As planned, the San Martino battle kicked off on Monday at 6:00pm GMT with five of the six Rejects taking their positions around the remote gaming table. Ray, due to work commitments, could not make Monday's game. With a little luck, perhaps, we will see Ray when the battle continues.
The Austrians had three players (Richard, Lee, David) commanding 26 BMUs. The Sardinians, with two players (Steve, Ian), took command of 30 BMUs. Both armies have opportunities to attack and defend. The Austrians are slightly outnumbered but looks can be deceiving. Austrian infantry battalions carry rifled muskets and field more manpower than their Sardinian counterparts. The Sardinians mostly muster out with smoothbore muskets. Cavalry contingents for each are small and artillery is not too numerous.
To win the battle, the Sardinians must hold at least two of the three objectives of Contracania, San Martino, and the bridge near San Donnino. If the Sardinians also take Pozzolengo, they score a major victory.
For the Austrians, they must hold Pozzolengo and hold at least two of the three objectives of Contracania, San Martino, and the bridge near San Donnino. Possess all four objectives by battle's end and the Austrians score a major victory. As suggested by the victory conditions, the San Martino Heights which dominate the central position, figures to see heavy fighting.
|Battlefield and initial dispositions|
|The Battle Begins!|
Let's see how the battle developed...
|Austrian move on San Martino.|
|Jockeying for position.|
|Monferrato Cavalry attack!|
|Attacks at San Donnino.|
|Heavy fighting on the heights and near San Martino.|
|Sardinian cavalry overrun the guns!|
Neither the heavy guns nor the 59th IR at San Donnino can drive off the Sardinian cavalry. In fact, these actions may have annoyed the horsemen to the point of attacking! Attack they do! The two squadrons attack the heavy guns. Despite valiant efforts, the Austrian guns are overrun before the Sardinian cavalry can be driven off by the Austrian hussars.
|Sardinians broadly advance.|
Philoppovic maintains steady pressure against the defenders positioned in front of San Martino. The lengthy firefights are taking a toll. One Sardinian battalion is destroyed defending the vineyard while the guns in front of San Martino are wavering. The Austrians seem content to keep the Sardinians at a distance and attack from afar. The Austrians must take the high ground. When will the inevitable attack come?
|Austrians poised to attack.|
|Mollard still holds San Martino and the Heights.|
|Battle lines as seen from the east.|