AAR:  26th December 1995
 

Battle Report: 26th December 1995

Mexican Juarista ~vs~ 1860's Chinese

(Robert Avery ~vs~ Richard Avery)

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Mexican Juarista

Brigade

Unit

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

1

. .. . . 100
  2inC 2         100
Line LosSupremosPodres 30 6x5 RegC mlr   300
Infantry Zapadores 30 6x5 LightsC mlr   360
  1st Line Battalion 30 6x5 MilC mlr   300
  2nd Line Battalion 30 6x5 MilC mlr   300
Line Dragoons 12 2x6 RegC s, mlc   176
Cavalry Lancers 12 2x6 RegC s, l   176
Artillery 1st Battery 3 3x1 RegC light mlsb FA   237
Guerillos 1st Infantry 32 1x32 IrregC mlr   239
Troops 2nd Infantry 32 1x32 IrregC mlr   239
  1st Horse 10 1x10 IrregC mlc   115
  2nd Horse 10 1x10 IrregC mlc   115
  3rd Horse 10 1x10 IrregC mlc   115
              2872
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1860's Chinese

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

  

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

100
  2inC 2         100
Tigermen 1st 25 5x5 MilC sw, sbm   250
  2nd 25 5x5 MilC sw, sbm   250
Musketeers 1st 25 5x5 MilC mlr   275
  2nd 25 5x5 MilC mlr   275
Spearmen 1st 25 5x5 MilD sbm   250
  2nd 25 5x5 MilD sbm   250
Village 1st 30 1x30 IrregC sw/sp, sh   135
Levies 2nd 30 1x30 FanD sw/sp, sh   165
  3rd 30 1x30 IrregD sw/sp, sh   135
Horse 1st Imprl Lancers 12 1x12 IrregC sp, sw, sh   111
  2nd Imprl Lancers 12 1x12 IrregC sp, sw, sh   111
  3rd Imprl Lancers 12 1x12 IrregC sp, sw, sh   111
  4th Imprl Lancers 12 1x12 IrregC sp, sw, sh   111
Artillery 1st Battery 4 1x4 IrregD light mlsb FA   287
              2916
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. 1860's Chinese Mexican Juarista
Foot 4800 3280
Horse 960 1080
Guns 8 6
 

Report

As the Mexicans outscouted the Chinese, the slant-eyed devils set up first, with the Villagers and Imperial cavalry on the right, two Imperial Battalions in the centre, and the Tigermen, Tartars and the other two Imperial Battalions on the left. The Mexicans held the town with the Supremos Podres and the artillery, with one battalion of infantry and the Guerillos cavalry on the left, and the rest of the infantry on the right.

The Chinese attacked strongly on the flanks. On the right, the Imperial Lancers smashed through the Mexican Line Cavalry, covering the charge of the Village Levies into the Mexican 2nd Battalion of infantry, which held for a turn, and then turned and ran!

On the Chinese left flank, the Mexicans had thrown out a skirmish screen of Zapadores backed up by the 1st Battalion and two Guerillos infantry units. Again the Chinese advanced strongly - but this time their Tigermen were repulsed by devastating fire from the skirmish screen.

The Chinese then sent forward more Lancers, who cleared not only the skirmish screen but also the Guerillos horse. At this point, things looked critical, if not terminal, for the Mexican general, but the Chinese cavalry were seen off by the Guerillos foot:  moving forward to annihilate them at point blank range.

However, this success came too late to do any real good. Stunned by the devastation caused to the Zapadores and the Guerillos horse, the Mexican 1st Battalion fled the field.

With his left flank crumbling, his right looking dodgy, and his centre outnumbered 2:1, the Mexican general ordered a retreat. The day belonged to the Chinese.

Casualties

The Chinese casualties were quite high:  260 Tigermen; 120 Musketeers; 160 Spearmen; 160 cavalry and 200 Village Levies. A total of 900.

The Mexican casualties were light: as they mostly ran away before impact! They were:  60 Zapadores; 60 Lancers; 20 Guerillos Foot; 200 Guerillos Horse and 80 Infantry. A total of 420.

Results

A win for the Chinese forces: headed by the Great Wang Ri Chee Averee! 

Analysis

Another good battle: with the result decided by tactics and morale rather than the dice.

 
 
 
 
Battle Report
 

Battle Report: 11th August 1995

Mexican Juarista ~vs~ Imperial Chinese

(Richard Avery ~vs~ Robert Avery)

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Mexican Juarista

Brigade

Unit

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

1

. .. . . 100
  2inC 2         100
Line LosSupremosPodres 30 6x5 RegC mlr   300
Infantry Zapadores 30 6x5 LightsC mlr   360
  1st Line Battalion 30 6x5 MilC mlr   300
  2nd Line Battalion 30 6x5 MilC mlr   300
  3rd Line Battalion 30 6x5 MilD sbm   180
  4th Line Battalion 30 6x5 MilD sbm   180
Line Dragoons 12 2x6 RegC s, mlc   176
Cavalry Lancers 12 2x6 RegC s, l   176
  Rancheros 12 2x6 MilD l, mlc   152
Artillery 1st Battery 3 3x1 RegC light mlsb FA   237
Train Ammo Wagon 1         50
              2586
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Imperial Chinese

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

  

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

100
  2inC 2         100
Tigermen 1st 25 5x5 MilC sw, sbm   250
  2nd 25 5x5 MilC sw, sbm   250
Musketeers 1st 25 5x5 MilC mlr   275
  2nd 25 5x5 MilC mlr   275
Spearmen 1st 25 5x5 MilD sbm   250
Boxers 1st 30 1x30 IrregC sw/sp, sh   145
  2nd 30 1x30 IrregC sw/sp, sh   145
  3rd 30 1x30 IrregC sw/sp, sh   145
Horse Imperial Lancers 12 1x12 IrregC sp, sw, sh   111
  1st Tartars 12 1x12 IrregC sp, sw, sh, b   123
  2nd Tartars 12 1x12 IrregC sp, sw, sh, b   123
Artillery 1st Battery 4 1x4 IrregD light mlsb FA   287
              2579
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. Imperial Chinese Mexican Juarista
Foot 4300 3600
Horse 720 720
Guns 8 6
 

Report

As battle commenced, the Mexicans advanced from behind a curve in the river, determined to bring battle to their oriental enemy. Likewise, the Chinese marched eagerly forward on their left flank, leaving their artillery and spearmen on their base line.

It was all over very quickly!

The Mexicans deployed their Zapadores light infantry into skirmish formation, and began to organise their attack behind this screen. The Chinese, however, showing no respect for military protocol, immediately launched five units in charges towards the deploying Mexicans: hoping to catch them unawares.

The Supremos Podres counter-charged, trying to give their Zapadores time to reform line, and crashed their column into a mass of Boxer fanatics. Unfortunately, the Boxers swept them from the field, and headed for the Zapadores.

Now began one of the great legends of military history. General Juan Sanchez Juan Rodrigues Almeida took personal command of the Zapadores knowing that, if they broke, his army would collapse: caught deploying rather than prepared.

The Boxers charged forward. The General held the fire of the Zapadores - refusing to let his men shoot until the perfect moment. As the Boxers came forward they were met by an impenetrable line of bayonets: they faltered, then retired.

It was not over yet: a unit of Tigermen came crashing forward. Again General Almeida refused to let the Zapadores fire. Again the Chinese failed to push home their charge.

There was a thundering of hooves, and a line of  Imperial Chinese Lancers thundered forward. Finally General Juan let his men fire, and half the cavalry crashed into the dirt. The rest fled: taking the shaken Boxers and Tigermen with them.

The sight of three of their units fleeing was too much for the rest fo the Chinese army: the domino effect left the field to the Mexicans.

Casualties

Casualties were very light: with the Chinese breaking before any descent fighting took place.

The Chinese lost about 80 infantry and, of course, half the Imperial Lancers.

The Mexicans lost about 80 infantry.

Results 

A win for the Mexicans. 

Analysis

A great battle - if a little short! The epic stand of the Zapadores alone was worth setting everything up for!

 
 
 
 
Battle Report
 

Battle Report: 1st April 1995

Mexican Juarista ~vs~ French Interventionist

(Robert Avery ~vs~ Richard Avery)

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Mexican Juarista

Brigade

Unit

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

1

. .. . . 100
  2inC 3         150
Line LosSupremosPodres 30 6x5 RegC mlr   300
Infantry Zapadores 30 6x5 LightsC mlr   260
  1st Line Battalion 30 6x5 MilC mlr   300
  2nd Line Battalion 30 6x5 MilC mlr   300
  3rd Line Battalion 30 6x5 MilD sbm   180
  4th Line Battalion 30 6x5 MilD sbm   180
Line Dragoons 12 2x6 RegC s, p   176
Cavalry Lancers 12 2x6 RegC s, l   176
  Rancheros 12 2x6 MilD s, mlc   140
Artillery 1st Battery 3 3x1 RegC medium mlsb FA   285
  2nd Battery 3 3x1 RegC light mlsb FA   237
Guerillos Personality 1         25
  1st Horse 10 1x10 IrregC s, mlc   115
  1st Foot 32 1x32 IrregC mlr   239
Train Ammo Wagon 1         50
              3363
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French Interventionist

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

  

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

100
  2inC 1         50
Infantry Infantrie de Marine 36 6x6 RegB mlr   456
  Zouaves 36 6x6 LightsB mlr   492
  1st Line 36 6x6 RegC mlr   384
  2nd Line 24 4x6 RegC mlr   276
  3rd Line 36 6x6 RegC mlr   384
Cavalry Guides 12 2x6 RegA s, p   224
  Guard Dragoons 12 2x6 RegA s, mlc   224
  Lancers 12 2x6 RegB s, l   200
  Cuirassiers 12 2x6 RegB s, armour   200
Artillery 1st Battery 3 3x1 RegB light mlrb FA   261
Train Ammo Wagon           50
              3361
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. Mexican Juarista French Interventionist
Foot 4240 3360
Horse 920 960
Guns 12 6
 

Report

The 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.

