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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturday Skirmish Brigade Battle moving supplys

Steve and I played 8 hours / with a break for Spanish meat pie dinner / has to be the longest Napoleonic "skirmish" game in one sitting I have played in a long time.

From last months Pirate game - the "pirate" treasure trove ended up being the Spanish supply train for the British - Spanish partisans as a means to resupply Spanish forces fighting Napoleon's forces in Spain.

Spanish Partisans held off a Brigade of French - Polish and German forces in a village of isolated buildings

waiting for "regulars" of dubious quality to support them.

While the German Infantry and dismounted dragoons with French skirmishers cleared out the local stone Church of Partisans first and then well delivered volleys from the German infantry cleared Sharpe and his rifles out of the Church.

The Spanish infantry square held against two Polish Lancer Cavalry charges -

Two charges by Elite Polish Infantry failed twice to dislodge British rifles and Brunswick light infantry from the Blue Tavern Inn.

The Allied commander had divided his reinforcements so that 3 companies of British Highlanders, a Spanish infantry battalion of 4 companies, a Spanish light cannon, and Spanish cavalry arrived in a staggered order. The Cavalry commander was rash (he only had a small escort squadron of 120 light cavalry) He charged an Elite french battalion which, although bloodied earlier, still managed to inflict 60% casualties on the Cavalry and resist the charge.

The remainder of the 3 British Highlander companies and 2 Spanish companies wandered in from the West of the village to help rescue the supply train before the beleaguered and bloodied French  could capture it.

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