Wednesday 15 May 2024

Game 120 & 121 & 122 : Plancenoit 1815 take II & III & IV

 We have now played the same game 4 times. Each time we have learnt more about the game system (huge amounts), its quirks and exactly what type of tactics need to be employed.

So I have chosen to just publish some pictures from these games.

Close action in Plancenoit itself. The French yielded the front part of the village and then held the central area. Firepower won the day here. 

We still had to learn that guns charging guns was not the idea l thing to do.


We learnt fairly quickly that troops that are still steady are hard to shift. We picked up quickly that every action caused fatigue. What we still needed to learn was how quickly fatigue was recovered.

The French artillery thought better of deploying in front of the church! Redeployment was the better side of valour.

The chess game at the beginning of the battle. Half the Prussian army starts on table, the other half is 4 turns behind.

Myself and Pete played this game. Good fun and I do like the system. Pete missed the rolling of dice!


This time we had all the rules in use, from wave attacks from both infantry and cavalry to co-ordinated and unco-ordinated attacks. We were also savvy about when to charge and what to charge. 


An attempting flank attack was thwarted by the garrison of the church. We also noted that the Prussian infantry had to be got to where the action was going to erupt with no fatigue. For them to do this, their artillery arm is the way to go and try and get the infantry up unmolested.


Cavalry waves going into action. The Cavalry Division of Domon, with 3 regiments, bested the Prussian Cavalry Brigade of Landwehr cavalry with 5 regiments. It came down to artillery support fire to sway this fight.


The Prussians are trying to organise regimental infantry attacks. It nearly succeeded but the French artillery disrupted their approach by stopping the odd battalion.


Plancenoit is now safe. The Prussian infantry is stalling and the fight at Plancenoit itself is developing into fire fighting. So when we next play Carnage & Glory, it will be a new battle. I have a few ideas.


I was still French, Bob & Steve were the new Prussian commanders. The games were getting closer and it always came down to army morale as we approached nightfall. The closest was French 76% and Prussians 75%. Off to new grounds next.


Thursday 11 April 2024

Game 119 : Battle at Plancenoit, Waterloo 1815

 This is a venture using some computer rules called Carnage & Glory. Like all new rule sets we had a few teething problems but not enough to really influence the overall outcome.

This pic gives a long shot across the battlefield from the Prussian right. Plancenoit is in the middle of the table. The Prussians have 4 Brigades of Infantry, 3 Brigades of Cavalry and 11 Batteries. The French have 2 Divisions of Infantry, 2 Divisions of Cavalry and 6 Batteries. 

The Prussians started their attacks on their right with the lead Cavalry Brigade. The French would come of worst from this encounter. Fatigue plays a large part in how the software controls overall unit effectiveness and units can tire quickly.

The French await the advance of the mass of Prussian Infantry. The French edge the quality ratings, but the Prussians make up for this with numbers. 

The Prussians did attack Plancenoit. Fighting in villages is difficult, as it should be, and progress was slow. The Church was counted as a stone strongpoint.

The Prussians make a general advance just as nightfall was beginning to close. In the open, the French would have no option but to retire. However, the Prussians made no headway into Plancenoit itself. An interesting first experience which is about to be repeated.

Myself and Graham enjoying a short break before resuming hostilities. Graham was Prussian and we decided that he had the edge in the result.



 

Thursday 21 March 2024

Game 118 : Hill 220

 We're on the Eastern front, sometime in earlyish 1943. GrossDeutschland is driving down the main Highway. In its path is Hill 220 that dominates the visibility in the entire area. GD is advancing with a reinforced Panzer Grenadier Regiment. It is supported by the Assault Gun and Tank Destroyer Btns from the Division along with a Tiger Tank company.

The Russians defending have an Infantry Division, an old style Tank Division with T34s and some randomly assigned assets. Key to this assignment was  Btn of KV1 tanks.


The Russians are dug in. The game was effectively resolved by the Russian KV tanks. Their heavy armour made them a bit like a moving road block. It allowed the T34s to rush the lighter German armour, namely the Marders. The Germans tried to protect these with the Stugs from the Assault Gun Btn, but opportunities were to be had. The village in front of Hill 220 was taken by GD infantry. The Russian infantry were ousted, not helped by their random rolls to have high morale but next to no casualty absorption capability.


Russian T34s, sneaking forward, come under Stuka attack. The air forces of both sides were active, they both really only had a cameo affect.


Russians form a square. No, its not 1812, but the Russian Btn in question is literally being given the run around by the GD Motorcycle Btn. The intervention of Russian armour to the top of the pic would see the Germans driven off.


We did have a combat where the bulk of both air forces turned up. In a nutshell, the German dice rolling was hopelessly unlucky and the Russians were more effective than they should have been.