On 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.

The French cavalry, disordered and hit by artillery, broke under the charge of the Mexicans and routed backwards, pursued by their opponents.

In 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.

On 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.

Casualties

The 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.

The 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.

Results

The battle was declared a draw.

Analysis

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!

 
 
 
 
Battle Report
 

Battle Report: 27th December 1994

Crimean Allies ~vs~ Crimean Russian

(Robert Avery ~vs~ Richard Avery)

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Crimean Allies

Brigade

Unit

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

1

. .. . . 100
  2inC 1         50
1st Brigade Veteran Infantry 36 6x6 RegA mlr (1 co LI)   504
  Zouaves 36 6x6 RegB mlr (1 co LI)   432
  1st Line 36 6x6 RegC mlr (1 co LI)   306
  2nd Line 18 3x6 RegC mlr   192
Cavalry Guard Hussars 12 2x6 RegA s, p   216
  Guard Dragoons 12 2x6 RegA s, mlc   216
  Lancers 12 2x6 RegB s, l   194
  Cuirassiers 12 2x6 RegB s, armour   194
Artillery 1st Battery 3 3x1 RegB light mlrb FA   289
Train Ammo Wagon 1         50
TURKISH 2inC 1         50
Infantry 1st Battalion 20 4x5 RegC sbm   180
  2nd Battalion 24 4x6 RegC sbm   208
BRITISH 2inC 1         50
Infantry Guards 40 10x4 RegA mlr   580
Cavalry 10th Hussars 5 1x5 RegB s   80
              3891
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Crimean Russian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

  

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

100
  2inC 1         50
Line  1st Battalion 48 4x12 LightsC mlr   520
Regiment 2nd Battalion 48 4x12 RegB sbm   424
  3rd Battalion 48 4x12 RegD sbm   328
  4th Battalion 48 4x12 RegD sbm   328

Militia

Cossack Foot 48 4x12 RegD sbm   280
  Sailors 48 4x12 RegD sbm   280

Line

Dragoons 16 2x8 RegB s, mlc    260

Cavalry

Hussars 24 4x6 RegC s   376

Cossack

1st Sotnya 15 1x15 IrregC s, l   180

Horse

2nd Sotnya 15 1x15 IrregC s, l   180

Artillery

1st Battery 3 3x1 RegC light mlsb FA   237
  2nd Battery 2 2x1 RegC heavy mlsb FA   232
              3825
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. Crimean Allies Crimean Russian
Foot 4200 5760
Horse 106 140
Guns 6 10
 

Report

The 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.

The 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.

In 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.

This somewhat disrupted the French advance: so the French commander ordered one unit of lancer/cuirassiers to clear the Cossack foot off the hill.

The 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!

The 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.

Quickly 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.

Unfortunately, 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.

Meanwhile 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.

The 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.

With 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. 

Casualties 

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.

Results

A modest victory for the Russians. 

Analysis

With 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 mlr’s.

The Allies thus attacked piecemeal: and ended up exchanging very expensive and good quality units for the sake of routing poor quality Russian troops.

 
 
 
 
Battle Report
 

Battle Report: 3rd December 1994

Mexican Juarista ~vs~ French Interventionist

(Robert Avery ~vs~ Rupert Avery)

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Mexican Juarista

Brigade

Unit

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

1

. .. . . 100
  2inC 2         100
Line LosSupremosPodres 30 6x5 RegC mlr   290
Infantry Zapadores 30 6x5 RegC mlr   290
  1st Line Battalion 30 6x5 MilC sbm   230
  2nd Line Battalion 30 6x5 MilC sbm   230
  3rd Line Battalion 30 6x5 MilD sbm   170
  4th Line Battalion 30 6x5 MilD sbm   170
Line Dragoons 12 2x6 MilD s, mlc, p   152
Cavalry Lancers 12 2x6 MilC s, l, p   164
  Rancheros 12 2x6 MilC s, mlc, p, l   176
Artillery 1st Battery 3 3x1 RegC medium mlsb FA   285
Guerillos 1st Horse 10 1x10 IrregC s, mlc   125
Horse 2nd Horse 10 1x10 IrregC s, mlc   125
  3rd Horse 10 1x10 IrregC s, mlc   125
Guerillos 1st Foot 32 1x32 IrregC sbm   175
Foot 2nd Foot 32 1x32 IrregC sbm   175
  3rd Foot 32 1x32 IrregC sbm   175
Train Ammo Wagon 1         50
              3307
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French Interventionist

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

  

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

100
  2inC 1         50
Infantry Veteran Infantry 36 6x6 RegA mlr (1 co LI)   504
  Zouaves 36 6x6 RegB mlr (1 co LI)   432
  1st Line 36 6x6 RegC mlr (1 co LI)   306
  2nd Line 36 6x6 RegC mlr   192
Cavalry Guard Hussars 12 2x6 RegA s, p   216
  Guard Dragoons 12 2x6 RegA s, p, mlc   228
  Lancers 12 2x6 RegB s, p, l   206
  Cuirassiers 12 2x6 RegB s, p, armour   206
Artillery 1st Battery 3 3x1 RegB light mlrb FA   289
Egyptian 2inC 1         50

Legion

1st Battalion 20 4x5 RegC mlr   220
  2nd Battalion 24 4x6 RegC mlr   256
              3305
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. Mexican Juarista French Interventionist
Foot 5520 3400
Horse 1320 960
Guns 6 6
 

Report

The French had stolen a march on the Mexicans by forced marching to stretch right across the battlefield as opposed to entering, as expected, at the corner opposite a Mexican village. This fairly well scotched the brilliant plans of the Mexican commander - but then all is fair in love and war and you can never really trust these Frenchies either!

The battle was divided into three sections: both geographically and chronologically. The first, and main, section, was the centre of the battlefield: with the French Veterans, artillery and Zouaves facing up to the two regular Mexican infantry units supported by the guerillos foot.

Both sides advanced strongly towards each other but, in their eagerness to capture the central hill, the French artillery outstripped their infantry and ended up, still limbered, too close to the Mexicans. Seeing their opportunity, the LSP’s, headed by the Mexican General Louis Louis, charged the guns: rushing through a hail of cannister fire to capture them as their crews fled to their infantry.

As the other Mexican units rushed to support them, the LSP’s (whilst trying to spike the Mexican guns) were charged by a squadron of French Lancers backed up by one of Cuirassiers.

Still disordered after their own charge, the LSP’s were smashed backwards, routing. The French cavalry charged onwards: into the Zapadores, who were frantically trying to form line.

The Zapadores routed as well, although they managed to wipe out the Lancers with rifle fire, but it looked as if nothing could stop the Cuirassiers. However, they were counter-charged by the yellow-flag guerillos who, through sheer weight of numbers, threw them backwards and then overwhelmed them in melee.

At the same time, General Louis Louis, who had watched in some confusion as unit after unit had charged past him (in both directions) took off his hat to salute the guerillos infantry. “Surely nothing can stop us now,” he said: and was promptly shot horribly in the head, splattering his brains over his staff! This proved the final straw for the Mexicans in the centre: their attack was stalled.

Meanwhile, seeking to relieve the pressure on the centre, the Mexican left flank launched an impetuous attack up the road leading from the village: straight at the Egyptian Legion. 

Unfortunately, fitness had not been a priority in the training the two militia battalions had received. Their charges petered out right under the muskets of the Egyptians: who fired, routing them.

Finally, as a last ditch attempt, the Mexican irregular cavalry charged another lancer/cuirassier unit: but were easily squashed by the grim-faced regulars. 

Casualties

The Mexicans lost 282 LSP’s; 60 Zapadores; 108 Militia; 95 Guerillos Foot and 35 Guerillos Horse: a total of 580. Their CinC suffered a spectacular death!

The French lost 36 Veteran Infantry; 121 Lancers; 16 Cuirassiers and 62 Egyptians: a total of 235. One French 2inC was seriously wouned, and the Egyptian Legion 2inC was lightly wounded.

Results

A victory for the French.

Analysis

A most enjoyable battle, with the Mexicans enjoying initial success, but overextending themselves to their eventual downfall.

 
 
 
 
Battle Report
 

Battle Report: 11th August 1994

Later British ~vs~ Prussian

(Robert Avery ~vs~ Nog Norgren)

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Later British

Brigade

Unit

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

1

. .. . . 100
  2inC 1         50
1st 24th Foot 40 8x5 RegB blr (2 co's LI) . 540
Brigade 78th Highlanders 40 8x5 RegB blr (2 co's LI) . 540
. 50th Foot 20 4x5 RegB blr . 260
Support Naval Brigade 24 6x4 RegC blr . 300
Cavalry Lancers 16 4x4 RegA s, blc, p, l . 360

Brigade

Dragoon Guards

16

4x4

RegB

s, blc, p

 .

