In the best Petain traditions we could do with some better Table E pseudonymns. [I think the original Petains have more than enough potential nomme de guerre. We just need names for the new chaps. We were tickled to see the real commander was Baron Ramming. If you were playing Pumphosen then Al must be Ramming -just saying 😀]
A WhatsApp and discord game.
|We get a sight of the enemy. Silly helmets and monocles... They are in the gap between the hills. [At this point we only had a 2 base (and Fragile) Jager battalion, two 4 base infantry regiments a reduced battery and a single base cavalry unit. This was to be it for most of the game - not enough silly helmets or monocles!]|
|At them as quickly and with as much as possible. Our orders are aggression. We want the Prussians on the back foot. [not exactly back foot but we were surprised by the speed of the attack. Having only played two games before, I had forgotten how far units an move in a turn.]|
|Our reinforcements. We are aware that they will get reinforcements too. [If only … most of our army was scheduled to arrive on turns 5 to 7] Our plan is to build a grand battery on the high ground. [A shame it was so far away! Did it fire? We didn't notice if it did!]|
|We drive them back from the ridge with a right hook. [Not too concerned at this point. We only ever planned on initially holding four of the objectives. We intentionally advanced beyond one of them (in the wood) which allowed us to fall back on it when pressed.]|
|The Prussians have built their own grand battery but the Austrians have already planned to neutralise that. [Not exactly a grand battery - it's only one and a half bases. It did allow us to threaten your northern flank and support the Jager in the town though.]|
|The battle in the woodland swings back and forward. The Austrians throw them back. Aggression seems to be working. [Yeah, flank attacks were nasty but being outnumbered there wasn't much we could do about it]|
|Our Cavalry swing north on a left hook. His guns suddenly look vulnerable. Our reinforcements meantime have moved well and are beginning to threaten.|
|The Prussians screen their guns with their own cavalry, uphill. However we had already planned for this...[we did consider a charge but refused to be drawn. This way we could still fall back on the objective.]|
|The Austrian Infantry exploits Thier numbers and positions well. Thier quality is questionable, but numbers tell. [Ah but - needle guns and artillery, nasty. We threw you back disrupted and I don't believe your flanking unit went in.]|
|Finally our attacks go in against the town. They are formidable but have three units against them. [Inevitable really but we did throw back one of your units disrupted and with casualties, with support from our artillery on the hill]|
|To the strains of the Benny Hill theme our Cavalry play chase around the woods with the Prussians. We threaten the rear of their guns. [We still have three objectives at this point and our cavalry can still screen our guns. Note that we've voluntarily fallen back in the centre - trading space for time.]|
And I must report that the time zone difference caught up with me at 1.30am. I was forced to retire and leave my senior officer in the lurch. [Discord crashed soon after you left and we drew the game to a close. Turn 5 I believe]
|The final positions as Prussian reinforcements finally begin to arrive. [Yes finally. Two regiments have just arrived with another three scheduled over the next two moves - pity we had to end there!]|
History combined with our Austrian Aggression dealt the Prussian a difficult hand. [Still everything to play for at this point, it could have gone either way. Three objectives each at this point but the Prussian army was finally beginning to arrive. Our plan was to shore up our centre / southern flank with a brigade but attack your northern flank with the rest. If we could recapture the town that would have given us 4 out of 6 objectives. But we'll never know....] An enjoyable game. [Yes great game and we're starting to get the hang of this distancing thing.] Well done and many thanks to Herr McG. [And a big thank you from the Prussian team as well].