|A couple of Brit Top Brass with nobs on congratulate each other; "Aren't we brill!"|
Luckily my reinforcements had arrived and were moving into position for what would be my task for the day - to recapture the ridge. Simply put; I had to get more troops onto the ridge to hold the allied surge, then mount a counterattack to reclaim the lost ground. At worst I wanted to hold the southern end of the ridge and Arinez which was effectively my strategic line of retreat.
|The Brits get a "surge on". |
The northern end of the ridge is now firmly in Allied hands. Can they roll up the whole position?
If I could form a line across the ridge with the redoubt as the hinge I might hold them off, but they would attack on two fronts. The "out of ammo" artillery battery happily returned from the artillery park with fresh supplies. This was set up to face the onslaught, many of the British troops had taken a pasting and might not relish point blank canister fire. Three fresh battalions were moved up to bolster the two Swiss and one Wurtemburg battalion who were so stalwart yesterday. This force should just hold the line especially with the CinC overseeing there deployment.
|The refitted and resupplied Saxon battery straddling the ridge to see off the hoards of Redcoats trying to roll up the flank. In the back ground the reinforced ridge line and redoubt await the final act of the day - Wellington's attack.|
|Wellington massing for the attack. Picton's battered brigades are up the ridge to the left. The French artillery are arriving back with bags of fresh ammo and baguettes on the far horizon.|
|Looking north, Arinez on the right. Italians sally out to snuff out the over extended British line of March. |
Those Light Dragoons on the left were about to suffer...
|British foot and Rifles move unmolested along MY ridge. Picton smugly sits on his nag with his silly brolly!|
My counter strike was initially very successful. Wellington's leading Light Cavalry brigade was bundled off the table leaving my hussars free to challenge the exposed foot as they prepared to meet my Italian columns.
The charge of the heavy cavalry was exactly the opposite. Both regiments took hits in the face of fairly feeble artillery fire but once again deadly rifle fire caused both to break and abandon the attack - hmmph!
Up on the ridge disaster was only just around the corner. My freshly returned battery let loose a short range canister barrage only to run out of ammo again!!! The twats must have come back with the wrong caliber rounds or something; this undermined the whole position and allowed Picton to deploy his own RHA to blow holes in my lines as the British Guards charged out of the tree line into the Swiss. This coincided with Wellington pushing his first assault up through the vineyards to bayonet charge the ridge line.
|Wellington's boys finally get to charge. Check out Picton's masses up on the ridge and his bloody cavalry beyond that.|
|The British Guards charge is halted by the Swiss! Too little too late says me.|
My counter attack had utterly failed.
|Duo of Dapper Dandies lead a vast column of allied cavalry behind the ridge to seal my fate.|
|The French position virtually enveloped. The battery low on ammo and down to two guns; relentless attacks everywhere and all my plans in tatters. What a great end to a magical game.|
Then to the pub for a large Napoleon Brandy - what else? Then a few pints and a debrief. All of us were frazzled, me in particular. Possibly a little emotional too- wargaming can get you like that sometimes.
My sincerest thanks must go to Rich for sorting the scenario; he and Tony for being excellent opponents and for playing in the spirit of the thing. Lastly to Triple Helix for being such accommodating hosts.
|Unflappable Steve, (owner of Triple Helix), flaps his way through an explanation of our game. |
The guy in the deerstalker actually fought with Picton in the Spanish Peninsular so didn't buy any of Steve's bollocks what so ever.