312

Artillery 1st Battery 3 3x1 RegB medium blrb FA . 390
  2nd Battery 1 1x1 RegA hmg . 108
Train Ammo Wagon 1       . 50
. . . . . . . 3002
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Prussian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

  

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

100

Infantry

1st Bttn Foot Guards

48

4x12

RegA

blr

 

704
 

48th Bttn Line

48

4x12

RegB

blr

 

608
 

2nd Bttn Jaegers

24

2x12

LightsB

blr

 

352
 

49th Bttn Line

24

2x12

RegC

blr

 

280
 Cavalry

4th Cuirassiers

24

4x6

RegA

s, p, blc, armour

 

504
  Lancers 12 2x6 RegB

s, l, mlc

  212
Artillery

4th Btty Guard Art.

3

3x1

RegA

medium blrb FA

 

405

Train

Ammo Wagon 1         50
               3003
.
. Later British Prussian
Foot 2480 2880
Horse 640 480
Guns 8 6
 

Report

The British outscouted the Prussians, so watched as the Prussians set up in the centre of the battlefield, their forces split by the river that divided the terrain. They then placed all their forces on the Prussian right flank, so as to split the Prussian force, hook upwards and drive the Prussians across the field into the river.

The artillery on both sides began a duel that lasted for the whole of the battle: with the British losing one gun, then the Prussians two, then the British another. Otherwise the guns played no part.

The British began their upward hook, but the Prussians advanced at the double, and zoomed forward at an incredible rate: forcing the British to go to ground at the edge of the field.

A fierce firefight looked imminent, but once again the Prussians attempted a surprise move: charging half a Jaeger Battalion and two squadrons of Cuirassiers into the Naval Brigade.

Unfortunately, the jolly jack tars were made of strong stuff and, supported by the CinC, blew the Prussians from the field!

Now a fierce firefight developed: but the Prussian Guards were slightly outnumbered and not lying prone, unlike their British opponents. Even the Prussian Guards cannot take 80% casualties and survive: they broke and ran.

Meanwhile, the 24th Foot and Prussian cross-river forces prepared to face each other: across the river! Unfortunately, before battle could be joined here, with the Guards, half the Jaegers and Cuirrassiers and two guns lost, the Prussian commander ordered a retreat.

Casualties

The British lost 96 Highlanders; 100 of the 50th Foot; and the gatling gun crew.

The Prussians lost 780 Guards (!); 30 Line;  312 Jaegers;  2 guns and 240 Cuirassiers.

Results

A workmanlike victory for the British.

Analysis

The Prussian advance was so quick that it prevented any of the British commander’s tactics developing. This meant that the Prussians advanced into a line of British riflemen, supported by artillery, and, as might be expected, lost. It is also well worth remembering that if armed with breechloaders, lying prone is a must.

The British took full advantage of their outscouting: and it was that that allowed them to pick their ground and split the Prussian force.

 
 
 
 
Battle Report
 

Battle Report: 19th July 1994

Mexican Juarista ~vs~ French Interventionist

(Robert Avery ~vs~ Richard Avery)

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Mexican Juarista

Brigade

Unit

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

1

. .. . . 100
Line Los Supremos Podres 30 6x5 RegC mlr . 300
Infantry Zapadores 30 6x5 RegC mlr . 300
. 1st Line Battalion 30 6x5 MilC mlr . 300
. 2nd Line Battalion 30 6x5 MilC mlr . 300
Line Dragoons 12 2x6 RegC s, mlc . 176

Cavalry

Lancers

12

2x6

RegC

s, l

 .

176

Artillery 1st Battery 2 2x1 RegC light mlsb FA . 158
Guerillos 1st Horse 10 1x10 IrregC s, mlc . 125
. 2nd Horse 10 1x10 IrregC s, mlc . 125
. 2nd Horse 10 1x10 IrregC s, mlc . 125
. . . . . . . 2185
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French Interventionist

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

  

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

100

Infantry

Zouaves

36

6x6

Lights B

mlr

 

492
 

Line Battalion

36

6x6

RegB

mlr

 

420

Cavalry

Guides

12

2x6

RegA

s, mlc

 

224
 

Dragoons

12

2x6

RegA

s, mlc, p

 

236
 

Cuirassiers

12

2x6

RegB

s, mlc, armour

 

212
  Lancers 12 2x6 RegB

s, l, mlc

  212
Artillery

1st Battery

3

3x1

RegB

light mlrb FA

 

279
               2175
.
. Mexican Juarista French Interventionist
Foot 2400 1440
Horse 1040 960
Guns 4 6
 

Report

A French flying column encounters a sizeable Juarista army:  battle commences.

As soon as dawn broke, the Mexicans advanced quickly - with the French edging forward more cautiously.

On the right, the French had invested a small village with two companies of Zouaves. Each of these, within stone buildings, was charged by a unit of Guerillos cavalry. Despite only being able to shoot through windows and loopholes, the French repulsed the Guerillos:  routing the third unit off the field as well with artillery fire.

Meanwhile, on the left, the French Guard Cavalry had advanced to meet the Mexican Line troops: whose 1st Battalion immediately disengaged from the French charge hoping to lure the French onto the rifles of the 2nd Battalion, traipsing through the somewhat boggy fields. Unfortunately, the French foresaw this danger and pulled up short.

In the centre, the two sides advanced towards each other: the Mexicans quickly, the French slowly. At extreme range, aware of the casualties the French artillery were inflicting upon them, the Los Supremos Podres let loose a massive volley that caused minimal casualties, and charged towards the hated invaders.

To their surprise, breaking the habit of receiving at a halt, six companies of French infantry (4 of Zouaves, 2 of Line) counter-charged them. The two sides clashed and, again to the surprise of all, impacxt was drawn: and a massive melee involving upwards of 2000 men developed.

After several minutes of incredibly fierce and bloodthirsty melee, with massive casualties on both sides, the weight of numbers of the Mexicans overwhelmed the individually better French, routing them off the field.

Unfortunately the Mexicans, as they celebrated their victory, but shaken by their own casualties, were charged by the French Cuirassiers. They fled without a second thought:  joining their colleagues of the 1st Battalion who had been routed by a flank charge by the Guides.

With only their 2nd Battalion, guns and Line Cavalry left, and facing 4 cavalry and 1 infantry units, plus artillery, of the French, the Mexicans accepted defeat: althoug they were consoled by the fact that the 2nd Battalion managed to briefly rout the Gudies through flank fire.

Casualties

The Mexicans lost 305 Guerillos cavalry (over 50%); 236 Los Supremos Podres; and 296 Zapadores for a total of 837 men.

The French lost 182 Zouaves; 344 Line infantry; 56 Guides and 18 Cuirassiers: for a total of 600 men.

Results

An extremely close and costly victory for the French.

Analysis

A very good battle: exciting to the last, fought with historical tactics.

After the Mexicans lost the Guerillos cavalry right at the beginning they looked doomed, but then the incredible French counter-charge, drawing of the impact, and the winning of the melee looked as if they might reverse the result.

The key action at that point was the French disposing of the 1st Mexican Line Battalion with the Guides: after that, the Mexicans just did not have the troops left to carry on the fight.

A good result, but a definite bloody nose for the French, even if they did eventually win.

 
 
 
 
Battle Report
 

Battle Report: 29th December 1993

Late British Indian ~vs~ Late Russian & Afghan

(Nog Norgren ~vs~ Robert Avery)

.

Late British Indian

Brigade

Unit

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

1

        100
  2inC 1         50
1st Brigade 1st/24th Bttn 40 8x5 RegB blr   520
  Sikh Bttn 32 8x4 RegC mlr   368
  Ghurka Bttn 40 8x5 LightsC mlr   520
2nd Brigade 98th Highlanders 40 8x5 RegB blr   520
  Naval Brigade 24 8x3 RegC blr   300
1st Cavalry 17th Lancers 16 4x4 RegB s,blc,p,l   328
Brigade Sikh Dragoons 16 4x4 RegC s, mlc   248

 

Bengal Lancers

20

4x5

RegC

s,l,mlc

 

320

2nd Cavalry Camel Corps 8 2x4 RegB s,blr   148
Brigade Dragoons 16 4x4 RegB s,blc,p   312
Artillery Battery A 3 3x1 RegB light blrb FA   309
Brigade Battery B 3 3x1 RegB light blrb HA   372
  Battery C 1 1x1 RegB hmg   98
  Battery D 1 1x1 RegB rocket launcher   94
Train Ammo Wagon 1         50
              5025
 

Late Russian & Afghan

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

Russian CinC 1         100
  2inC 1         50
24th 1st Bttn 48 4x12 RegC mlr*   472
Dneprovski 2nd Bttn 48 4x12 RegD mlr*   424
Regiment 3rd Bttn 48 4x12 RegD mlr*   424
Cavalry Cossacks 30 5x6 RegC s,l   450
Brigade Dragoons 16 2x8 RegB s,mlc   260
  Hussars 24 4x6 RegC s   376
Artillery 1st Battery 3 3x1 RegC light mlrb* FA   267
  2nd Battery 2 2x1 RegC heavy mlrb* FA   232
              2137
Afghan CinC 1          
Ghazis Ghazi Fanatics 36 1x36 FanB sp/sw,sh,mlr   339
Tribal Foot Purple Flag 32 1x32 IrregB sp/sw,sh,mlr   239
  Blue Flag 32 1x32 IrregB sp/sw,sh,mlr   239
  Red Flag 18 1x18 MarksmenA sp/sw,sh,mlr   195
  Yellow Flag 18 1x18 MarksmenA sp/sw,sh,mlr   195
Tribal Horse Camelry 6 1x6 IrregC sw,mlr   81
  Purple Flag 10 1x10 FanA sw,sp,sh,mlr   165
  No Flag 10 1x10 FanA sw,sp,sh,mlr   165
Tribal Guns Guns 3 1x3 IrregC light mlsb FA   231
              1868
  Total           4086
.
. Late British Indian Late Afghan/Russian
Foot 4160 5600
Horse 1520 1920
Guns 16 16
 

Report

As the British Indian force marched forward in column, the Russians anchored their left flank on a hill and deployed into line. Their Afghan allies rapidly advanced: intending to destroy the British in front of them and then hooking round upon the other British force’s flank.

