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Jabba Miles13 Jan 2020 7:04 a.m. PST

My first game of 2020 was a Saturday game at New Buckenham, the fight for Plancenoit in June 1815. The game was played with 28mm figures using the Shako II ruleset.

I was given command of half of the 15th and 13th brigades on the Prussian right flank. The 15th led with the 13th in support.

Altogether we had eighteen battalions of infantry and one regiment of cavalry. Opposing us we had one weakish french infantry division and two cavalry divisions. Our objective was to capture the crossroads to our front and if possible stop French reinforcements from being able to concentrate on Plancenoit itself.

The other two Prussian commanders on the left were tasked with assaulting Plancenoit and the nearer of two fortified farmhouses.

On our flank we decided to advance as fast as possible in column to take the crossroads and hope our one regiment of cavalry could secure our flank against the greater number of french horsemen.
My lead units suffered heavily from the french artillery defending the crossroads and a couple were lost before I was able to assault and overrun the guns. Our battalions on the right flank were more concerned with the growing cavalry threat.

Meanwhile over on the left the fighting around Plancenoit and the forward farm was bloody.
The centre of Plancenoit changed hands a few times while the forward farm remained steadfastly in french hands.

Remarkably our infantry on the right managed to hold off the french cavalry despite taking heavy casualties and losing some battalions.

The battle however was to be decided on the left with the arrival of elements of the French Young Guard and Imperial Guard chasseurs and grenadiers who stormed into Plancenoit and ejected the stout Prussian defenders for the final time.

At this point we decided to call the game with Plancenoit still in French hands and no obvious way for the Prussians to make any more gains.

More on this game at my Blog Jabba's Wargaming


Jabba Miles13 Jan 2020 7:11 a.m. PST

No idea why this double posted in Battle Reports board.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2020 7:17 a.m. PST

Nice AAR and great photos!

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2020 9:41 a.m. PST

Great looking game and it reads like a lot of fun.


shugyosha13 Jan 2020 11:44 a.m. PST

After the first two pictures I thought "this table looks quite empty for Plancenoit". But then I saw the glorious "helicopter flyby view" of the fighting in the streets and burning buildings. More like a diorama than a tabletop battle. Nice work on the scenes and atmosphere.

Jabba Miles14 Jan 2020 3:28 a.m. PST

Thanks for your comments all.

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