Battle Report: 26th November 1990
Indian ~vs~ Indian Mutineer
(Richard Avery ~vs~ Robert Avery)
After an initial clumsy disposition, the British formed two lines with their infantry and charged forward with their cavalry.
On the British right, the Lancers smashed two squadrons of Mutineer cavalry right off the field, and bounced the other two back, but were forced to retire due to casualties from smallarms fire.
On the British left, the Dragoons were smashed by the fanatical noble Tribal cavalry, but were managing to reform as the battle ended.
In the centre, the Mutineer infantry advanced until it came under serious artillery and skirmisher fire, with companies of Mutineers refusing to advance and even fleeing the field under the fire of the British 9lb-ers.
At this point both sides saw fit to retreat: time for tiffin in the British camp; bad omens in the Mutineer!
The Mutineer infantry sustained minor casualties across all companies, with the Mutineer cavalry routed but not damaged - as they ran away before impact. The noble Tribal cavalry also had slight casualties.
British infantry were largely untouched, although the British cavalry had
fairly heavy casualties.
draw, due to failure to finish.
Mutineers made the serious mistake of advancing: they should have waited for
the British to come to them. They also failed to capitalise properly on the
success of their cavalry and, in the end, were like targets in a shooting
gallery. Had the battle continued, they would have had to drastically change
tactics (i.e. occupy cover) to win.
It seems that unless one side has no ranged firepower, the advantage is with the defender or he who has the better artillery. Future scenarios may have to specify an attacker or defender in order to avoid endless artillery duels.