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Battle Report: 6th August 1998

Early Chinese ~vs~ Early British Indian & French

(Rupert Avery ~vs~ Robert Avery) .

Early Chinese

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s Org. Class Weapons Pts/Fig Points
  CinC 1         100
1st Imperial 2inC 1         50
Brigade Tigermen 25 1x25 IrregC sbm, sw   165
  Musketeers 25 1x25 IrregC sbm, sw   165
  Spearmen 25 1x25 IrregC sbm, sw   165
  Archers 25 1x25 IrregC sbm, sw   165
Unbrigaded Tigermen 25 1x25 IrregD sbm, sw   165
Troops Musketeers 25 1x25 IrregD sbm, sw   165
Horse Imperial Lancers 12 1x12 IrregC sp, sw, sh, mlr   147
  Imperial Lancers 12 1x12 IrregC sp, sw, sh, mlr   147
  Tartar Skirmishers 12 1x12 IrregD sp, sw, sh, mlr   111
  Tartar Skirmishers 12 1x12 IrregD sp, sw, sh, mlr   111
Artillery 2inC 1         50
  Imperial Battery 4 1x4 IrregD light mlsb FA   287
  Gingals 4 1x4 IrregD mountain guns   233
  Ammo Wagon 1         50
Villagers One Spot Flag 30 1x30 IrregD sp/sw, sh   105
  Two Spot Flag 30 1x30 IrregD sp/sw, sh   105
  Three Spot Flag 30 1x30 IrregD sp/sw, sh   105
              2581
.

Early British Indian & French

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

.

CinC

1

 

 

 

  100
1st 2inC 1         50
(British) 57th Regt 40 10x4 RegB mlr   500
Brigade 66th Regt 40 10x4 RegB mlr   500
  Naval Brigade 24 6x4 RegB mlr   300
2nd 2inC 1         50
(British) 1st Bengal Foot 32 8x4 RegC sbm . 304
Brigade 2nd Bengal Foot 32 8x4 RegC sbm . 304
  Ammo Wagon 1       . 50
3rd 2inC 1         50
(French) Legion Etrangere 36 6x6 RegC mlr   384
Brigade              
              2592
.
. Chinese Allies
Foot 4800 4080
Horse 960 0
Guns 16 0

Report

Forces were identical to the previous battle:  with a single unit swap - the French Marines were replaced by an identical unit of Legion Etrangere.

The terrain was also identical, as were the objectives.

The British placed their troops in columns in line facing the fort: with their British troops on the right, the Sepoys in the middle, and the FFL and Naval Brigade on the left.

The Chinese placed their Lancers on the left, supported by a unit of infantry; their Tartar skirmishers on the right, also supported by a unit of infantry; with the rest of their force in the centre. The village levies and artillery would hold the ford; three units of infantry would attack.

On the Allied right, their British troops advanced towards the enemy, but halted in good time to deploy into line and square to face the expected cavalry charge. All four charging horse units were either repulsed or halted (the Imperial Lancers wbeing totally destroyed) and, as the battle ended, the British troops were preparing to advance again.

In the centre, two Sepoy battalions faced two units of Chinese infantry. Both Sepoy battalions deployed into line but, unwisely, their commander decided to charge half of one battalion in column into a unit of Tigermen to cover a further advance into range with their smoothbores.

The column charged forward, but was blown off the field by the Tigermen. Lesson learnt: soften them up more before you charge in!

This proved, however, a temporary setback, as the rest of the Sepoy battalion were able to move forward and rout the Tigermen with fire.

On the British left, the Naval Brigade and half the FFL successfully destroyed or routed the Tartar skirmishers and Archers that charged them.

However, the rest of the FFL unwisely decided to charge a unit of chinese musketeers without softening them up first. A melee developed, and this half of the FFL were overwhelmed. This left the slightly bemused chinese infantry right in the middle of the Allied line not sure what to do next!

Unfortunately, with 8 units routing, the morale of the Chinese was broken, and they retreated: leaving the victorious Allies free to move into the fort and clear the way to Peking.

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Casualties

The Allies lost 300 Sepoys; 80 French Foreign Legion and had two sub-Generals lightly wounded.

The Chinese lost 660 infantry and 580 cavalry.

Result

A win for the Allies.

Conclusion

A good, if short, battle: with the Allies using their firepower to good effect, and regretting closing with a mass of good morale swordsmen!