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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2013 8:51 p.m. PST

"The battle of Olszynka Grochowska was the largest battle of the November Uprising and biggest friction in Europe since the battle of Waterloo. It was fought between the armies of Poland and Russia on February 25 in the woods near Grochów, at the eastern outskirts of Warsaw.
The first months after the outbreak of the November Uprising saw no hostilities between Poland and Russia. Both the Polish commander Józef Chłopicki and Russian tsar Nicholas I were hoping for a peaceful solution to the conflict. However, neither side could propose a satisfactory compromise and in on January 25, 1831, Nicholas was deposed from the Polish throne.

This was seen as a de facto declaration of war and the Russian Army under Hans Karl von Diebitsch was ordered to enter Poland and crush the rebellion. The Russian army entered Poland on February 4 and started a fast advance towards Warsaw. Despite several minor battles and skirmishes, in which the Russian army suffered significant losses, the advance could not be stopped by the Polish forces, which were both numerically and technically inferior.

On February 24 the Russian Army reached the outskirts of Warsaw in two columns. Initially Diebitsch was planning an all-out assault on Warsaw on February 26. However, the successful Polish counter-attack in the Battle of Białołęka, in which the 13500 men strong Corps of General Ivan Shakhovskoy was defeated and forced to retreat, made Diebitsch change his plans and attack earlier than planned
The Polish forces deployed to the east of Warsaw constituted the majority of the Polish Army. Apart from the II Infantry Brigade under General Kazimierz Małachowski, dispatched to the north to take part in the Battle of Białołęka, the forces of General Józef Chłopicki included some 36000 soldiers and 115 cannon of various calibres. The majority of the Polish forces was composed of fresh, poorly trained and ill-equipped volunteers. However, the core of the Polish Army was composed of Napoleonic Wars veterans.

The Russian forces had some 59000 men under arms and 178 cannon. In addition, at 15:00 the weakened corps of General Shakhovskiy arrived at the battlefield and took part in the assault. The forces of Field Marshal Diebitsch were organised into five Infantry Corps, with some cavalry units attached to them. However, the main part of the Russian cavalry was defeated in the Battle of Stoczek and did not enter the combat"
From Wiki.

This is a quite interesting idea but sad he choose 54mm as size of the soldiers.
Still good miniatures there.





Anybody had tried this battle with other size miniatures?


Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2013 3:25 a.m. PST

This is a very 'interesting' war with heroes and villains and desperate andeavours. However, sadly there are no specific figures available that I am aware of. However, at a pinch, Russian and Polish figures from the Napoleonic period can be used especially if they are in winter clothing. Or just fight the scenarios as Napoleonic.

WarWizard20 Feb 2013 4:29 a.m. PST

His sculpting talent is excelleny if you compare the sculpts to the painting he is basing it on.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2013 9:58 a.m. PST

Would be an interesting period to game – the whole Polish battles for independence are not much appreciated by most gamers

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2013 10:52 a.m. PST

Glad you had enjoy the period and the figures guys!.


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