Tuesday, 17 November 2020

The Battle of Windmill Hill - Part 4

The French right flank at the end of Turn 11 - the Prussian cavalry have called a halt to their advance however the Cuirassiers on Oak Hill have suffered some devastating casualties from the French artillery losing 7 troopers in a single turn. In the distance the Uhlans can be seen taking the French Cuirassiers on North Hill in flank and routing them.

The centre of the field from the Allied side - the Prussians are pushing on to Windmill Hill whilst 2 Austrian regiments continue their path to the rear.

Bucking the trend for a new unit, the 59th Austrian Regiment have succeeded in routing the 105th ligne on Windmill Hill.

This is the ground between Windmill Hill and the Village (from the Allied side). The 24th ligne have pursued the routing Colberg Musketeers back through their supporting artillery overrunning the guns.

On the French side, the Guard Marins are moving up to lend support to the Poles and Swiss who are attempting to eject my Russian Grenadiers from the Village. In the distance you can see the Guard heavy cavalry pursuing the Silesian hussars to the table edge.

Matthew's order map for Move 12.

The Marins move forward whilst the Poles deliver a volley that drops 3 Russian Grenadiers. Behind the Village the Guard light cavalry have just ridden down 6 of my Jagers but have stopped just short of the square of the 1st Silesian Landwehr (well, you would wouldn't you?).

The fighting on Windmill Hill is intense - the Silesian Musketeers have just wheeled to take the 9th legere in flank.

But the Guard are coming up now - the climax of the battle is drawing near.

The table at the end of Turn 12.

 

16 comments:

MSFoy said...

Excellent - great photos and gripping action - enjoyed it very much.

Stryker said...

Tony, it has been good fun and a great excuse to get the toys out!

Rob said...

Ooooer, the table is looking a lot less crowded now. Losing seven troopers to artillery in one round will tend to do that - seven cavalry represent a lot of painting hours to be swept back into their box in such a perfunctory fashion.

Looking at WM's plan it would appear to be tilting in favour of the French if it were not for those three large red blocks hiding behind the hill near the Allied table edge. NAy cahnce it's that doyen of battlefield commanders the Crown Prince of Sweden, a.k.a. Bernadotte, also known to his accompanying musicians as Brave Sir Robin?

Stryker said...

Rob, the Prussian cuirassiers are one of my favourite units so it was hard to take!

Matt said...

I seem to recall the Guard finishing off the Allies in a previous game...and I'm still seething!

Stryker said...

It's not all over yet Matt!

KEV. Robertson. said...

Beautiful Hinton Hunt figures - love the photo of the Guards near the Windmill- just spectacular- well done IAN.

Stryker said...

Thanks Kev!

The Archduke said...

“2 Austrian regiments continue their path to the rear”? Hang on, last time I looked they were holding their ground with steely eye and firm tread....well done the Jordis anyway. M & M rules don’t take prisoners when push comes to shove, do they? Well done and thanks Ian for this great spectacle.

Aly Morrison said...

Splendid... I’m enjoying every minute of this 😁

All the best. Aly

Stryker said...

Nigel, the melee on Windmill Hill has been fast and furious but as you say at least the Jordis are doing well!

Stryker said...

Thanks Aly, I'm enjoying it too!

David said...

The Prussians may be "Mit Gott", but with three French Guard battalions occupying windmill hill, I think we can give that one to the French! I am sure you are just taking it easy on Matthew however, as it would be rude to take advantage of a guest...

Wellington Man said...

The Guard are thinking: "Yum, Austrians!"

I'll need another division to get those Russian grenadiers out of that village, however!

This has been huge fun, Ian, and also highly educational. It's just possible I may finally be coming to grips with the rules.

Your troops and photography are simply stunning.

Best regards
WM

Stryker said...

David, yes of course, I'm going easy on him(!)...

Stryker said...

WM, it certainly has been fun and a really good play-test of the rules as well!