It was a six hour game and I was quite focussed on my sector of the battle, so this report will likely be a bit sketchy and some of my co-players may come along and correct me in a few places. There are lots of pictures, but unfortunately I did not have my better camera with me.
The figures are from the collection of myself, Adie MacWalter, Quinton Dalton, Trevor Allen and James Woodward.
Early PhaseThe Austrians started slowly, obviously deciding that they did not have a chance of taking the village before the French got there, the three position batteries were placed on the hill overlooking the village. Along the line the Austians and Russians made a slow advance.
The French moved swiftly to capture the village, one battalion of Old Guard were ensconced in the village pub and were passing pints through the pub window to their mates in the open ground behind.
The French left and centre moved slowly, but the the Legere brigade on the right moved swiftly towards the woods. Soon the French were in possession of the village and one crossroads and were threatening the other crossroads.
|Trevors two infantry brigades advance on the Austrian Advance Guard|
|On the extreme left a Horse Battery deploys|
|An Austrian Brigade of Germans advances on the open ground to the right of the village.|
|The French hold the village and line the walls by the junction on the left|
|Austrian Grenadier advance on the French.|
|French Hussars on the left|
Middle PhaseDespite being hit constantly by three Position batteries the Old Guard holding the village were relatively unscathed so the Austrians launched two units of Hungarians against the village, a deadly fight ensued, but the Old Guard retained the village. On the right the Legere contested the woods with the Austrian skirmishers, but the Austrian Grenadiers were putting the other French Brigade on the right under great pressure.
On the French left little headway was being made by either side.
|To the right of the village a heavy fight ensues,|
|In the centre the Austrian lancers take on a French battery|
|In the balance|
|Austrian Grenadiers go in|
|Adies Russians take on my 4 Battalion brigade|
|The fight for the village continues, the Old Guard hole on|
|Trevs columns try to clear the Grenz from the cornfields|
|The Legere and Russians face off|
|Somebody will put a charge in soon|
|The Austrians cannot take the village|
Final PhaseThe Brigade of four French line on the right is broken by the Grenadiers, but the Austrians Line Brigade on that side is also broken and the Grenadiers are not broken but are in a bad way. The seven Battalion French Brigade opposing the Germans in the centre are also Shaken. But during the hard fighting for the village the Hungarian battalion is also broken.
Trying to make a breakthrough on the left, the Austrians commit the cavalry from the Grenadier brigade to take out the two batteries of artillery causing such problems for them on the flank of the village. The guns are destroyed but the French lancers take out the Hussars in return.
The Austrians commit their heavy cavalry, the French Lancer/Dragoon brigade is Shaken, but the French Cuirassiers in return break the Austrian Heavy Cavalry. On the right, the French finally break the Austrian Advance Guard.
Both sides are now a single Shaken Brigade from having their armies finished off. The Russians are facing an untouched French Brigade in the centre, four shots and four failed Moral Saves and one Russian Musketeer battalion is shaken. In a round of combat another Russian Musketeer Battalion is shaken.
The French have carried the day.
|Austrian Hussars take out the French Artillery|
|The Old Guard have a strong grip on the village|
|French and Austrians in the centre|
|It will all be decided against these Russians|
|Here they come|
|Vive l' France|
|Still trying to clear those Grenz|
|Another shot of those lovely Russians|
|The French unable to make headway in the centre|
|The village will not fall|
|Those Hungarian Grenz again|
|The French who will eventually carry the day|
|Hungarians forced into square|
|Austrian Grenadiers under pressure|
|The Grands Frères are committed|
We had a great day of it with the bonus of a French victory. Thanks to all the chaps for making it happen.