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One battery of guns Grand Duchy of Lorraine (Red) A. and from whose writings the following account is extracted. The forces referred to in the maps and the account are: Vereinigte Freie Stadte (Blue) 1. One battery of guns 12. Fusiliers de Lorraine D. Royal la Marine E. One battery of guns I. Rijkswachtte Paard 4. Raczinsky Regiment 7. The initial dice throwing for the arrival of Blue forces resulted in the following: The rather late arrival of Blue's forces and the preponderance of forces coming from the West would play an important part in the shape of the game. it is necessary to outline the mechanics of the game. Champagne Regiment G. and this humble writer who took Red's side. it will come as no surprise to learn that Red was therefore represented by the forces of the Grand Duchy of Lorraine. or the book The War-game by Charles Grant) with the wars of the V. Royal Vaisseaux F. Fynske Regiment 6. The game was played on a seven foot by nine foot table. Schotse-Grenadier Van Lauder 10.S. Before the account unfolds. Leibgarde Grenadiere 8. This is an account of Teaser number one played between Charles Grant who commanded the Blue forces of the aggressor. Marshal General of the V. Gendarmerie du Roi C.. C. Jager 5. Holenzollern Kurassier 3. Lowenstein-Oels Grenadiers 9. Grant with the second in his new series of wargames scenarios and their solutions. War Diary of General Chambray 25th August. The former led the army of the Vereinigte Freie Stadte and assumed the august personage of Fritz Von Tarlenheim. been necessary to omit some of the less relevant material from his records. Engineer Troop H.S. It was decided that the bridge would require 15 periods of work to prepare for demolition.F. Von Ratsmer Uhlan 2. Ostergotland Infantry 11. The teaser was carried out in accordance with the instructions given. It has. however. S. One battery of guns Finally we are most fortunate in having the quite unbiased war diary of General Chambray who commanded the forces of the Grand Duchy at the bridge. To those of you who are familiar (either through this magazine. the year of our Lord 1747 . Allemand Cavalry B.F. commanded on this occasion by General Chambray. this being twice the time line infantry would take to reach the bridge from A or B unhindered.

Holenzollern's (2). appeared from the North and were soundly met by our glorious Regiment Allemand (A) who fought them to a standstill before falling back. This entailed putting a battery of guns and my third infantry regiment on the north side of the river and pushing our heavy cavalry up the main north/south road to spring upon my unsuspecting and tired enemy arriving from that direction (A). The Fynske Regiment had pushed through the wood and had reformed in line while Raczinsky was coming round the wood to the North. but they continued to press forward. uncomfortable. that given uninterrupted work the bridge would be ready for demolition at 2 o'clock that afternoon (Period 15). Several of his guns were in action. sniping at their officers and dropping men from their ranks. and at one stage fell back in some disarray before that wily goat von Tarlenheim."I was woken rudely from my bed at first light this morning by an excited young Lieutenant from the guard who informed me that enemy light cavalry patrols had been seen on the high ground north of our position. One of these regiments. a Jager battalion and a regiment of heavy cavalry. a further three regiments of infantry. The heat from the gunfire caused me some discomfort and I returned to the 'Elector's Head' "At 11 o'clock (Period 10) I stood on the brjdge surveying the scene: work progressed well. The enemy were. I could already hear the sounds of our engineers working on the bridge preparing for demolition and knew that all was in hand. Our position was. the wood had fallen to the enemy. sticky days are unbearably uncomfortable and it seemed appropriate that at this stage I should adjourn to the 'Elector's Head' if only to change my uniform. Behind Fynske came two batteries of guns. however. At this stage I was all for going to join in and had to be restrained by my aide. By 10 o'clock all seemed to be going well. and while there enjoy some small repast. a staunch unit which I would prefer on my side rather than against me. I had been informed by Colonel Trench. In the West. As they withdrew. In accordance with my orders. firing all the while. shouting and screaming before being rebuffed with heavy losses by the Royal Vaisseaux and Champagne infantry. "These warm. allowing the light cavalry to fall upon them with many a barbaric yell. At this stage a heavy cavalry regiment. "At just before 7 o'clock in the morning (Period 3) a brigade of enemy infantry appeared on the West road. His infantry were even now pressing round from both sides. Two columns of infantry were pressing round the South side of the wood and the two columns from the North were moving even closer to the edge of the town. This