Battle Report: 11th August 1995
Mexican Juarista ~vs~ Imperial Chinese
(Richard Avery ~vs~ Robert Avery)
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.
was all over very quickly!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 were very light: with the Chinese breaking before any descent fighting took place.
Chinese lost about 80 infantry and, of course, half the Imperial Lancers.
Mexicans lost about 80 infantry.
win for the Mexicans.
A great battle - if a little short! The epic stand of the Zapadores alone was worth setting everything up for!