Double objective – second take

I tested the double objective scenario second time but altered the OOB and board somewhat. This time troops that were involved were 4 infantry battalions and one dragoon regiment for French (dragoons were composed of four bases, each base representing squadron and giving same frontage as for battalion in line for test purposes). Austrians had 3 battalions of infantry, 2 battalions of grenadiers, one regiment of Hussars (four bases, each base representing squadron) and medium foot artillery.

Austirans deploying to take the hill, defended by one French battalion with another making way in all haste.

Austirans deploying to take the hill, defended by one French battalion with another making way in all haste.

Second take double objectives - 2

French dragoons choosing their ground to grind down the Austrian Hussars.

The cavalry clash. French dragoon roll is quite unbelievable, and Hussars decided to fight some other day.

The cavalry clash. French dragoon roll is quite unbelievable, and Hussars decided to fight some other day, if they stopped before reaching the southern borders of Austrian empire.

French blocking force to keep the hill. Initially successful, but then run over by Austrian grenadiers.

French blocking force to keep the hill. Initially successful, but then run over by Austrian grenadiers.

Line infantry first, followed by Austrian grenadiers. Line infantry impact on the battle was precisely none.

Line infantry first, followed by Austrian grenadiers. Impact of the regular line infantry on the French was precisely none.

Clash of lines that spelled the end for Austrian regulars. Well, there were many more where they came from.

Clash of lines that spelled the end for Austrian regulars. Well, there were many more where they came from.

The end of French defenses. Austrians push through the town and French loose heart.

The end of French defenses at the outskirts of the village.

Austrians pushing French defenders out of the way. Road is open to the town.

Austrians pushing French defenders out of the way. Road is open to the town.

Setup was different. This time around, one French battalion stood at the hill, and nobody occupied town. Neither entered directly to the objective areas, and Austrian deployment zone faced the town on the opposing side, and French main forces faced the hill.

Significant reduction of cavalry and proportional increase of infantry was a good move. As noted in the earlier one, infantry has little to do in the cavalry skirmish, besides of being speed bumps. This time around, there was only one significant event that had the cavalry playing a part before becoming factually spent. In one great line charge, French dragoons quite expectedly drove away the Austrian Hussars and dominated the field ever since.

Austrian regular infantry however yet again proved how absolutely useless they can be. considering that the French counterparts were not much better (French Q4 C4 SK2 vs. Austrian Q4 C4 SK1), they managed to do precisely one thing, rout. Artillery fared better, preparing the unit which occupied the objective hill to be softened up somewhat. Grenadiers again saved the day and finished off, not only two battalions of French who attempted to capitalize sudden rout of the Austrians, but did the most unlikely  thing – repulsed charge of the dragoons. So for French, unfortunately,the only attempt to run down Austrian infantry happened against somewhat mauled grenadiers who first stood fast, and then formed square before charge went in. It was splendid action and after that the Dragoons were not going to cause much harm. Grenadiers, after whole ordeal occupied the hill, which left the town contested. Without infantry or artillery in support, Dragoons could do little but watch the square that stood at the hill.

Town was occupied by one French battalion relatively early on and supported by second one. Austrians had three battalions of troops deployed against them, but with no general in neighborhood progress was slow and tedious. One of the battalions was grenadiers intended to be used as battering ram and albeit fighting was furious and Austrian regulars were repulsed more than once, the town fell before artillery came along and even before the battering ram got there. Gaining second objective secured the victory for the Austrians.

Lesson learnt, French albeit successfully employed their general at the forefront of the cavalry charge against Hussars paid the price by losing him. Field promoted replacement did not fare much better and he too met his end defending the town. On the other side, it would be essential to concentrate the force and secure single objective. Doing so would allow units to remain within command radius and gaining benefits of the general. When units are too wide apart, it takes considerable effort to activate and have them move fast enough.

White menace approaching the last objective. With full intention to take it.

White menace approaching the last objective with full intention to take it.

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