Battle Report
 

Battle Report: 26th November 1990

Early British Indian ~vs~ Indian Mutineer

    (Richard Avery ~vs~ Robert Avery)

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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
  1st Bttn 24th Foot 40 8x5 RegB mlr (2 co's LI)   500
  78th Highlanders 40 8x5 RegB mlr (2 co's LI)   500
  17th Lancers 12 2x6 RegB s,mlc,l   200
  Dragoon Guards 12 2x6 RegB s,mlc   212
  1st Btty Royal Artillery 3 3x1 RegB medium mlsb HA   372
  Ammo Wagon 1         50
              1984
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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

MilD

mlr

 

380

 

2nd Bttn

40

8x5

MilC

mlr

 

400

 

Cavalry

16

4x4

MilC

s,mlc

 

216

Tribal

Warband 1

32

1x32

FanC

sp/sw,sh

 

207

Support

Warband 2

40

1x40

IrregC

sp/sw,sh,sbm

 

215

 

Horse

10

1x10

FanC

sp,sw,sh,armour

 

125

 

Artillery

2

1x2

IrregC

heavy mlsb FA

 

291

 

 

 

 

 

+ elephant teams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1984

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. Early British Indian Indian Mutineer
Foot 1600 3040
Horse 480 520
Guns 6 4
 

Report

After an initial clumsy disposition, the British formed two lines with their infantry and charged forward with their cavalry.

On the British right, the Lancers smashed two squadrons of Mutineer cavalry right off the field, and bounced the other two back, but were forced to retire due to casualties from smallarms fire.

On the British left, the Dragoons were smashed by the fanatical noble Tribal cavalry, but were managing to reform as the battle ended.

In the centre, the Mutineer infantry advanced until it came under serious artillery and skirmisher fire, with companies of Mutineers refusing to advance and even fleeing the field under the fire of the British 9lb-ers.

At this point both sides saw fit to retreat: time for tiffin in the British camp; bad omens in the Mutineer!

Casualties

The Mutineer infantry sustained minor casualties across all companies, with the Mutineer cavalry routed but not damaged - as they ran away before impact. The noble Tribal cavalry also had slight casualties.

The British infantry were largely untouched, although the British cavalry had fairly heavy casualties.

Results

A draw, due to failure to finish.

Analysis

The Mutineers made the serious mistake of advancing: they should have waited for the British to come to them. They also failed to capitalise properly on the success of their cavalry and, in the end, were like targets in a shooting gallery. Had the battle continued, they would have had to drastically change tactics (i.e. occupy cover) to win.

It seems that unless one side has no ranged firepower, the advantage is with the defender or he who has the better artillery. Future scenarios may have to specify an attacker or defender in order to avoid endless artillery duels.

 

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