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Subject: Later Swiss v. Italian Condotta rss

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Andreas Johansson
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I spent 200 GG and all I got was this lousy overtext!
I spent 200 GG and all I got was this lousy overtext!
The terrain was some woods around the edges, which were to play no real part in the battle.

The Swiss set up basically symmetrically around the artillery in the centre of their line, with the pikemen only partly in full depth to increase the length of the line. The psiloi were put on the wings, with the 6Kn on between the lefthand pike and the psiloi of that wing. The Italians too put their artillery in the centre, but their wings were were different - the left had the Italian pike and then most of the knights with the light horse on the far end of the line, whereas the right had all the crossbowmen (2x8Cb + 1x4Cb) with a knight element on the far end.

The Italians, with a slightly wider battleline, pressed forward with both wings to threaten to outflank the Swiss, who responded by angling their wings outward. Apart from some ineffectual artillery fire, the first fighting was on the Italian right, where the light horse and leftmost knight element rushed forward and destroyed the Swiss psiloi. The knights, however, were swiftly surrounded and destroyed by the pikemen, and fighting on this side ceased as the remaining Italians dared not charge into the pike and the Swiss commander found himself to preoccupied elsewhere to launch an attack here, despite early on having move one pike over from the other wing precisely to help with such an attack.

One the other end of the battlefield, the Swiss knights fell back and moved behind the rest of the Swiss line towards the centre, where the Swiss general and another pike element had moved in front of the artillery to defend it against the Italian pike. A long showing match ensued here. The knights had no sooner occupied the hole these had left in the Swiss line before they were eliminated by the Italian shooters (remember, kids, never to put your Kn where it will be shot at by three elements - being at the receiving end of a 4-1 combat is not good for you). A pike element detached from the Swiss right to try and help out the Swiss general against the Italian pike, but found itself attacked by a knight element that had similarly detached from the Italian left, and eliminated

At this, the Swiss commander decided something drastic had to be done, and ordered what remained of the left wing, which had been retreating from the the Italian crossbows and knights in front of them, to launch a desperate attack on the crossbowmen. The dice would not cooperate, however, and the psiloi went down in a 1-1 fight, the battle thus ending 4-1 to the Italians.

The Swiss's basic error was getting caught in an endless series of reactive redeployments without pressing the attack anywhere until too late. In particular, not using the pikemen of the right more aggressively was a mistake; attacking the Italian knights would have been a better use of pips than the manoeuvring with the artillery and the knights.
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