The French Invasion of Russia - Battle no 2

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The French Invasion of Russia - Battle no 2

Post by quackstheking » Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:37 pm

After a first indecisive clash on the Western steppes of the Russia, the French continued their advance into the motherland and two French Corps faced off against two Russian Corps. Despite the French having a greater initiative, the Russians attacked on the battlefield. This is how the clash unfolded:-

The French plan was to launch a big attack on our right flank with our Superior Hussar Division supported by Infantry and artillery, whilst holding the centre and denying the left based upon a very large wood and a hill. The best laid plans very seldom survive the first deployemnt and such was the case again as the Russians deployed a 3 unit Cuirassier Division facing the French right, backed with Infantry albeit poor. Next to them was a Guard Division supported by artillery. The Russians placed the rest of their troops facing the French left centre, ignoring the French left entirely and sending some Cossacks to skirmish in this area. Clearly the Russian plan was purely to steamroller the centre and lacked the finesse and elan of the French.

The Russian army deployed on the left

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The Russian left Centre from behind

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The Russian Right Centre

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The French Centre

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On the French right the Russians advanced their cuirassiers, intent on riding down the French Hussars. However the magnificent French bloodied the Cuirassiers nose and though they retired spent and wavering, they left the Russian Cuirassiers in the same state and at risk of a charge from more fresh French hussars.

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The Hussars duly charged and routed the cuirassiers, so they burst through their supporting 2nd Cuirasiier brigade behind and causing both of the Russsian "poor" infantry to fall to wavering. The 2nd Cuirassier brigade was duly despatched and with the French infantry following up and the artillery targeting the Russians in squares, it was just a matter of time before the Russian left collapsed!

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On the French Right centre, things did not look so rosy as the Russian guard and artillery closed in on the French conscripts. The French initially deployed in extended line to lessen their casualties although the Russian steam roller looked ominous.

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On the French left, the Russsian advance was stalled by the brilliant handling of the French under Marshall Quacks Leroi. The absence of any meaningful opposition on the far left meant the French sent a strong Division of Infantry supported by artillery on a wide flanking attack around the large wooded area.

The Russian attack was stalled by the French

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and as the French Flanking force started to make itself felt the Russians pulled back.

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As night fell, it looked like a marginal win for the French as the Russian Cavalry division on the left had been sent packing and the supporting "poor" infantry looked like they would shortly join them. Although the Russian Guard and artillery was in a threatening position in the centre, the cautious Russian approach denied them the opportunity to press home the attack (I'm sure the Russian propoganda machine may disagree with this analysis, but when was the last time we believed anything that Pravda had to say!!!). The Right wing was at a stalemate and the French would wait eagerly to see if the Russians would still be on the field in the morning!!!

To be continued................................

This was a 6mm battle using Jim Gibson's excellent figures on 15mm bases with two 800pt Corps per side. The Russians were commanded by Jim Gison and the French by myself and Julian Morgan. The effect of the 6mm bases is awesome especially as Jim has so many figures he has also drawn up squares and tactical formations within the Brigade footprint.

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Re: The French Invasion of Russia - Battle no 2

Post by edb1815 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:03 pm

Thanks for the report - the 6mm based on 15mm bases really gives the massed army feel - love the "squares"!

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