A very special post today, as I bring you the results of the first day of the Battle of Talavera. This is one of our Superbattles, played with realistic rules, fog-of-war, and in near real-time. (Update - the second day is available here)
The game was fought on a massive 8ft x 6ft board, representing 3 x 4 miles. It's much bigger than anything we've fought in a long time. Both sides have (roughly) equal forces - the French slightly outnumber their British counterparts, but the British have better-equipped troops with higher morale. The French objective is, quite simply, to storm onto the map and sieze Talavera!
|The table. The French came on from the far side (short table edge), while the British were defending from this end.|
|After seven hours of gaming, night falls and Day One ends. The troops of the respective armies withdraw to these positions.|
Good news for the French:
The main French attack column is pretty much undamaged and approaching Talavera as planned. The British have suffered greater casualties than us, and seem to be unable to dislodge the flanking force.
Good news for the British:
The French attack has stalled, and although we have suffered heavy losses, nightfall has given us the chance to pull back and regroup before the French could deliver the killing blow. Despite today's setbacks, the French have a far, far tougher prospect tomorrow, since they must attack strongly-defended positions.
Overall, probably a draw so far - the French did well on Day One but did not really come close to achieving their objective. They lost a lot of momentum, and might lose the initiative overnight.
A fabulous game that was made possible by some dedicated and assidious umppiring from Kieran, and sporting opponents in Dan and Mike. I await the outcome of Day Two with baited breath...