In the first outing, I was too impatient as the British player and advanced from the relative safety of the defile in an attempt to engage and disrupt the attacking French. That plan failed.
This time the British commander will attempt to keep his officers in check and patiently await the French attacks. We will see how that goes...
The motivation for this scenario comes from Grant's Scenarios for Wargames, Holding Action 1. A numerically inferior defensive force is tasked with holding off a larger, attacking force and preventing it from breaking through the defensive line deployed across a valley. Each side of the valley is protected by rough hills.
For the forces involved, the French have a 3:1 advantage in cavalry and bring with them one more infantry battalion than the British. Qualitatively, the British have the edge with the British line Combat Effectiveness (CE) rating as "Good" while most of the French infantry rate as "Fair" CE The OBs are detailed in the table below:
|Order of Battle|
|French advance on the farms|
|As French columns approach, French skirmishers clash|
with the KGL lights deployed forward among the
walls and outbuildings
|4th Swiss Line battalion in attack column|
|French 2nd Hussars ready for battle|
|The French deployed for an advance on Arroyo con Pollo|
|Driven out of the most forward cluster of buildings,|
KGL lights fall back to a second defensive line
in the farmyard harassed by skirmishers all the way
|and brace for French assaults|
|French columns bear down on the KGL|
|while French grenadiers oppose KGL skirmishers|
lurking on the ridge
|British main defensive line across the defile|
|British gun readies for action|
|Skirmishers harass the approaching French|
|British right front line awaits|
|On come the French!|
|Taupin clears the second farm while Menard's|
skirmishers clash on the British right.
|86th clears the farm|
|2nd Legere deploys into the field|
while sending out skirmishers
|2nd Hussars ready for action on the French left|
|while Mermet oversees the French advance|
from the safety of the farm
|Skirmisher harassment on the British right|
as the French close in
|Taupin unlimbers his 6lb guns on the heights|
|Lamotte's French cavalry brigade is in position on the left|
|Taupin's brigade is in position for an assault |
on the British line
|Menard, likewise, deploys his brigade for the attack.|
|British line holds steady but British artillery|
fails to slow the French advance
|Taupin attacks the British right forcing the KGL lights|
to fall back into the broken ground in disorder
|Menard leads the Reserve Grenadiers|
in an advance up the slope.
Their target? The guns!
|Spencer's guns fire but miss and the grenadiers close!In the close combat, the gun takes heavy casualties while the grenadiers suffer moderate losses|
|Despite heavy losses, the artillery crew stand firm|
and drive off the grenadiers
|Menard's guns deploy in the farmyard|
|On the French left, Taupin prepares his assault|
|2nd Legere close the range while the |
5th Chasseurs a Cheval charge Sympher's KGL guns
|Sympher's guns fire into the thundering chasseurs|
causing casualties and prompting a recall
Sympher continues firing, changing targets
onto the 2nd Legere.
The 2nd suffers casualties but remains steady.
|With Lowe attached, the 20th advances into short range|
and delivers a volley into the 70th Line.
The 70th takes casualties and is disordered.
|Spencer orders the 1st KGL Hussars to cross the arroyo|
to support the left.
Stay tuned for more.