As promised the other day, here is the account of the game we played refighting the relief of Vienna. Can the Holy League drive off the besieging Ottoman army and save Europe and Christendom? To recap, you can look here . The game was split into three distinct phases; the initial attack by the Saxons, Austrians and other Germans on Nussdorf, the arrival of Max Emanuel of Bavaria in the centre with more Imperial troops, then finally the arrival of the Poles. As is normal I shall let the numerous photos of the ups and downs of the battle tell their own story.
|The Ottoman camp and reserve.|
|The main Ottoman entrenchments defended by a single unit of Janissaries, together with Tufceci, Balkan irregulars and Azabs, and some big cannon.|
|The Holy League had thrown up earthworks during the night to protect their cannon. Now the Holy League left wing is poised to attack Nussdorf.|
|The Holy League infantry advance down the hill, facing fierce fire from the Janissaries defending the ruined village.|
|No pressure Dave. The Allied commanders look on as Dave throws for a break test, and fails, sending one German regiment back in rout.|
|The cavalry attached to the left wing also advanced down the hill but came under fire from the Ottomans in the entrenchment.|
|Some Ottoman Dellis tried to charge a regiment of Bavarian cuirassiers in the flank but their target was able to turn to face and drive them off easily.|
|The Holy League infantry pressed home their attack, at one point driving the Janissaries from their earthworks, but only temporarily. A Brandenberg-Bayreuth regiment was broken, followed soon after by a Bavarian one.|
|League cuirassiers clashed with Ottoman Spahi in a series of bloody fights, coming off worse in the long run, until, enfiladed from the village, the League cavalry command broken.|
Phase 2: Elector Max Emanuel of Bavaria's attack in the centre:
Turn three and the rest of the Germans arrived in the centre. Slowly. It had only taken three moves to demolish the League's assault on Nussdorf but with a bit of good fortune things could improve. Neil was facing a large number of low quality but entrenched infantry, some big cannon and several units of Spahi so he wasn't facing an easy task by any means.
|League troops advance down the hill towards the entrenchment.|
|Ottoman feudal Spahi await their foe silently.|
|More Spahi move up in support.|
|Neil's German infantry advance quickly towards the entrenchment but walk into a storm of musketry and cannon shot. One regiment falters and another is forced to retreat.|
|The Elector ordered his cavalry to charge, driving away the Tartar horsemen barring his way from the Ottoman Spahi.|
|Christian and Ottoman cavalry clash in the centre. There is no clear winner.|
|The Elector's infantry charge the entrenchment. The red-coated regiment on the right were devastated by eleven hits from closing fire (unfortunately they charged artillery and infantry) and not surprisingly were broken.|
|The cavalry fight in the centre swung first one way then the other, but the League troops were golding their own, just, and had driven back their Ottoman foes.|
|The Elector's cavalry reformed and his infantry broke into the entrenchment.|
|There were now only three League infantry regiments left in the centre, although their cavalry was pretty much intact.|
|In a final fling the Azabs were charged by Neil's German infantry. Miraculously the Azabs passed every break test and stood their ground.|
Phase 3: The Poles arrive!
To recap, both brigades of Imperial and German infantry, totalling 12 battalions, had been broken, as had the left wing cavalry brigade of six regiments. One large battery of heavy guns had also been abandoned. Still, it couldn't get any worse......could it?
Thankfully it was now turn 6 and time for John III Sobieski to join the fray with rather a lot of Polish cavalry, and some infantry.
|Whats this advancing through the trees?|
|The remaining League cavalry in the centre was still more than holding its own against squadron after squadron of Spahi.|
|The Poles threw well with their first command rolls and raced down the hillside and right into several units of Feudal Spahi which were quickly bundled backwards.|
|The Polish winged hussars, supported by Pancerni and 'regular' cossacks appear unstoppable.|
|Polish Cossacks, Tartars and in the rear Pancerni covering the flank of the Winged Hussars. The lead unit was charged by Spahi and annihilated.|
|A sea of cavalry on the Ottoman left!|
|The Poles have a breakthrough move/sweeping advance and hit more Spahi, again forcing them back.|
|Shaun and Conrad look on as the two units of Winged Hussars carve trough their cavalry like a knife through butter. Casualties were mounting among the Hussars however, so one regiment was withdrawn to be replaced by another that had been in reserve.|
|Neil swung his German cavalry around 90 degrees to face the threat from Ian's Ottomans who had marched over from the far flank. The Ottoman shad successfully riven the broken infantry off the battlefield and overrun all their cannon.|
|The last line of Spahi bravely faces the onrush of the Polish hussars, who overwhelmed them.|
|Neil's cavalry were still sparring with Ian's Ottomans but were able to contain them.|
|The Poles are victorious having driven all before them.|
So, a great way to spend a hot Saturday with a massive and spectacular wargame played in a most gentlemanly manner throughout. Thanks to everyone for taking part.
Below are some more photos of the game. Richard and I took lots of photos of the game. Only a small proportion have been included in the body of the post but I've included a fair few more below to help fill in any gaps in the narrative, and because its a shame not to use them.