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The Struggle for Mittle-Land II

Photo by Ed Sansing
French Dragoons gallop furiously at the Prussians!

We Played this game at HOBBYTOWN in Flowood Mississippi on September 29, 2007. Our rules were derived from a set printed in MWAN many years ago and found on MAGWEB. The Prussian army was painted by Mark Gilbert and the French army by Jay Stribling.

You can see our version of the rules that we used here at: Quick Tricorne.

The Reason for the Struggle!

The French army, led by the Marquis de Florida, has moved into Mittle-Land (roughly corresponding to the Western part of modern Germany. Their intentions were to attack, but they have apparently lost their nerve and have halted, awaiting a Prussian attack. The army is composed of five brigades of infantry, and five of cavalry.

The Prussian army, dispatched by King Frederick, is commanded by a trusted veteran "Der Alte Hund" (The old hound dog). It is composed of four brigades of infantry and four of cavalry.

And the Reason for THIS game?

Scenario: The French army, led by the Marquis de Florida, using dragoons, cavalry, and grenadiers makes a quick attack on a Prussian foraging party near the two villages of Sachher and Torte. The French army's object is to cut off and destroy foraging units, seize or destroy wagons, and generally beat up a small part of the Prussian army.

The Prussian commander, "Der Alte Hund" is too experienced to not have a covering force for his foragers. Let the battle begin!

The French now have five Brigades of cavalry and two of infantry. Two of the cavalry brigades are elite troops. One infantry brigade counts as Grenadiers (elite) the other is light infantry. The Prussian army has two brigades of infantry (line quality) and three brigades of cavalry on the field. One more brigade of cavalry is available on turn three. One brigade of infantry (elite) and one more brigade of cavalry (also elite) are available on turn five.

Photo by Ed Sansing

The French commanders - Left to right - Phil Young, Roger Daene, Sean Pitts & Bill Hamilton. The bewhiskered face of the Game-master - Jay Stribling - can be seen on the extreme left of the image.

Photo by Ed Sansing Pitts

Some of Phil Young's French cavalry (two regiments of dragoons) tries to make its way around the Prussian left. Jim Pitts had one regiment of Prussian Hussars, who held against the Frenchmen.

Photo by Ed Sansing

Some of Sean's infantry advancing on the Prussian right. Sean commanded all of the French infantry (2 brigades) but, advancing in line, the game was over by the time he could bring any sizeable force to bear on the Prussians. The yellow rings indicate elite units.

Victory points were given for the following:

PRUSSIANS: The Prussian objective is to get the loaded forage wagons off the table on a road. Each wagon is worth 3 points if taken off the table, no points otherwise. Also to keep control of the two villages of Sachher and Torte. Each village is worth 5 victory points. Each enemy officer or unit destroyed, captured, or driven from the field is worth one victory point.

FRENCH: The French objective is to capture or destroy the loaded Prussian supply wagons and also to destroy Prussian units. Each wagon is worth 3 points captured and sent to the French rear, or 1 point if destroyed. The French can also capture the two villages of Sachher and Torte.. Each village is worth 5 victory points if held at game's end. Each Prussian officer or unit destroyed, captured, or driven from the field is worth one victory point.

Photo by Ed Sansing

The French (2 regiments in the foreground) trying to get around the Prussian right. Fred's and my cavalry brigades try (and eventually succeed) in keeping him from the supply wagons.

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2 other regiments of Fred's turn and face the French on the Prussian flank. The supply wagons are seen in the background headed for the Prussian rear.

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Sean Pitts' French infantry deploy into line and advance toward one of the villages.

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The French infantry closed up on the town and began fire on the Prussian troops holding it.

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The Prussian cavalry re-deploys to face the French infantry as the battle ends.

Who Won This Battle?

The Prussian army did - Overwhelmingly!

The French received 2 victory points for killing Prussian leaders or causing Prussian infantry units to withdraw from the field. The Prussians had 37 or so. They got ALL their supply wagons off the battlefield and held both towns and destroyed many French units.

You can see the first battle here Battle in Mittle-Land.

You can see the last battle here Battle in Mittle-Land III.

Go to the "Quick Tricorne" rules that we used for this game.

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