On only the second turn of the battle, the Afghans charged forward. Unfortunately, their actions had been anticipated, and the British had begun to deploy into their deadly firing lines.

Stopped by fire, the Afghan tribesmen stood for a turn, then routed as the British continued to hammer them at close range.

Despite some small successes by the Afghan cavalry, and a brave but unsuccessful charge by the Cossacks, with most of the Afghan force routed or shaken and the British cavalry beginning to come around the hill, the Russian/Afghan general ordered a general retreat.

Casualties

The Afghans lost 771 infantry and 47 cavalry (mostly in a furious melee that broke the British Lancers). The Russians lost 45 infantry, 71 cavalry - mostly Cossacks.

The British lost 140 Ghurkas; 93 Naval Brigade; 60 Sepoys; 13 Highlanders; 34 Lancers; 9 Sikh Horse; and 18 artillerymen: total 367 men.

Results

A workmanlike victory for the British Indian force.

Analysis

Both sides used good tactics, but the crucial decision was the British decision to deploy into line to face the Afghan charge. If they had continued to march forward, not realising that the Afghans were close enough to charge, then things would perhaps have been different.

As it was, the battle was decided on the right flank, with the left sides never really getting to grips.

 

 
 
 
 
Battle Report
 

Battle Report: 28th December 1993

Early British Indian & Mexican  ~vs~ Early British & Russian

(Robert Avery & Nog Norgren ~vs~ Richard Avery & Rupert Avery)

.

Early British Indian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

 

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

100

 

2inC

1

 

 

 

 

50

1st Brigade

Highlanders

40

8x5

RegB

mlr

 

416

 

Sikhs

40

10x4

RegC

sbm

 

296

 

Punjabi

40

10x4

RegD

sbm

 

256

Navy Naval Brigade 1 24 8x3 RegB mlr   300

Cavalry

Bengal Lancers

20

4x5

RegC

s,l

 

150

  Sikh Horse 12 3x4 RegC s   174
Artillery Battery A 3 3x1 RegB

light mlsb FA+

elephant teams

  249

 

Ammo Wagon

1

 

 

 

 

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2041

 

Early Mexican

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

 

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

100

 

2inC

1

 

 

 

 

50

Infantry

Los Supremos Podres

30

6x5

RegC

mlr

 

300

 

Zapadores

30

6x5

LightsC

mlr

 

360

  1st Battalion

30

6x5

RegC

mlr

 

270

  2nd Battalion

30

6x5

RegD

mlr

 

240

 

3rd Battalion

30

6x5

RegD

mlr

 

240

Cavalry Dragoons 8 2x4 MilC s,l   108
  Lancers 8 2x4 MilC s,mlc   108
  Rancheros 8 2x4 MilC s,p   108

Artillery

Battery A

3

3x1

RegC

light mlsb FA

 

237

Train Ammo Wagon 1         50

 

   

 

 

 

 

2179

 

Allied Total

 

 

 

 

 

4220

 

Early British

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

  CinC 1         100
  2inC 1         50
Infantry Guards 40 10x4 RegA mlr   588
  Berkshires 40 10x4 RegA mlr   588
  Camel Corps 8 2x4 RegA mlr (mounted inf)   140
Cavalry 11th Hussars 10 2x5 RegA s   180
Support Battery A 3 3x1 RegA light mlsb HA   324
  Ammo Wagon 1         50
              2000
.

Early Russian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

  CinC 1         100
  2inC 1         50
1st Moscva 1st Battalion 48 4x12 LightC mlr   520
  2nd Battalion 48 4x12 RegB sbm   424
  3rd Battalion 48 4x12 RegD sbm   328
Cavalry Hussars 24 4x6 RegC s   376
  Cossacks 15 1x15 IrregC s,l   180
Artillery Battery A 3 3x1 RegC light mlsb FA   237
  Ammo Wagon 1         50
              2265
  Allied Total           4265
.
. Early British Indian & Mexican Early British & Early Russian
Foot 5880 4640
Horse 1120 980
Guns 12 12
 

Report

This was fought as an encounter battle, with neither side outscouting, and both forces starting in march column. The Early British faced their Early British Indian counterparts, the Mexicans faced the Russians.

Both sides advanced in column towards each other: throwing out skirmish screens and sending the artillery forward to weaken the opposition. On the left flank, as the British forces jockeyed for position and exchanged skirmish fire, the British Indians launched a massive cavalry charge at the right end of the British line. This was repulsed by artillery fire before making contact but, in blowing the Indian charge away, the British artillery exposed their flanks and, peppered by enemy fire, first routed then fled the field.

Aware of the need for quick action, the British commander sent the Guard forwards: poised to sweep the Indians from the field with a mighty charge. Then disaster struck: suddenly, and for no apparent reason, six companies of Guards turned tail and fled the field! This left a huge hole in the British line, which their Indian opponents prepared to exploit.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the field, the Mexicans, having softened the Russians up and causing three companies of Russian heavy infantry to rout, charged forward. On the far right, the Lancers charged the great mass of Cossacks: bouncing them back into a wood. A great melee then developed amongst the trees: with both sides taking such horrendous casualties that they both routed!

In the centre, the 1st and 3rd Battalions of Mexican Line charged forward, supported by half of the Los Supremos Podres. The 1st Battalion took horrendous casualties from the Russian guns and was, literally, blown off the battlefield! Incredibly, however, the D-class 3rd Battalion held steady, and charged into the Russian artillery hacking down gunners right, left and centre. At that moment, the morale of the Russians broke: with the Hussars, the remainder of the heavy infantry and the 3rd Line Battalion breaking and running.

With the British retreating and the Russians routing, the battle ended as the British Indian and Mexican forces poured into the pursuit!

Casualties

The British lost 7 Berkshires, 46 artillerymen, 44 Guards, and 100 Hussars for a total of 277 men. The Russians lost 24 heavy infantry, 28 light infantry, 14 line infantry, 55 artillerymen, and 70 Cossacks for a total of 191 men.

The British Indians lost 15 artillerymen, 82 Bengal Lancers, 13 Sikhs, 78 Punjabi infantry, 100 Sikh horse, 44 Highlanders, 40 Naval Brigade for a total of 372 men. The Mexicans lost 157 line infantry, 40 Zapadores, 8 artillerymen and 86 Lancers for a total of 291 men.

Results

A victory to the combined Early British Indian and Mexican force.

Analysis

The British/Russian force suffered very bad luck: at the crucial point of the battle the British artillery and Guards routed on a “double one”. The Indians and Mexicans were in a position to exploit this bad luck...and did!

 
 
 
 
Battle Report
 

Battle Report: 14th December 1993

Mexican Juarista  ~vs~ Prussian

(Robert Avery ~vs~ Nog Norgren)

.

Mexican Juarista

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

 

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

100

Infantry 2inC 1         50
Brigade Zapadores 30 6x5 LightsC mlr   360
  Los Supremos Podres 30 6x5 RegC mlr   300
  1st Battalion 30 6x5 MilC mlr   300
  2nd Battalion 30 6x5 MilC mlr   300
Support 2inC 1         50
Brigade Dragoons 12 2x6 RegC s,mlc   176
  Lancers 12 2x6 RegC s,l,p,mlc   200
  1st Battery 3 3x1 RegC medium mlsb FA   285
Guerillos 2inC 1         50
Brigade 1st Foot 32 1x32 IrregC mlr   239
  2nd Foot 32 1x32 IrregC mlr   239
  3rd Foot 32 1x32 IrregC mlr   239
  1st Horse 10 1x10 IrregC s,p,mlc   135
  2nd Horse 10 1x10 IrregC s,p,mlc   135
  3rd Horse 10 1x10 IrregC s,p,mlc   135
Train Ammo Wagon 1         50
              3343
.

Prussian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

  CinC 1         100
  2inC 1         50
Infantry Guards 48 8x6 RegA blr   704
Brigade Jaegers 48 8x6 LightsB blr   704
  Feldmutze 24 4x6 RegB blr   304
Cavalry Cuirassiers 24 4x6 RegA s,blc,p,armour   568
Brigade Uhlans 24 4x6 RegB s,blc,l,p   496
Artillery Battery A 3 3x1 RegA medium mlsb HA   390
  Ammo Wagon 1         50
              3366
.
. Mexican Juarista Prussian
Foot 4320 2400
Horse 1080 960
Guns 6 6

 

 

Report

With neither side outscouting, the Mexicans and Prussians deployed simultaneously: with the Prussians forming a tightly packed block, horse artillery in the centre, cavalry on the wings. The Mexicans anchored a line of guerrillos on some hedged fields on the left flank;  while three units of regular infantry, supported by the regular cavalry, formed a column with which to hook round the left flank of the enemy.

Both sides advanced strongly on the first turn, and a few casualties were caused by artillery fire.

The Prussians reacted to the Mexican plans by quickly moving their artillery and most of their infantry to face the advancing hook. Both sides deployed for combat: with the Zapadores sprinting forward to skirmish with the deploying Prussian guns and cavalry, supported by the Los Supremos Podres forming line behind them. The 1st Battalion of Line Infantry moved further up the field to counter a line of Jaegers that were preparing to skirmish.

