John came round yesterday for a game so I thought I’d inflict another Russo Swedish War battle on him, this time using General d’Armee.
Before I go further, yes I know that there’s far too much cavalry for the war but they’re my toys and I can do what I like in the privacy of my own home. They also look rather nice and that’s that. The scenario was a simple one, this time with the Swedes launching a counterattack after their previous victories over the invaders. John drew what was to become the short straw and took the Swedes. There were ten battalions of infantry, four half battalions of jäger and three ‘batteries’ of artillery. They also had two dragoon regiments. My Russian defenders had a cavalry brigade of three regiments and a battery of horse artillery, and two brigades of infantry, totalling 12 battalions and a battery of foot artillery. Russian batteries were 12-guns strong so each of my batteries has six models! Not such a big deal in General d’Armee thankfully, and as it turned out not such a big deal for the Swedes either!.
The photos illustrate how the game developed. Hopefully my narrative makes everything clear. For reasons I’ve still yet to fathom Blogger has randomly reordered the photos but most I hope are now where they belong.
|The Swedes on the right, faced with a numerically superior enemy, must attack.
|This brigade held the Russian right.
|My very first shot of the game and I threw a double one. Low on ammo and a fatigue casualty!
|The elite Savolax brigade attack the Russian right.
|Both armies close towards each other in the centre. The white shapes track the route of a frozen river. Will it hold?
|The Russian cavalry brigade really had nowhere to go thanks to the terrain, and was restricted to making the odd short advance when they weren’t failing to activate.
|We actually had a cavalry combat when my Uhlans and the Swedish dragoons clashed. The Swedes were victorious and forced the Russian cavalry to retreat.
|Slightly vulnerable Russian jäger with the Swedish cavalry looking rather too close for comfort.
|The retreating Savolax brigade failed two faltering tests but being elite the worse that could happen was to keep retreating. They did eventually rally and rejoined the battle.
|The outnumbered and valiant Swedes attack in the centre.
|Russian dragoons waiting impotently behind their artillery.
|The cuirassiers before they made several attempts to cross the frozen river. They eventually made it and charged the Swedish dragoons but failed to defeat them decisively.