|iPad photo from Eric - my opponent in this game where I commanded the Italian/French forces|
The game was ready to start on time, there was only me as the player though. I thank my middle son, Victor, for getting things going in coming forward to handle the miniatures for the Russians.
He wasted no time in driving hard at the important center village of Maloyaroslavets - pushing out 1/2 of the Italians in there.
|Here we see Maloyaroslavets village, 1/2 taken by Russians, the top of the hill still held by Gilleminot and his Italians|
|overview of the situation in Turn 3|
|closer view of the Russian lines|
|Russian assault gets into Maloyaroslavets|
|Russian far left, the Cossacks had driven off the French light batteries, now the Cossacks were to have to hold back ... something that Platov is not well known for!|
|The light cavalry arrived, getting in each others way in the process|
Through turn 4 and early turn 5 the French were sending out the light cavalry into their left wing, to go along the far side of the Russian right. It was during turn 4 that a new adult player, Eric, came onto the scene and took on the command functions for the Russians to 'help' Victor. It was his choice to redeploy Platov and his Cossacks to cover the left wing. He could also see that at least one division of French were moving on the far side of the hill to flank him on the other side. The end of turn 4 was also the arrival of Kutuzov and the three massive heavy reserve position artillery batteries.
Unable to contain himself, Platov charged into the Chasseurs of Ornano, only this time the Chasseurs were set for the charge!
|the wild Platov strikes at the Chasseurs|
|The Cossacks of Platov were not prepared for the engagement|
|Overview of the field from the Russian side (backed up troops that have not yet arrived can be seen in the foreground)|
|Overview from Russian left|
|Kutuzov assembles a grand battery on the far south of the battlefield, while (seen in the top left corner) brigades are blocking the forward artillery|
|French Divisions were seen moving from the Russian left flank|
|The blocked Russian batteries were unable to fire on the opposing French/Italians|
|Cossacks were used to slow down the French on the Russian right|
|Russian right flank formed up to receive the onrushing French|
|Now the Russian guns were able to fire, they were faced by equal French batteries, coming off the worse in the exchange|
|Russian left, now a division of infantry had formed up to block the French light cavalry|
By pulse 2 of turn 7 the situation on the Russian left had collapsed, most certainly the French were going to get though that flank.
|Field overview from the Russian left|
|Field overview from the French left|
|Russians were being driven away to the south of Maloyaroslavets|
|The 'back' side of the central hill showing the Italian guard, Lecchi's Division ready to move into the open ground|
|Russian left facing destruction at the hands of French light cavalry|
|View from far French right looking towards the open center|
Turn 8, my opponent could see that he could not stop the French, though he was willing to stay on - only to see if they could be prevented from dominating the south river line.
Ultimately the Russians were unable to even really slow down the French, they were able to keep 1/2 of the town of Maloyaroslavets, yet even Eric was able to see that there would be no way to stop the French here and Kutuzov would have to withdraw the grand battery and move off the army 12-20 miles to the south - thus OPENING the way for the French to move on the Kaluga road to Smolensk ... what a change of history that would have been!
|Victory! Eugene's view of the Russian center, with French infantry on the open ground to the south of Maloyaroslavets|
|The ragged Russian left, only wounded battalions left to cover the retreat|
|Ornano's hard road, littered with the Chasseurs in order to open the French right and win the way to Kaluga|
|Just past midnight, south of Maloyaroslavets, Lecchi and the Italian guard hold the high ground with three massive heavy batteries, Guard Dragoons and Guard Infantry, all ready for action.|
RESULT: French Tactical victory, not an outstanding victory though certainly enough to have convinced the Russian commander Kutuzov to have withdrawn and open the way for Bonaparte to use the Kaluga road to Smolensk
|Eric and I pose for a photo after the end of the game|
Eric was a good sport in taking over for Victor and good on him for sticking with the battle to the end.
You can see more of Eric's pictures, taken with his iPad, here.