Battle Report: 1st April 1995
Mexican Juarista ~vs~ French Interventionist
(Robert Avery ~vs~ Richard Avery)
battle opened with both sides advancing swiftly forward in column. Once within
reach of each other, the battle divided into three areas of operation:
each flank and the centre.
the Mexican’s left flank, the regular cavalry formed into one vast column,
six squadrons deep, and advanced towards the French through muddy fields. The
French cavalry, Cuirassiers and Guides, charged forward as soon as they
spotted the Mexicans. The Mexican cavalry wanted to counter-charge, but were
held in check by their CinC who, expertly judging the ground, waited until the
French had exhausted their horses before charging himself. This delay also
gave him the opportunity to bring up the late arriving medium artillery and
soften up the enemy prior to impact.
French cavalry, disordered and hit by artillery, broke under the charge of the
Mexicans and routed backwards, pursued by their opponents.
the centre, the Mexicans deployed into line and inflicted some casualties on
the advancing French, still in column. However, desperate to get a shot at the
enemy, the Mexican battalions became intermingled, and the delay involved in
re-ordering their ranks gave the French a chance to deploy properly.
the right flank, however, the French CinC had managed to hook around the
Mexican’s flank: his two elite units of Zouaves and Marines faced only by
three light guns and the D-class Militia of the Mexican 4th Line Battalion. As
the battle ended, the French “hook” was just starting to threaten the
Mexican flank seriously: the Mexican CinC desperately rushing his reserves
over to meet this danger.
French lost 452 infantry: with the Marines and 2nd Battalion very badly hit (A
Company, 2nd Battalion, was wiped out). They also lost 184 cavalry, with the
Guides being reduced from 240 sabres to about 75. One of the French 2inC’s
also suffered a spectacular death at the hands of the Mexican artillery.
Mexicans lost 669 infantry, with the Zapadores, 1st and 2nd Battalions being
horribly massacred. They also lost 220 cavalry, with the Lancers being almost
wiped out; and a few artillerymen.
battle was declared a draw.
A great battle with lost of exciting swings of fate and much evidence of historical tactics. The dice favoured the Mexicans throughout, with the occasional wild roll of the French almost making up for this.
Had the battle continued, the Mexicans would have had a hard time resisting the advance of the French left hook!