It’s been a few weeks since I last laid a game on for the Virtual Burrowers, due largely to me struggling with a spike in the nerve pain I get in the back and all points south as a result of crumbling vertebrae No’s L5 and L6.
|From “Suvorov in the Alps”, by Tom Garnett. Superb book if you can get it. Six scenarios plus lots of background. Try Caliver Books.|
The Russian objective was simple. Cross the fast-flowing creek (impassable to artillery and cavalry) and capture two stone bridges and the village of Altdorf, all located on the French baseline. Altdorf was the destination of the main Russian supply column, which was marching there by a different route, and was due to meet up with the main body of the army, so the area HAD to be cleared of the French!
The Reuss river is impassable, as are the wooded mountains and the two rocky outcrops. The woods are classed as heavy. The fields and orchards provided light cover for troops within their boundaries.
What the French were unaware of was that the Russians would be reinforced by a small Austrian force of four large but lumbering battalions which would arrive sometime from turn 2 onwards from the mountain pass to the East.
|The leading French brigade formed up behind the creek. A fifth battalion, of Legere, is just out of shot to the left.|
|French horse artillery. They proved to be a highly mobile and effective unit, popping up all over the French left to stem the Austrian advance.|
|Cossacks looting Attinghausen - clearly with the blessing of the Church.|
|The French reserve under Richard - Dragoons, horse artillery and combined grenadiers.|
|The French first line under Mark. The battalion seen in column was withdrawn to the reserve before the battle started.|
|The open ground on the French right and the Alpine pass beyond.|
|The French reserve quickly pushed forward to counter the marauding Cossacks.|
|After a moment of hesitation Paul's Russians cross the creek, covered by the borrowed 2pdr Piedmontese mountain gun.|
|As the Russians mass to cross the creek Shaun's brigade pushes two battalions and his artillery forward.|
|The Russians ready themselves to attack.|
|The Russian secret weapon, a Catusha!|
|Both sides exchanged some damaging volleys of musketry and canister across the creek.|
|The initial Russian thrust is halted.|
|Turn 3 (they were late) and the Austrians began to arrive.|
|They left the pass and quickly deployed to face the French cavalry and reserve.|
|Richard's dragoons had to content themselves with chasing off the annoying Cossack skirmishers while the horse artillery prepares to batter the Austrian squares.|
|The French commander receiving a pep talk from the Political Officers attached to his HQ.|
|The French first line was broken or pushed back allowing the remaining Russians (another six battalions) to cross the creek.|
|Exhausted dragoons after west another attempt to ride down the Cossack skirmishers.|
|A battalion of French is broken. They take their supporting artillery company with them as they rout.|
|One minute the gunners were there serving their guns, the next they'd vanished!|
|The battlefield from the West, towards the end of the action.|
|Shaun's brigade was doing sterling stuff holding off the advancing Russians but when their exposed right hand battalion was charged and broken it was game over.|
|French horse gunners beating a hasty retreat|