However, I'll start this post with the action at the southern end and centre of the table. I wasn't able to keep track of the action, but the gist of it was that there was a real arm-wrestle at the other end of the table with Poniatowski's Poles (commanded by Darren B.) assisted by some of Davout's troops (Jenko) up against Pete E. and John R. in a real backwards and forward tussle.
In the cnter Andrew S. as Ney was consolidating his forces in the dead ground in front of the Russians' position, while the Cavalry Reserve commanded by Macolm, as Murat, assembled in between Ney and Davout's position. It looked unstoppable until you lifted your gaze at the Russian guns facing the French!
|Polish infantry in square and closed column facing down a wave of Cossacks.|
|Poles in possession of Utitsa|
|Polish infantry facing down the Cossacks, who are trying to outflank them through the woods.|
|In the background, the Cavalry Reserve masses, while the dead ground fills with French|
|A section of the Reserve Cavalry make an attack, but are beaten back by the Russians|
|More cavalry are on their way, though. Murat in the foreground.|
|...and LOTS of cavalry!|
Confronted by skirmishers over the other side of the bridge, I thought the best option for capturing the bridgehead would be to put some cavalry across the bridge first, followed by infantry. This time I led with quality, sending the Italian Queen's Dragoons across first, then followed up with my best troops, the 92e Ligne, all rated as Grenadiers! This should work!
|IV Corps deciding what to do. Jim's I Corps troops have re-occupied Borodino, and my Grand battery fire over the buildings on the left while my infantry mill about.|
|Some order is installed. The Italian dragoons head towards the bridge, while regiments get into nice orderly lines. I still haven't got the marching order ready, as the 92e ligne are nowhere to be seen!|
|My troop movements as seen from the Russian artillery postion in the Gorky Redout. Thankfully, my troops were in dead ground. After they cross the bridge is another matter, though...|
|Quinny cunningly left his counter-attacking force in dead ground, too.|
|The view down the table from my end|
|Quinny's force is all that stands between me and the flank of the Russian line. It doesn't look like much, but it certainly was effective!|
|The Cavalry Reserve leave for greener pastures.|
|OK; the dragoons are in place, but where's the 92e? They're just to the right of the picture, waiting for the regiment in front to make way!|
|The Grand Battery breaks up into its constituent batteries, ready to follow up behind the successful cavlary/infantry combo after they've taken the bridge|
|Jim looks on at the more exciting end of the table; "I wonder how I can get a gig down the other end?"|
|The dragoons are across! Back, you jaeger scum!|
|The traffic jam on the other side of the bridge awaits the command to cross|
|The 92e ligne and the 8e legere are in position, with Italian artilery ready to follow. The other brigades in the division are also on standby.|
|Another shot down the table. If I could only have established myself on the peninsula, I could have thrown the cat among the pigeons!|
|As the infantry cross the bridge, the cavalry are again attacked, take casualties and are forced back throught the infantry. inflicting disorders on everyone on the bridge!|
|The dragoons are the little engine that could, flying back into the fray, even though they are carrying the maximum disorders. The infantry are now in not much better shape after crossing the bridge and having their cavalry ride through them.|
|I still had hope, though! If only they could hold on enough for the other regiments behind them to cross!|
|As you can see, though, the resulting counter-attack...|
|...forced my tenuous toe-hold on the bridge...|
|...to melt like snow in the spring!|
|Quinny's Russians bait the battered French: "Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough!"|
I did provide Quinny with a lot of action resulting in a crushing victory to him, which always puts him in a good mood!
To paraphrase Arnold Schwarzenegger:
"Quinny! What is best in life?" "To crush your enemies -- See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!"
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