Last night two secret wargaming friends fought a fictional battle set in the seven years war.
A new Jacobite rebellion has begun, and the Duke of Athole, in command of around 15,000 men, sought to smash a Goverment Army of around 5,000 men under the command of Lord Falmouth.
The battle was fought using the computer moderated rules Carnage&GloryII.
Even with the assistance of this rule set we did not finish the battle, and it was paused at a potentially significant point.
The player playing the part of the Duke of Athole immediately recognised that his main problem would be command and control, and bringing his full might to bear on the much smaller army.
Lord Falmouth, in this scenario, is an experienced commander, and as such, began his battle in a strong defensive position. The field in front of him would funnel his foe into a smaller front, slowing and preventing them using their superior numbers.
However Falmouth was outnumbered by at least 3-1 and his main issue would be fatigue in his troops.
Both commanders were faced with an 'interesting' tactical battle.
Just to add to their distress, the command and control of their units would take place using written orders. This would build in delays in changing tactical orders in the heat of battle.
The scene was set.....oh, did I mention that Carnage and Glory builds in commander skill and leadership abilities? - so even when their orders arrive at brigade staff, they may not be carried out as intended........
Lord Athole ordered a General advance on a broad front by four of his five brigades. The fifth held back in reserve. Even by reducing his numbers in the assault by a fifth, it would still be tight fit to attack the Goverment lines.
The general advance of the Jacobites.
Lord Falmouth held his breath, but told people near to him that he was confident he would hold the line. Meanwhile Athole was contemplating the huge number of troops moving toward the enemy, he knew his sheer numbers would be his main problem.
The Goverment artillery soon found targets to fire at.
Soon the battle was joined.
The Duke of Athole watched has his fearsome clansmen charged toward the Goverment battalions, they found themselves under sustained fire, and one Jacobite Regiment after the other failed to charge and break the line, choosing to find cover in the face of the wall of lead. It was at this time their lack of professional training began to show.
Only his musket men successfully engaged the enemy, and two cavalry charges were blunted by canister shot on his left flank.
Despite the urging of senior commanders, the raw troops in the clan regiments failed to make their charges.
Both sides exchanged musket fire
'Do you have a flag?' - 'No Flag? - no country!'
Moral in nearby battalions was affected.
It was at this point the battle was paused.....to be continued next Wednesday.