Jaucelme Chassagnoux
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I use simple Great battles of history system, it is my first battle from Devil’s Horsemen (with rules such as feigned retreats and reactions to hit-and-run tactics) and I play solitaire. The optional Bohemian reinforcements on the Polish and Silesian side are not used, nor are the Polish archers…

A large Mongol army is raiding Eastern Europe, and the duke of Silesia Henry the pious decides to make a stand. His army outclassed in mobility, fire power and even number. He has nevertheless rely on some elite units such as the Templar Knights (quality=9).



The Mongol vanguard (only light cavalry, yellow mark on the counter) advances. The Teuntonic knights (black counters) move in their direction but they perform feigned retreat. The Mongol heavy cavalry advances (the command structure allows the Mongols to activate all the heavy cavalry, or the light cavalry except the vanguard, or the units from tumen 1 lead by Baidan, blue mark, or those from tumen 2 lead by Kaidan, red mark, both a mix of heavy and light cavalry... That’s flexibility!).
Henry advances his Silesian units (red counters), cavalry in front. The Mongol vanguard withdraws behind the heavy cavalry. Prince Baidan seizes the turn and manages to rout with the heavy cavalry a Teutonic knight and a Silesian knight. The Teutonic Knights in turn rout a Mongol heavy cavalry. Henry fails his turn seizure. The Poles have 16 flight points, the Mongols 8.



The Mongol light cavalry is activated. That from tumen 1 moves left to face the Goldberg miners, that from tumen 2 moves right to flank the Oppeln contingent (brown counters). Prince Kaidan seizes the turn. His heavy cavalry routs another Teutonic knight. Furthermore, a Silesian knight and a Teutonic knight are unhorsed (just as in Men of Iron). The Oppeln contingent is activated, the infantry forming a line in continuity with the Silesian infantry. Poppo (commander of the Teutonic knights) achieves a turn seizure. Another Mongol heavy cavalry is routed.
The Mongol light cavalry is activated. Arrows begins to fall on the Goldberg miners (orange counters).Two of them are routed. It’s time for the Teutonic knights to attack again. They rout another Mongol heavy cavalry, but two of them are unhorsed. Henry seizes the turn, without much results. The Poles have now accumulated 32 flight points, the Mongols 24.



Kaidan is activated. A Mongol heavy cavalry is unsuccessful in attacking a Teutonic knight and is routed, but the Mongols eliminate the two light cavalries (Templars and Hospitallers), the two only units with a missile ability on the Polish side. Baidan fails in seizing the turn. The Polish contingent (blue counters) is activated, then Henry seizes the turn (that was his last opportunity), activating his Silesian contingent, without much effect.
The light cavalry is activated on the Mongol side. The commander can only put in command one of the tumens (tumen 1); the units from the other tumen, if they can’t move adjacent to the enemy, can nevertheless fire. During this activation, 5 Goldberg miners and 1 Oppeln infantry are routed. A Mongol light cavalry is also routed following a mandatory attack against heavy cavalry. Kaidan achieves a turn seizure. 1 Oppeln infantry, 1 Oppeln heavy cavalry, 1 Silesian knight and 1 Templar knights are eliminated. The Poles have now 92 flight points, the Mongols 36.



The Polish contingent is activated, without many results. Prince Baidan is now activated. A Mongol light cavalry is eliminated after a mandatory attack against heavy cavalry. 1 Polish heavy cavalry, 2 Goldberg miners and 1 unhorsed Teutonic knight are routed. That’s it for the Polish and Silesian army which flees the battlefield (112 flight points, 110 required). The Mongols have 42 flight points (160 required).



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Roger Hobden
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Very nice !

Thanks for posting this !
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Chris Buhl
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Excellent report, thank you! Do you know how close to historical the result was (it seems close to me, more or less).
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Jaucelme Chassagnoux
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The sources are uncomplete and confusing. As far as we know, the Mongol light cavalry harassed (of course) and the heavy cavalry charged at one moment. The duke Henry was killed and his army totally destroyed. So the result of the game is pretty close to history (the Polish infantry would be destroyed during the pursuit). Henry didn't die, but leaders' death don't occur easily in this system.
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