Friday, 11 September 2015

Chotusitz - The Wargame

Last weekend I was invited up to Charles Grant's to take part in a weekends gaming for a forthcoming book. My opponent for the day was to be John Dougan who would take command of the Austrians and I was to be Frederick!

We had been kept in the dark of the battle to be fought and upon arrival I was given briefing sheet etc. and the armies were deployed. Whilst I recalled the name of the battle I couldn't recall the details and neither could John so we both too to the field with no prior knowledge.

Because of the future publication I am not going to provide any details of the game or declare the outcome!!

The photographs below are all of the initial deployment and early moves so as not to give anything away. Suffice to say it was close fought and a cracking weekends gaming.

Charles and Liz , as usual, were excellent hosts and John a worthy opponent.
On to the pics.
                            The scene upon arrival the Austrians on the right - 14 battalions of Infantry, 5 1/2 Regiments of cavalry and 5 guns against 6 Battalions of Infantry, 5 1/2 Regiments of cavalry, 4 guns and some battalion guns ( to arrive in the centre Frederick and 8 battalions of Infantry)
 A closer shot of the Austrian army from their left flank
 The Prussian forces from their right flank
 Chotusitz village and the Prussian cavalry on the left flank negotiating the marsh and seeking to deploy as quickly as possible.
 The Prussian cavalry launch a major attack on the cavalry on the Austrian left seeking to gain an early upper hand and delay Austrian deployment
 Another shot of the Prussian right flank cavalry moving forward
 Battle is joined on the Prussian right - the Austrian cavalry hastily turn to meet the attack
 The battle is hotly contested outside the village.
Enough said the rest you will have to read and see when Charles' book is released :)

6 comments:

  1. You lucky so-and-so! What an experience to savor and enjoy. Thanks for sharing the photos! (Oh...and not stealing our favorite Brigadier's thunder!)

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    1. Martin,
      I know and I'm very grateful and chuffed :) to have been invited. On this occasion 22 bounds were fought in around 11 hours gaming so considering the number of figures a good pace was set. I can say with certainty it will be a good read.

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  2. I think that Charles must own the world's largest collection of painted Minden Miniatures. :)

    I Enjoy seeing pix of Charles' game room too.

    Jim

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  3. Looks like a good game - but then I would expect nothing less from you & Charles.

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