Lately I have been finding it very hard to continue this particular narrative. I'm not sure why. But in order to keep things going methought here simply to post a sequence of pix of this 'Hill Defence' action with captions serving as commentary. Later, I hope to renew the narrative, with some comments on:
- The 'Retreat from Smolensk' as a 'logical' campaign;
- The programming for this 'Hill defence' battle as per C.S.Grant's Solo Wargame Scenarios book;
- The battle;
- Some comments on my 'Big Battles for Small Tables' rule set (the development of which, I feel sorry to say, has stalled somewhat).
|Austrian I Corps, Divisions in echelon, follow up II|
|The village (Zonkovo) proving something of an obstacle, 2nd|
Hungarian Division drops back behind the 3rd.
The Corps artillery carries on through.
|First Hungarian (Grenadier) Division veers to the right of|
|... as I Reserve Corps surges forward.|
|The bickering of the skirmish lines. Both sides' shooting|
is pretty good!
|Elements of the French I Corps awaiting attack. Fifth Division|
stands beside the Corps artillery, 3rd Division partially obscured
by the woods. Skirmishers of 4th Division in the foreground.
|Fourth French Division awaiting attack.|
|The skirmishing has been no light ordeal for jager|
|General view looking towards the French centre and the|
small village of Clxix.
|Third (Hungarian) Division under fire from swarms of voltigeurs.|
|The action has become general along the|
French right and centre...
|...as the pressure mounts...|
|The Hungarians push forward against steady resistance...|
|... and close in on the French first line. The 2nd Hungarian|
Division is hurrying up...
|... to join the fray. General Dessaix's Division, though handing |
out a few licks of its own, is taking a battering
|Brisk action along the line.|
|Storming the French centre: 14th Division in the village, 5th|
to the right of it. On the far side of the village is the IV Corps
artillery and 13th Division.
|French centre under heavy attack by Austrian and Hungarian|
|Austrian Dragoons of the Reserve Corps charge the guns|
of IV Corps...
Here we'll leave it for now, with the French under enormous pressure. Meanwhile, what is Reynier's VII Corps doing? Or the French cavalry Reserve? Well, all these pictures depict maybe four turns, and the Austrians have really only just reached the edge of the rising ground. French responses were to be triggered by that event.