At that moment, disaster struck for the Mexicans. As the Zapadores looked at the huge Prussian force facing them, they lost all heart and courage, and routed off the field without having taken a single casualty! The 1st Battalion of Line Infantry followed them: also eventually leaving the field permanently.

With heavy fire being exchanged on his crumbling right flank, the Mexican CinC ordered a last-ditch, all-out charge by the Guerillos infantry into the Prussian Guard:  in line and awaiting with breechloaders.

Incredibly, the Guerillos survived the Prussians’ opening volley but, unsurprisingly, lost the impact, were shaken, and then  routed by fire from the Prussian Cuirassiers.

Meanwhile, the other half of the Prussian cavalry had chased the Mexican line cavalry from the field, although losing a squadron of Uhlans to artillery fire in the process.

With many of his units routed or about to be routed, the Mexican commander ordered his men to run for their lives: although many would have been cut down by the Prussian cavalry as they fled.

Casualties

The Prussians lost 20 Guards, 108 Jaegers, 140 Cuirassiers, 15 Uhlans and 14 artillery crew: a total of 297.

The Mexicans lost, before the slaughter, 435 guerillos, 72 lancers, 90 Zapadores (not enough, if you ask me!), and 60 line infantry. Total 657 men.

Results

A total victory for the Prussians.

Analysis

The battle would have been far more exciting if the Zapadores had not rolled “old snake eyes”, and routed right at the beginning of the battle: taking the unit of Line Infantry with them on another “double one”!

If they had stayed, then there is the possibility that the Mexican right hook might have worked. Having said that, there was nothing wrong with Prussian strategy: and certainly their initial deployment allowed them to react rapidly to Mexican tactics.

A victory for the Prussians: but a potentially exciting, neck-and-neck battle reduced to a walkover too early on.

 

 
 
 
 
Battle Report
 

Battle Report: 11th September 1993

Early Russian & Afghan ~vs~ Early British Indian

(Richard Avery & Rupert Avery ~vs~ Robert Avery & Nog Norgren)

.

Early Russian

Brigade

Unit

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

1

        100
  2inC 1         50
Line 1st Bttn 48 4x12 RegC mlr   424
Regiment 2nd Bttn 48 4x12 RegB sbm   424
  3rd Bttn 48 4x12 RegD sbm   328
  4th Bttn 48 4x12 RegD sbm   328
  Attached Militia 48 4x12 MilD sbm   280
Cavalry Dragoons 16 2x8 RegB s,mlc   260
  Hussars 24 4x6 RegC s   376
  Cossacks 1 15 1x15 IrregC s,l   180
  Cossacks 2 15 1x15 IrregC s,l   180
Train Ammo Wagon 1         50
              2980
.

Early Afghan

Brigade

Unit

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

1

        100
  2inC 1         50
Pathans Pathan 1 36 1x36 FanB sp/sw,sh   267
  Pathan 2 36 1x36 FanB sp/sw,sh   267
Waziri A Waziri 1 32 1x32 IrregC sp/sw,sh,mlr   207
  Waziri 2 32 1x32 IrregC sp/sw,sh,mlr   207
  Waziri 3 32 1x32 IrregC sp/sw,sh,mlr   207
  Waziri 4 32 1x32 IrregC sp/sw,sh,mlr   207
  Waziri 5 32 1x32 IrregC sp/sw,sh,mlr   207
Waziri B Waziri 6 18 1x18 IrregC sp/sw,sh,mlr   141
  Waziri 7 18 1x18 IrregC sp/sw,sh,mlr   141
  Waziri 8 18 1x18 IrregC sp/sw,sh,mlr   141
  Waziri 9 18 1x18 IrregC sp/sw,sh,mlr   141
Horse Fanatics 1 20 1x20 FanB sp,sw,sh,mlr   225
  Fanatics 2 20 1x20 FanB sp,sw,sh,mlr   225
Artillery Tribal Artillery 1 1x1 IrregC heavy mlsb FA   133
              3016
.

Early British Indian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

 

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

100
  2inC 1         50
Queens Guards 40 10x4 RegA mlr (2 Co's LI)   588
Brigade Berkshires 40 10x4 RegA mlr (2 Co's LI)   588
  Rifles 8 2x4 LightsA mlr   124
Naval 1st Bttn NB 24 8x3 RegB mlr   320

Brigade

2nd Bttn NB 24 6x4 RegB mlr   300
HMEIC Sikh Bttn 40 10x4 RegC mlr (2 Co's LI)   476
Brigade Sepoy Bttn 40 10x4 RegC mlr (2 Co's LI)   476
Cavalry 11th Hussars 10 2x5 RegA s,mlc   190
Brigade Sikh Cavalry 16 4x4 RegC s   232
  Bengal Lancers 20 4x5 RegC s,l   300
Artillery 1st Battery 3 3x1 RegB medium mlsb FA   357
  2nd Battery 3 3x1 RegB light mlsb HA   312
  3rd Battery 1 1x1 RegB rocket launcher   94
Train Ammo Wagon 1         50
              4609
.
. Early Russian & Afghan Early British Indian
Foot 10880 4320
Horse 2200 920
Guns 2 14
 

Report

The British forces were out-pointed but defending a river that had only 3 crossing points.

The British set up first, with the British infantry defending the left flank bridge, the Sepoy forces defending the right flank ford, and the naval brigade and medium artillery defending the town that stood by the central bridge.

The allied force set up with the Afghans on the right, facing the British regulars, and the Russians splitting their force between the central town and the ford.

Although a very large battle , the action was quite simple on a strategic scale. On the British left, the Berkshires and half the Guards watched the Afghans creep slowly forward: held back by their slow moving heavy gun. Indeed, it was not until the battle had been largely decided elsewhere that the Afghans did anything constructive at all: perhaps cunningly leaving their Russian allies to take all the casualties whilst they remained fresh to loot at their will!

On the British right, the Russians advanced strongly on the ford. A massive firefight began between the 3rd Russian Line Battalion and the Sepoys: won by the Sepoys as they had the initiative on the advancing Russians.

Seeing his infantry retreating, the Russian commander slammed his Hussar cavalry into the ford, who were promptly counter-charged by the Bengal Lancers. With a massive splash the two horse units met in the middle of the ford, with the Hussars being bounced back shaken, unable to penetrate the moving abattis of lances.

Unfortunately, this left the Bengal cavalry under the guns of the Cossack Militia who, after working out which end of their muskets went ‘bang’, blew them away at point blank range.

Under cover of this action, the Russian commander then moved his 1st Battalion into a firing position on the Sepoys. They exchanged volleys - both sides taking horrendous casualties - and the Sepoys, shaken by the decimation of their cavalry, turned and fled! As the battle ended, the Sikhs were preparing to enter a firefight with the Russian first battalion.

It was, however, in the centre that the battle was to be decided. The two Naval Brigades, the medium artillery battery, and half the Guards watched as the Russians advanced towards them. The Russian second battalion, supported by Cossack cavalry, advanced into range, but were routed by heavy defensive fire.

The Russian commander, seeking to find an opening, sent the Cossack cavalry over the bridge, but they were repulsed by fire from one of the Naval Brigades. It seemed impossible for the Russians to shift the defenders of the town and bridge.

Unfortunately, however, the Naval Brigade defending the town had been so scared by the Cossacks coming over the bridge that, despite the fact that the Cossacks had been driven back, fled the town in full rout: taking the guns with them!

Quickly the Russian commander lined the river bank with his infantry: getting into position where he could prevent, with covering fire, any British forces safely occupying the town.

At this point, the battle ended: it being 1.30am!

Casualties

The Afghans lost 273 tribesmen: symbolic of how little a part they played in the battle.

The Russians lost 652 line infantry, 14 Cossack infantry, 200 Cossack cavalry and their CinC.

The British lost 61 artillery crew, 41 sailors, 50 Berkshires and 16 Guards. The Bengal Lancers were nigh on annihilated.

Results

Although officially a draw, it was agreed that the allied forces would eventually have carried the day. A winning draw to the allies.

Analysis

The battle was a very good one, with fortunes swinging backwards and forwards throughout.

Firstly, it must be said that the Afghans advanced too slowly. They let about 110 points worth of British troops hold up an army of 3000 points. When, at the end, they slammed forward, it was immediately obvious that they could have forced a British retreat from the bridge.

Otherwise, the British would probably have repulsed the Russian attack in the centre if they hadn’t had the incredible bad luck to have the naval brigade and medium artillery rout straight off the field! The central troops could then have reinforced the flanks.

Having said that, the Russian commander was tactically very sound: sending his troops forward in extremely effective waves always threatening a firefight that he would have won through weight of numbers.

In all, it can be seen how fair the points system is:  the difference between the forces points-wise really showing. Overall, the allies beating the British;  but, tactically, 3500 points of British holding off 3000 points of Russians until bad luck left them with only 2800 points.

 
 
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Battle Report
 

Battle Report: 29th August 1993

Mexican Juarista  ~vs~  Late Russian

(Robert Avery ~vs~ Rupert Avery)

.

Mexican Juarista

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

 

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

100

Regular

Zapadores

30

6x5

LightsC

mlr

 

300

Infantry

1st Battalion

30

6x5

MilitiaC

mlr

 

300

 

2nd Battalion

30

6x5

MilitiaC

mlr

 

300

 

3rd Battalion

30

6x5

MilitiaD

mlr

 

240

Irregular Guerillos 1 32 1x32 IrregC mlr   239

Infantry

Guerillos 2

32 1x32 IrregC mlr   239

 

Guerillos 3

32 1x32 IrregC mlr   239
Irregular Guerillos 1 10 1x10 IrregC s,mlc   115
Cavalry

Guerillos 2

10 1x10 IrregC s,mlc   115
 

Guerillos 3

10 1x10 IrregC s,mlc   115

Artillery

Battery A

2

2x1

RegC

light mlsb FA

 

178

 

Ammo Wagon

1

 

 

 

 

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2530

.

