Dave Paterson, Dougie Kirby and I played the game out over three 3 to 4 hour sessions. Dave commanded the Russians and Dougie commanded the French while I supported Dougie commanding the French left wing and also umpired. I have added this game to my blog scenario pages
|2 French brigades engage the Russian first line around Ailles. Note the fence lines are merely scenic.|
The villages of Ailles and Plaissy the anchors of the Russian 1st line proved to be formidable obstacles to the French advance. This was not helped by some truly appalling command rolls that repeatedly held up the French cavalry brigades and then later delayed any serious attack on Plaissy for 4 turns. The main struggle was over this Russian first line which was reinforced by the 2nd line infantry and cavalry. The French were lucky in that their first 2 Young Guard brigades proved to be regulars and not Marie-Louises.
Ailles finally fell late in the afternoon. By this point the survivors of the Russian first line and second lines except for the garrison of Plaissy had withdrawn to regroup behind the steady third line formed up near Bovelles Farm. The French managed to take the farm but a final attack in the gathering gloom by the old Guard was held by the Russians who were counter-attacking Bovelles Farm.
|View of the action versus the Russian first line - second line have moved to support|
|In the gathering gloom at 6:30pm the Old Guard go in......the farm fell to the Young Guard|
I hope to replay the game again soon.
|End position -French right flank - the farm has fallen but the Russians are counter-attacking|
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