|Altkirch and its defenders - note the MGs in the buildings
|French prepare for the attack - En avant mes enfants!
GERMAN FORCE1 HQ +1 TO UNITS WITHIN 6”
3 INFANTRY SQUADS EA OFFICER WITH PISTOL AND 9 RIFLEMEN
1 DISMOUNTED UHLAN TROOP – OFFICER WITH PISTOL AND 9 CARBINES
2 MMG EA 3 CREW
1 77MM FG WITH 5 CREW
|German artillery about to fire
FRENCH FORCE2 HQ +1 TO UNITS WITHIN 6”
6 INFANTRY SQUADS EA OFFICER WITH PISTOL AND 9 RIFLEMEN
1 MMG WITH 3 CREW
1 75MM FG WITH 4 CREW
How the game played
The French suffered quite heavy losses from the German fire as they closed with the Germans defending the edge of the town losing 2 of their infantry squads. The French 75 proved to be fairly ineffective with lots of rolls of 1 and 2! The Highlight was when both sides cavalry appeared. The French cuirassiers won the cavalry melee on the main road and then charged and broke a German infantry unit before sweeping into town to get out of the arc of fire of the deadly German MMGs. By that time the French had worn down and broken the other 2 German infantry units. The cuirassiers then circled behind the dismounted Uhlans who turned and missed with all 6 shots! We ended the game at that point as it was a clear French victory. Who says that cavalry has no role in 1914!
|French cuirassiers advance to support the infantry
|The cavalry melee- cuirassiers emerge triumphant
Everyone agreed that it was an enjoyable game. Most of the figures are by Renegade but the Cuirassiers, French command, French 75 and dismounted Uhlans are by Great War Miniatures. I allowed cavalry units which had not acted to countercharge as a reaction. The other changes to the rules are below with the weapon chart.
|Mein Gott! French cavalry where are our horses Fritz?
|Team, Fixed, Howitzer
|Team, Fixed, Howitzer
|ALL TROOPS ARE REGULAR
|CAVALRY IN HAND TO HAND GET 2 ATTACKS VS INFANTRY AND 1 AGAINST CAVALRY
|ARTILLERY - D6/D3 - D6 HITS VS TARGETS IN THE OPEN, D3 HITS VS TARGETS IN COVER (SHRAPNEL EFFECT)
|FRENCH SPECIAL RULES
|ELAN - INFANTRY AND CAVALRY GET +1 TO COMMAND/MORALE WITH A SQUAD LEADER IF ADVANCING/RUNNING TOWARDS THE ENEMY
|FRENCH INFANTRY ARE POOR SHOTS SO GET A -1 WHEN SHOOTING
A few more photos with descriptions at
I am putting a version of this game on as the SESWC display at SKELP in Forfar on 18 October.