Later Russian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

  CinC 1         100
1st Moscva 1st Battalion 48 4x12 RegC mlr*   472
  2nd Battalion 48 4x12 RegB mlr*   520
  3rd Battalion 48 4x12 RegD mlr*   424
  4th Battalion 48 4x12 RegD mlr*   424
Cavalry Hussars 24 4x6 RegC s,p   476
Artillery Battery A 2 2x1 RegC light mlrb* FA   178
  Ammo Wagon 1         50
              2544
.
. Mexican Juarista Later Russian
Foot 4320 3840
Horse 600 480
Guns 4 4
 

Report

There were two main actions in this exciting and well-gamed battle: one on the left flank, one on the right flank, with a holding action in the centre by both sides main infantry forces.

The artillery on both sides spent the entire battle in counter-battery fire: largely ineffective!

As battle opened, the Mexicans advanced strongly on both flanks. On their right flank, a small force of cavalry, one section of guns and a company of Zapadores was dispersed when the Russian guns ko’d the artillery!

Meanwhile, half the Zapadores skirmishers, followed by a battalion of line infantry had quickly advanced and taken the village that dominated the field’s left side. They began a firefight with the Russian heavy infantry (2nd Battalion Line).

The firefight continued, with the Zapadores skirmishers taking advantage of the stone wall surrounding the village as cover, and the Russians taking advantage of their breechloaders to lie prone. Eventually the Zapadores were forced to retreat: their place being taken by the line infantry that had been supporting them. At this moment, the Mexican CinC received a light wound, and had to be evacuated to the ammo wagon, where he stayed for the rest of the game.

Seeing their advance on the left beginning to peter out, the Mexicans decided to launch all their irregular guerillos infantry against the Russian 1st Battalion on the right. All three guerillos units charged into the Russians, who panicked, fired too high and too fast: going out of ammo as the pitchfork-wielding peasants charged home. The Russians fell back, with the Mexicans following up into a furious melee that left many casualties on both sides before the Russians broke and ran.

The Mexican guerillos were now in a superb position: admittedly disordered, but ready to charge the shaken Russian artillery and then into the rest of the Russian infantry.

Suddenly, as they prepared to charge, the thunder of horses hooves were heard from their flank as two squadrons of Hussars (240 men) crashed into the side of about 2000 guerillos. Unable to take this, the guerillos turned and ran, with the Hussars hacking through the milling peasants to reach their own infantry line.

Although the Mexican guerillos reformed, the momentum of the attack was totally lost: and with the Russian breechloaders forcing the village-holding line infantry to retreat, and the rest of the Russian line beginning to advance, the Mexican commander, from his sick bed, has no choice but to order a retreat.

Casualties

The Russians lost 117 heavy infantry; 120 from the 1st Battalion; and about 68 from the 4th Battalion. Total 305 men.

The Mexicans lost one section of artillery; 97 Zapadores; 298 from the line infantry; 333 guerillos and 38 cavalry. Total 846 men.

Results

A well-fought win for the Russians.

Analysis

The Russians commander played the battle extremely well: neatly counteracting the Mexican flank attacks and surviving the out-of-ammo loss of one battalion very well. He also took full advantage of the benefits of his breechloaders: although this merely contributed to his success, not caused it.

The Mexican commander should have abandoned his left flank attack earlier, and concentrated everything on the centre and right. He also failed to follow up on the success of his guerillos: mainly because he was so surprised that it succeeded!

In all, a very enjoyable battle, with the Mexicans coming within an inch of victory, and then seeing it crumble away with the routing of the guerillos.

 
 
 
 
Battle Report
 

Battle Report: 18th July 1993

Crimean British  ~vs~  Crimean Russian

(Robert Avery ~vs~ Nog Norgren)

.

Crimean British

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

 

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

100

 

2inC

2

 

 

 

 

100

Infantry

Guards

40

10x4

RegA

mlr (2 Co's LI)

 

588

 

Berkshires

40

10x4

RegA

mlr (2 Co's LI)

 

588

 

Rifles

8

2x4

LightsA

mlr

 

124

Navy Naval Brigade 1 24 8x3 RegB mlr   320

 

Naval Brigade 2

24

6x4

RegB

mlr

 

300

Cavalry

17th Lancers

16

4x4

RegA

s,l

 

312

  Dragoons 16 4x4 RegB s,mlc   280
Artillery Battery A 3 3x1 RegA medium mlsb FA   315
  Battery B 3 3x1 RegA light mlsb HA   324

 

Battery C

1

1x1

RegA

rocket launcher

 

98

 

Ammo Wagon

1

 

 

 

 

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3499

.

Crimean Russian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

  CinC 1         100
  2inC 1         50
1st Moscva 1st Battalion 48 4x12 LightC mlr   520
  2nd Battalion 48 4x12 RegB sbm   424
  3rd Battalion 48 4x12 RegD sbm   328
  4th Battalion 48 4x12 RegD sbm   328
Attached Cossack Militia 48 4x12 RegD sbm   280
Cavalry Dragoons 16 2x8 RegB s,mlc   260
  Hussars 24 4x6 RegC s   376
Attached Cossacks 1 15 1x15 IrregC s,l   180
  Cossacks 2 15 1x15 IrregC s,l   180
Artillery Battery A 3 3x1 RegC light mlsb FA   237
  Battery B 2 2x1 RegC heavy mlsb FA   232
  Ammo Wagon 1         50
              3545
.
. Crimean British Crimean Russian
Foot 2720 4800
Horse 640 1400
Guns 14 10

 

Report

A well fought, quick and efficient battle fought over about 3½ hours.

Having been seriously out-scouted, the British set up in line with all their artillery and cavalry on their left flank. This turned out to be a mistake, as it meant that they could do no counter-battery fire (the Russians also placing their artillery on the left flank) and that, immediately beginning the battle, they had to move the Lancers to the threatened right flank, so delaying a forward advance.

The Russians also set up in line, but with the Hussars and one line battalion far out on the right (a good move as it kept the British horse artillery and Dragoons occupied for the whole battle and prevented them from outflanking the Russian line), and the Cossacks, Dragoons and artillery on the left flank. As it happened, the artillery became blocked by the advance of the Russian cavalry and each battery really only fired every other turn!

The Russians advanced strongly, disposing of the British skirmishers by sacrificing one Cossack unit: blasted into oblivion by the British Guards. Although the skirmishers reformed, they never really did any damage to the Russians, apart from the Rifles: who hit the Russian light infantry with a devastating fire.

Meanwhile, on the British left, the Dragoons, well supported by horse artillery, had charged the advancing Russian battalion. The supporting Russian Hussars had withdrawn: having been damaged and disordered by a direct hit from the Rocket Battery! The Dragoons got within a sabre’s reach of the Russians, but their defensive square was too strong, and half the Dragoons routed. For the rest of the battle, the remaining Dragoons watched the horse artillery pound the square into pieces!

The Russian Dragoons and remaining Cossacks charged the Guards, covering the further advance of their infantry. Both units were repulsed: the Dragoons being annihilated by fire, the Cossacks repulsed by the bayonet.

The Russian infantry, now in position, charged the British line, which was caught slightly off-guard by this sudden manoveur. Despite this, they managed to halt the Russians’ charge before impact with volley fire. Seeing their cavalry routing, and the British steady before them, fixing bayonets, the Russian infantry wavered, and then ran.

The battle ended as the British prepared to charge the fleeing Russians.

Casualties

The British suffered the loss of 154 Guardsmen, 24 other infantry and 45 rifles. Also, 87 Dragoons were killed: representing the whole of A squadron. Total: 311.

The Russians had 952 infantry killed, an entire Sotnia of Cossacks wiped out, and 222 other cavalry (mainly Dragoons) wounded too. Total: 1474.

Results

A workmanlike win for the British.

Analysis

The Russians fought tactically well, with the British not really having an opportunity to do much except use their superior quality to see off the charges.

 
 
 
 
Battle Report
 

Battle Report: 18th April 1993

Late British Indian  ~vs~  Prussian

(Robert Avery & Rupert Avery ~vs~ Nog Norgren & Richard Avery)

.

Late British Indian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

 

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

100

 

2inC

1

 

 

 

 

50

Infantry

1st/24th Bttn

40

8x5

RegB

blr+

 

520

 

98th Highlanders

40

8x5

RegB

blr+

 

520

 

Ghurka Bttn

40

8x5

LightsC

blr

 

560

Cavalry Bengal Lancers 20 4x5 RegB s,blc,p,l   400

 

17th Lancers

16

4x4

RegA

s,blc,p,l

 

360

Artillery

Battery A

3

3x1

RegA

medium blrb FA

 

405

  Battery B 3 3x1 RegA light blrb HA   384
Naval Personality 1         25
Brigade Infantry 15 5x3 RegB blr   240

 

Gatling Gun

1

1x1

RegA

hmg

 

104

 

Ammo Wagon

1

 

 

 

 

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3718

.

