This week we had a mid-week game and played a FPW game here at the Burrow with rules based on Pickets Charge but with the obvious ACW references removed and replaced as appropriate with language and rules to accommodate and hopefully replicate the weapons and tactics of what I lump together in what is widely known as Bismark’s Wars. Neil had done a lot of great work on this transformation, and the rules worked well. We had all played Gen D’Armee in the past so the game mechanics were not a mystery to us, once the dormant muscle memory had been dragged once more towards the forefront of our brains.
The French under Neil and myself were holding a ridge line, a ‘position [not very] magnifique’ with two weak divisions of infantry and two of cavalry. The Prussians (Conrad and Nigel) had the best part of a corps (less one brigade) supported by a cavalry division. The Prussians had a significant superiority in artillery which was to be a distinct but not critical advantage as they didn’t deploy their guns to the best effect.
|The French centre|
|The Prussian General von Clawswitz observing the French light cavalry division.|
|Looking down the table past the cat.|
|In order to divert the attention of the Prussian artillery from my infantry my light cavalry bravely exposed themselves on the left wing, attempting to outflank the enemy on there hill to their front. They nearly made it!|
|The Prussian dragoons wisely keeping out of the way.|
|Neil's troops in the centre.|
|The village was quickly occupied by two battalions of Colonial infantry.|
|Shortly after the earlier photo was taken the Prussian assault is halted in its tracks and the brigade falters.|
|The French right, facing a major Prussian thrust.|
|Two battalions of infantry secure in the crops, with support from two battalions of Colonial infantry in the village.|
Von Bredow's brigade of cavalry prepares to advance, thoughtfully masking the Prussian artillery.
|Nigel ordered his cuirassiers to charge the French guns. Predictably they were blown away and fled.|
|While the cuirassiers were being shot to bits their sister regiment attacked a battalion of Zouaves. Guess what? The hussars were annihilated.|
|Prussian artillery on their left. Six batteries should have made a big impression on the French lines but they were not well placed and had limited fields of fire.|
|The final attack mon the Prussian right was repulsed and the now faltering brigade had to withdraw.|