Then last Friday night Peter was here again for a Crimean game, using Black Powder again of course. Accompanying yet more wine were a division of Russians (12 btns of infantry, 4 large batteries of artillery and a rifle btn) supported by a cavalry division ( 2 regiments each of Uhlans, Hussars and Cossacks) which were trying to turn the flank of a Turkish position. The Turks had 8 btns and 2 regiments of cavalry, a couple of guns and an entrenchment occupied by 2 heavy siege guns. There were also some reinforcements available, randomly decided.
The Russians pushed forward quickly and got their artillery into position. they then proceeded to dominate the battlefield, blasting Turkish regiments to oblivion! They also knocked out one of the siege batteries in the entrenchment. The Turkish cavalry tried a futile charge against one brigade of Russians, who were forced to form square. One Russian btn was disordered so the Turks were able to come to grips with them, but despite creating mayhem, they lost the melee, failed their break test and ran off!
Reinforcements now appeared in the shape of the British brigade of guards. They quickly advanced, deployed into line and were able to stem the Russian envelopment of the Turkish right flank. The Russian attack against the entrenchment was faltering in the face of determined Turksh counteattacks. With the stabilising effect of the Guards and the dogged defence by the Turks the Russians lost heart and withdrew. No doubt they shall be back.
Actually they will be back, as this game was meant as a precursor to a game which will hopefully go ahead on Wednesday.
Sorry for the lack of pictures this time but I mislaid the charger for my camera.