All f my new troops - three Spanish infantry battalions, Regiment Alsace and the two squadrons of Spanish horse - were all put into the field last night for their first fight. Some had been out previously but failed to reach the enemy and discharge their muskets. Not this time.
Facing the rather nice Prussian troops raised by Chris I had twelve battalions and fourteen squadrons. Chris had ten battalions and nine squadrons and four field pieces (which were a problem for me).
I have to admit that the infantry in their three ranks and three lines does have excellent appeal. Almost universally this style of formation has received good reviews but it is taking a while to learn to use.
It was a different story for the infantry. The French first line, comprising of Spanish, French & Germans, found it difficult to get to grips with the Prussians. The Prussian artillery were tearing holes in the lines and by the time the French opened fire their numbers had been depleted sufficiently to deliver anything other than poor volleys.
However, luck was on their side as the Prussian morale proved brittle and forced the enemy front line to fall back. Pressing on the Spanish in particular put a great deal of pressure on the enemy sufficient to allow the French second and third lines to come into effect and eventually to rout the enemy on the left.
Prussian morale proved susceptible again as they looked around and decided that the field was lost and retired.
My thanks to Chris for providing an entertaining game that was in the balance until the very end. I'm also grateful to Mark for handling the French horse with such aplomb.
As ever the rules used are the Grimsby house rules.