Sunday, 3 June 2018

Fighting in a Built Up Area (BUA)


Table at start of Game

At the end of the wargame both corps appeared to be broken
The French had lost 3700 casualties and three brigades in rout
The British had lost 4300 casualties and the whole corps in rout

Casualties by brigade are shown below

1st British Corps – General Stewart (Average)
1 infantry brigade     4000 men      B class          1200 casualties          rout
2 infantry brigade     4000 men      B class          1200 casualties          rout
3 infantry brigade     4000 men      C class         1200 casualties          rout
4 infantry brigade     4000 men      C class         400 casualties          rout
1 cavalry brigade     1000 men      B class          100 casualties          rout
1 corps artillery        1000 men      B class          200 casualties           rout

8th French Corps – General Taupin (Poor)
29 infantry brigade   4000 men      B class          2000 casualties          rout
30 infantry brigade   4000 men      B class          800 casualties          rout
31 infantry brigade   4000 men      C class         800 casualties          rout
32 infantry brigade   4000 men      C class        
8 cavalry brigade     1000 men      B class          100 casualties
8 corps artillery        1000 men      B class         

However in campaign terms these casualties are not as bad as they seem

The French will halt next day
Overnight they will rally their routed brigades
Because they do not move they will be able to regroup their casualties
This means that most infantry casualties will be transferred to one brigade
Usually the one with the most casualties, in this case 29 infantry brigade
Each day that the corps does not move they will receive battle replacements
At the rate of 10% of one brigade for each day
10% of one brigade is 100 cavalry or gunners or 400 infantry

The British will retreat next day
At nightfall they will have the same casualties and routed brigades
If they are allowed to halt the following day they will rally and reorganise
They will then receive battle replacements at the same rate as the French
If the French pursue they will have to continue their retreat
Casualties and routed brigades will remain until they are allowed to rest

However no brigade which has suffered casualties will ever be full strength again
They will always have 10% casualties.
This will reduce their morale and combat effectiveness for the remainder of the campaign.

Link to Wargame Rules

Link to Campaign Rules

2 comments:

Robert (Bob) Cordery said...

Paul,

Thanks yet again for providing this blow-by-blow explanation of your rules. It has really helped me to understand how they work.

All the best,

Bob

thistlebarrow said...

Hi Boh

Glad that you enjoyed it

regards

Paul