Quite fittingly this, our last big bicentennial game for 2013, is also the fortieth game since our inception on 8th August 2010.
We played the first 'half' of the game on Sunday. We were joined by Stephen, an ANF regular, who is now an 'honorary member' (not that we have anything so formal!) and Mark, 'Son of York'. The set-up of this game was described in a previous post.
As with the historical version, the game began in the south of the battlefield with the French-Allied attack against the Allied left flank in the Bohemian foothills. Oudinot's corps, lead by Pacthod's and Lorencz's divisions, made good in-roads, securing Mehltheuer and Reischen. Beside them, MacDonald's corps and Gérard's division in particular, had taken the brunt of the losses, attacking around Jenkwitz.
08:00: Ilowaisky X's combined #1 & #4 Don Cossacks unsuccessfully charge Pacthod's lead infantry.
This set-back causes Ilowaisky X's entire brigade of Cossacks to retreat to safety, reaching the 'eastern' table edge.
Below are photos going around the table from the southern corner (Bohemian foothills) along the allied line to von Zeithen's position on the Kreckwitz Heights, finishing with an aerial view from the northern corner.
Next some close-ups of the troops, beginning with Souham's attack on Tschaplitz's infantry around Preititz,
which Friederichs' men are moving to attack,
as Bonnet's division moves up in support of the French-Allied left-centre,
Ledru des Essarts' men ready themselves to receive the Kiev/Kharkov dragoons,
and Oudinot's corps remains in force in the south-west of the battlefield.
So far this game is living up to expectations, which is marvellous after all the planning and putting it back a few times. In fact, it is set to trump our game of the Battle of Eylau as the best ANF game from a playing perspective, in my mind.
We'll have to see what mid-November brings, when we reconvene to commence the 10th turn!