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Subject: Blood on the Alma. AAR with photos rss

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Alexey Beznin
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The theme of this game is first major battle between Russia and “coalition forces” (Britain, France and Turkey). And it is very interesting for me. I was glad when I had got this copy.

setup shows formations of both sides. French forces are blue, Britain units are red, Russian have green units and one Turkish units is yellow.

We can see huge gap on Russian left flank. There are minor Russia’s forces.

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Let’s start the battle!

TURN 1

French-Turk Movement Phase

All French forces began their movement. First French infantry units have crossed the Alma river.

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French Artillery Phase

No French artillery units available for attack

Russian Movement Phase

Russian leader commands save units which stand too far from main forces. One infantry brigade moved forward to intercept and hold French units on path.

On Russian right flank many units moved. Artillery moved towards front line to concentrate their firepower.

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French Combat Phase


French infantry tries push out Russian soldiers from their positions. But Russia’s unit used upper position and inflicted one step loss. French troops had to retreat. – combat result “AC/R”


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Russian Artillery Phase

No actions.

British Activation Phase


Britain forces are activated by other way: using chit-pull system. Units of divisons “2” and “L” was activated and began move toward Russian positions.

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Russian Combat Phase

Russian forces don’t have any close contact with enemy. Passed this phase.

Russian Morale Phase

Russian improved their Morale level due no panic units on the map. Marker on Morale track was leftward on value “1”

End of turn 1

TURN 2

French-Turk Movement Phase

French units continue to cross Alma and bypass Russian left flank positions.

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French Artillery Phase

No French artillery units available for attack

Russian Movement Phase

Russians continue fill the gap on left flank…


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..and concentrate forces on right flank.

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Overview of battlefield

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French Combat Phase


French made one Minie Attack. Combat result – DC/M Russian unit suffered one step losses and have to Morale Check. Despite High Russian Morale level this Morale Check (MC) is failed. Unit becomes Panicked. Another infantry unit within 2 hexes of first unit. And it has to make Morale Check too. And it has failed too. Both infantry unit have got “Panic” markers.


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Russian Artillery Phase

Russian “Great” battery opened fire. Using infantry support (+1 to Attack Strength) Russian artillery inflicted two step losses (combat result – DC2). Another Britain units is out of range of cannons.


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British Activation Phase

“C” and «2» Divisions Chits has been drawn. Units of “C” Division have just begun crossing through the Alma river.


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Infantry unit of Division “2” advanced on Battery out of Redoubt. Despite artillery was without any cover it was suicidal assault. Britain units suffered one step loss and have to retreat. But «red coats” are unable to retreat: all surrounded hexes contain river and prohibited to retreat action. British unit has stood in initial hex but suffered one additional one step loss. This was a very stupid decision.


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Russian Combat Phase


No actions

Russian Morale Phase

Marker on Morale track was leftward on value “1”. Then Panic Recovery Morale check was successful for all Russian panicked. Units. All Panic markers are removed from map.

End of turn 2


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Blood on the Alma. AAR with photos. Part II
TURN 3

French-Turk Movement Phase

French units are enveloping Russian forces which are defending hill.


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French Artillery Phase

No actions because all French artillery batteries have moved in previous phase.

Russian Movement Phase

Russian forces are grouped on the left flank hill.

Cavalry units “Kiev” and “Cossacks” move fast to intercept Britain Cavalry breakthrough on the right flank.


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French Combat Phase


Minie Attack was lethal for Russian soldiers. One brigade was disrupted.
Then French made two attempt to assault Russian position. Both attacks was successful. Another infantry brigade was defeated in battle.

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Russian Morale has been decreased downto “2”


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French continue their attack waves. Russian soldiers are fighting with fierce but suffered casualties.


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But Allied are suffered casualties too. Russian Army has less of manpower, weak weapon but has got bravery in hand-to-hand battles.

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Russian Artillery Phase


Battery are shooting with impunity. One “red coats” units are eliminated completely. Another infanry has suffered heavy losses.


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British Activation Phase

Where is Duke of Cambridge? Still no one chit “Cambridge” has been drawn! British can’t use Division “1” and Minie Attack for destroying Russian Artillery now.

British infantry eliminated Russian infantry brigade and made breakthrough.


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Russian Combat Phase


All Russian cavalry attack was unsuccessful. But Russian infantry counterattack was surprised for French and they are suffered casualties in savage combat.

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End of turn 3

TURN 4

French-Turk Movement Phase

French continue move to close to Russians.
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French Artillery Phase


Accurate French shots eliminated Russian unit.


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Russian Movement Phase

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French Combat Phase

Minie Attack inflicted losses among Russian soldiers but next French assault was failed. French infantry suffered one step losses and retreated (AC/R).

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Russian Artillery Phase


Artillery shows again that this excellent weapon against infantry. Heavy, very heavy casualties. Frontal attacks are useless.


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British Activation Phase

First chit “Cambridge” has been drawn. But British need second chit. Need it very much!

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Russian Combat Phase

Russian Cavalry used bonuses for attacks on infantries. French unit is eliminated in clear field.


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Overview at the end of turn 4.

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TURN 5


Russians are ready for last battles for hill.


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French Minie Attack spreaded panic among Russian Cavalry and adjacent artillery battery.

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Russian artillery missed shots on left flank but Redoubts artillery and horse-artillery was more accurate.

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British has got 2 chit “Cambridge”. But where chit “1” now?

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Overview at the end of turn 5

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TURN 6

Russians have tough defence against French attacks but Turks took part in combat first time and eliminated them.


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Russian artillery shots, and shots, and shots…

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Allied lost 28 steps now. Russians have Morale “2” and 30 eliminated Allied steps will be enough for Russian Victory.


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I wait next weekend impatiently to complete this interesting battle.
Many thanks to designer Tom Russell, publisher Mark Walker and whole LNL Publishing for very exciting game.
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