action of our cavalry caused severe delay to the enemy progress from the North and gave him a setback from which he never really recovered. However. This was to be expected. Our guns were creating havoc among the massed infantry. "Meanwhile the enemy were deploying in strength from the West. the splendid Gendarmerie du Roi (B) launched themselves at the hapless enemy cavalry. They were pushing our Fusiliers out of the wood. It reached my ears that they were led by the Regiment Fynske (5). lost its colours and its colonel. I returned to the bridge just after the hour of 1 and found the enemy pressing us closely. to say the least. my Colonel of Engineers. troops had deployed at first light from their night positions. I therefore took a hearty breakfast of…… Dragoons and Hussars rush to safety while Voltigeurs protect the engineers completing their preparations on the bridge. . quickly routing them and falling upon an enemy infantry brigade (9 and 10) who they found in some confusion. the enemy brigade in the North was now moving down the road with some determination. tardy in their arrival and work was well under way on the bridge before any fresh contact was reported. Raczinsky's (6) I think. our guns on the south side opened up with canister carving through the formed masses of enemy infantry. We were defending staunchly and stood well the charge of enemy lancers who came on through heavy musketry and canister with great élan. intervened. I now withdrew our cavalry across the river to the South and moved the Royal Vaisseaux Infantry (E) on to the South bank supporting our half battery and the engineers progress. As our Fusiliers fell back. Our worthy Fusiliers de Lorraine (C) gave them a timely welcome. "An hour later I left my room in the 'Elector's Head' which I had made my headquarters and went forth to survey our defences.

I sincerely hope those of you who undertake the teaser will have as much pleasure and excitement as we did. this was a surprisingly small price to pay for such a strategically important victory. Twice more it went out and I swear the Lowenstein-Oels replacing Liebgarde in the line were almost upon us. where I was accosted by a dirty and sweating engineer officer who rushed to assure me that the bridge was ready. During this time we were blessed with a stroke of good fortune. "As half of our northern battery scrambled to safety across the bridge I deemed that now was the time to complete my mission. from the North-East that I felt the greatest concern as the enemy were now locked in hand-to-hand fighting with the rear guard of Royal la Marine on the edge of the town (Period 16). we were about to suffer a very strong attack and my eye turned again to the bridge. but I perceived that a large proportion of our forces would be lost to the enemy if it were to be blown now. I therefore resolved to save as many as possible and began to thin out the ranks of Champagne and Royal la Marine."However. causing earth and bricks to fall about us (Period 18). withdrew throughout the afternoon leaving me to settle down to a fine meal in the 'Elector's Head' while waiting for fresh orders from the Grand Duke. However.. . "It was at this precise moment that the centre of the bridge rose into the air amid jets of flame and much smoke. I could expect it to be ready for demolition at any minute. To quote my opponent: "a real cliff- hanger". proved to be much more exciting than either of us had anticipated. Our cavalry struggled amid guns and infantry to cross the bridge and the press forced me to withdraw some distance. It was. The enemy. I ordered the fuse lit. spluttered and went out. The result was in the balance until the last period (eighteen to be exact) when the bridge was blown. and that it would provide an interesting game. Marshal General of the Vereinigte Freie Stadte. were engaged with the enemy brigade who had arrived from the North. The enemy were now cutting down the rear guard of the Champagne Regiment in the most fearful manner a matter of yards from the bridge. an impression by the author of Fritz Von Tarlenheim. "Our losses had been few considering the overwhelming opposition. The latter. The end result.. I confess to a temporary agitation with the good colonel Trench as he instructed the fuse to be re- lit. it hissed. however. though I fear we left Colonel de Fault and almost a battalion of infantry on the North side with half a battery of artillery. At right. as I sent my order. It was at this stage that the hereditary coolness of the Chambray's asserted itself and I undertook to delay the blowing of the bridge for thirty minutes to permit more of our men to move to safety across the bridge. realising the game was up. however." Postscript This game was played to test the mechanics of the teaser and to ensure that the instructions and scenario were clear. The tremendous casualties wrought on the Fynske and the Leibgarde Grenadiere caused them to falter when they were within minutes of forcing us off the bridge.