GOC: The Duke of Wellington
2i/c: Major General Cooke
Mercer’s Troop (‘G’) RHA
Ramsay’s Troop (‘H’) RHA
1st Infantry Division
Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Picton GCB
1st Infantry Brigade
Major General Sir Colin Halkett
95th Rifles (5)
1st Foot Guards (10)
28th The North Gloucestershire Regiment of Foot (24)
2nd Infantry Brigade
Major General James Kempt
79th Regiment of Cameron Highlanders (10)
7th (2nd West Prussian) Infantry Regiment (10)
Major General Lord Somerset (Uxbridge)
1st (Light) Cavalry Brigade
7th (or Queen’s Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars) (4)
8th (or King’s Royal Irish) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars) (4)
17th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars) (4)
19th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (4)
2nd (Heavy) Cavalry Brigade
1st (Royal) Dragoons (4)
2nd (Royal North British) Dragoons (4)
|British cavalry, with the Light Brigade nearest. |
The British would suffer from their inferiority in heavy cavalry.
|The Emperor Napoleon and his suite.|
|The 2 battalions of the Gloucesters with their magnificent colours.|
The rules in use were particularly simple, and are appended at the end of this post. In particular, the game distances are adapted for a 6' x 3' dining table. And so we commenced the game:
|The British 1st Infantry Division, in all their glory, wait to move off.|
|The inevitable cavalry melee commenced almost straight away.|
|The French extreme right. Grenadiers of the Imperial Guard move through the village |
with light infantry covering their flank.
|A firefight commences across the main road. |
Both sides were initially reluctant to sound the charge.
|The French advantage in heavy cavalry soon told on the other flank.|
The crossroads is firmly in French hands.
|Deadlock between the French (far side) and British (near side) infantry.|
|The French cavalry breakthrough forces one of the |
battalions of the Gloucesters into square.
|The 95th Rifles having been ridden over at the crossroads, Stuart conceded "to save needless slaughter".|
Or in other words, to avoid the spectacle of his army being rolled up by my cavalry!
We concluded the afternoon by reviewing the ECW units Stuart has put together, using the same figure manufacturers as seen in this battle. The ECW is a period I have often considered playing, but have never ventured into. I look forward to trying this new venture in the future, once we have adopted some suitably simple rules! Talking of which, the rules used for this Napoleonic dust-up are given below.
Oh and by the way, if you want to view the first 'Old School Napoleonics' post, check this link. See you next time.