torstai 18. elokuuta 2016
This was the starting situation where the commander of the crown forces general von Heister started his attack. British-Hessian army approached the river in three columns. They had also delpoyed fairly large battery of cannons on small hill to provide long range fire support.The Continentals had two brigades both commanded on the hill. The militia was at front and Continental line as a reserve.
Continental reply for the fire was surprisingly quite effective and caused considerable casualties and disorder. The Americans sure knew how to shoot.
sunnuntai 24. heinäkuuta 2016
The encounter started by both forces entering the table squad by squad trying to find as good position as possible in terms of cover and good advance paths through the thick vegetation. Main force of Germans went their right and only one squad was sent to find flanking position on left flank. The wily French mirrored German moves as they knew where their grey clad enemies would advance. After initial moves both troops advanced cautiously through the forest trying to find possible enemy ahead. The German flanking force got contact first and they started exchange on shots with French squad. And then the first disaster hit poor Germans. French mortar team spotted the enemy and hit it with fist shot, like sniper. Some Germans MMG team was practically annihilated. Then the same faith met the covering infantry who fell murdering fire from French guns. The same scene was repeated on right flank too when first advancing German squad was hit by the another French mortar. The unlucky squad got pinned in choke point which blocked the safe route from other German squads. Then rest of the fight saw accurate mortar fire and equally accurate small arms fire from French troops. Germans weren't able to bring same firepower on French since their artillery was delayed all the fight and squads had to join the fight piecemeal. Result of this incident was almost annihilated German platoon and humiliating defeat as a price.
|The battlefield before the fight.|
|French sniper ready in position.|
|Germans advance and all is looking still good.|
|Right flank meets and firing starts.|
|Mortar is just hit the point squad and FO is calling for supporting fire for the Germans.|
|French officer set a firing line in forest line.|
|German MMG takes aim, just before it's hit by the mortar.|
|German left flank gets shots badly.|
|French keep firing accurate fire on disorganized Germans.|
|The heroes of this fight French footsloggers.|
|Germans prepare to withdraw from intense fire.|
|German FO is still trying to call fire while watching infantry withdrawing.|
|Last surviving squad of Germans disengage quickly to fight another day.|
maanantai 18. heinäkuuta 2016
The scenario saw well trained British troops attacking boldly to American defenses on to of the hill. The defenses were manned by rebel militia, much under graded compared the attacker.
British approach was remarkably quick and it surprised the rebels totally. At the same time rebel reinforcements didn't came at the start of the fight. So after only few quick shots from the defender British elite was ready to make bayonet attack. Only solace was that British artillery was left behind and it never too part in this fight. But it wasn't really needed, infantry took care of the fighting and well they did.
After remarkably quick march British troops strong assault on the hill and one by one defending militia was broken and left the fight. And when at the same time only one company of reinforcements appeared, defenders were broken and forced to surrender the defenses and withdraw from them.
The fight was over and British won. It was resounding victory for the Crown with minimal losses. Not really historical outcome.
|American militia is looking the enemy forming battle lines and start the solid approach by the sound of the drums.|
|British battle line moving ahead.|
|British officer urging his troops forward.|
|British right flank closing worryingly.|
|Militia preparing to fire a volley.|
|American officers keep the lines steady.|
|American militia firing.|
|First assault hit home.|
|Situation is getting desperate for the defenders.|
|British broke defender lines and rush in the defenses.|
|American militia breaks from the fight and the day is British.|
Still nice game and loads of bad luck for the defender. Until the next one...
sunnuntai 17. heinäkuuta 2016
The fight was part of the Saratoga campaign where British troops were led by general Burgoyne, who was marching towards rebel positions in three different columns separately. Americans were well entrenched and ready, but General Arnold decided to march to meet the approaching British and attack the British while they were marching divided. British had three different brigades and the Hessian one took long route and wasn't able to join the fight at start.
First game of AWI period with brad new miniatures and nice one too. I really liked the game and all those colorful uniforms and flags made the table a true spectacle.