Peter joined me on Friday night for a game and a beer or two, so the attack on Le Croisac would not have to be played solo. Peter was again in command of the English and Emigre troops while I took over the forces of liberty, freedom and equality.......or any two out of the three!
The English objective was to take the coastal fort and the town/harbour. Sadly, as described in the last post, the Royal Navy was unable to offer the planned support as a French frigate was found to be lurking in the bay, making operations with a mere two unrated gunboats impossible, even for the RN! Commander Blowhorn of the cutter Bludgeon did succeed in luring the enemy frigate out of the harbour and thus it was unable to provide offshore gunnery support to the garrison or land any more seamen and marines. The lack of naval support left the attackers short by the equivalent of two small battalions but they were determined to continue and the attack began, with the English refusing their right flank and concentrating on taking the fort, on the basis presumably that if that fell the town would capitulate.
|The English refused right flank.|
|The two main assault columns. On the right the 1st and 5th regiments formed up to attack the fort while two battalions of the 4th foot make ready to assault the town.|
|Vendee irregulars were pushed forward to trade shots with the fort. A rash move as it turned out as they were charged by Republican cavalry and forced to flee.|
|Meanwhile the 1st and 5th regiments and Lowenstein's Chasseurs failed their command roll and stayed put.|
|the 2nd and 3rd battalions of the 4th Foot chose to advance towards the town rather than supporting the attack on the fort, thus dividing the attacking forces to the point of impotency.|
|On the French left two squadrons of the 7th Chasseurs charged the 19th Light dragoons. They succeeded in pushing them back but were too badly hurt to follow up their victory and retired to rally.|
|Two more squadrons of the 7th Chasseurs charged the leading battalion of the 4th Foot, forcing them into square, effectively halting the English advance in the centre.|
|Next run the 1st Foot stormed the fort supported by the 5th. The English brigadier, Colonel Fox led the attack and was killed on the lip of the ditch, urging his men on!|
|On the Republican left General Adhemer Patacaisse ordered his 84eme Demi- Brigade forward.|
|The assault by the 1st Foot was repulsed but in the next turn Peter threw the 5th Foot at the fort.|
|One battalion of the 84eme Demi-Brigade surged towards the open flank of the 2/4th Foot.|
|The 3/4th Foot (bottom right) were again forced into square by the now reformed Republican chasseurs. Surprised by the fierce attack on their flank the 2/4th's defence collapsed and they fled the field.|
|The 5th Foot were no more successful in their attack than the 1st Foot and after loosing a round of melee failed their break test and were removed from play.|
|Peter was determined to take the fort. Now rallied the thinned ranks of the 1st Foot advanced towards the Republicans for a second time.|
|The now rallied Vendee skirmishers and Lowenstein's Chasseurs engaged the other two sides of the fort. The garrison was by now badly damaged having suffered heavy losses holding their position.|
|Even copious amounts of Kwak Beer proved insufficient to overcome the defenders of the fort.|
|The attack on the fort was stalled with the English unable to make any impression on the defenders.|
|The disordered 3/4th Foot were stuck in square when they were charged by a column of Republican infantry.|
|The battlefield (battlefield?) as seen from the East.|
|General Adhemer Patacaisse just before he fell seriously wounded to a stray bullet.|
|The shattered Republican infantry in the centre had seen off two battalions of English but were in no condition to continue.|
|My chasseurs a cheval charged the attacking English in the flank but remarkably were driven back thanks to some poor saves on my part.|
The English have retired to Batz to reform and lick their wounds. The routed battalions will almost certainly return to the campaign at the end of the day but I will test to ascertain how long it will be before they are rallied sufficiently to fight. This delay will give the Republicans time to reform and perhaps reinforce the troops at Le Croisac.
I have another game planned for Wednesday so need to move the campaign on in order to ensure we have something to play!