|The plateau - Looking east towards Zbrovski in the far distance.|
|Looking west along the boggy valley to the plateau beyond .|
|The un-named village with farmland and drainage ditches.|
1st Brigade - 3 x 32 Grenadiers (elite), 2 x 32 Line.
2nd Brigade - 6 x 32 Line
3rd Brigade - 2 x 32 Jaeger, 4 x 32 Line
Cavalry Brigade - 1 x32 Cuirassiers, 2 x 32 Dragoons
Artillery - 2 x 6 6lb batteries, must be attached to infantry brigades
1st Brigade - 3 x 36 Line, 2 x Legere (elite)
2nd Brigade - 4 x 36 Line
3rd Brigade - 4 x 36 Line
4th Brigade - 5 x 36 Line
Cavalry Brigade - 32 x Cuirassiers, 24 x Chassuers a Cheval
2 x 4 8lb foot batteries (unattached)
We're just getting the hang of the skirmisher rules so didn't include any in this game.
The Russians refused their right by slapping down four battalions of grenadiers and six 6lbs screened by patches of marsh. This covered any attempt to out flank Zbrovski which was garrisoned by two further battalions with more behind in support! The eastern end of the ridge was held by another six gun battery; the unnamed farming community was occupied by two battalions with two more to each side and the rear. On the Russian far left, out of sight below the ridge line of the plateau lurked Duka's heavy cavalry, 32 Curassiers, and 2 x 32 Dragoons. They had only to ride forward up onto the plateau to effectively prevent any further advance on the French right - how hard could that be...
|Zbrovski's garrison with supports and a big battery on the far flank - a tough nut to crack.|
The French had a very similar idea...! The French C-in-C elected to make a big push over the plateau and hook around Zbrovski. To this end he put me in front of Zbrovski with two batteries plus four battalions on hold orders - just sit and blast away tying up and pinning the grenadiers opposite. The cavalry were in the center ready to go either way as he saw fit. The idea was to pin the garrison and supporting units whilst the heavier numbers on the right did all the fighting.
|Italian gunners squint into the rising sun just before running out of ammo! Elite miniatures.|
|French gunners looking busy as Saxon heavies maneuver past. Perry Miniatures.|
|Massed French columns assault the plateau. Perry plastics in need of basing . Ugly markers - I know!|
As the battle got under way a fierce fight on the high ground developed with the Russian battery doing terrible damage to the French, who despite the casualties began to force the defenders from the farmstead. To reinforce the position the Russians ordered the Heavy Cavalry to attack the French infantry threatening to envelop the whole position. Mistakenly the cavalry general began to retire from the field - blame the fog of war and rolling two double ones for order changes! This was plainly disastrous and began to unhinge the Russian left.
|Pressure on the Russian left and the Russian heavies - 3 x 32 silly buggers! More behind them off table.|
|Rosy cheeked Russian militia led by a stalwart old veteran from a previous century, complete with massive moustache and walking cane. A lovely regiment by the ever resourceful & talented Tony. Wargames Foundry toys.|
|Vastly outnumbered Russian infantry supporting the farmstead - could do with some heavy cavalry really...|
Wargames Foundry Russians, Perry commanders and French.
|The Russian battery which punished Chris's columns and massacred my Hussars in their suicidal charge - thanks Chris.|
Wargames Foundry Russians - Perry French.
Thanks to Pete Morbey for the scenario and to Tony and Chris for a brutal encounter. Many more to come.