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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