Prussian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

  CinC 1         100
  2inC 1         50
  Dresden Guards 48 4x12 RegA blr   664
  Jaegers 48 4x12 LightsB blr   664
  Line 48 4x12 RegC blr   520
  Uhlans 24 4x6 RegA s,blc,l   496
  Hussars 24 4x6 RegB s,blc   424
  Battery A 3 3x1 RegA medium blrb HA   405
  Battery B 3 3x1 RegA medium blrb FA   321
  Ammo Wagon 1         50
              3694
.
. Late British Prussian
Foot 2700 2880
Horse 720 960
Guns 14 12
 

Report

The battle opened with an artillery duel: convincingly won by the British, who took a mere 45 minutes to wipe out one Prussian battery, and only another ½ hour to to destroy two thirds of the other, leaving the British with a 6:1 advantage.

Faced by a slow death under artillery barrage, the Prussians advanced boldly: with the Jaegers, led by the 2inC, skirmishing fiercely with the 24th Foot. Both sides lay prone, and the Prussians negated the British advantage in range with a rapid advance.

Meanwhile, the British began a hook around the Prussian left flank: which was anticipated by the Prussians who moved their line infantry and Uhlans to counter it.

Knowing that it was merely a matter of time before the British guns began a slaughter, and seemingly unable to break the 24th Foot with the Jaegers, the Prussian CinC ordered the Guard forwards in a last ditch attempt to break the British line.

Unfortunately, the British guns were ready: opening fire at short range and routing the Prussian Guard within 30 minutes. Defeated, the Prussian general conducted an orderly retreat.

Casualties

The British lost 218 24th Foot and 30 Ghurkas.

The Prussians lost 306 Guards; 166 Jaegers; 5 guns and 65 line infantry.

Results

A win for the British.

Analysis

It must firstly be noted that luck was with the British for the duration of this battle: rolling consistently well, as the Prussians rolled consistently badly.

Tactics were not wonderful on either side: with the British not taking advantage of their superiority in artillery until late in the battle and, quite frankly, being unable to make any headway with their right flank hooking force. The Prussians, also, never properly involved their line infantry and their cavalry and, although the Jaegers were used boldly, they just couldn’t do the necessary casualties against a prone target.

Note that the retreat of the Prussians would have been orderly and efficient: with their superiority in cavalry keeping the British at bay.

All in all, a good, if uninspiring battle, finished in 3 hours despite the large sides.

 

 
 
 
 
Battle Report
 

Battle Report: 14th April 1993

Late British  ~vs~  Prussian

(Robert Avery ~vs~ Nog Norgren)

.

Late British

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

 

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

100

 

2inC

1

 

 

 

 

50

 

1st/24th Bttn

40

8x5

RegC

blr+

 

480

 

98th Highlanders

40

8x5

RegB

blr+

 

520

 

Ghurka Bttn

20

4x5

LightsB

blr+

 

300

 

17th Lancers

16

4x4

RegA

s,blc,p,l

 

360

 

35th Btty RA

3

3x1

RegA

medium blrb FA

 

405

 

Gatling Gun

1

1x1

RegA

hmg

 

104

 

Ammo Wagon

1

 

 

 

 

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2369

.

Prussian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

  CinC 1          
  Dresden Guards 48 4x12 RegA blr    
  Jaegers 48 4x12 LightsB blr    
  Uhlans 24 4x6 RegA s,blc,l    
  Artillery 3 3x1 RegA medium blrb FA    
  Ammo Wagon 1          
              2374
.
. Late British Prussian
Foot 2000 1920
Horse 320 480
Guns 8 6
 

Report

The British were out-scouted, and set up in a line close to the edge of the field: artillery in the middle, cavalry on either wing, and the Ghurkas far forward doubling for a farmhouse that dominated the right flank.

The Prussians advanced in columns, supported by artillery on a hill to their right, and screened by skirmishing Jaegers. The Prussian cavalry were far out on the right wing.

As battle commenced, the Prussian infantry doubled forward, but unfortunately became disordered as they did so. They halted to reform. Meanwhile, the Prussian cavalry advanced into a position to charge the left of the British line: which refused a flank to face them.

At the same time, an artillery duel had developed: which ended with the Prussians knocking out all three of the British sections for the loss of only one of their own.

Whilst the Prussian infantry reformed, the Ghurkas and 17th Lancers had advanced so far forward that they now threatened the Prussian left flank.

The British 24th Foot in the refused flank position, facing the Prussian Uhlans, opened fire at extreme range on their equestrian enemies. They promptly ran out of ammunition! The Prussian commander, seeing an opportunity not to be missed, charged his cavalry forward at the out-of-ammo infantry. The Prussian cavalry smashed through the first line of infantry, but the British had managed to drop back three more, properly equipped, companies who, although disordered by their fleeing colleagues, blew the Prussians away.

Meanwhile, the Ghurkas and the Gatling Gun had begun to pour fire into the Jaegers, now in line, also at extreme range.

The battle paused for a second, as both sides drew breath. Then, with no artillery, and having dealt with the cavalry threat to his left flank, the British commander ordered his main line to advance.

On the next turn, the whole of the Highlander battalion, all the Ghurkas, and the Gatling Gun opened fire on the unfortunate Jaegers, who had begun to return fire on the Ghurkas.

The Prussians seemed unaffected by this fire, so the line fired again, with the 24th Foot joining in the fun. At this point, fire slackened from the Highlanders, as it was discovered that they, too were out of ammo.

However, the fire on the Jaegers had taken its toll (over 50% casualties), and they routed: their destruction completed as the British commander let loose a squadron of Lancers at their retreating backs.

The rest of the Lancers tried to charge the flank of the Prussian column, but were blown away by a quickly, and immaculately, formed square.

However, with only the Guards and some shaken artillery left, outgunned and outflanked, the Prussian commander accepted defeat.

Casualties

The British lost two squadrons of Lancers (thrown away at the end of the battle), all their artillery and the Gatling guns, plus a handful of infantry.

The Prussians lost all their Jaegers (468 killed before the Lancers even arrived), three squadrons of Uhlans and one artillery piece. About 100 Guards were killed as well.

Results

A victory for the Late British.

Analysis

The appalling rolling of the British commander (consistently bad luck throughout the game) more than made up for the fact that his infantry were armed with longer-ranged guns (blr+) verses the Prussian breechloaders (blr):  a source of much grief to the Prussian commander.

The British won because they were able to prevent the Prussians getting to close to them: both by the long range of their guns and also because they outflanked the Prussian advance with the Ghurkas and Lancers.

It is worthwhile noting how similar the British commander’s tactics were to his last victory: an identical tactic of advancing to outflank the enemy on the flank where his artillery weren’t.

Note also the way that the British Lancers were held in check until they could impact on a routing unit: no glorious, but stupid and fatal, cavalry charges!

 

 
 
 
 
AAR: 11th October 1992
 

Battle Report: 11th October 1992

Late Russian ~vs~  Late British

(Nog Norgren ~vs~ Robert Avery)

.

Late Russian

Brigade

Unit

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

1

        100
Infantry 1st Bttn 48 4x12 RegC mlr*   472
  2nd Bttn 48 4x12 RegC mlr*   472
  3rd Bttn 48 4x12 MilD mlr*   376
Cavalry Dragoons 16 4x4 RegB s,blc   296
  Hussars 24 4x6 RegC s,blc   376
Artillery Battery 3 1x3 RegC light mlrb* FA    
              2359
.

Late British

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

 

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

100

Foot

Highlanders

40

8x5

RegB

blr

  520
  24th Foot 40 8x5 LightsB blr

 

600
  Naval Brigade 24 8x3 RegB blr   344
Cavalry

17th Lancers

16

4x4

RegC

s,l,p,blc

 

360
Artillery

1st Battery

3

3x1

RegA

light blrb FA

 

321
  2nd Battery 1 1x1 RegA hmg   102
              2347
.
. Late Russian Late British
Foot 2880 2080
Horse 800 320
Guns 6 8
 

Report

Having out-scouted the British, the Russians set up in almost the same formation: infantry in line behind skirmishers;  reserve infantry in column; cavalry on the flanks; and artillery at one end of the line. The only difference between the two, was that both sides had their artillery on their right flank.

Both sides moved forward. The British artillery, after wasting a round of fire being out of range, opened up on the Russian guns: destroying two sections and forcing the other to flee. The Russian guns managed to destroy the British Gatling section before their untimely demise.

At the same time, the British Lancers and 24th Foot moved forward rapidly on the right flank: in an attempt to outflank the Russian line.

Now with superior artillery, the British prepared to back away: letting the Russian take casualties as they advanced. Seeing that this was the British plan, the Russian commander launched his Hussars at the Naval Brigade who, along with the Highlanders, were forced to change their orders and stand their ground: stirred but not shaken!

Unfortunately, the Russian commander had underestimated how far the Hussars would have to go to make contact: and their charge petered out 40 yards short, right under the guns of the jolly sailors. The Jack Tars fired: and three squadrons of Hussars were annihilated.

Meanwhile, on the Russian left, the Dragoons had charged the British Lancers that were supporting the 24th Foot. The Lancers disengaged successfully, attempting to draw the Russians under the guns of their infantry, but had not anticipated the effect this would have on the morale of their colleagues: the huge numbers of enemy cavalry thundering past their flank shook the 24th Foot. To add insult to injury, the shots fired by the Dragoons into the back of the 17th Lancers were enough to so demoralise the British horse that they fled off the field!

Quickly the British artillery pivoted round and, firing into the flank of the Dragoons, routed them. Seeing this success, the 24th rallied, and prepared to advance again.

The situation for the Russians was now desperate: no artillery or cavalry left! The Russian infantry was sent forward for one desperate attempt to break the British.

