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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Taking the 'P' out of Prussian!

Today, we had another 7 Years War game, this time using my reinforced Russian army, the last time I used it it had only 3 regiments of 'Heavy Cavalry' - not so today!
For the first time in a while, I got to be attacker, so Lawrence deployed first, but got the table side of his choice, and is able to deploy a single brigade after I had placed my troops.

Lawrence deployed a standard infantry centre between 2 marshy areas, and had the Reichs cavalry behind his left, the Austrians on his right.
My newly painted cavalry brigade deployed opposite the Austrians, supported by 2 gun batteries on a hill. I had the Prince Fedorovitch Cuirassiers, followed by 3rd Cuirassier and Kazanskiy Cuirassiers, supported by the Arkhangelogorodskiy Dragoons...all newly painted, so they HAD to be used!
On my right I deployed my old brigade, the Novotrotskiy Curassiers, followed by the Kargopolskiy Horse Grenadiers and the Tobolskiy Dragoons.
We now drew our Generals quality chits, Poor Fermor, my C-in-C had 3 to choose from. All 3 were 'Cautious Average'!!! 
 2 of my infantry brigades had 'Cautious Incompetent' brigadiers! the rest were average, apart from my new left wing commander who was 'Brave Competent'!
Lawrence also had one Cautious Incompetent, but the rest were ok!  
I started, only the Novotrotskiy Curassiers got moving, the rest dithered!
 Would one regiment be enough?
 My infantry centre managed to get moving, with help from the C-In-C, and advanced slowly.
The Ace Brigadier I had commanding my strong left wing got everything going easily! 
The Reichsarmee gun opened fire on my advancing infantry... 
 ...followed by the whole line.
The Reichs gun caused disorder in one of my Grenadier battalions. 
 The Austrians, led by Regiment Trauttmansdorff, advanced to engage my left. 
A French legion - previously unseen, deployed through the marshes in the Austrians support. 
Although the French artillery kept firing, my men suffered no more mischief from them! 
Lawrence decided to advance his infantry to engage mine, and his Reichs Kuirrasiers moved to engage my Novotrotskiy Curassiers
My heavy artillery on the hill now found the Austrians in range... 
Trauttmansdorff was disordered, but this was not enough to slow them.
As can be seen, regiment Bretlach followed Trauttmansdorff, this got them out of the way of the closing infantry lines.
The French legion began to emerge from the marshland!
The Reichs cavalry moved forward to engage my cuirassiers. 
On the other flank, Regiment Trauttmansdorff charged my Prince Fedorovitch Cuirassiers, who failed to counter charge! Did disaster loom?
The Austrians were shredded during their charge by the Russian battery on the hill, and were consequently beaten by my Cuirassiers! 
 The brave Austrians, now only at 1/3 strength, managed to extricate themselves to rally back. Their Russian opponents were only too happy to rally in place. 
 My howitzer battery supporting my right now halted and opened fire.
 Their shells disordered the Reichs cavalry as they attacked my Cuirassiers.
 Although the Novotrotskiy Curassiers took damage in the fierce melee, they routed their 2 opposing regiments and chased them off.
 Lawrence had left some dragoons on the hill, hoping to engage my Cuirassiers in flank, but they were dismayed by the defeat of the Reichs Kuirassiers and refused to attack.
However, urged on by their Brigadier, they soon moved forward to attack my Horse Grenadiers. 
As my rallied Novotrotskiy regiment tried to rejoin their brigade, they saw a French demi-brigade moving to engage them.
Back on my left, the 3rd Cuirassiers moved to sweep away the remnants of Regiment Trauttmansdorff...
...behind them, I kept the Prince Fedorovitch Cuirassiers in reserve, and sent the Arkhangelogorodskiy Dragoons behind the artillery to protect the flank of my infantry.
Those French infantry moved rapidly to engage my victorious Cuirassiers, who had no escape route! 
 Ah, back to the Bayreuth dragoons charging my Horse Grenadiers!
Bayreuth won, but my Kargopolskiy regiment managed to break off and rally back.
 My Howitzer batter was still firing...
 ...and blew up an opposing French gun battery! I finally got to  use one of my wreck markers I painted last year!
The 3rd Cuirassiers had destroyed the last of Regiment Trauttmansdorff - and now hoped to engage Bretlach.
On the other wing, my battered Horse Grenadiers refused to re-engage with the enemy dragoons. 
The Bayreuth, fortunately, were equally unwilling to commit themselves! 
The French light gun fired in support of the advancing Austrians...
 ...and killed a squadron of 3rd Cuirassiers!
On the other wing, those French infantry advanced on my hapless Cuirassiers...  
...but missed! The Cuirassiers managed to slip behind the French and escape! 
Another turn, the Horse Grenadiers just stood looking at the enemy... 
...and the enemy just looked back! 
On the other wing, the Arkhangelogorodskiy Dragoons, remember them? - now raced past the artillery and charged the French legion which was threatening the infantry lines, who were engaging ineffectually. The French routed! Regiment Bretlach was dismayed and began to retreat!
This disaster left the French right open to my Horse and artillery - (and the French infantry had only beaten 2 battalions of grenadiers in my infantry line, mainly due to the poor Brigadiers I had!) while I was winning in the other 2 brigade actions.) - So the French decided to disengage.

