Battle Report: 9th April 1991
Indian ~vs~ Indian Mutineer
Avery & Andy Purcell ~vs~ Rupert Avery & Richard Avery)
The battle started well for the Mutineers, with very heavy casualties being inflicted by artillery on a squadron of enemy lancers (65%). Incredibly, these survived all morale checks, and merely moved into cover behind the Ghurkas.
On the Mutineers left flank, the infantry units advanced slowly towards the Highlanders, but no shots were exchanged throughout the game: the plan being to destroy the enemy artillery and Naval Brigade with the Tribesmen, and then concentrate everyone left on these difficult-to-kill infantry.
Thus the Tribal units advanced quickly behind a huge skirmish screen. As they got nearer to the enemy line, they took a few casualties, and were almost in a position to charge when an unexpected piece of good fortune occurred. The Naval Brigade, largely shaken from the attentions of the ancient Tribal heavy cannon, panic fired so rashly that they ran out of ammo.
Despite the fact that the infantry were not quite ready, the Tribal cavalry charged. The first unit swept the Naval Brigade aside, routing every company bar one, and then thundered down on the British cavalry sheltering behind a nearby hill. Incredibly, the British Lancers, receiving their charge shaken and at the halt, won the impact and bounced the tribal cavalry back!
The second unit of tribal horse charged the guns, but were nigh on annihilated before impact. Seeing their comrades rout, the final unit of tribal camelry couldn’t even summon up the courage to begin their charge.
Meanwhile, in the centre of the field, the Mutineer cavalry had charged Ghurka skirmishers attempting to flank fire the Tribesmen. Ending up in the middle of the battlefield in disorder, they were then charged in turn by the remainder of the Lancers, who had suffered so grievously earlier in the battle, and the Dragoon Guards.
Once again proving the excellence of the British cavalry, the Lancers routed two squadrons of the Mutineer cavalry, although the Dragoons had their charge halted by heavy smallarms fire.
On the Mutineer right flank, however, the routing cavalry had infected their comrades: and the whole Tribal contingent turned tail and fled! The Mutineer commander ordered a general retreat.
Surprisingly light on both sides. The Mutineers lost about 150 infantry, mostly skirmishers, and about 200 cavalry. Their force routed before serious damage could be done!
British lost about 60 Lancers and 50 Dragoons, all from artillery fire. The
Ghurkas lost some 50 men, mostly to skirmisher fire. The Naval Brigade lost
about 75 men: all to cavalry fire and cavalry hacking. The British CinC was
also lightly wounded.
A victory for the British.
An excellent battle. The use of the domino effect rule produced a fast and realistic result with, once again, the clever use of artillery greatly affecting the outcome. Had the Mahdist Tribal infantry been ready to charge at the same time as the Tribal cavalry...well, who knows?