Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Crossing the River

An engine generated battle using "Bundock & Bayonet" by Robert (Bob) Cordery

The Army of the Sutlej moves to cross a small river at one of two fords. The Sikh cavalry attempts to delay them until the main Sikh army can arrive.

This solo battle was generated by this engine:

"Bundock & Bayonet" uses a card draw system to determine the unit action sequence. Morale is tested first, then two actions are allowed.  And so.........

The British forces were three infantry battalions, thee cavalry regiments, two field guns, a horse gun and a heavy gun.

The Sikhs would oppose them with three regiments of regular dragoons, a horse gun, one band of fanatical Akalis, and three bands of Ghorchurras with attached Jingals.

The Sikh advance has hidden itself in a dry Nulla, but its camel mounted Jingal has taken a shot at the scouts from the Army of the Sutlej (AoS). Damage to units is shown with a white ring. The horse artillery is brought up to dislodge the attackers and the 3rd Dragoons move to the left to support the lancers.

Before the supports can arrive, two bands of Ghorchurras erupt from the nulla, their attending Jingals blasting the lancers! The Horse artillery hurries to deploy at the 3rd Dragoons prepare to charge.

Just to the rear of the deployed cavalry brigade we see the infantry coming foeward. The river is only fordable at two points. in the upper left of the picture,  the second is being tested by the Irregular cavalry, in red.

The Sikh Regular cavalry brigade enters the board and begins the approach to out flank the AoS at the first ford.

Meanwhile, the lancers are beaten by Jingal fire and the subsequent charge of the Ghorchurras. The Gunners and the 3rd Dragoons hold as more of the infantry rush up in support.

The Sikh attack on the British right and the second ford begins to develop.

The Akalis charge across the ford, hoping to stop the Sepoys and frighten them into forming square.

The attack on the right of the AoS begions with effective artillery fire on the defending Irregular cavalry. The Sikh dragoons cross the river to charge.

The Sikh dragoon easily push the Irregular Bengalis back as a second regiment begins it's crossing. Recebtly withdrawn from the fight at the initial crossing, the Bengal Horse Artillery prepares itself for another tough fight.

Just in time the second infantry brigade arrives; Sepoys and British infantry push up and deliver their volleys. This brings the unit strengths low enough that the Sikh cavalry withdraws from the field.
On the right a similar situation develops As infantry replaces cavalry, the Sikh irregulars find it hard going. The Akalis dismount and pepper their opponents from the jungle edge.

With out further support, the Sikhs begin to withdraw, their numbers greatly diminished.
One last push by the AoS infantry and artillery sends the off.

This was a great little fight and the simplicity of the systems used held up well. 
The Sikhs held the AoS for 6 full turns.