Following their victory against the Ist Bejelan Army, II Turcowaz found its lines of communication to North Macedonia and Monastir threatened by the small II Bejelan Army also at large in Vardar province. At once Ali Riza Pasha ordered the about face, and marched hot foot to the southeast. He would brush aside, if he did not destroy, this enemy, and then march on into North macedonia.
|Ist Chervenian Army on the march through |
|Map of Stalacz region - a fairly populous tract |
of hill country.
|Chervenian order of march: near column leading.|
Command: Ali Riza Pasha = 6SP (Poor)
3 trained infantry units (10th, 15th, 16th) @4SP = 12SP
1 trained infantry unit (9th) = 3SP
4 green infantry units (25th, 26th, 27th, 28th) @4SP = 16SP
1 trained cavalry unit (2nd) = 2SP
1 green cavalry unit (4th) = 2SP (cavalry somewhat depleted after previous week's battle)
1 field artillery unit (1st) = 2SP
1 field artillery unit (2nd) = 1SP
1 heavy artillery unit (5th) = 2SP
2 transport columns (2nd, 3rd) @1SP = 2SP.
Totals: 17 units; median 8-1=7 for activation. 52SP, exhaustion point = -18.
Bejela IInd Army
Command: General Stepan Stepanovic = 6SP (Average)
3 trained infantry units (2nd, 3rd, 4th) @4SP = 12SP
1 green infantry unit (7th) = 4SP
1 mountain artillery unit (3rd) = 2SP
1 transport column (3rd) = 1SP
Totals: 7 units; median = 4. 25SP, exhaustion point -9
Command: General Vasil Kutinchev = 6SP (Good)
4 trained infantry (4th, 5th, 6th, 7th) @4SP = 16SP
1 machine gun unit (1st) = 2SP
1 trained cavalry unit (2nd) = 3SP
1 field artillery = 3SP
1 medium artillery = 3SP
Totals: 15 units; median 8+1=9. 46SP, exhaustion point = -16.
I am beginning to form a convention for this campaign that 1SP represents 1000 officers and men. Losses in battle are determined by halving the actual SP loss. The half, rounded up, are returned to the army. So in the previous week, First Turcowaz Army of 50,000 defeated the 25,000 of Black Mountains Army. Losses were 4500 Turcowaz against 9000 Black Mountaineers. Second Turcowaz Army had a much tougher fight against Ist Bejela Army. Sixty thousand Turcowaz faced just 39,000 Bejelans in a hard fought victory, in which losses were nearly equal: 8000 Turcowaz compared with 7,500 Bejelans.
In this coming battle, 52,000 Turcowaz will be doing battle with 25,000 Bejelans and 46,000 Chervenians. The outlook is not bright for Turcowaz...
|Bejela II Army awaiting the enemy assault.|
|Turcowaz Second Army, on its start line.|
|Early moves. The Bejelans have adopted a tactical |
|Early developments. Map in lieu of pictures.|
|Well after the arrival of I Chervenian Army...|
|View from behind Turcowaz right flank. The Bejelans|
evacuating the monastery and its orchard.
|Turcowaz left. The Cervenians beginning their |
|General view. Chervenians pressing forward...|
|... Turcowaz being edged back.|
|Counter-attack at Medveda|
|End of Counter-attack at Medveda.|
|Losses mounting on both sides.|
|Chervenia checked on their right, but have |
carried the woods and the ridge on their left.
|Worrying losses for Turcowaz late in the battle.|
|Second Royal Guards heavily outnumbered |
and taking losses...
|Last Act. One bashi-Bazouk unit destroyed, but|
heavy losses to the Royal Guardsmen are enough
to discourage the whole Chervenian Army.
Meanwhile, what of events in East Thrace? Turcowaz was doing well on the periphery of its empire, but what of the situation much nearer the centre?
To be continued...