001 Roliça (French First Position) (17 August 1808)

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2 years 10 months ago - 2 years 10 months ago #7273 by Bayernkini

How do the French win this?

Similar questions come up already a couple of times in different similar scenarios.
So the only and best answer is,
play against a few "expert" players. There are some around here (playing on Vassal).

One of the main reasons, i noticed in my active time, many unexperienced players "must do anyhow" if they played a command card.
E.g. If they play "Bayonet Charge", they MUST do a charge and they are surprised, if any other player use such a card to regroup his units only.
If you understand what i want to say. But maybe any expert player with better english speaking, can this explain a little bit more

My dice are the hell!
Last edit: 2 years 10 months ago by Bayernkini.

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1 year 7 months ago #7919 by Pevans
It turns out one of my new gaming group, Tom, is familiar with Memoir '44 and wanted to have a go at one of the more involved C&C games. I suggested Napoleonics and we met up last week to start at the beginning. It was great to be playing with the physical game again (but this does mean I don't have the screen captures to give a turn-by-turn account).

Tom chose to play French first - they may be heavily outnumbered but they're in a good defensive position. His first moves were to move the Light cavalry out to the sides and advance Light infantry left (French left) of centre. The Allies countered by advancing the Portuguese on the right flank: the Light cavalry under General Trant thumped their French counterparts while the Light infantry damaged their opposite numbers.

The French artillery forced one British Line infantry to retreat, but Gen Wellesley led the rest of the Allied Line on the right half of the battlefield to engage the French on the hills. (I do like an opportune "Bayonet Charge".) The Allied infantry finished off the battered French Light infantry and took out a Line unit, Gen Delaborde retreating to the safety of the Light cavalry. However, the Portuguese cavalry harried the French horsemen who retired to the hill at the rear. (The score is 2:0 to the Allies.)

On the Allied left, Gen Fergusson advanced to the river with a Line infantry. The French Light cavalry promptly trotted across, but the infantry formed square to hold them off.

The fighting continued on the (Allied) centre-right, with another French Line unit falling, but the Allies losing both a British unit and a Portuguese one. (3:2) Despite attacking uphill, the Portuguese cavalry completed their demolition of their French counterparts, taking Gen Delaborde into the bargain. (That's 5:2 and a decisive win for the Allies.)

Switching sides for the re-match, I was - as usual - struck by how different the battlefield looks from the other side (something you don't get with Vassal).

The Allies advanced in the centre and their left with just the Portuguese cavalry moving forward on the right. The French stayed on the central hills, the artillery taking the odd pot-shot at the British infantry.

Working their way through and between the woods, Gen Wellesley led three Line infantry units towards the French forces. The French didn't fancy standing around to be peppered by the Brits' superior musketry, so the two Line infantry in front of the advancing enemy came off the hills to engage them in melee. The resulting fight saw one British unit eliminated, Wellesley retiring to the artillery behind, and another badly damaged. (That's 1:0 to the French.)

While the fighting continued in the centre, Portuguese units advanced on the (Allied) right while Gen Fergusson's left-flank infantry started crossing the river and the British Light infantry moved up to engage the French Light infantry on that end of the hills. French Line infantry moved onto the hills next to the Lights and, together, they blew away the British Light infantry. (2:0)

The French Light cavalry engaged the Portuguese horsemen under Gen Trant and, this time, the victory was to the French sabres, Trant falling with his men. (4:0)

And the French Line in the centre destroyed another British Line. (5:0 and it's all over.)

I was helped this time by some friendly dice (4 dice, 4 hits to wipe out the Portuguese cavalry and then getting the Leader roll as well). So we re-set the board and Tom had another go as the Allies.

This time, the Allies advanced on both flanks, not in the centre. In particular, the British Heavy cavalry got into the action. Advancing across the river, they gave the French Light cavalry a bloody nose and then settled onto the hills to avoid the muskets of the French infantry. (And gain a banner on the following turn for holding the objective: 0:1 to the Allies.)

Meanwhile, on the Allied right, Gen Trant brought the Portuguese cavalry to the hills on the edge of battlefield where they engaged the French Light cavalry. The French came off better in the initial exchange, though Portuguese Line and Light infantry were moving up to support the cavalry.

General Delaborde led Line and Light infantry left off the central hills to take on the Portuguese. The Portuguese won the cavalry fight (1:2), but the remaining horsemen were promptly gunned down by the French infantry, Trant again falling with his men. (3:2)

Supported by the muskets of the Light infantry, the French Line under Delaborde eliminated the Portuguese Line that had advanced with the cavalry. (4:2) And then both charged the retreating Portuguese Light infantry, taking them out as well. (5:2)

Well, something of a baptism of fire for Tom, but he was getting to grips with Napoleonic tactics (and strategy) by the end. And he clearly enjoyed the experience enough that we've pencilled in another game next time he's available.

Pevans

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1 year 7 months ago #7927 by axeltyler6
The French artillery forced one British Line infantry to retreat, but Gen Wellesley led the rest of the Allied Line on the right half of the battlefield to engage the French on the hills. (I do like an opportune "Bayonet Charge.

The Allied infantry finished off the battered French Light infantry and took out a Line unit, Gen Delaborde retreating to the safety of the Light cavalry. However, the Portuguese cavalry harried the French horsemen who retired to the hill at the rear.

On the Allied left, Gen Fergusson advanced to the river with a Line infantry. The French Light cavalry promptly trotted across, but the infantry formed square to hold them off.

The fighting continued on the (Allied) centre-right, with another French Line unit falling, but the Allies losing both a British unit and a Portuguese one. 3:2 Despite attacking uphill.

The Portuguese cavalry completed their demolition of their French counterparts, taking Gen Delaborde into the bargain.


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9 months 3 weeks ago #9325 by The Iron Duck
A tough one for the French. Playing as the French I moved up my other infantry so my army dominated the hill and I awaited the British onslaught. My opponent played a Grande Manoeuvre card and three British (with Wellesley attached) and one Portuguese line infantry assaulted the left and centre left of the french line. Despite inflicting some heavy casualties on the Portuguese and redcoats my line was pushed back. I attempted to shore it up by bringing across an infantry unit from my right but this unit was decimated by British artillery then finished off by advancing British Light infantry. Back on the French left advancing Portuguese Light infantry and and Portuguese cavalry reinforced Wellesley's faltering assault and despite French cavalry attempting to dislodge British on the hill defeat loomed for the French resulting in an allied victory 5 to 2. But the Iron Duck lives to fight another day. Quack, quack.

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