Finally back to gaming again. Saturday, May 29th, we gathered at New Buckenham for our first "big" all day game since lockdown measures started to relax.
The game chosen was a 28mm, Shako II scenario based on the Battle of Maloyaroslavets fought on 24 October 1812 during Napoleon's retreat from Moscow. It proved to be a decisive battle as the Russians prevented Napoleon retreating along his preferred route, forcing him back along the path he had advanced along, and stripped bare, the previous summer.
The main objective of the game was the village of Maloyaroslavets and it's bridge over the river Luzha. The village was overlooked, on the Russian side, by a series of ridges providing the french with a steep climb after crossing the river.
|End of the first move.|
The Russian VI Corps under Dokhturov with support from units of VII Corps started the game in control of the village, two separate built up areas sectors, each garrisoned by a battalion of Jaeger from Kaptsevich's 7th Div, the remainder of this division formed up behind and to the right of the village.
|French capture half the village and the hole where my jaeger were!|
|French assault along the line.|
|Repositioning my support.|
|View of Maloyaroslavets from the bridge.|
|French support crossing the Luzha river.|
|Russian light cavalry harass the French right wing.|
|The race is on!|
|Close combat to my front.|
|Charge the guns! as the Italians emerge on the Russian right.|
|Final french assault musters.|
|Left flank secure.|
|Last ditch French assault.|