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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Attached are some photos of Christmas Trees on display in St Matthews Church Ashford .

Have a nice Christmas and a Happy New Year
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D Day 6.6.2018

On 6th of June I played Juno Beach using Memoir 44 . I played German whilst old club members Dave and John played the allies (Canada).

Festival of History 2018

On 3.6.2018 Royal Holloway University in Egham are putting on a FREE Festival of History.

They describe it as a" A day of re-enactment, family friendly activities, talks and performances, bringing history and the struggle for citizenship, liberty and democracy to life"

Reenactors include

Historia Normanis---- discover a 13th Century encampment talk with soldiers, knights and camp followers - watch knights demonstrate their combat skills.

Battle of Wagram 1809

From Friday 16,3,18 to Sunday 18.3.18 Rob hosted the Napoleonic Battle of Wagram at his War Room. Rules used Napoleons Battles. Noal provided the Figures and acted as umpire,
It was large game with 4 to 5 players on each side, The French army concentrated its attack on the Austrian right wing and won by breaking the Austrian armies morale. I attach some photos of the Battle taken on the Friday and Saturday

Marlburian Battle

On 21.1.18 Rob Hosted a Marlburian Battle at his War Room. Noal provided the figures and rules and acted as Umpire
The French were defending and a British army with allies was attacking.
The French deployed their Infantry behind a stream across the centre of the battlefield and on each flank they deployed roughly an equal number of Cavalry Regiments.

The British Cavalry advanced forward across the stream. The French forces facing the German Infantry fell back to form a new line protecting the right flank of the French army. The German Infantry advanced to the stream line and then across the stream. The British Cavalry engaged the right flank French cavalry and were initially held buying time for the French Infantry to reform. Some French Infantry launched a spoiling attack across the stream in the centre and threatening the right flank of the German Infantry.Meanwhile the French left Flank Cavalry moved forward -moving through and around the woods on the Allied right flank.

The British Cavalry after heavy fighting defeated the French right Flank Cavalry and started to move towards the new French Infantry line. The German infantry having crossed the stream came under heavy infantry and artillery fire and two battalions were broken and a third retired . The German Infantry nearest the French line halted awaiting the rest of the German line to wheel round and face the French Infantry.( Once halted the German Infantry would need fresh orders to advance).
Meanwhile half the French left Flank cavalry having moved through ther woods on the British right flank launched a series of unsuccesful charges on the Austrian Infantry protecting the British right flank. The other half of the Left Flank French cavalry manouvered to attack the end of the British Infantry line - the French Cavalry took heavy casualties but did manage to break one British Battalion .
The French centre pushed forward two regiments of audacious dismounted Dragoons through the gap in the line between the German and British Infantry moving them close to the British rallying point in the centre were they broke two rallying German infantry Battalions.
The British General in Command of all the Allied Infantry was so busy issuing orders to counter the French cavalry attack on the British infantry and the French Dragoons raiding the Centre he could not issue orders to the German infantry to resume there attack on the French right flank Infantry Line and so the British left flank Cavalry launched an attack by themselves without success.
The battle came to an end here- the French right flank came close to breaking due to the heavy losses sustained by there cavalry at the hands of the British Cavalry but it held and as the British were attacking and had failed to break the French Army the French won the battle.

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