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PaddyEth03 Nov 2015 5:30 a.m. PST

When depicting the 3rd brigade of the third division of the peninsular army (1812), I am faced with both battalions of regiments of the portuguese line. Would both battalions have their own regimental colours? Or would there be one set of colours for the whole regiment? Thankyou

ChrisBBB03 Nov 2015 5:35 a.m. PST

Well, you learn something every day. I didn't know about the battle of Isted until Mark ran it as a scenario for us yesterday. Apparently it was quite a big and bloody affair, about 30,000 men a side, Danes vs Schleswig-Holsteiners. I'm sure there are plenty of TMPers who are thoroughly familiar with it and have gamed it repeatedly, but it was news to me.

Mark's scenario was excellent. It did a good job of capturing the fog of war that prevailed, with some formations being slow and unresponsive. On the S-H side, we followed what I am told was quite a historically accurate aggressive plan, trying to drive back the lead Danish units before their main body could join in. As both sides had to manoeuvre a lot, there were plenty of decisions to make and the game changed every turn. There were attacks and counter-attacks all along the front. One objective changed hands three times. Our S-H forces finally virtually evaporated in the centre, but our flanks held. And crucially, the small force holding our line of retreat was saved by the Danish 3rd Brigade getting von Krogh's message to retreat and retracing the steps of its flank march.

This was one of the most fun games I've played in a long time. The scenario is in the files of the BBB Yahoo group. It's also on Flickr, along with a couple of photos of the game.

Bloody Big BATTLES!

summerfield03 Nov 2015 5:35 a.m. PST

The 1st Bn would have the Regimental Flag and the Battalion Flag. The 2nd Bn would have two Battalion Flags.

I think the battalions were reduced to 1 flag each.

KTravlos03 Nov 2015 11:25 a.m. PST

Good info and glad to see Isted done in BBB!

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