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AAR:  5th January 1992
 

Battle Report: 5th January 1992

Early British Indian  ~vs~  Indian Mutineer

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

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Early British Indian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s Org. Class Weapons Pts/Fig Points
   Commander-in-Chief

1

        100
   2inC 1         50
CinC 66th Foot 40 RegB 10x4 mlr (2 Co's LI)   516
  Naval Brigade 24 RegB 8x3 mlr   320
  17th Lancers 16 RegB 4x4 s, mlc, l   296
  1st Battery RHA 3 RegB 3x1 medium mlsb HA   372
2inC 90th Foot 16 RegB 4x4 mlr   200
  Highlanders 20 RegB 5x4 mlr   250
  Rifles 8 LightsB 2x4 mlr   116
  Dragoons 16 RegB 4x4 s, mlc   280
  1st Battery RA 3 RegB 3x1 medium mlsb FA   297
  Ammo Wagon 1          50
               2850
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Indian Mutineer

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

  

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

100

  

2inC

1

 

 

 

 

50

Mutineers

1st Bttn

40

10x4

MilC

mlr (2 co's LI)

 

436

(CinC)

2nd Bttn

40

10x4

MilC

mlr (2 co's LI)

 

436

  Lancers 10 2x5 MilC s,l   130
 

Dragoons

12

2x6

MilD

s,mlc

 

164

 

Artillery 1

2

2x1

MilC

medium mlsb FA

 

159

 

Artillery 2 1 1x1 MilC

mountain gun

  68

Tribal

Tribesmen 1 36 1x36 FanC sp/sw,sh   231

Support

Tribesmen 2

32

1x32

IrregC

sp/sw,sh,sbm

 

175

(2inC) Tribesmen 3 32 1x32 IrregC sp/sw,sh,sbm   175
  Horse 1 10 1x10 FanC sp/sw,sh, armour   135
  Horse 2 10 1x10 FanC sp/sw,sh   115
  Horse 3 10 1x10 IrregC sp/sw,sh,sbm   105
  Guns 2 1x2 IrregC

heavy mlsb FA

 + elephant teams

  291
  Ammo Wagon 1          50
               2850
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. Early British Indian Indian Mutineer
Foot 2160 3600
Horse 640 1040
Guns 12 10

 

Report

The British were out-scouted by the Indians, so were caught on the hop: dividing their force to stand on either side of a main road just before a crossroads sheltered by light woods and low hills.

The Mutineers put their ex-Sepoys on the right flank, and their tribal support on the left.

On the tribal left flank the British moved steadily forward with their infantry but sent the Dragoons rapidly towards the road parallel to their position. The Dragoons then charged: the very sight of them causing their tribal cavalry targets to rout off the field. Two squadrons of Dragoons were hit by artillery fire and forced to retreat, but the other two flank charged the fanatical tribesmen, causing them to rout, before having to retreat in turn themselves.

On the other flank, the British infantry, behind a screen of Riflemen, advanced rapidly towards the Mutineer guns and, as the battle ended, were about to charge their shaken crews.

In the centre of the battlefield, the British CinC placed himself at the head of the Lancers, and charged down the road cutting the field in half. The Lancers smashed the Mutineer Lancers from the field, and ended up behind the main Mutineer army.

The danger that he and the Lancers presented caused the Sepoy battalion nearest them to form square, and the Sepoy CinC to retreat his guns. Once re-positioned, these wiped out two squadrons of Lancers, although the other two squadrons routed the Mutineer light infantry and mountain guns, before also being routed.

As the British were now advancing across the whole front - the Sepoy square being routed by artillery, and a unit of tribesmen broken with the bayonet - the Mutineers realised that the day was lost...and ran for it!

Casualties

The British lost 3 squadrons of Lancers; 168 infantry; 118 Dragoons and 19 artillerymen: a total of 550 deaths. The 2inC died in a spectacular fashion.

The Mutineers lost 142 sepoy cavalry; 215 sepoy infantry; 67 tribal horse; 183 tribal foot; and 50 artillerymen. This made a total of 650 casualties: although another 2300 were routing from the field! The Mutineer CinC was seriously wounded.

Results

A resounding victory for the British!

Analysis

An excellent battle lasting about four hours: the highlight of which was the death ride of the British Lancers through the centre of the Mutineer lines - sowing disorder and confusion throughout!