A nice little outing that saw the WWII kit back out in a small sized game. Plenty of space and options. The usual crowd, Brendan and Adam are doing their best to hide! 
Next stop is Carnage & Glory computer rules, Plancenoit 1815.

Tuesday 13 February 2024

Game 117 : Battle of Waterloo June 18th 1815

 No introductions required for this. Just some photos with some brief description of the action. 


A long shot looking from the French Centre-Right along the battlefield


A similar shot with the French cavalry now moving to support. This was the first French attack.


This is a little later, a shot from the French Centre-Left with La Haye Sainte to the right. The French infantry attack did get to just below the crest of the ridge where is was charged by the Union Brigade.
The Union Brigade was repulsed.


Back to the right flank and the Allies have deployed to receive the assault. Many attacks would be launched and the Allies would manage to hold.


Back to the Centre. The Union Brigade has retired to reform and Cavalry from both sides are now engaged. 


This was the turn of battle. French Carabiniers have broken through the British Guards. The Guards morale has stood, but the guns in support have been either ridden down to forced to retreat. British Light Cavalry will counter-attack to allow the Guards to reform in the rear.


The French Guard Light Cavalry are now in the fight. The Dragoon Guards would get cut down. Although still holding, pressure on the Allied line has increased.


The French Guard Heavy Cavalry reach the crest on the left and now dominate their front where a hole has now developed. Below them are the French Guard Grenadiers.

French Guard Grenadiers are now about to engulf the Dutch/Belgian Divisions who have already been fighting, tenaciously, all day. The result is inevitable. The French Guard Heavy Cavalry launch themselves at two Brigades of Uxbridge's Light Cavalry. Again, the result is as expected. That was the game end. Lots of fighting and then a sudden crack in the line which quickly increased in size and severity.

French Formations

Losses %

Prussian Formations

Losses%

Infantry

Cavalry

Artillery

Infantry

Cavalry

Artillery

Imperial Guard : Drouot

 

 

 

Army Reserve

18

-

42

Friant

0

-

0

 

 

 

 

Morand

0

-

0

I Corps : PO Orange

 

 

 

Duhesme

0

-

0

Cooke

10

-

38

Guyot

-

0

0

Alten

12

-

50

LeFebvre

-

9

8

Perponcher

9

-

3

St Maurice

-

-

0

Chasse

12

-

63

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Corps : D’Erlon

 

 

 

Dutch-Belgian Cavalry : Collaert

-

-

9

Quiot

14

-

9

Trip

-

42

-

Donzelot

43

-

41

Merlen

-

51

-

Marcognet

36

-

6

Ghigny

-

17

-

Durutte

11

-

0

 

 

 

 

Jacquinot

-

25

50

II Corps : Hill

 

 

 

I Corps Artillery

-

-

0

Clinton

9

-

23

 

 

 

 

Mitchell

2

-

25

IV Corps : Reille

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerome

10

-

38

Reserve Corps : no General

 

 

 

Bachelu

30

-

6

Picton

14

-

35

Foy

7

-

38

Cole

10

-

54

Pire

-

20

0

Olfermans

18

64

52

II Corps Artillery

-

-

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cavalry Reserve : Uxbridge

 

 

 

VI Corps : Lobau

 

 

 

Somerset

-

62

-

Simmer

0

-

6

Ponsonby

-

50

-

Jeanin

0

-

6

Dornberg

-

0

-

Domon

-

0

4

Vandeleur

-

10

-

Subervie

-

7

17

Grant

-

25

-

VI Corps Artillery

-

-

0

Vivian

-

0

-

 

 

 

 

Arentschild

-

0

-

IIIC Cav Corps : Kellerman

 

 

 

Estorff

-

0

-

L’Heritier

-

31

29

Royal Horse Artillery

-

-

22

D’Hurbal

-

34

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IV Korps : Bulow

 

 

 

IVC Cav Corps : Milhaud

 

 

 

Hake

15

-

-

St Alphonse

-

18

8

Funck

0

-

-

Delorts

-

22

0

Losthin

9

-

-

 

 

 

 

Hiller

3

-

-

 

 

 

 

Prince William

-

15

-

 

 

 

 

Braun

-

-

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II Korps : Pirch I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tippelskirch

0

-

-

 

 

 

 

Krafft

0

-

-

 

 

 

 

Brause

0

-

-

 

 

 

 

Bose

0

-

-

 

 

 

 

Jurgass

-

0

-

 

 

 

 

Rohl

-

-

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Korps : Ziethen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steinmetz

0

-

-

 

 

 

 

Pirch II

0

-

-

 

 

 

 

Jagow

0

-

-

 

 

 

 

Schutter

0

-

-

 

 

 

 

Roeder

-

0

-

 

 

 

 

Holtendorff

-

-

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




The casualty returns demonstrates how heavy the fighting was.


The Generals in reposted before more beers and another night out!