As it is the York show on Sunday and there’s Six Nations rugby on today I hosted a smallish game yesterday. Richard and Nigel gamely took the Russians and John and Paul the French in what proved to be a challenging game, set in Poland in 1806. An account of the real battle can be found Here, although I took as my inspiration for the game the venerable Age of Eagles scenario. The Russians were the rearguard for the main Russian army, who had to hold on until nightfall. The numerically superior French, led by Murat, were tasked with destroying the Russians. The French outnumbered the Russians by something approaching 2:1, but a large proportion of the army was cavalry, which in the close terrain would be difficult to manoeuvre effectively and bring numbers to bear. The French were also without artillery as it was sunk in the mud that passed for roads in this part of Poland in winter. The Russians did have artillery, not in abundance but more than enough. We used Valour and Fortitude again. Paul and John contributed to the French army with some figures of their own as my French are still a work in progress, with some French Revolutionary Wars units standing in for the moment. Game length was to be eight turns or 3:00pm or thereabouts, whichever came latest. Time was not on the side of the French so they’d have to push hard from turn 1 to crush the Russians as quickly as possible.
|The game about to commence.
|The Russians held the central box shown on the map, with jäger dispersed in three woods on the edges of their deployment area. With only French light cavalry on the table on turn 1 Richard pushed his cavalry division forward.
|John commanded Lasalle and Klein’s cavalry as they advance towards the Russian positions, jägers in the woods taking a few pot shots and shaking one French regiment..
|John’s cavalry decided to charge the jäger in the woods. Open woods or not the terrain clearly favoured the Russians who beat off two attacks before being overrun.
|Over at point B Paul brought Aguerau’s corps into action. Again, Russian jäger grimly held on, delaying the French advance for a vital turn.
|Russian jäger defeated the first French attempt to evict them from the woods.
|Meanwhile, the woods were bypassed as Augerau’s corps advanced towards the village.
|The French form up to assault the Russians in and around the village.
|The cat always lies down to sleep on the umpire’s rules and notes!
|John’s cavalry supported by several infantry battalions begin the make profession the right.
|One of my new French units. 24 Chasseurs a cheval.
|The Garde de Paris moving up on the right.
|More French surging forward, the Tirailleurs Corses included.
|Paul launched a furious attack on the village. Richard’s men held on inside the village but the supporting units were driven off.
|The French eject the defenders of the village.
|Richard ordered a counterattack against the village, retaking it at the point of the bayonet!
|Seen from the French rear, their assault on the Russians.
|It was hotting up around the village again.
|John’s cavalry on the right are now trickling round the right flank, driving the Russian jäger back through the swampy area.
|The Russian counterattack was successful and they recaptured the village.