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Saturday, 30 April 2022

A Battle of two woods

 Today, Lawrence was the only other player in our game, as Phil and Mick were otherwise engaged!

At least my new old camera is still working, so the picture quality is...better! (I hope you agree!)

As per normal, Lawrence got initiative, so I had to deploy first! - this gave me choice of which side to defend, though Lawrence got a flank sector to deploy in.

The battlefield, the two woods on the flanks would dictate much of the battle tactics.
I deployed in my narrow central sector with my horse behind a line of infantry.
The French deployed beyond my left wing. Those Yellow dice indicate an incompetent brigadier, I only had one to Lawrence's two!
Lawrence started by sending the Austrian Szechényi Hussars forward.
They were supported by 2 regiments of Reichs Kurrasiers.
In his centre, a formation of French infantry with the redoubtable Swiss on their right.
Beyond the right wing horse, regiment Alsace and D'eu were in the woods.
The wood would limit the scope for that cavalry wing. He only got one order through which got the Cuirassiers Du Roi advancing.
On my left, I got my Hussars off supporting the Frei Korps.
The rest of my cavalry on that wing remained inactive!
I left my left wing infantry brigade back, they were in front of the Swiss, and I had no wish to meet them in a hurry!
Most of my infantry advanced. My only chance of victory would be to beat his outflanked left wing infantry before his outflank beat mine!
At least Seydlitz got his wing out from behind my infantry easily!
The French infantry got the worst of the first exchange of fire!
Even a battalion of Swiss was being beaten (My dice were phenomenal, poor Lawrence was having the worst luck!)
The French fired another poor salvo.
My Grenadiers overlapped the French line and the end regiment began to disintegrate.
On the other wing, my Hussars were beaten by Rgt Turpin!
My men fled off table, Turpin crashed through my following Kuirassiers!
Lawrence tried to use a Swiss outflank on my fusiliers, I had brought my second line troops to extend my line to face them. My Heavy gun fired a shot at the Cuirassiers Du Roi who were bearing down on them...
...The shot missed them but demolished a French Gun battery following!
The French infantry was suffering as I closed the range!
The shattered remains of the front line retreated through their second line.
My right wing guns now saw a good target...
The Szechényi Hussars had retreated from Seydlitz's heavy horse, but they were now shot up by my guns.
Lawrence committed a Kuirassier regiment to attack my infantry which had been mauling the French centre, they lost a squadron to their fire and were halted.
My men hit them with another volley!
The few survivors fled.
Lawrence's Alsace regiment fired at my Kuirrasiers and caused loss.
The Swiss continued to attack my brave Fusiliers.
Regiment Turpin was rallied now, but too weak to do any more!
My reserve infantry now engaged the Swiss.
The Swiss shrugged off my attack and hit the Fusiliers.
My Fusiliers, understandably, retreated. Frederick would rally them.
My Kuirassiers, despite having been weakened by Rgt Alsace...still managed to charge the Cuirassiers Du Roi
My Kuirassiers won!
At this point, with my left holding (just!), but my right and centre being victorious, Lawrence threw in the towel. His dice had let him down badly.

It was nice not to have that luck myself this week!!!!

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