Hi all im gearing up to do HoW with my local group in a couple weeks and have some rule questions. This first group is about attacking an enemy holding the far side of a bridge or Ford. Given how often these feature in the CS Grant TTTs, I figured I better get it straight.
First, I assume normal movement over a bridge is in column like for fords, I couldn't find anything to say so in the rules.
Second, do the rules allow you to charge across a bridge/ Ford? Strictly speaking troops have to move in column to cross but can't charge in column.
Heres how I would do it. Attacking unit advanced in line up to River edge. One or two stands, depending on space, cross the river and attack. The rest of the infantry unit would shoot in support. Cavalry might charge in waves. But this all washed out in the single Melee roll. The defenders get a bonus for cover/ terrain.
How to the old pros do it? Cheers Peter
Playing with toy soldiers for 40+ years, refusing to grow up.
This is indeed a bit of a problem with HoW, which has been raised before. Using the rules as written, charging across a bridge can't take place, as you mention. Such a manoeuvre is probably doomed to defeat in real life if unsupported anyway. The idea is to build up supporting units on the friendly side of the river, push the enemy back, then advance over when the time is right.
Your concept imagines the same kind of thing but on a single unit basis. As I understand it, this was basically how it would be done 'in real life'. So rationalising the whole process as a melee is a clever way to solve the issue. How you do it, and in particular what modifiers you use, is up to you, as I have never played the game this way myself.
Normaly I define the character of the bridge or ford before the game. To cross a river always brought some disorder to the troops. Even a narrow stream is a small problem, if you jump with musket and full equipment over it. Some soldiers are bold and others stop and cross the obstacle slowly. I usualy added a -1 modifier for units fighting in a ford reflecting the disorder in the ranks of the unit. I think that I allow the units to charge over a bridge in column. Naturaly the volleys of the defenders at charging units in column are devastating.
Es marschierten drei Regimenter wohl über den Rhein...