|The battlefield , viewed from the south|
Unusually for such a small battle, it lasted for two days of (relaxed!) gaming; Paul J commanded the French initially but was replaced by Andrew on the second day, aided on both days by Geoff's tenacious actions around Rousseau. Ross commanded the British main force and was aided by Paul C on the right. Jim turned up on the second day just in time to take on a French command once victory seemed inevitable! Thanks to all for - as ever - a most enjoyable game.
The forces which clashed were similar in strength. General Foy's division was superior in artillery (with a battery each of Heavy, Medium and Horse against Wellington's two RHA troops) while the British had a cavalry superiority (including a heavy regiment of dragoons). The British were boosted by the fortuitous presence of Wellington himself at the head of his men.
|Gen. Bachelau's veterans lead the French advance in the centre...|
|... while Gen. Margaron's conscripts arrive on the left, supported by heavy guns|
|A British brigade arrives in the east, supported by cavalry...|
|... while the main force advances further west|
|The French seize Rousseau|
|The pressure builds|
|French hussars demonstrate their elan - and the British demonstrate their firepower|
|An impressive display of drill from the redcoats|
|The British right flank - the missing brigade!|
|Wellington seeks shelter with the remnants of his centre, as those cursed horse guns press forward yet again|