Photos from Phriedland

I thought I’d upload a few more photos from our Battle of Friedland game of 11/16/13…

A general shot of the starting dispositions.

A general shot of the starting dispositions.

This was the situation, from the French perspective, at the start of play.

The French perspective at the start of play…

Birds-eye view of the action.

Birds-eye view of the action.

Horrible photograph, but these are the French forces that were waiting to come on the board, with the bulk of the army arriving around noon, game time. The Russians needed to be very aggressive to secure a victory before masses of superior French troops (and generals) could be brought to bear.

Horrible photograph, but these are the French forces that were waiting to come on the board, with the bulk of the army arriving around noon, game time. The Russians needed to be very aggressive to secure a victory before masses of superior French troops (and generals) could be brought to bear.

On the French left flank, a heavy cavalry detachment awaits the Russian onslaught (which was plagued with command & control issues).

On the French left flank, a heavy cavalry detachment awaits the Russian onslaught (which was plagued with command & control issues). Note the horse battery, which started the game with a casualty cap in place…

This little horse artillery battery singlehandedly (ok, there was a lot of help by the Russian commanders) held up the Russian right wing for four or five turns. This shot was taken immediately after the poor little guy was finally taken down by counter-battery fire.

This little horse artillery battery singlehandedly (ok, there was a lot of help by the Russian commanders) held up the Russian right wing for four or five turns. This shot was taken immediately after the poor little guy was finally taken down by counter-battery fire. The Russians had the nerve to gloat! Outrageous.

A horde of Russians approaches the lines...

A horde of Russians approaches the lines…

The French right flank is in dire straights, but wait! New forces approach down the road...

The French right flank is in dire straights, but wait! New forces approach down the road…

This game has been advanced some since these photos were taken, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to be there. I’ve heard things continue to go badly for the French.

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  • Frank Arey  On 11/19/2013 at 8:52 pm

    A glorious time was had by all. I regret missing the action on Sunday, too – but the game’s not over!

  • Frank Arey  On 11/19/2013 at 9:43 pm

    You know, I’ve tried to decide what the French could’ve done differently Saturday – and I’ve got nothing. With the French reinforcements timed to come in as they did, we’re just lucky the Russians on our flank had such egregious command and control problems. It really was an interesting day.

    • arkiegamer  On 11/19/2013 at 9:47 pm

      It’s a tough problem. Given the actual conditions we faced (the fortuitous C&C problems), I wonder if my heavy cavalry shouldn’t have immediately headed over to the right flank to help out.

      I also wonder if there weren’t opportunities to do some damage to the Russians on our left flank while they were milling around out of control. Unfortunately, I just don’t know the rules well enough to judge that sort of thing, yet. I doubt it would have helped our overall position, anyway.

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