The 3rd Battle of the campaign had begun, the set up was pretty precarious for the American player, Paul, and he had to win. (see http://meneken.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/3rd-battle-campaign-pre-settings-for.html)
In my humble opinion, Pauls only chance was to disrupt my advance (with 2 units delayed for 2 turns that were in the realm of the possible) and wait for a blunder or a tactical foix pas and then strike hard and fast, only to retreat and rally to soften me up and hope to win.
In the first turn I did blunder with my light infantry (who was guard as well), he delayed my other two Guard regiments and I carelessly advanced and attacked with the left flank his French untested who turned into 4 stamina!!!
Somehow he didn‘t capitalise on this. I reached the river and my fortifications, my advancing Lines got mauled, but refused to break. Just one Line was properly slaughtered (-5 break test and rolled a 5). At the end the left flank was run into a deadlock - both Line and the Grande French Line fought to a draw both shaken and both not pushed from the field. The Hessians advanced, got pushed back and the second French untested turned into stamina 1!!! Something which I in my turn failed to capitalise on.
And to be totally patronizing, Paul did well, I thought, for open ground, his line is still intact even if shaken.
Next week we will continue ...
|The British line|
|The American line|
|After the LI reached their target|
|The carelessly advancing after a sudden flank attack|
|The American guns behind their lines|
|The Lonely Hill faces the Hessian attack|
|The epic battle of the Grand Soixonans against a British Line|
|I guess it was the 23rd ... with the stolen flag of the 15th (?)...|
|The Battle field after we stopped.|