Friday, March 18, 2011

Battle of Kolonicz

A "book" game the Enteburgers had 210 points with an average general and Vandenburg had 170 points with a good general, played under Sam Mustafa's Might and Reason rules.

Initial setup

In 1742 King Oscar the Great of Vandenburg-Brussia attacks the lands of the Count of Alt-Braunbar, at the Elector of Enteburg was not deaf to the cries of his smaller neighbour and sent a force under the Erbprinz Hugh to drive the Vandenburgers back into their own lands.

The Enteburgers formed in two lines upon the Kolonicz heights their left rested upon an orchard into which Mj General the count d'Uckla deployed his Pandour brigades. The fusiler column was formed up on the right of the first line with the centre being held by the column of guards and the right of the line held by Mj General di Cippola's column of horse. The second line consisted of the foriegn column on the left and the Princes column on the right.

Army of ErbPrinz Hugh

First Line
Mj General Count d'Uckula Column
Nova Skanderberg Pandours
ErbPrinz Hugh Pandours
Count d'Uckula Pandours

Mj General Karl Von Schwan Fusilier Column
von Drake's Fusiliers
Elector of Huhnerland Fusiliers
Kurfurstin Marguerite Fusiliers

Mj General Ernst von Drake Guards Column
LifeGarde of Foot
Spurhund-Jungen Grenadier Guards
Schwansee Grenadier Guards
Electoral Grenadier Guards

Mj General di Cippola's Column
Pz Admiral Deuteronamy Cuirassiers
di Cippola Cuirassiers
Life Dragoons

Second line
Mj General Pz. Wilhelm von Schnauzer's Column
McDucks Dal Riadan Musketeers
vohn Hahn's Musketeers
de Souris Helvetian Musketeers

Mj General Hans Von Gansleber Column
ErbPrinz Musketeers
Pz Admiral Deuteronomy Marines
Pz Louis Musketeers

Mj General Pz Lothar von Pappenheim's Column
Pz Bernhardt von Habishwald Cuirassiers
Horse Guards
Archduchess Stephanie Cuirassier

Mj General Ferdinand von Wasserhuhn Column
von Blick's Hussars
von Hahn's Hussars
von Gansleber Hussars

The battle began with the Vandenburgers advancing swiftly across the field, the ErbPrinz having just fought the battle of Friand was somewhat alarmed at the speed the Vandenburgers moved. He was heard to say at one point "Are you sure they aren't mounted troops?" to one of his aids.

Vandenburg Cavalry advance

The Enteburg cavarlry on the right wing moved forward to intercept the Vandenburg horse but Pz Lothar's command moved sluggishly at first. There was some concern as the Vandenburgers had several infantry brigades moving swiftly forward towards the Enteburg horse.

Hussars in the woods

A brief cavalry battle took place with both sides taking casualties, the Enteburgers fell back watchful of the Vandenburg infantry moving swiftly towards them. Mj General Wasserhuhn took this oppurtunity to slip into the woods threatening the Vandenburg flank.

View from Enteburg left

The Enteburg left began to advance from the heights (in hindsight probably not the right thing to do.) to their front a column of Vandenburg dragoons. Seemed fixed in place watching the Vandenburg infantry advance. As usual the Vandenburg infantry powered forward eagerly anticipating coming to grips with the Enteburg guards.

The lines meet

As was expected the Vandenburg-Brussians had the better of the infantry battle losing a brigade and destroying ten brigades of Enteburgers. Indeed at the end of the battle the Liebgarde, von Drake fusiliers and Elector of Huhnerland fusiliers and the Pandours where the only foot troops left for the Enteburgers.

The confused cavalry melee

On the Vandenburg left things where not so rosy, where after an indecisive start the weight of numbers would eventually prove too great. The Enteburg cavalry eventually breaking six brigades of Vandenburg cavalry with the remaining too heavily damaged and being chased across the field by the Coun't D'Uckula's pandours.

The breakthrough

In the end casualties on both sides proved to be too costly and both armies broke as the sun began to touych the horizon. For the Erbprinz Hugh it was a costly battle but he had driven the Vandenburgers back at the cost of wrecking his own infantry.