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AAR:  10th October 1992
 

Battle Report: 10th October 1992

Late Russian ~vs~  Late British Indian

(Nog Norgren ~vs~ Richard Avery)

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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
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Late British Indian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

 

CinC

1

 

 

 

 

 

Foot

Highlanders

40

8x5

RegB

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  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
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. 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.