That was a long and complex game! It was decided mainly by my good dice rolling at key moments. I was overfaced by the enemy cavalry on 3 occasions, but my tough Russians managed to win anyway!.

My good luck has to change sometime!

Saturday, 10 March 2018

A brisk action

Today, we did another 7 Years War game, once again, Lawrence got the initiative, and forced me to deploy first (I could keep 1 brigade to deploy after the enemy had deployed).

I deployed my Prussians conventionally with cavalry on either flank.
As the French had outscouted me, they got a large area including the flank zones. 
They stuck a larger infantry line in front of my line, the leftmost brigade being grenadiers. 
Their left consisted of 2 regiments of Kuirassiers and 1 of dragoons. 
 Their right consisted of 2 Austrian Kuirassier regiments, backed up by a dragoon regiment. 
I deployed my last brigade, 3 battalions of grenadiers, behind my left wing. 
 My right had no artillery, and was a kuirassier regiment down on my opponents.
The French plan seemed to be a general advance to sweep the Prussians away. 
I rapidly managed to begin redeploying my right wing, I detached IR24 to support my outnumbered cavalry.
My infantry centre - like my opponents line, began advancing. 
My left, despite having a Brave and Competent general (Seydlitz) only got the 2 kuirassier regiments moving, Frederick in the centre having to prompt the dragoons to follow!...
...  - we had to wheel out of the way of the advancing French infantry, and make way for the guns and Grenadiers to engage them.
 One battalion of IR24 stood to face a charge by the Reichs Kurassiers.
 40% losses from my short range volley!
 The kuirassiers were stopped dead.
 On the other wing, Seydlitz got his lead kuirassier regiment to charge the Austrians...here began a long series of 1,2,and 3s on the French D6s!
Both Austrian kuirassier regiments balked and retreated back, their supporting dragoons routed! 
On the far wing, the Reichs Kuirassiers were routed by another volley from IR24, and their following kuirassier regiment retreated in response, only the Wurtemburg dragoons stood. 
In the centre, the French infantry fired ineffectively along the whole line! The Prussian return fire blasted a Farenthiel regiment, which broke! 
The French centre recoiled. 
Only the French infantry of Regiment Navarre were still advancing towards my Grenadiers...the disordered Austrians continued to fall back. 
 The French centre (Barring the brave grenadier brigade) now got swept away from the rout, even the artillery retreated.
The Prussian cavalry now advanced round the flank to engage the shaken Reichs cavalry. 
Understandably, the poor French commanders decided there was no way to recover, and signaled the retreat, the Prussians had lost no stands at all!- and were in good order!

It just shows how a run of bad dice can mess up your day! - we have all been there sometime!