Battle Report: 2nd May 1998

Crimean Allies ~vs~ Crimean Russian

(Robert Avery ~vs~ Richard Avery) .

Crimean Allies

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s Org. Class Weapons Pts/Fig Points
BRITISH CinC

1

. .. .   100
Infantry 57th Regt 40 10x4 RegB sbm   420
Brigade 66th Regt 40 10x4 RegB sbm   420
  Rifles 16 4x4 RegA mlr   280
Cavalry Light Dragoons 10 2x5 RegA s, mlc   190
Brigade 17th Lancers 10 2x5 RegA s, l   190
  Heavy Dragoons 10 2x5 RegA s, mlc   190
Artillery 2inC 1         50

Brigade

1st Battery 3 3x1 RegB light mlsb FA   249
  2nd Battery 2 2x1 RegA light mlsb HA   216
  Ammo Wagon 2         50
TURKISH CinC 1         100
1st Brigade 1st Bttn 20 4x5 RegB sbm   200
  2nd Bttn 24 4x6 RegC sbm   208
  3rd Bttn 24 4x6 RegC sbm   208
2nd Brigade 1st Bttn 24 4x6 RegD sbm   184
  2nd Bttn 24 4x6 RegD sbm   184
  3rd Bttn 24 4x6 RegD sbm   184
  Attached Art. 2 2x1 RegC light mlsb FA   158
              3831
.

Crimean Russian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

.

CinC

1

 

 

 

  100
Infantry 2inC 1         50
Regt 1st Bttn 48 4x12 LightsC mlr   520
  2nd Bttn 48 4x12 RegB sbm   424
  3rd Bttn 48 4x12 RegD sbm   328
  4th Bttn 48 4x12 RegD sbm   328
Cavalry 2inC 1         50
Brigade Uhlans 16 2x8 LightsC s, l   260
  Hussars 24 4x5 RegC s   376
  Cossacks 10 1x10 IrregD s, l   115
Unbrigaded Cossacks 48 4x12 MilD mlr   376
Foot Sailors 48 4x12 MilD mlr   376
Artillery 1st Battery 3 3x1 RegC light mlsb FA   237
  2nd Battery 2 2x1 RegB heavy mlsb FA   244
  Ammo Wagon 1         50
              3834
.
. Crimean Allies Crimean Russian
Foot 4720 5760
Horse 600 1000
Guns 7 5
 

Report

The battle opened with a general advance on both sides. The British commander had placed his British Regulars in the centre, with the Turks on the left flank. On the right, a small force of Rifles, Heavy Dragoons and Turkish Artillery were to try and turn the flank.

The Russians commander sent three battalions of line infantry up the centre, with the Cossacks and Sailors left to hold the flanks. The final battalion of line infantry was sent to head off the British flank-turning force.

In the centre, battle was joined swiftly: with the Russians suddenly charging the three infantry columns and two cavalry units into a surprised British line. Although the British withstood the first impact, Russian artillery fire and the devastating fire of the close range Russian infantry broke both British Regular battalions:  sending them fleeing the field.

The charge had not, however, been without cost to the Russians:  of the five units sent in, only the Heavy Infantry and Uhlans survived - two Russian sub-Generals had also perished.

Meanwhile, on the right flank, the British flank-turning force was having some success: the fire from the Rifles and Artillery routing the Russian battalion, with the Heavy Dragoons finishing them off.

On the left flank, an advance by Turks had been halted by the Russian CinC, himself, leading the militia Sailors forward.

At this point, both sides agreed to end the battle. The British had their centre shattered, but the Russians had lost the power to exploit the victory. On the flanks, the British had broken one, but were being forced to retreat on the other. In effect, both sides were too bruised and battered to go on. 

Casualties

The British lost 340 Regulars and 20 or so cavalry. Their Turkish allies lost 260 infantry.

The Russians lost 940 infantry, two sub-Generals, and 20 or so Hussars.

Results

A draw. 

Analysis

A great battle: proving once again that the points system evens out any differences in the quality of troops fielded and that, well led, the Russians are a match for anybody.