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WillBGoode23 Aug 2020 4:50 a.m. PST

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Following their landed at Kalamita Bay on 18 September 1854, the Allied Army started south towards the port of Sebastapol. During the March the armies became strung out over a great distance and the British and French forces had become separated. Being outnumbered significantly by the Russian cavalry it proved very difficult for British patrols to locate the Russian forces, and so the Allies moved blindly forward. The main Russian field army was positioned on the high ground overlooking the River Alma. The Russians had deployed a detachment forward of the main position under the command of General Kiriakoff, consisting of numerous cavalry and Cossacks regiments, two Infantry regiments (eight battalions) and artillery.

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On the afternoon of 19 September the allied army reached a small river, the Bulganak, beyond which was a ridge that blocked the view to the south. On the summit of the ridge sat a group of Cossacks. At this point the British army was stretched out over several miles. The British sent the Light Cavalry Brigade with a Horse Artillery battery to scout the ridge.

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The battlefield before them consisted of a shallow river and ridge line beyond it. From that ridge the ground dropped away to a valley, beyond which was a second ridge. The British cavalry commande could see Russian Cossacks on the ridge but nothing beyond it. He sent back for reinforcements and moved the cavalry forward to investigate. He knew the British Light Division was near by for support.

At this is the point the historical narrative ends and our table top battle begins .

For the AAR:

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David O Brien23 Aug 2020 7:52 a.m. PST

Really enjoyable report, I'm looking forward to putting on this game once lockdown is over.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2020 9:22 a.m. PST

Nice AAR – thanks for sharing!

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