Thursday, 30 July 2020
Monday, 27 July 2020
Sunday’s regular game was and American Civil War event with five players (two Confederate and three Union).
The basis of the game was that the two forces are facing each other across a river with heavily wooded banks. The river was crossed by two bridges and was fordable at all points, but wide so would take two fill turns to cross. It was also deep so that those crossing were unable to fire when crossing. Each side has objectives on the opposite side of the table. The Union troops had an option to deploy some forces on our side of the river, beyond our extreme left.
I fought on the Confederate side and between the two of us we commanded four infantry brigades (a total of 23 regiments), a small cavalry brigade (2 regiments) and six batteries fought six Union infantry brigades (30 regiments), three independent cavalry regiments and six batteries.
We spread our brigades across the table as best we could. On the left one brigade was in a forward position on the Yankee side of the river, with the second brigade in reserve in the town. The cavalry took post on the extreme left to face any Yankees that deployed on our side of the table. My two brigades were spread along my section of the river with one brigade forward on the river edge and one in reserve.
Our cavalry, supported by some infantry from the reserve face off against the Yankee
But an attempt further to our right succeeded
In the centre the fight became a confused mess in the woods
Although an attempt to push some unsupported artillery across the bridge resulted in an expected disaster
Soon, however, the Yankees on our extreme left were stirred into action.
Despite a valiant effort by our brave defenders on the left, this proved to be the end of us.
Saturday, 25 July 2020
Tuesday, 21 July 2020
Monday, 13 July 2020
In the centre the French quickly occupied the oasis
While the British formed a menacing line to the right of the oasis.
The action started on the British left, where the Mameluke cavalry attempted to take on the French cavalry, but the French troopers proved the better.
The action then moved to the Ottoman infantry, supported by some British infantry and dismounted light dragoons, who engaged the French infantry, and again came off the worst.
With the Ottoman advance stalled, the French artillery proceeded to blow their formations apart and soon drove them from the field. Action then moved to the other side of the oasis, where a strong British force dealt to a couple of demi-brigades in short order.
At the same time action developed on my front, on the French extreme left, with my two demi-brigades stepping off in fine order.
Despite taking a pounding from the British guns, I managed to arrange three battalions to converge their fire on a single British battalion and score nine hits! And he saves EIGHT!!!
Things are looking grim for me when the British attacked, but against all odds one of my battalions turned the tide and threw them back. But both of us were largely fought out and stood back and the action moved back to the centre
The French cavalry, the artillery and the largely intact brigade around the oasis swung to face the last intact British brigade.
Outgunned and with the French troopers circling the last of the British began to crumble.
Here we ended an excellent day’s wargame.