|British right flank (me) facing Mike's French forces. All the figures|
I think were Basil's
|British extreme left. The French concentrated their cuirassiers|
and lancers on this wing. The British dragoons, heavy and light,
were on the other wing.
|British form line to face the French columns. Menaced by the heavy dragoons, the |
left-most French battalion forms square.
|French square apprehensively awaits the British horse...|
|...which doesn't come in. The French infantry are reduced to three battalions to attack|
|British heavy dragoons, resisting the urge to trample down|
the French infantry square...
|French battery standing in the left rear. They very soon saw off an abortive attack|
by the British light horse, There was to be no heroics by the light cavalry on this occasion...
|View westwards from the extreme French right flank.|
|British light infantry holding the woods at the eastern end of the line.|
|Seemingly the Brits have reason to apprehend the approach |
of French cuirassiers and lancers...
|Battle is joined! The highlander see off with extreme prejudice|
the centre column, but the other two close in.
|Despite their numbers and quality, the highlanders are very brusquely|
thrown back in their turn. Fortunately, they neither carry off with them
any friendly units, and are themselves rallied and brought in hand
before exiting the field.
|One French column follows up the attack, whilst the British dragoons|
tear into the broken centre column, enduring flanking fire from the French square.
|Whilst a battle royal is taking place west of the village.|
to the east, the opposing forces have yet to get to grips.
|Meanwhile, a rather desultory firefight is developing in the village itself...|
|In this village sector both sides build up for a stern contest for the place.|
|British Royal Horse Artillery in action.|
|The French assault, having come within an ace of breaking through,|
has been thrown back, but only to their original battle line. Accompanied
by General Sir Arthur Whitbread himself, the highlanders return to the fray...
|Seeing the fields north of the village swarming with enemy' the highlanders|
wheel to the left to engage them.
|The Rifles have been all but evicted from the village cornfield.|
|On the left, the British decided no longer to await the tardy Frenchmen,|
and launch their own attacks, they proved pretty successful:
the centre of the French line crumpled at once.
|Situation at the close of the day. Neither side could achieve ascendancy,|
despite early successes on both sides. The action remained deadlocked -
a tactical draw.
This was the last practice battle before the big Waterloo game on the weekend of the 20-21 June. I was supposed to be Napoleon for that event...