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Battle of Zubovo Monday May 30th 20:00 BST, 15:00 EST

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Battle of Zubovo Monday May 30th 20:00 BST, 15:00 EST

Post  Uncle Billy on Thu May 19, 2016 4:40 pm


Poland, January, 1807

With both armies racing to concentrate, the possession of key towns and roads becomes imperative.  It is just such a race that have brought Maréchal Augereau's VII Corps and elements of General Bennigsen's 1-y Russkoy armii into contact.

Late yesterday, a kazak squadron patrolling in the vicinity of Berkino sighted the head of a long French column.  French chasseurs quickly rode forward to give battle.  The Russians fell back and briefly fought outside the small hamlet of Zubovo.  The irregulars were no match for the French and quickly scattered to the NE.  With darkness approaching, the chasseurs did not pursue lest they blunder into a larger Russian force somewhere in the narrow valley ahead.

With morning came a frozen fog so thick that one could see only a few meters in any direction.  Little could be accomplished in such conditions.  It is now early afternoon.  The fog has thinned a bit but visibility is still limited, perhaps a few hundred meters or so.  Things can be heard long before they can be seen.

Given that night falls early this time of year, there are only two and a half hours of daylight left.  That's plenty of time for the armies to move several miles if need be.  The night promises to be a cold one so shelter would be welcomed.

Each side has its own objective in this game which will be given the the CinCs prior to the battle.  If anyone wants to volunteer, I will email them the briefing so they may plan their strategy.  We will need a minimum of 6 players.  We weren't able to play this 10 days ago due to a lack of players. Let's try again, as it is Memorial Day in the States and We Love Our Banker Day in GB.


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Re: Battle of Zubovo Monday May 30th 20:00 BST, 15:00 EST

Post  Morsey on Thu May 19, 2016 5:43 pm

I will take the Russian CinC.
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Post  Uncle Billy on Thu May 19, 2016 7:43 pm

Well done. I'll send you the briefing. We still need a French CinC.

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Post  Mr. Digby on Thu May 19, 2016 8:13 pm

I'll be busy all weekend again unfortunately. Have a good game guys.

I am up for a game Monday. I need to test my new installation.

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Post  Uncle Billy on Sun May 29, 2016 11:31 pm

Let's try to play this scenario Monday at 20:00 BST, 15:00 EST, since that is Memorial Day in the US and We Love Our Banker Day in the UK.

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Post  Mr. Digby on Mon May 30, 2016 12:15 am

Does this one only work in player vs player mode or can it be played co-op as well?

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Post  Uncle Billy on Mon May 30, 2016 12:16 am

This one is designed for PvP only. We need a minimum of 6 players. With more, we can have brigade commands.

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Post  Morsey on Mon May 30, 2016 1:25 am

I will be there
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Post  Mr. Digby on Mon May 30, 2016 9:12 am

I can make it.

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Post  CaptainAndrew on Mon May 30, 2016 1:44 pm

Definitely won't be able to make it. Sad
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Post  Mr. Digby on Mon May 30, 2016 11:48 pm

We managed to get 6 people online tonight and this battle turned out to be epic. It was a very slow and steady approach and a lot of glaring at each other until the French went for a desperate attack. In the centre this finally made progress but both their flanks were compromised and the Russians successfully defended the town of Yakshino.

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/oirhaqx340k1cey/Yakshino1.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/rmioc88bcxhj5rq/Yakshino2.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/j90ywmr2o1p5lvy/Yakshino3.jpg?dl=0

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Post  Morsey on Mon May 30, 2016 11:59 pm

That was a great dual we had today!  Good job by all, Joe and Theodore it was all you guys that keep us above water at the very end. cheers

Digby and I had a great CAV battle in the center I don't think we had more then 175 points that stood between us at the end of the battle.

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Re: Battle of Zubovo Monday May 30th 20:00 BST, 15:00 EST

Post  Uncle Billy on Tue May 31, 2016 1:50 am

Here are the briefings of the two sides.

French.
The Emperor must be mad to want to fight this time of the year.  The ice fog has
made it nearly impossible to move.  Yesterday's skirmish with the Cossacks somewhat
surprised you.  You were hoping to be able to move your division through the narrow
valleys and to the village of Yakshino before having to confront the enemy.  But the
fog made that impossible.  You worried that the passes may be covered with Russian
troops.  Not being able to see a thing you could well have marched your corps into
an ambush.

Although it is an unimportant village, Yakshino sits at a vital road junction.  A
short way to the NE is an even more important bridge across the Novaya.  You must
secure this ground before the end of the day.

As a result you change your plan of march and decide it would be better to
approach your objective from farther north.  The cursed fog has iced over everything.
A march that should have taken only an hour has taken half a day.  But you now have
one division and part of your cavalry on the main road to Yakshino.

However, the location of the enemy is unknown.  They may be deployed along the ridges
to the south, able to sweep down on your flank or rear as your column marches by.
They may also be arrayed at the village or even behind the bridge and river.  You
simply don't know.  Once the fog lifted, you sent out your light cavalry to feel out
the enemy.  They have reached the vicinity of Novaya Ford and have seen and heard
nothing.

Your dragoons guard the pass over the ridge you crossed in case enemy cavalry should
follow and strike your rear.  Likewise, they have not seen nor heard anything.

The Emperor has lent you his heavy Guard Cavalry to aid in your task.  However, he
doesn't really expect you to use it.  Should it engage and suffer even 10 percent
casualties, he would be most displeased and you standing would drop like a stone.

You must nevertheless, seize the village and bridge.


Russian.
This weather even makes a Russian cold.  The impenetrable fog has halted the movement
of your forces.  With the army concentrating just to the NE, it is imperative that
they do so unimpeded.  To insure this you had planned to occupy the heights from
Krasny to Rakovo Pass.

The kazak report of enemy columns at Burkino surprised you.  No one expected the
French to be so close.  Had it not been for this fog, you'd have had just barely
enough time to deploy on the high ground before the enemy could unspool their
column and attack.  Such are the vagaries of war.

The intentions of this French force are not known.  Perhaps they know of the
Russian plans to assemble their forces NE of here.  Perhaps they plan to occupy
the same heights as you to allow their army to concentrate in the valley SW of
Berkino.  All of this, of course, must be resisted.  Unfortunately you have
lost contact with the French, so their present location at Berkino is no more
than a guess.

Your objective is to keep the enemy as far away from the bridge just NE of
Yakshino as possible.  They must not be allowed to interfere with the army's
concentration.  Establish a firm position on the high ground from Krasny to
Rakovo Pass to foil any French attempt to merge their forces in the valley
below.

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Re: Battle of Zubovo Monday May 30th 20:00 BST, 15:00 EST

Post  Morsey on Tue May 31, 2016 2:00 pm

Dear Napoleon,

On behalf of the Russian army present at the Battle of Kubovo, we would like to thank you for restricting the use of your illustrious and all powerful Guard Cavalry. I slept very well last night in a warm building and was not plagued by dreams of being run down by them while executing my most important job for Mother Russia

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Re: Battle of Zubovo Monday May 30th 20:00 BST, 15:00 EST

Post  Mr. Digby on Tue May 31, 2016 4:16 pm

Its a shame we had that first crash... the French position was much more promising at that stage. The Russians didn't come out to play after they learned what was waiting for them at Novaya Ford Sad

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Post  Morsey on Tue May 31, 2016 7:13 pm

We knew better at that point and we had 2 plans so went to plan 2. Visibility was a major factor in going to plan 2. But Joe may have slid up on the French right flank, the out come could have been much different and to our demise.
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