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Subject: Quatre Bras – Down to the last die roll rss

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Andrew Hobley
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From a clash of two formed armies to a very different affair. Again a contrast with the NLB and NLG set ups.

setup for NLB

Setup for NLG

Note D’Erlon and I Corps on the road – this is an Alternative French Reinforcement, and if the French get to activate him there is a 50:50 chance he marches north or off map to the east and Ligny.

The initial mode cards put II Corps in road mode and the Picton’s infantry looting Lansée (luckily audio recordings of what Picton said are not available!). The French quickly reassembled and pushed Bijlandt right of the woods. Pire’s cavalry pushed round the right of the lake and then routed Saxe-Weimar’s Brigade as the infantry drove them over the stream. The French 6th and 9th Divisions followed up; taking the crossroads before Kempt’s Brigade threw them out.

4pm – the French sweep forward

Baudin’s Brigade drove round Kempt’s left flank and his men were routed back. Campi’s Brigade pushed north of thr woods, only to be caught by the Dutch and routed as Pack’s men retook the crossroads. In turn Pack was routed back; the Brunswickers retook the crossroads as von Alten’s 3rd Brigade came up on the Allied right. Baudin’s brigade fought hard and held the British Guard.

At 7pm Soye’s Brigade retook the crossroads, von Alten’s Brigade was caught in the flank and routed. Maitland’s Guards drove out Soye, Jamin pushed them back, but as night came on, despite Dutch and Brunswick attacks on the flanks failing the Guard retook the crossroads.

Nightfall –the Allies hold on.

The Allies were ahead on SP lost, giving the French 2 VP and 4 for 3 Brigade demoralised. Both sides had the same score for their cards so the clincher with 10 VP as the Allied command of the crossroads – a Strategic Victory. But if the last Allied attack had failed this would have been a French Strategic Victory.

A quick game as so few forces, but such swings of fortune. Now to put Ligny and Quatre Bras together as one game.

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