Monday 1 June 2015

AMG at Partizan

A fairly quick post script of the days events I think are called for.

Can I thank all those that took part and played both games in such a friendly and 'Gentlemanly' manner the spirit of the AMG forum was carried through the day and many onlookers were surprised to find out that this was the first time many of us had met, their impression was that we obviously gamed together on a regular basis.
Can I also thank all of the participants for their gift to me for organising the event it was an extremely touching gesture and thank you.
I do need to thank certain individuals for their help and in no particular order - Phil Olley for providing the majority of the buildings we used. Paul Robinson for being a true gent in bringing figures and helping out with the public etc and sacrificing his opportunity to game,John Dougan for demonstrating his knowledge of the rules and keeping the Ligny game moving along at a fair pace, Charles Grant for making all the 'bits and pieces' to play the game and making suitable amendments to ensure us 'small unit' players could use his rules, Jim Purky for making the trip and finally to John Ray for creating the environment  that made this day possible.

It's fair to say that we made an impression on the day and have certainly made our presence felt - will there be an AMG 16?

I've put a random selection below from the two games. I'm sure the recalling of moments of fame and disaster will start to appear in  some of the players blogs  and I certainly didn't get to watch a lot of the Ligny game so I will await with interest to hear the reports.

The Quatre Bras game although being the smaller game looked equally good and I would like to think played well, I'm sure Andy Mc Master and Iain Burt as the two CinC's will give us their reflections later but the sight of Iain's lancers arriving on the flank of a unit of Savage Swans on the last bound and riding them down will generate some banter I'm sure

Early morning during set - the Prussians are deployed (left) French are arriving.

Quatre Bras the French Cavalry have arrived - the small contingent of allies await the onslaught.

Ligny - The French forces deployed

Ligny - Prussian left flank
Ligny - Let battle commence

Ligny - Prussian Right flank

Ligny - The French centre moves on Ligny village.

 The battle for the village lasted all day and saw the Prussians having to feed units into the village to prevent the almost endless waves of French break the line.
Quatre Bras - The rest of the French arrive - gulp!
Quatre Bras - The French -aka Savage Swans prepare to attack Gemincourt
 The defenders held on all day repulsing every attack and causing serious problems for the French Cavalry who galloped past the farm
Ligny - the French attacks go in
Ligny - The French force the stream between Ligny and their right flank
Ligny - The French infantry press on
Quatre Bras - The French are tardy in their attacks and Allied reinforcements start to arrive.
Ligny - from behind the Prussian lines
Ligny - The French press the Prussian lines along the length of the battlefield.
Ligny - Prussian left centre under pressure
Ligny - another French attack on the village
Quatre Bras - The French attack stalls - Allied lancers appear through the smoke into the flank of the lead French Infantry.
Quatre Bras - more Allies arrive the game is up for the French! 
Ligny - The Prussian right flank is holding back the French
Ligny - The French high watermark as Prussian reinforcements arrive 
Ligny - the village still holds out 
Although French reinforcements were sighted on the Prussian right flank the game ended with the Prussian army unbroken and the Village and road to Quatre Bras still in their hands.

A great day and a pleasure to be part of.