The scenario sees German and French forces advancing in road column, stumbling upon each other in a classic meeting engagement. Jon had adapted the scenario a little, giving the Germans a small cavalry detachment and some additional guns, as he wasn't convinced that they had the strength in 'games terms to have a chance of winning the battle. In hindsight we are not so sure.
|German cavalry lead the advance|
|The first German infantry regiment follows behind|
|A French cyclist company (a cavalry stand doing duty as cyclists .. not sure what a cavalryman would make of that!!) occupying Longlier, well in advance of the French forces|
|Overview of the German advance after 3 turns|
|The German advance is well underway, and the French forces can be seen on the far side of the table|
|Two German regiments were held in reserve on the German left, and once contact was made the reserves were committed to attack the flank of the advancing French|
|French forces in the centre|
|French forces now hold Neufchateau|
|The advanced German forces (cavalry now dismounted) begin the exert pressure on the French|
|The German pressure builds, and German infantry have now crossed the bridge in the centre of the photograph, looking to establish themselves in the large wood to the left of the photo|
|French troops at Neufchateau|
|German cavalry have pushed forward and taken the village of Longlier from the French|
|Infantry now surge across the river in support of the cavalry that have taken Longlier|
|The German left flank advances, two infantry regiments with artillery support. The French commander has committed his own reserve (at the top of the photo) to hold the flank of the position.|
On first reading the scenario looks only mildly interesting. However we quickly discovered that it is complex and challenging. As we'd found with our play-test of Morhange a month or so before, there will be a lot of fantastic 'gaming on offer when the new scenario book comes out.