June DSLB – Overwhelming odds

Along with Impetus, a few games of DSLB were played. Scenarios were adapted from ‘One Hour Wargames’ to test out how they would work out. First one, and rather quick was a game of meeting engagement where both sides were equally matched. This one ended up in French victory – not surprisingly, considering that Austrian artillery battery managed to be absent the whole time battle raged on. Point taken – artillery can make a difference.

Next two games were about assault on against two redoubts commanding a vital road. Austrians had a garrison and heavy battery in each redoubt and relief force of 4 battalions of infantry plus light cavalry. Reserve contained dragoon regiment and two battalions of grenadiers. French assault force had a brigade of six infantry battalions accompanied by medium foot artillery battery. Additional support were provided by a light cavalry brigade of two chasseurs and light horse battery. Reserve had three regiments of dragoons, and one of cuirassiers. French speciality was that at any time they were able to pull first wave of the infantry brigade out and immediately remove them from play. Another fresh wave would then enter the fray. Austrians would need to stay firm and hold the fort until French assault run out of steam (eg. cause sufficient casualties to break the french army, forcing it’s withdrawal).

Austrian initial dispositions. build up areas indicate redoubts and artillery + battalion represent redoubt footprint. Artillery batteries, albeit heavy, had a limited field of fire, and the rearmost redoubt was on a much higher ground.

Austrian initial dispositions. build up areas indicate redoubts and artillery + battalion represent redoubt footprint. Artillery batteries, albeit heavy, had a limited field of fire, and the rearmost redoubt was on a much higher ground.

End result in the first game was a narrow French victory, and in second, extremely close Austrian victory. All in all, both games were very interesting and if losses were to be counted, at best the French victory was a Pyrrhic one. Albeit there was no time limit to conclude the game, we used gentlemanly agreement that delaying was not in best interest of French.

French light cavalry lurking in the gap, ready to leap on any Austrians nearby.

French light cavalry lurking in the gap, ready to leap on any Austrians nearby. They soon got into action, and perhaps a bit too impetuously, since the Austrian heavies released from reserve were waiting. Without that, they would have caused much havoc.

3. French battalions advance forward, column after column. Horse artillery received effective counter battery fire and limbered up in haste.

French battalions advance forward, column after column. Horse artillery received effective counter battery fire and limbered up in haste early on, and only contributed half heartedly ever since.

3. French infantry assault on the Austrian defensive line.  Each attack gained ground but battalion after battalion became spent and routed. Heavy battery kept on pushing back every assault that was attempted head on.

French infantry assault on the Austrian defensive line. Each attack gained ground but battalion after battalion became spent and routed. Heavy battery kept on pushing back every assault that was attempted head on. French learned from the mistakes of the first wave and there were only sporadic opportunities to concentrate battery fire later on.

4. Austrian Heavy cavalry charges, and destroys the French Chasseurs, but with cost that rendered them useless later on. In DSLB cavalry is good for one, maximum of two charges before being totally spent.

Austrian Heavy cavalry charges, and destroys the French Chasseurs, but with cost that rendered them quite useless. They took serious blow only moments before plucking the hole French initial assault made in the left flank. In DSLB cavalry is good for one, maximum of two charges before being totally spent.

5. Austrian defensive position formed up along the little forest and hill. Eventually French managed to push through with the help of heavy cavalry, but with immense cost.

Austrian defensive position formed up along the little forest and hill. Eventually French managed to push through with the help of heavy cavalry, but with immense cost. At least three battalions were routed, and two more were stopped at the gap. This continuous failure prompted French to bring in the second wave, and heavy cavalry with it.

6. Austrian reinforcements move in. Battalion of Grenadiers are marching towards the blockade line on the left flank of the redoubt.

Austrian reinforcements move in. Battalion of Grenadiers are marching towards the blockade line on the left flank of the redoubt.

7. Another wave assaults the Austrian defensive line. This time almost the entire French brigade surged forward in concentrated effort from the right flank.

Another wave assaults the Austrian defensive line. This time almost the entire French brigade surged forward in concentrated effort from the right flank. Odds were overwhelming and while defenders stood firm, artillery and cavalry threat soon started to tell and retreat to better position were initiated.

8. French artillery of the second wave, and damaged horse battery move forward on the flank.

French artillery of the second wave, and damaged horse battery move forward on the flank.

9. French heavy cavalry moving in to make short work of the Austrian infantry. While success, it was expensive ordeal for the cavalry.

French heavy cavalry and ordnance moving in to make short work of the Austrian infantry that remained in the defensive position. While combined arms assault was success, it was expensive ordeal for the cavalry.

10. French preparing the final assault though the Austrian defensive position on their left flank.

French preparing the final assault though the Austrian defensive position on their left flank.

11. Final moments of Austria. Fortified position (build up area represents redoubt) being overwhelmed by artillery, soon followed by second one.

Breakthrough and final moments of Austria. Fortified position (build up area represents redoubt) being overwhelmed by artillery, soon followed by second one.

12. Squares formed to protect against French light cavalry while Austrian Hussars deploy.

Squares formed to protect against French light cavalry while Austrian Hussars deploy on the more quiet side of the battlefield.

13. Last hurrah of Austrians, and last attempt to break the French before it was too late. Austrian three battalions supported by Hussars and heavy artillery from the redoubt were beaten back by regiment of Chasseurs and one well deployed battalion.

Last hurrah of Austrians, and last attempt to break the French before it was too late. Austrian three battalions supported by Hussars and heavy artillery from the redoubt were beaten back by regiment of Chasseurs and one well deployed battalion. Counterattack was a failure, and as a result, Austrian relieve force broke and fled, leaving the garrisons alone to deal with the onslaught.

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2 Responses to June DSLB – Overwhelming odds

  1. The more I read your blog, the more I think of starting a SYW project in 6mm or 10mm. Your table setup looks excellent and with the small scale you can have an epic game on the kitchen table.

  2. Tichy says:

    6mm is a good choice for epic scale, albeit my games generally are quite limited – I like to have some room for maneuvers. In any case, standard size table, perhaps 4″ x 6″ does give indeed a lot of room for 6mm game.

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