Blenheim: the refight, part I
The battle starts following the historical plans: Eugene and Cutts attacking on the wing, then Marlborough pushing at the center.
Here the Imperial cavalry crossing the Nebel to engage the Franco-Bavarians:
Cutts and the Palmer cavalry crossing the Nebel towards Blenheim:
The cavalry battle developed with a see-saw evolution which will last nearly to the end. At the first stages the Imperial are at disadvantage since they must stop to cross the Nebel being penalised in melee:
Eugene infantry moves to attack Oberglau (to make things easier I removed the village to arrange troops inside)
Lord Cutts has crossed the Nebel without any French reaction and closes on Blenheim. The French choose a defensive attitude, with Clereambault being careful to not be sucked into the battle for the village: at the end this will prove a costly error.
The cavalry battle still rages without a clear winner, to this moment
The situation becomes hot in Oberglau, the garrison commanded by Blainville puts up a stiff resistance and Eugene infantry must retire with losses to reorganise
This is the situation at the end of the 5th move: Tallard and Marlborough are still idle, waiting for the battles on the wings. Maybe Tallard should send reinforcements to his right.
A lovely looking game with the lines of the age. I thought that I spied/recognised the lovely Strelets and Zvezda figures for the Great Northern War (and some Revell too) in action (the photos are a little small), but then saw the keyword at the bottom of your post. Marvellous!
Please take some close-ups for the next stage so we can admire the figures better.
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Blenheim is such a large battle. Very interesting how you managed to play it.
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