The scenario was written as a beginners' scenario for Great War Spearhead, but is nice and small, and very challenging for both players. As I warn in the scenario intro, it warrants replay as it can offer a range of possibilities and some surprises as I was to find out.
For a change of scene/setting I adapted the scenario to the eastern front, with two Austro-Hungarian regiments with artillery support attacking a Russian Brigade to take an important town at a road junction. Random morale rules were used for both sides.
|The battlefield seen from the Russian left/AH right. The Austro Hungarians enter from the left of the picture.|
As the Russian player I chose to defend the right flank, refusing my left. I occupied the main town sector in the centre, with a central reserve (seen at the bottom of the photograph below). I also kept a small right flank reserve in case of a flank march (the attacking player is allowed to do so). This reserve can be seen on the extreme right of the photo in the woods.
|The initial Russian deployment.|
|The Russian artillery regiment was set up on the high ground on the Russian right, with a field of fire down the right flank, and in support of the forces holding the town and crossroads|
|Russian forces holding 'Centreville'|
Nick chose to drive down his left flank. He'd set his plan before I set up my forces in defence. His assault would come in squarely against my defence. His right flank regiment was to hook around and assault and take Centreville.
|The Austro-Hungarian assault seen at the top right of the photo|
|The Russian reserve companies were immediately deployed to shore up the right flank.|
|First fire on the Austro-Hungarian right flank regiment. On testing morale it was Regular|
|Fire continued on this regiment. However with a limit of four fire missions there were far too few casualties being inflicted on the Austro-Hungarians.|
|The Russian left wing companies redeploy to support the troops holding Centreville.|
|Russian artillery in action|
|The Austro-Hungarian infantry now take fire from the artillery and from a machine gun detachment in the outskirts of Centreville|
|The Austro-Hungarian artillery deployed and in action|
|Reserve companies move forward through the woods to support the Russian right|
|The Austro-Hungarian right wing is now taking casualties from the Russian artillery and the machine guns|
|The Austro-Hungarian artillery brings the Russian artillery under fire, suppressing two of the batteries|
One of the assaulting companies was cut down by fire as it attacked. I now felt very confident.
|The town in the aftermath of the assault|
|Casualties are also starting to mount on the Russian right|
You guessed it .. The Russians were thrown back from the assault (of course in Spearhead terms the companies were eliminated).
|Where once there was a battalion of Russian veteran infantry ...|
|At this stage the Russians withdrew. They no longer had the strength to retake the town.|
|The Austro-Hungarian infantry left in command of Centreville and the crossroads.|
It was an awesome wee game with no certainty of outcome. I have seen the scenario go both ways. This one certainly does reward refighting from time to time.