Post by dindin on Jan 13, 2019 19:55:00 GMT
Every time we meet with my good friend MacTakis, it is always a great wargaming day, as we both desire to play a big battle.
So, we checked what we had brought in our boxes... Takis has a sizeable number of Prussians and a smaller contingent of British.
I had brought with me the majority of my French army. I had not prepared a scenario previously...
Then, I remembered I had read Krefeld a couple of months before:
Krefeld, 23 June 1758 is here:
My idea was to play a scenario based on the terrain situation and maneuvers of the two armies (Hessians, Brunswickers and Prussians vs French).
The scenario would vaguely remind Krefeld, as part of Takis' figures were British who would undertake the task to try to roll the left French flank,
while the Prussians would fix the French at the front. The French would be mostly entrenched, keeping a weak refused left flank.
They would receive reinforcements from the rear and their cavalry which was stationed at their right wing, out of table.
The problems for the French player:
Repulse the Prussian frontal assault, not lose three important locations, The Angle (left corner of his array), The Town and The village.
Skirmish as best as he can when the British will threaten his left, to delay them until reinforcements come.
Deal with a big congestion at his rear, as he will have to direct troops where mostly needed.
The puzzle of the Allied player:
Apply even pressure to the French front or concentrate in some special point?
Where to position his cavalry? Exploit any gap in the French position to break through.
There would be a rally from both sides, the Prussians to come into grips with the French front as soon as possible before the French to
strengthen it with reinforcements from the rear, while the British contingent would try to outflank them.
The French had to bring lucky dice to see when their cavalry brigades would be able to enter.
I wrote scenario notes a couple of days before
The pictures of the whole battle are here:
I put in a great number of them explanatory notes, so I hope one may follow the course of the battle just browsing on them.
The map in bigger format can be found at the Scenarios section
The initial setup, a view from the Prussian positions (we can't see a part of the Prussian right)