"Sir, we ran out of powder!"
"Then bloody well take your feet in your hand and charge!" ...
... Easier said then done in two feet high snow.
This was the third and last part of the 4th battle of the campaign, and Paul and me were fighting hard about the possession of the strategic hill, festered with fortifications, the ‘Old Fort‘. And I must apologise in advance, it was that thrilling that I completely forgot to take pictures.
Previously (1st part), I had skirmished a bit on my right flank and then finished off his Indians and the Riflemen, but really, were‘t able to break through to the other side.
Then (2nd part) Paul did his attack on the left flank, including the newly arrived French troops which rolled both a 6 and became stamina 4, guard-like units!!! But the snow failed them to reach my lines in time.
In reverse tactics, I retreated bit by bit and mowed them into the ground. In between some of Paul‘s units were running out of powder. An unfortunate condition Fortuna (in the disguise of 'Eve of Battle') dealt the rebel forces with. If you would ask me, one of the toughest card in the game (EoB), if your units rely mostly upon fire power. (And Yes, it needs tough cards - otherwise you will end up with same strength armies – pooh!)
After that I decide to 'storm' the hill. More a slugfest due to the snow. I found my advancing troops in the same precarious position than Paul before. Additionally my General blundered and my complete right flank 'rushed' forward to be sitting ducks to the Rebels giving the Redcoats some hot target practise.
But all the while my guns were uninhibited by anything shooting units off that hill. That in the end won the battle. Paul lost 3 or 4 regiments and had to abandoned the fortifications before the hill. Rumour has it that the Hessians were a bit slow, but were premiere shots.
And the moral of the story ... I won't tell, as the campaign is still ongoing.
Now the campaign stats:
Pauls has 1 victory point and I got 4 (2 VP for this). The next battle will be as usual -1/+1 staff rating to one commander to Paul/me and with one less/more infantry unit. And the usual -25% wood bonus for a British victory. Who ever wins that battle gets 2 Victory points and a ‘free village' (i.e. 2 houses and 48" of barricades/hedges etc.) in the next battle!!!
The next ‘Eve of Battle‘ game will be something special.
|The slow start and first skirmish (1st part)|
|One flank cleared and the fatal left flank attack of the Rebels (2nd part)|
|The last tactical movements of the battle|
|After the last Rebel has been shot off the hill|
|The American Generals hapless facing their Army's defeat|