|The Italian Brigade attempts to come to grips with the 71st Highland Light Infantry doing a sterling job as proxy for|
the 52nd who are still awaiting supply.
So the battle continued.
In the centre the French and Italians attempted to continue their assault on Balina Allegra and once again prepared to storm the Abbey walls. In the centre the Italians continued their support and were trying to act as a hinge upon the town so as to provide some much needed firepower to help stem the confidence of the Portuguese's defenders.
|The French, having failed their attempt to keep formation and take the town |
the first time, get ready to attack on a second occasion
|The Portuguese artillery retire and fail to rally - gone for the game.|
|On the French left flank French Legere battle hardened goat stealers and sheep fondlers doubling as Cacadores.|
The French Dragoons see the opportunity to sweep the skirmishing rifles and potentially exposed British left flank now that teh artillery is gone and perepare to charge...
|French Dragoons who now fully understand that desire can be somewhat tempered by snake eyes!|
|The Italians, despite withering fire, continue on relentlessly in order to continue their support of the brigade on their left...in other words...order changes are proving difficult!|
|The beginning of the end...French fail to close with all battalions and despite the need for a formation test due to massed columns struggle to dislodge the stubborn Portuguese defenders.|
|Italians in a good deal of trouble now as the combined fire keeps them well out of reach of the British lines.|
|"Sound the retreat Pierre - she is about to go pear shaped!".|
|the Italians retreat becomes a general rout.|
|The French Brigade attacking Mendosa Abbey are now much worse for wear and feeling that a full time whistle should be blown to finish up this continental encounter!|
|Ben rolls a double one on his order change in an attempt to attack the now deflated |
Italian brigade - he must retire. A "victory" in this turn at least, for the French allies.
|Moss' troop of RHA retire after having inflicted a fair degree of carnage - lovely Essex limber team.|
|On the French extreme right flank Captain Francois DuBois battery watches on, low on both ammunition and motivation. The routing friendly units down the table make sorry viewing.|
|"...so Pa looks like I smashed you again. How long have you been playing Napoleonics?".|
It was, for me at least, a classic day of winning even though I lost. Ben had a wonderful time and very much enjoyed the colour and spectacle of Napoleonic troops and battles. Certainly something which attracted me to the hobby all those years ago looking through those early Airfix catalogues back in 1974!
We are already planning a few more games upstairs at home and some more over the school holidays when both he and Alex can come down to the club for some later than normal evenings on non-school nights.
Now, if I only could roll slightly higher...