It all very lax on my blog at the moment I'm afraid. Hence this batrep being a tad late!!
You can see BigLee's excellent report here! His of course was posted in good time.
After Posties great WWI game at Broadside he decided to play another game asap, to give the rules another bash while we could still all remember them!!!
The game "La Bataille du chemin de l'haie" was set early in the war.
The French Army is defending along a long line of hedges anchored on a small village. The German Army must trim the hedges along with the French Army.
The Order of Battle
7th Armeekorps - Gen der Kavallerie Von Emen
13th Infantry Division - Generaleitnant von dem Borne
25th Infantry Brigade - Generalmajor von Unruh
IR 13 - 3 Battalions
IR 158 - 3 Battalions
26th Infantry Brigade - Unknown General
IR 15 - 3 Battalions
IR 55 - 3 Battalions
22nd Artillery Regt - 6 x 7.7cm (2 Batteries)
58th Artillery Regt - 6 x 10.5cm (2 Batteries)
16th Uhlans - 4 Squadrons
6th Uhlans - 4 Squadrons (from Cavalry Corp)
5th Armee - 18th Corps d'armee - Gen de Maudituy
36th Division of Infantry - Gen Jovannu
71st Brigade - Gen Bertin
34e - 3 Battalions
49e - 3 Battalions
72nd Brigade - Gen de Seze
12e - 3 Battalions
18e - 3 Battalions (Reserves - Arrived about turn 3)
14th Artillery Regt - 9 x 75cm (3 Batteries)
Me, James and Richard were leading the German Imperial Army.
Facing us were The French Smiffy and Lee
The French left was very weak, so we decided we would concentrate our attack there. Richard and James would attack while I would move forward and try and hold our left.
I was facing the village, in each building were cowardly French troops stuffing their faces with
pain au chocolat!
I spy with my little eye
"I have a cunning plan!"
I moved up to fire on the French in the village.
Richard moved up very quickly on the right.
James was hampered by the hedges, so his movement was a lot slower.
We decided to blast the town to get the French out.
What shall I do with the Uhlans?
The thin Blue French line are hugging the hedge
Richard also has a unit of Uhlans. His are going around the flank!
Our artillery in bombing the hell out of the French far left, are there going to be any troops left to attack?
See what I mean?
After the first 2 games I know how hard it is to attack buildings, so I spread my lines to give
rifle fire instead.
The French started to take heavy casualties.
James finally got free of the hedges.
The French were knocked back on their far left. Can Richard get to the hedge before
the French reinforcements get there?
Doesn't look like it?
Although Richard's Uhlans have dismounted and could take the flank?
Now here's where the game changed.....literally
I HAD to abandon the game and go and watch Harry Kane and co smash Panama.
I was ridiculed by the rest of the
Losers Rejects, who stayed and played the rest of the game
but come on the World Cup's every 4 years, its been a long wait!!
Here's a pic from Lee's blog as I left the shed!
So I've pinched a few photo's and Lee's quotes from his blog to finish the report.
The German Uhlans have dismounted and charged into the flank of my positions. Fortunately (and in the nick of time) I manage to get one of my reserve Battalions up to the hedge line to defend the ground. Meanwhile in a last ditch attempt to dislodge my infantry Richard launches assaults with several other units against the front. I have managed to regain my position here fill every gap I can. With the whole right flank in melee its now just down the the luck of the dice which side wins.
Wow. I win all three melees inflicting serious casualties on the German units and throwing them back from the hedge line. This is a significant moment of the game and represented the Germans last best hope of snatching a victory.
The next turn seals the fate of the German assault as rifle file destroys all but a handful of the German infantry companies. The Uhlans on my left flank have been cut in half and virtually nothing remains in front of my lines.
With the German assault on our left in tatters and the realistic prospect that I can bolster the defence of the Centre the German players wisely decide to capitulate. They simply do not have enough battalions remaining to stand a chance of breaking through. On the extreme right flank Mark still has two undamaged battalions that have guarded the woods and the approaches to the town. Ray returns from the football to find his fellow generals have lost the game as conclusively as Panama lost to England in the footie. His remaining battalions are still trying to work around the town (still in French hands!) but there is little he can realistically do with them.
Stan & Ollie
Not sure which ones which? stand and gloat over their victory!