Jackson Gamers' 15mm Napoleonic Battle Triumph of the Coalition!
Jackson Gamers' 15mm Napoleonic Battle
Triumph of the Coalition!
Church bells rang out all over free europe as the news of the Coalition forces under the command of Austrian Feld-Marshal Ed Sansing and Prussian General der Kavalrie Mark Gilbert. The French Infantry - mere boys of 16 and 17 were cut down by the Austrian Infatnry and the Prussian Cavalry.
The French Marshalls Jay Stribling and Phil Young were able to cut their way out with the Guard (un-committed in the battle) and the largely victorious French cavalry, but their line infantry had to be abandoned. It is reported that the emperor Napoleon savagely chastised them for their defeat, but each Frenchman reconed himself lucky that:
French Dragoons advancing
These French cavalry formed part of the French forces' right wing. This was to advance and also protect the hill on the French right which was one of the allied victory conditions. The French cavalry was able to advance, sweeping the enemy before them until they had formed a new line facing 90 degrees to the left of, and far forward from, their starting position.
Unfortunately, the "hinge" of the French line was not strong enough to keep the hammer blows of the Prussian cavalry from breaking through the center of the French position.
The lighter French horse advance in support of their heavier comrades-in-arms.
Masses of Austrian Infantry
On the extreme French Left, the cunning Austrian General (Ed Sansing) presses 4 Austrian infantry battalions against 4 French battalions. Remember that the white-coated soldiers of the Kaiser in Vienna have larger battalions than Napoleon's formations. AND a second line of 4 more Austrian battalions can be seen within supporting distance to the rear.
White-coated Cavalry in the attack!
In the area just to the right of the previous photo, two regiments of Austrian Dragoons try to over-run the French artillery. On the left of this photo, French infantry battalions in squares will repulse that attacking regiment, but the guns on the right were lost.
The Village of Galenburg
This villiage was the center of the French position, and one of the Coalition victory objectives also. Since it commanded the French line of communication, if the allies had uncontested occupancy at any point, they would win the game. For most of the battle a French light cavalry regiment was in occupation here "just in case".
The village model is a series of paper house kits built by Phil Young. These are even more impressive in person than the photos show.
The center of the French line
This hill crowned with two batteries and four battalions of staunch Frenchmen was a linch-pin of the defense and although fought over, was never taken. The batteries poured cannister into attacking cavalry and infantry. The infantry column just to the right of the guns is under attack (unsuccessfully) by Prussian uhlans who had "bounced off" the square just below and to the right of the hill.
French commander curries favor with the game-master
Austrian General at work
Measuring carfully, Ed Sansing sends his Austrian infantry once more against the French.
The French commanders, left to right: Phil Young, Jay Stribling. Note the confident airs. This is before the true horror began for the French as the left wing (Stribling's command) dissolved.
Left to right, Ed Sansing (in blue) - Austrian Commander. Mark Gilbert (in red) - Prussian & Russian Commander. Blessed with superior numbers, they move their immense hordes forward.
Three Austrian Battalions in the attack!
Note the by-passed French battery to the right of the 3 white-coated units. The mass of troops in the lower right-hand corner of the image is the French infantry support for the guns. They have been shattered by the Austrian column charges.
Prussian Lancers attack French infantry
Two regiments of uhlans, are attacking the battalions that link the French left and right wings. The Frenchmen on the right (note covered shakoes) are in line and thier firepower has not stopped the Prussian lancers. In a few moments they will rout allowing the Prussian regiment access to the French rear.
The fuzzy lancers to the left rear with red and yellow lance pennants have come up against a French square and were thrown back in confusion.
French Square under attack!
The same action described above but from a different perspective. This view shows the square more clearly. The fuzzy masses on the left-hand hill are another French square.
I believe that this is part of the Massed Russian and Prussian Cavalry. These cavalrymen and many more, along with Russian guns, formed the allied left flank.
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