this tactics was fruitful
I advance my left cavalry wing, supported by the "German" infantry brigade. Opposite them, Takis had two cavalry brigades. He decided to engage each one of mine with each one of his.
This means that he boldly decided to attack formed infantry frontally.
The two pictures show the results after the battle. My mounted grenadiers have taken 3 hits as well as Bentheim and La Marck infantry, but he lost one cavalry regiment and most of the other have retreated with 4 hits. Both of us, for a couple of rounds kept some distance to lick our wounds.
French Converged Grenadiers, assisted by two other battalions attack Vesterhof. The first British battalion receive 4 casualties and retreat, the grenadiers take the village momentarily, to be done for the next round and the second British battalion retakes the village. A second French attack is repulsed and the Irish brigade melt away.
In this last picture, the left side of the table has been cleared from any cavalry. The tired French "German" brigade has to face the oncoming Saxons while Vesterhof is in British hands. The Irish brigade is gone. A small elite French brigade arrive to fill the gap.