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Post  Charmead on Sun Feb 28, 2016 3:53 am

Saturday's Match was a good fight. Joe and Martin it was fun fighting alongside you even as my entire division disintegrated. Thank you for that one, Kevin. You may have all my flatware for that one
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Post  Mr. Digby on Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:27 am

There's an offer you can't refuse Kevin: get Pat wiped out every battle and he'll smile happily as you take the pick from his saddlebags.

It was a fantastic fight - one of those where my opinion on whether we'd won or lost must have swung about 5 or 6 times. I think we migt have lost at the end as Kevin's boys steamrollered in but Andrew blinked first and gave up maybe 5 minutes too soon. Such is war!

The image of Joe's cuirassier brigade surging downhill into poor Al's scattering Austrians will stay with me a long time. Spectacular. It looked like every battalion in his division was breaking.

Screenshots:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1v9vno4abpd84ef/ScreenShots.rar?dl=0

#3 is the cuirassier charge.

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Post  Captal on Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:59 am

It was still fun.  I should have held on the right to cover the other two divisions against Joe rather than try to shift left to help take the objective.  I saw him coming and should have known better.  That brigade that the cuirassiers routed was trying to break contact at the very moment the cavalry attacked.  Very unfortunate timing.  I would have liked to have seen if two formed brigades could have withstood the charge.  C'est la vie.  (Some of my guards are teaching me French).

Joe's big attack looking to the East.  My division has already routed.  Objective is off screen to the left in the direction of the troop movement.  If you look at Martin's screenshot #7 and see the three houses in the upper left, that is where this picture was taken from.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7qx3wg8fpq4u4y1/screen0002.bmp?dl=0
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Post  Charmead on Sun Feb 28, 2016 12:43 pm

Sometimes it is hard to describe to a 21st century audience what my 19th century disintegrated French division looked like yesterday. And a picture is worth 1000 words. So this is perhaps a better explanation:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/jly9xjbg1sew2sq/Photo%20Feb%2028%2C%2007%2039%2008.jpg?dl=0

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Post  Charmead on Sun Feb 28, 2016 1:07 pm

.... I didn't have time to view the panoramic landscape and take a screenshot. Too busy riding Iin the other direction, rallying troops, looking for better places to defend, and writing courier messages to Martin saying "oh please for the love of all that is holy will you look to your RIGHT!"
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Post  Uncle Billy on Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:04 pm

There's an offer you can't refuse Kevin: get Pat wiped out every battle and he'll smile happily as you take the pick from his saddlebags.
Mostly it was full of soiled underwear.

It was a very typical HITS battle. Once Pat's forces were defeated, a bunch of smelly Badentonians showed up at the objective. I didn't feel they would be much of a problem and sent the cavalry in to show them a little love. As I was hollowing out this force, Andrew writes me and says he is raising the white flag. I couldn't imagine why. It was only after seeing the replay that I found out a third French division was on our right, below the crest of the ridge I was fighting over. Apart from a squadron or two of those soup tureens, I never had any idea that such a large force was there. I thought all the that the French had left was in front of me. Quite a surprise. affraid Well played by the French.

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Post  CaptainAndrew on Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:31 pm

Mr. Digby wrote:I think we migt have lost at the end as Kevin's boys steamrollered in but Andrew blinked first and gave up maybe 5 minutes too soon. Such is war!

My remaining batallions and squadrons had no strength left in them as the AI commanders where struggling to form up on that hill quickly having crossed a couple rivers before and with Pat's remaining units threatening our back and Joe pushing Al's remaining troops. The scenario turned out to be pretty hectic and tough so thanks for that, Kevin. Wink
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Post  Captal on Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:38 pm

Charmead wrote:.... I didn't have time to view the panoramic landscape and take a screenshot.
I had plenty of free time at the end  Smile  ....
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Post  Mr. Digby on Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:53 pm

Nice screenshot Al. Joe's division coming down that hill really does look unstoppable.

When Kevin's fresh cavalry came over the hill and began to crush my battalions that were in line and skirmishing and Pat was bleating something about "have you seen my division? I had it here an hour ago," I had one of those moments you read about in the histories of battles but you never really believed generals could be that callous. You read about commanders ordering futile attacks and throwing in division after division just to occupy an enemy because they know victory is being won elsewhere. That was how I felt. My division stood and got thumped but kept holding - men were going down in heaps but I just didn't care because I knew Joe was swinging around on my left to come up on the objective with me and I was confident he'd be able to win over whatever was facing him by then.

It was quite a curious moment. I felt quite calm about it. "Poor soldiers," I thought, "France loves you!"

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Post  Charmead on Sun Feb 28, 2016 3:10 pm

Duly noted, oh callous one
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