AAR – Battle of Brabant-sur-Meuse

Graham and I have completed our iteration of the Valmy campaign with victory going to Graham. It was a very interesting exercise and will help with ironing out how we are going to run the other campaigns of the wars.

We completed our instance of the Valmy campaign first and I have three other instances involving 6 other games at various stages of completion.  Consequently, I can’t offer a complete commentary on the campaign which will follow in the next week or so as the others reach completion.

Suffice it to say that Graham and I came to blows on the east side of the Meuse just north of Verdun. Graham (playing the Duke of Brunswick) was heading south along the river with the coalition army and I (playing Dumouriez) commanded the French blocking his path.

Here is the battle scenario that I had pulled together.  Scenario

Here is a map of the battlefield:

A map of the battle.

A map of the battle.

Graham (Brunswick) loaded his right flank with high quality grenadiers supported by massed batteries near the middle of the field.  His left comprised regular Austrians and Hessians and a sprinkling of Prussian units.  The French (me) had deployed defending the line of hills across the field.

Initial setup looking west to east.  French are on the right and Prussians on the left. You can see a major Prussian force near the village closest the camera, it would go on to win the game for him. Im using 15mm figures on 60mm sabots while rebasing my 6mm figures.  The whole battle is a bit

Initial setup looking west to east. French are on the right and Prussians on the left. 
You can see a major Prussian force near the village closest the camera, it would go on to win the game for him. I’m using 15mm figures on 60mm sabots while rebasing my 6mm figures. The whole battle is a bit “pulled together.” I should be using green paper for labels.

Brunswick began aggressively committing his troops to heavy combat without sufficient preparation and paid the price with a sharp repulse.  Realising it would take more than a simple advance to drive the French from the field he began preparations for a second attack. – Basically, Graham took his firepower heavy troops and charged them into mine without stopping to fire.  He took a bit of a shellacking from my fire and was repulsed with a loss or two all along the line.  Sadly, he wised up and started shooting me to pieces.

The Prussian line nearest the camera has just been repulsed after charging in along the line.  Further away from the camera you can see the French have held off the Prussian advance.

The Prussian line nearest the camera has just been repulsed after charging in along the line. Further away from the camera you can see the French have held off the Prussian advance.

Rather than sit back and await piecemeal destruction, the French advanced to contact and brought pressure to bear on the flank furthest from the river. They were successful in blunting the Austrians and Hessians. The advance of the second line of Prussians stabilised the situation for Brunswick. – I had to do something and made some headway on my right flank.

Meantime, at Brabant and on the river the Prussians recovered to make steady headway despite their initial setback. Finally, about midday, the time was right to launch the Prussian reserve and two brigades of Prussian grenadiers broke the French line and captured Brabant. – sigh.

The end result.  No French left around Brabant. Further away from the camera you can see the French defenders have been thinned out.

The end result. No French left around Brabant. Further away from the camera you can see the French defenders have been severely thinned out.

This was the end of the battle as I had broken under the Bluecher ruleset.  A good win to Graham and useful in ironing out a few misunderstandings about rule mechanics.

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Valmy Update 2 – ready for battle

Two of the Valmy campaigns have reached their decision point.  One battle this weekend, the other shortly. Once they are done I can start posting reports without ruining it for the participants.