The Final Push at La Haie Sainte, Battle of Waterloo, June 18, 1815
Preamble: It is 7 pm, the outcome of the battle is still in doubt, but rumour has it that the Prussians have been sighted. The farm of La Haie Sainte, the critical centre piece, has finally fallen after a 6 hour battle to the French at 1830h. The French forces are exhausted but Marshall Ney, in command of the French centre, needs to push his troops forward up the middle to take advantage of this hard fought for victory. No reinforcements are available. He urges his brigade generals to take their forces and advance up the centre. The Allies are retreating but the valiant 1/95th Rifles and the 71st Light Highlanders have rallied and have formed a defensive line just north of the farm. They have rockets! Wellington has sent his reliable KGL infantry and cavalry to support the defense.
Order of Battle:
Game: Played on a 4x4’ terrain (taken exactly from the rulebook). Twelve turns with bonus as laid out in the rulebook. The double lined roads are linear obstacles (1 BW wide) which are soft cover. The farm house can not occupied. The tree line of deciduous trees to the right of French position is soft cover, normal terrain and is on a level one hill. The coniferous tree line is a linear obstacle for movement. The French set up and move first. The French set up on either or on both sides of the farm, but not north of it. The British set up north of tree line and/or the sunken road. There is no commander in this game, the advanced rules re Officer Tactics and Casualties are in play as well as those for Rocket Batteries and Rifle Volleys. Victory is by Army Morale rules in the rule book.
I will start with the more recent game that was played in Montreal last Friday evening. I was the games master, the two players diced for the armies. Iannick ended up playing the French and Nicolas the British. All the French troops are Iannick's, with the exception the cavalry which are mine as well as the British. The photos are a little dark as they were taken in low light, if I play with them too much they look funny. I believe though, that they illustrate the game relatively well.
|Looking from the south and the French point of view.|
|The French take advantage and fire through the sparse trees (I decided to make this unobstructed) at the KGL.|
|The KGL appear unfazed and form up in line to await the French.|
|Meanwhile on the British right flank combat was rapidly engaged with the three battalions of French légere taking on the two valiant light British battalions. A definite challenge as Iannick diced poorly.|
|Meanwhile on the French right flank the 4 battalions of ligne and the horse artillery are rapidly advancing through the trees.|
The earlier game took place about 10 days ago on a Thursday evening at the Hobby Bunker in Malden, MA. Adam took the French and I took the British. In this game there was a slight difference in the terrain set up with the tree line on the French right flank being a linear obstacle all the way across, we also did not us the advanced rules for Rifle Volleys. The French ligne are Adam's, the rest are mine. You will also see that I used a 42' Rocket section at the Hobby Bunker. These are more siege rockets, I painted up an extra base of the 6' Rocket section in preparation of the Montreal game. I believe they would be more accurate to the scenario. Adam has already posted some photos and an excellent AAR of the Hobby Bunker game on his blog the Fencing Frog.
|Looking from the east, a slightly different terrain set up in respect to the tree line.|
|As the French are advancing in line, the British are rapidly able to advance their best troops south of the tree line and unlimber their rockets.|
|As we can see combat is rapidly engaged.|
|The rockets ending up being of little value but they did look impressive on the terrain.|
|A seesaw battle ensues on the British right, with the Cuirassiers and Carabiniers pushing back the KGL Hussars.|
|On the French right flank the French have lost one of their infantry battalions as well but have been able push back the Rifles and also been able to bring over their horse cannon.|
I believe Adam in Massachusetts enjoys them as well. I continue to exert pressure on him to get the pdf of the ruleset, and I believe he has convinced me to try another Mustafa game.....Maurice in our next outing. I am looking quite forward to it, as I am very curious about Sam's approach to the utilization of cards in his most recent two rulesets.