|Converging march columns, Turcowaz in|
|Battle of Kozani|
|Opening battles between opposing horse.|
- Crown Prince Constantine, staff and escorts (Average) = 6SP
- 1st Infantry (veteran) = 4SP
- 11th, 12th Infantry (trained) @4SP = 8SP
- 21st, 22nd Infantry (green) @4SP = 8SP
- 1st Cavalry (trained) = 2SP
- 101st MG Detachment (trained) = 2SP
- 1st Field and 2nd Mountain Artillery (trained) @2SP = 4SP
- 1st, 2nd Transport Columns @1SP = 2SPTotals:12 Units (Median = 6)36 Strength Points (36,000 all ranks), exhaustion point -12.
- Ali Riza Pasha (Poor, recovered from slight wound ), staff and escorts = 6SP
- 3rd Infantry (veteran) = 3SP
- 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th Infantry (trained) @4SP = 16SP
- 25th, 27th Infantry (green) @4SP = 8SP
- 2nd Cavalry (trained) =2SP
- 4th Cavalry (green) = 2SP
- 3rd Field Artillery = 2SP
- 4th Field Artillery = 1SP
- 7th Heavy Artillery = 2SP
- 3rd, 4th Transport Columns @ 1SP = 2SP
44 Strength Points (44,000 troops), exhaustion point -15SP.
|Opposing lines slug it out between the villages.|
The head of the Hellenic column comprised 1st Cavalry - 11th Infantry - 12th Infantry - Machine guns.
The Turcowaz army was led by 2nd Cavalry - 4th Cavalry - 3rd Infantry - 3rd Artillery
|21st and 22nd Hellenic Infantry slipping |
behind the village front.
|Storming the machine-gun line.|
|Machine guns driven back!|
|Guns occupying the hill covering the bridge |
The Crown Prince himself accompanied the green 21st Infantry to secure the west road. By this time, the Turcowaz had, perhaps ephemerally, severed the road west. Secord Cavalry had swung in behind Kozani, isolating the depleted village garrison, still grimly hanging tough. Perhaps encouraged by the presence of the popular Crown Prince, 21st Infantry swept aside the Turcowaz horse. But then they found in front of them that a battalion of enemy guns forming up in battery astride the road.
|The clash behind Kozani - the garrison saved from|
|Depleted Hellenic troops fighting on.|
|Close to: the machine gunners still fighting though |
driven well back from Drepana. In the far distance
the Crown Prince has run into trouble.
|The Crown Prince about to charge...|
|Haliacmon Bridge secured, at least.|
|Turcowaz artillery driven back, but here comes |
the Turcowaz cavalry!
|The last of the Turcowaz column arrives, as the |
Hellenic transports pass through Drepana village
|Turcowaz pressure everywhere.|
|The end of 12th Hellenic Infantry|
|End of the action: the bridge secure, but the|
Hellenic Army exhausted.
|The Turcowaz army too worn down to pursue.|
In developing this scenario, I was a little concerned about play balance, but it turned out a very near run thing. It was one of those actions in which even after reaching its exhaustion point, the weaker army might get off with a measure of success, especially if it fought the enemy to exhaustion - or close to it - itself. Of all the battles so far in the war, this one seemed to involve the most general, drawn-out fighting, all along the front.
The Fourth Week - and the month of October, was not yet over. On the last day of the month, the Turcowaz Navy was to attempt another sortie from the Dardanelles...
To be continued...