Yesterday we played a our second Ottoman/Russian game but this time with a few more figures on each side (16 battalions of infantry for the Russian) John and Damian played the Ottomans once again and myself and Brian the Russian. The scenario played was again from Gen De Bde and last scenario in volume 4 of that series. In the background the battle was won by the Russians and which would soon end the war between the two nations. However I think Brian and myself, after this battle, would have re-written history......yes the Ottomans broke two of our four brigades and collapsed the Russian left flank......that was my side..however Brian managed to hold onto his units and withdraw off the table in good order.
This wonderful collection once again came from John extensive collection and the rules we used are Andrew Parr's Fortune & Glory, soon hopefully to be released on the Elite Miniatures Australia website.
Looking across the Ottoman deployment
Part of the scenario was for the Russian units all to start in square and with gun batteries split into sections...this was a grave mistake and we lost three batteries in the first two turns to skirmish and artillery fire.
Looking down on the approaching Turks is the Russian line
All the Russians had to do was hold firm on the hill top and try to push back the Ottoman troops
Looking up at the Russians from the Ottoman lines
Where the Russian out numbered the Ottoman infantry the Ottomans out numbered the Russian 2 to 1 in cavalry. This was superiority in cavalry was to provide the Turks and added advantage and victory.
The cavalry battles on both flank were both constant and bloody.
What the Russians did wrong...come down from the heights