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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

7th April 1814 – Battle of Arens

Arens Campaign area

Surprise British attack on Arens
5th British corps have orders to attack Arens
18th French corps have orders to hold Arens

British                              16,000 infantry            1,000 cavalry                 30 guns
French                              12,000 infantry           1,000 cavalry                 30 guns

Table at start of wargame

British Brigades          4 infantry         1 cavalry           1 artillery
French Brigades          3 infantry         1 cavalry           1 artillery
Move 1 – 0800 to 0900
One French brigade is garrison of Arens
British arrive centre left
Move 2 – 0900 to 1000
Both corps are within sight of each other
British blank is replaced first, then French
French are deployed as they have not moved
British are advancing in column of march
Move 3 – 1000 to 1100
French artillery unlimber and cavalry move to face British dragoons
Leading British infantry form square to protect artillery

Move 4 – 1100 to 1200
French wait for British to advance within artillery range
British artillery unlimber, infantry move towards Arens
Move 5 – 1200 to 1300
British infantry form column of attack
Move 6 – 1300 to 1400
French artillery fire on gunners, no casualties
British infantry and artillery advance
Move 7 – 1400 to 1500
French and British artillery fire on infantry, no casualties
British infantry continue to advance
Move 8 – 1500 to 1600
French and British artillery fire on infantry, no casualties
British infantry continue to advance

Move 9 – 1600 to 1700
Garrison receive 10% skirmish casualties, pass morale test
British infantry receive 10% artillery casualties, fail morale and rout
Polish lancers charge and rout British dragoons with 10% casualties

British commander orders a general retreat

Game Casualties
British 400 infantry and 100 cavalry
French 400 infantry

Game Summary
British deploy out of artillery range
Both French and British artillery ineffective fire
3 British brigades sent to skirmish the town
Garrison lost 10% casualties to skirmish but held the town
British dragoons advance to cover infantry attack
Polish lancers charge, dragoons fail to counter charge
Dragoons routed with 10% casualties
Infantry support for British artillery receive 10% casualties and also rout
With the loss of his left flank, and his artillery unprotected, the attack has failed

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