Back from the hols (and a bout of Covid!) and now back to the real stuff. The next battle in the Napoleonic Campaign involves a French v Allied force with Grouchy seeking to capture Holland and expel the British.
A reminder of the strategic situation:
The battle is located at the top of the map with Blue 7 representing Grouchy’s command. Red 3 are the British contingent of the allied force with General Hill in overall command. Grouchy is attempting to push through to capture the port of Gorizia.
Beneath Red N4 is the port of Gorizia and the primary location for the disembarkation of British reinforcements.
Black 1 is Buttlar’s Brunswick brigade responding to the Duke of Brunswick’s call for reinforcements.
Yellow 4 is Col Best’s Hanoverian Brigade who are now hurrying to join the allied army,
Blue 6 is D’Erlon with two divisions of infantry and one cavalry division who had been detached to eliminate a Dutch threat their flank. They are now moving to rejoin Grouchy.
Battle of Holbrook
Table Size = 6′ x 3’9″
Figures = Baccus 6mm
Rules = General de Brigade
Start Time 0900 hours = 32 turns
5A1 11A5 11A10
As you can see I have angled the map to better incorporate the battlefield. The allies are defending the top half.
Each square = 3′ square on the tabletop
5A1 – Soft cultivated land, fences, river deep.
11A5 – Firm grazing land, fences, hedgerows, river deep, bridge.
11A10 – Impenetrable swamp
6A5 – Impenetrable swamp
13B1 – Firm grazing land, hedgerows, river deep.
11A4 – Impenetrable swamp as marked otherwise firm ground, farm (40 cap).
Deep Rivers – Normally these would be impassable but decided for this game they are fordable with the following penalties: Move half speed and all units become unformed. May charge across but lose charge bonus.
Orders of Battle
|Overview of the starting positions.|
|Allied left flank.|
|Allied right flank with Ompteda at bottom of photo.|
|French left flank.|
|French right flank.|
|Overview of French deployment.|
NEXT: The early moves.