|KGL hussars ready for action|
|With flanks protected by the embankments,|
British deploy across the valley
|KGL lights garrison one of the farms guarding the defile|
|while the KGL lights skirmish with the approaching French.|
French skirmishers swarm around the outpost
|French skirmisher from the grenadier battalion takes aim|
|The French advance is quite orderly and precise|
with lead battalions in line and supports in assault column.
|Outnumbered, the KGL skirmishers abandon|
the farm to the French
|and take up positions in the farm house to the rear.|
The parent KGL battalion falls back from the farm
and slowly gives ground back to the main defensive line.
|Sweeping view of battle as French advance upon the farms, |
concentrating their attacks on the British left.
Seeing the French concentration on the left, British advance
from the relative safety of the defile into the fields on the right.
|Hussars position themselves for counterattacks against the|
French among the buildings.
|French take the second farm without much resistance from |
the KGL and begin working their way along the ridge line.
|French advance continues through the farms|
|as French guns are brought up.|
|French grenadiers prepare for action.|
|French cavalry prepare for action.|
|Countering British advances on the British right,|
French redeploy Taupin's brigade to the opposite bank of the arroyo.
Skirmishing erupts from the field as French columns close with
the lead KGL battalion.
|Faced with overwhelming odds, KGL skirmisher calls for reinforcements.|
|Four French battalions on one, this will not be fun!|
|French press on into the field to close with the KGL.|
Rather than sending three battalions in against the lone KGL foot,
Taupin receives a directive to pin and flank.
|French take cover from artillery fire behind the farm walls.|
|Spencer spends more time than he would like under fire|
in an attempt to rally the KGL.
|To protect their KGL foot brethren, KGL hussars cover the right of the infantry.|
French launch a charge with four squadrons against two.
In the melee, the hussars are scattered and the British right is in danger.
|British right is exposed|
|while 5th KGL advances to cover the|
7th KGL as it attempts to rally.
|With both farms cleared of KGL, French advance on British |
defensive positions at the mouth of the defile.
|To relieve pressure on the right, British attack on the left,|
driving back one French battalion beyond the farm.
|British right attempts a retrograde in the face of both |
cavalry and infantry.
|French musketry and artillery fire-volume increases|
and the KGL begin to waiver.
|With enemy cavalry on the flank, the 7th KGL forms square.|
|Spencer points out that French cavalry are upon the flank.|
|KGL foot attempt to stand firm against increasing pressure.|
|French skirmishers soften up the line|
|before sending in the Swiss.|
|The 5th KGL recoils, uncovering the gun|
|which immediately becomes a target of French cavalry.|
Anticipating the danger, the gun limbers and heads into
the cover of the defile.
|With the British right uncovered and nothing to stop the|
marauding French cavalry, the contest ends.
Edit 12JUL2014: The British disaster was even worse than first recounted. Looking at the game table, I saw that the British overall commander, General Spencer, was in the dead pile. That triggered a memory forgotten in the heat of battle. What happened to Spencer? While attached to the 7th KGL in square, the infantry square came under heavy French artillery bombardment. Spencer suffered a horrible death causing his entire command to drop 1 CE for the remainder of the game. Spencer's death, the CE drop of the whole force, and the French cavalry success in breaching the defile forced the British to concede the game.
First, the British would have been better served to remain within the confines of the defile and let the French come to them. As the deployable space contracted, the French attackers would have been forced to do the same. Overwhelming odds against any one British unit would have been difficult if not impossible. The tactics at Agincourt were too long in the past to recall, I suppose.
Second, British firepower was abysmal throughout the game. Even with their higher Combat Effectiveness and larger frontage, none of the British infantry could hit the side of the proverbial barn. Even the French were astonished!
For the French, they directed a well-made assault using combined arms tactics to soften and then destroy two foot battalions. French skirmishers were very effective at driving the KGL lights out of their defenses on the left and weakening the KGL foot on the right.
Well done, guys!
With my poor showing, I will likely reset and try the scenario again to test my thoughts above. Until next time.