Finding myself on the French left flank brought back uncomfortable memories of the last time I took part in a re-fight of this battle (click HERE). That game ended in humiliating defeat for the French when Roy’s Bavarians rolled up our flank whilst a massive Russian battery decimated our centre, surely history would not repeat itself?
|The initial set-up, allies on the left and French on the right. The|
Bavarians are nearest to the camera on the flank of the French.
|The view from the other end of the table. La Rothiere is|
represented by the rather splendid church model in the centre.
|The Bavarians are Tony's. I believe the infantry are DK|
whilst the cavalry are Hinton Hunt.
|The right wing of the allied line was made up of Austrians|
and Russians from Goya's collection. These are mostly early
Minifigs. The unit on the hill is my own Hinton Hunt
|The French centre. Two units of Young Guard occupy the|
woods with Guard Light cavalry to their front.
|Our men at La Rothiere are starting to take casualties from a|
very strong Russian artillery battery on the high ground. The
town was to change hands three times during the course of play.
|Concerned by the Bavarians on our flank, Tony and I started|
to shift troops to the left. However this turned out to be a clever
feint by the allies who actually made their attack in the centre.
|By now the Russians had taken La Rothiere and we had no|
option but to call up the Young Guard for a counter-attack.
|These are lovely Hinton Hunt Russian Chasseurs from Nigel's|
collection. I believe they are painted as mounted Jaegers.
|Fighting rages around the town. These Russians were eventually|
expelled by the Young Guard who in turn fell back under the
deadly fire of the Russian guns.
|The Guard Heavy cavalry taking on the entire Russian cavalry|
force on a do-or-die mission. They did do but they did die as
|The situation at the end of play. The allies amassed 9 victory|
banners (8 needed for a win) while the French had only 4.
It was an excellent game that was evenly balanced until the last turn although the eventual allied victory was a resounding one. My thanks to Goya and my fellow generals for a most enjoyable day.