As the infantry emerged from their skirmish line, however, they were faced by 3 sections of artillery and almost 2000 infantry - all in line and ready to volley fire. The Russians stood for a full fifteen minutes under withering fire, but then, as the 24th charged, fled the field.

Casualties

The Russians lost 240 Hussars; 54 Dragoons and 546 infantry.

The British lost 180 infantry; 12 Lancers and 40 artillerymen. 

Results

A total victory for the British.

Analysis

The Russian commander didn’t really make any major mistakes except to attempt a forward advance into superior firepower.

 
 
 
 
AAR:  10th October 1992
 

Battle Report: 10th October 1992

Late Afghan ~vs~  Zulu

(Robert Avery ~vs~ Richard Avery)

.

Late Afghan

Brigade

Unit

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

1

         
Infantry Ghazis 36 1x36 FanB sw/sp,sh,mlr    
  Marksmen 18 1x18 MksA sw/sp,sh,blr    
  Tribesmen 32 1x32 IrregB sw/sp,sh,mlr    
  Tribesmen 32 1x32 IrregB sw/sp,sh,mlr    
  Tribesmen 32 1x32 IrregB sw/sp,sh,mlr    
Cavalry Horse 1 10 1x10 FanA sw/sp,sh,mlc    
  Horse 2 10 1x10 FanA sw/sp,sh,blc     
Artillery Battery 2 1x2 IrregC medium mlrb FA    
              1980
.

Zulu

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

 

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

 
 

Veterans

30

1x30

FanA

sp,sh

   
 

Veterans

30

1x30

FanA

sp,sh

   
 

Veterans

30

1x30

FanA

sp,sh

   
 

Veterans

30

1x30

FanA

sp,sh

   
 

Veterans

30

1x30

FanA

sp,sh

   
 

Veterans

30

1x30

FanA

sp,sh

   
  Married Men

30

1x30

FanA

sp,sh

   
  Married Men

30

1x30

FanA

sp,sh

   
  Marksmen 8 1x8 FanA sp,sh,blr    
              1987
.
. Late Afghan Zulu
Foot 3000 4960
Horse 400 0
Guns 4 0
 

Report

The Zulus formed their traditional “horns of the bull” formation, to which the Afghans replied by grouping their infantry close together in the centre, and placing their cavalry and marksmen on the wings.

The battle started well for the Zulus, with the infantry doubling forward rapidly. The two horns quickly disposed of the Afghan marksmen and cavalry: routing them off the field.

However, instead of waiting for the horns to encircle the Afghans, the Zulu commander decided to commit the “head” immediately. This turned out to be a serious mistake. Not only were the advancing regiments hit by jezzail and artillery fire, but the ghazi unit of fanatical Afghans repelled two Zulu charges, with the rest of the tribal infantry, held steady by the CinC, repelling another.

Next turn, as the Zulu left horn charged the Afghan guns, the Ghazis and one unit of tribesmen followed up on their success: charging the shaken Zulu impi's. Two of these broke immediately, with one literally disintegrating.

The left horn’s first element, meanwhile, had been largely destroyed by the guns. Bravely, the second element charged: but the sight of their fleeing comrades meant that they did not press home their attack.

With his units either routing or disordered, the Zulu commander ordered a retreat.

Casualties

The Afghans lost 150 cavalry and 280 tribesmen (mostly from the Ghazis and Marksman units).

The Zulus lost 1195 tribesmen: an assegai in the heart of the Zulu nation.

Result

A total victory for the Afghans.

Analysis

Very simply, the Zulu commander should have waited for his ‘horns’ to close in before impetuously committing his centre.

Having said that, the Afghan commander did have a run of luck at the points of impact, and it must be said that many people would have committed the same error.

The Zulu commander also failed to get his impi's into proper charge distance before impact: often hitting in disorder at the end of a long run up, rather than with a formation still holding its discipline.

 
 
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AAR:  10th October 1992
 

Battle Report: 10th October 1992

Late Russian ~vs~  Late British Indian

(Nog Norgren ~vs~ Richard Avery)

.

Late Russian

Brigade

Unit

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

1

         
Infantry 1st Bttn 48 4x12 RegC mlr*    
  2nd Bttn 48 4x12 RegC mlr*    
  3rd Bttn 48 4x12 MilD mlr*    
Cavalry Dragoons 16 4x4 RegB s,blc    
Artillery Battery 3 1x3 RegC light mlrb* FA    
              1983
.

Late British Indian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

 

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

 

Foot

Highlanders

40

8x5

RegB

blr

   
  Ghurkas 40 8x5 LightsC mlr

 

 
  Sikhs 32 8x4 RegC mlr    
Cavalry

Sepoy Lancers

16

4x4

RegC

s,l,mlc

 

 
Artillery

1st Battery

3

3x1

RegB

light blrb FA

 

 
              2009
.
. Late Russian Late British Indian
Foot 2880 2240
Horse 320 320
Guns 6 6
 

Report

Both armies set up with very tight formations: the Russians screened by half the first battalion as skirmishers; the British screened by the Ghurkas.

The British began the battle with their artillery unlimbered: a bad move as the two lines advanced quickly towards each other, leaving the guns scrambling to catch up.

The first main action was a cavalry charge by the Russian Dragoons that cleared the Ghurka skirmishers, but was counter-charged by the Sepoy Lancers. The two sides met half-way between the two armies, with the British winning the impact and driving the Russians back shaken and in disorder.

Unfortunately this left the British cavalry exposed and, after fifteen minutes of artillery and infatry fire, they fled.

The Ghurkas re-established their skirmish line, and the two skirmish lines began a firefight. After some minutes of firing, the Russians, suffering heavier casualties, lost their skirmish line and the remains of their Dragoons.

With these units gone, the Russians  formed a long line with their second infantry battalion and their militia. Unfortunately this line came under immediate artillery fire: effective enough to break the 2nd Battalion, and therefore leaving the Russians with only artillery and militia.

The Sikhs advanced, and the Russians broke and fled the field.

Casualties

The Russians lost 922 infantry and 264 cavalry.

The British lost 217 infantry and 169 cavalry.

Results

A win for the British.

Analysis

An exciting battle with victory going to the British due to slightly superior morale and good fire discipline.

 
 
 
 
AAR: 10th October 1992

Battle Report: 10th October 1992

Mahdist  ~vs~  Late British

(Robert Avery ~vs~ Nog Norgren)

.

Mahdist

Brigade

Unit

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

1

         
Infantry Unit A 36 1x36 FanA sw/sp,sh     
  Unit B 18 1x18 IrregB sw/sp sh,blr    
  Unit C 18 1x18 IrregB sw/sp,sh,blr      
  Unit D 32 1x32 IrregC sw/sp,sh,½mlr     
  Unit E 32 1x32 IrregC sw/sp,sh,½mlr     
  Unit F 32 1x32 IrregC sw/sp,sh,½mlr     
Cavalry Unit G 10 1x10 FanB sw,sp.l.mlr     

 

Unit H

10 1x10 FanB sw,sp.l.mlr     
  Unit I 10 1x10 FanB sw,sp.l.mlr     
Artillery Unit J 3 1x3 IrregB medium mlrb FA    
               1998
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Late British

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

 

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

   

Foot

24th Foot

40

8x5

LightsB

blr

 

 

 

Highlanders

40

8x5

RegB

blr

 

 
Cavalry

17th Lancers

16

4x4

RegA

s,blc,p,l

 

 
Artillery

1st Battery

3

3x1

RegB

light blrb FA

 

 
  2nd Battery 1 1x1 RegB

hmg

   
               1987
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. Mahdist Late British
Foot 3360 1600
Horse 600 320
Guns 6 8
 

Report

The Mahdists advanced cautiously against a British force which was still largely in column. The British snapped their artillery into position and, with precision counter-battery fire, wiped out the Mahdist guns in the first 15 minutes of battle!

Realising that to continue with their current tactics would render them vulnerable to a slow death by artillery, the Mahdists charged forward with everything they had: all at the right side of the British line.

Although they managed to see off the British skirmish line, they were unable to break the British square and, with most of their force shaken or routed, and beginning to come under fire from the British guns, they retreated.

Casualties

The Mahdists lost a total of 750 tribesmen.

The British lost 38 men.

Results

A victory to the British.

Analysis

The Mahdists made a mistake in advancing cautiously, so giving the British time to use their artillery.

 

 
 
 
 
AAR: 5th September 1992
 

Battle Report: 5th September 1992

Crimean British  ~vs~  Crimean Russian

(Robert Avery & Rupert Avery ~vs~ Richard Avery & Nog Norgren)

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Crimean British

Brigade

Unit

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

1

        100
Guards Div. 2inC 1         50
1st Brigade Guards 40 10x4 RegA mlr   588
  Highlanders 16 4x4 RegA mlr   232
  Naval Brigade 24 8x3 RegB mlr   320
  Rifles 8 2x4 RegA mlr   124
Attached 17th Lancers 14 2x7 RegA s,l   258
  Horse Artillery 3 3x1 RegB light mlsb HA   312
  Ammo Wagon 1         50
2nd Division 2inC 1         50
1st Brigade 1st Bttn 40 10x4 RegB mlr   480
  2nd Bttn 24 6x4 RegB mlr   300
  3rd Bttn 24 6x4 RegB mlr   300
Attached Dragoons 14 2x7 RegB s,mlc   230
  Artillery 3 3x1 RegB light mlsb FA   249
  Rockets Btty 1 1x1 RegA rocket battery   98
              3741
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Crimean Russian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

  CinC 1         100
Defence Force 2inC 1         50
24th 1st Bttn 48 4x12 RegD sbm   328
Dneprovski 2nd Bttn