Saturday, December 04, 2010

Might & Reason SYW Zorndorf Scenario

Played another superb game with Might and Reason rules this time a Seven Years War bash using Zorndorf scenario contained in rulebook. We used 15mm troops and I fielded Russians against Frederick and his uber mensh (they are very potent in M&R). Terrain a nightmare for both sides and it totally done for isolated right wing Russian cavalry who were hemmed in by impassable terrain to rear and flanks (River and woods)  and were facing Prussian cavalry under Von Seydlitz. Nowhere to evade to and wiped out in two turns with neighbouring Infantry too slow to get to support them. On Russian left their other cavalry at least outnumbered the superior Prussian mounted but an untimely lull (ie inactive) period followed by compulsory mad attack saw their Currassier destroyed leaving only lowly Irregular Hussars and Cossacks to face heavier cavalry and supporting Infantry.  Prussian manoeuvreabilty (ie ability to oblique) and heavier firepower then swamped the exposed Infantry on Russian left. Only a brave but futile charge by a brave Russian Infantry unit yielded any success for Fermors men as it sweep away a Prussian Line unit. Mantueffels Grenadiers shot enemy to pieces and then decisively charged Russian line foot who crumbled before them (their 8sps very tough to blunt) Russian losses mounted and exceeded army breakpoint leading to Decisive victory for Freddies forces.

Lots of iPhone pics

Central Russian Infantry deployments

Predicament of right wing Russian mounted visible (top left)

Central Prussian deployment

Prussian Artillery and Infantry pound Russian across stream (Russian return fire was paltry)

Seydlitzs Mounted force

Prussian right and Russian left wings

Massed Russian Infantry struggle to deploy as Seydlitzs approaches doomed opponents

Russian left Cavalry wing

Russian lines static due to Lull results

Seydlitz retires with minimal damage after annihilating enemy mounted

Initial clash on Russian left goes in their favour but Prussian Infantry join fray

Same wing a few pulses later with Russian cavalry now absent entirely !! and Grenadiers being shot to bits by Prussian foot.

Russian infantry enfilades Prussians prior to charging

Ponderous Russian advance on right

Musketry and Artillery exchanges continue on left

Russian left under severe pressure and about to fold

Glorious but futile Russian infantry charge destroys a Prussian unit but leaves them stranded  in precarious posistion..........................
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