Borodino 200 what a weekend!
Regular readers of this blog may have been wondering what happened in the bicentennial Borodino game that we held on 7th–9th September. Having been occupied with the preparation for the game for much of the two weeks beforehand, I have since been catching up on work. I am slowly making a bit of time for wargaming stuff again now, so here are a few photos from our game to whet your appetites.
|Borodino village, the calm before the storm|
|N's command post on Shevardino (sadly this was one of the many 'units' that I did not quite finish in time for the game)|
|Initial positions, from the south-west and (below) south and north-east|
Below, initial French-Allied attacks. Delzons crosses the Kolocha to assault the Grand Redoubt, Poniatowski's Poles work through the woods south of Utitisa and Compans and Dessaix's divisions of Davout's I Corps head towards the flêches (seen from the Russian viewpoint).
|Still plenty of Russians—defense in depth (above and below)|
|Broussier's division captures Borodino (above and below)|
|Initial attacks on Grand Redoubt (above and below)|
|Ornano awaits approach of Platov's cossakcs|
|Napoleon from the flêches|
|Kaminiski's cavalry having broken Karpov II's cossack 'division'|
|Poniatowski's attack on Utitsa (above and below)|
|Compans' division gets drawn into the woods around Utitsa|
|Dessaix's attack on the flêches|
|Ney's division advances to the attack|
|Massed French-Allied heavy cavalry|
|Capture of Uitisa mound|
|Russian re-capture of Borodino|
|Grand Redoubt holds strong|
It truly was, "the most terrible of all my battles"!
|Kutuzov toasts the Russian victory|
We are already planning our alternative versions of Borodino!
2. Play again with different players as Napoleon and Kutusov.
3. Play a version with Davout's plan.
4. Play a version without restrictions on Guard and Russian reserve artillery.
I am working on a couple of more detailed posts that will incorporate more of the 449 photos that Stephen and I took over the weekend, so keep an eye out!