Assembling once more for a long game, in the fine traditions of the Christmas Bash (with an Indian meal at the end) the members of the Wobbly Warchest greeted each other once more in John's bunker.
There is no truth to the rumour that the the French players brought some national delicacies, in terms of stinking cheese, in order to psychologically undermine the Allied players... (but it was quite whiffy)...
Warburg 1760 is a Seven Years War battle, seeing a clash between Du May's French and Spoercken and the Erbprinze's British/Hanoverian contingent. The French have seen some success in Hesse, and it is time for the Allies to turn a strategic flank...
|The finest Calvados brandy; purely medicinal of course...|
Rules used were Koenig Krieg 2 (2nd edition 1986 Frei Korps version (with addition of material from the full blown US published original 2nd ed.)), with some excellent amendments, to suit group play and general sensibilities, from our Umpire Stephen.
|Allied assault starts to go in on the French right|
|French horse on the left|
|Swiss troops in the French centre - who would be mauled and battered by Allied cavalry and infantry all day|
|Allied troops advancing in the centre|
|'Les voici mes amis. Tenir! Vous devez Tenir!!!'|
|The French centre and left will be bloodied - no question|
|It's quiet down by the river, where Allied horse will sit at the Warburg bridge|
|Though, on the French right, Warburg will change hands a few times. 'Pour La Gloire mes Amis!!!'|
|A view of the battlefield - you can see the ridge on the French right, the bloody crucible in the centre; what you can't see yet are the thousands of Allied horse, assembling just off camera, in a suitably sized box...|
|John points out the problem...|
|Musketry duels in the centre - where the Allies do not hold back.|
|'Cavalry sir...Mon Dieu!' The Allied right starts to flood with horse.|
|A view of French centre and left. French troops move and bend as required, in order to stem the tide.|
|The centre becomes a desperate fight.|
|...and the French left becomes a war of manoeuvre, against very effective British musketry and rapidly approaching Allied horse...|
|BREAKTHROUGH!!! Allied horse flanks and destroys Swiss troops in the centre.|
|...even as the Allied assault goes in at centre and partially on the French right|
|Tension ...as ranges are checked, and firing arcs verified ...|
|*sighs* 'quiet on the river today, eh Pierre?'|
|Desperate action on the French left|
|On the French right, at the ridgeline, a staring contest moves to its 2nd round...|
|The French left - Allied cavalry emerge in wave after wave from the treeline, west of the woods|
|It's not going to end well...|
|Allied might in the centre|
|View from the Allied centre - a tough nut to crack - but with continued pressure from the horse on their right, it just might work...|
|Staring contest over, the Allies start also to clear out skirmishers on their own left...|
|...also with a second demonstration against Warburg|
|Freytag's skirmishers ...|
|French cavalry suffer horribly on the left - shot in the back, trampled by numerous allies - and bloody good dice rolls|
|French infantry move to the centre. There is only one option remaining now. Hold the line of the river - and buy time for the horse to cross it. Thereby, the French can form a secondary defensive line.|
'Retournez à la rivière ! Retour à la rivière !'
|'Hold ! Damn your eyes!!!'|
|Yawn... at the river crossing on the the flank, what could have become the crucible for desperate action becomes a holding pen for dice and markers. Ahhh, the vagaries of war.|
|No such peace on the French left|
|British attacks on the right, as they finally get onto the ridgeline, however...|
A great game in great company as usual. There might even have been some (minor) discussion of rules mechanisms, which hardly ever happens. ;)