Battle Report: 27th December 1994
Crimean Allies ~vs~ Crimean Russian
(Robert Avery ~vs~ Richard Avery)
Allied force had been ordered to invest the village of Smersh. When they
arrived, they discovered that the Russians had got there first! Determined to
follow orders, the French CinC ordered the attack.
battle began badly for the Allies: with the British Guards doubling forward,
coming under light artillery fire, and routing backwards again! They therefore
played no part in the battle whatsoever.
the centre, the French and the Turks advanced quickly in column towards the
Russians who, rather than await their advance, also marched forward: with the
Plastron of Cossack infantry successfully taking the hill in the centre of the
field after doubling forward in good order.
somewhat disrupted the French advance: so the French commander ordered one
unit of lancer/cuirassiers to clear the Cossack foot off the hill.
cavalry charged, and the Cossacks fled. Then, however, the Cossack cavalry
charged the French cavalry: causing it to rout from the field having been hit
in the flank by 600 screaming horsemen!
other half of the French lancer/cuirassiers then charged, and were
countercharged by the other 600 Cossacks. In a field now the epitomy of
confusion, the two cavalry units ended up facing each other, horses exhausted,
men shaken, about three lance distances apart.
both sides advanced infantry to support their cavalry: the Russian sailors
facing up to and then being routed by the French Marines/Veterans: who went on
to drive the two Cossack cavalry units from the field.
the absence of the British Guards had left their left flank unprotected: a
fact they regretted as 320 Russian heavy dragoons hit them there! They routed
(A class troops!), but the Dragoons themselves were then smashed from the
field by flanking fire from the Zouaves.
on the French left flank, things were going equally badly: whilst the troops
there were trying to sort themselves out, they let a company of Russian
skirmishers get within musket range.
Russians opened fire: and scored devastating casualties on the French
artillery. The artillerymen consulted their rule book, discovered that being
shot at was not in their contracts, and routed off the field.
half their cavalry, their artillery and veteran infantry routed, the Guards
gone, their attacks stalled, and the Russians advancing strongly, the French
commander decided that enough was enough, and ordered a retreat to regroup.
The Russians lost 30 Cossack infantry, 127 sailors, 5 infantry and 72 Dragoons: a total of 234 men.
The Allies lost 16 British Guards, 17 French Dragoons and 17 Guides, 30 Lancers and 30 Cuirassiers, 66 artillerymen, 180 line infantry, 35 Zouaves and 68 veteran infantry: a total of 459 men. The French CinC also sustained a heavy wound.
modest victory for the Russians.
a series of unorthodox and spirited attacks, the Russians forced the Allies to
react to everything they did: preventing the Allies using their longer-ranegd
The Allies thus attacked piecemeal: and ended up exchanging very expensive and good quality units for the sake of routing poor quality Russian troops.