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The Battle of Kunersdorf using Rank & File rules

The first public ‘outing’ for the Rank and File rules was a game that the Stafford Club put on at the WMMS show.

As usual we left things to the last minute and knocked something up on the spur of the moment – the result was our SYW refight of Kunersdorf using 28mm figs and the Rank & File rules.


Above is a shot of the entire 6 foot by 8 foot table – the Prussians advancing from the left of the picture with Austrian and Russian positions on the right – on a hill – behind earthworks.

The Prussian certainly had their work cut out and in between shopping breaks, coffee breaks, lunch breaks and chatting to people we hadn’t seen in ages breaks they began their attack.


The daunting task ahead of the Prussians – two lines of Austrian infantry behind earthworks, supported by artillery and cavalry on their flank.


Throughout the day the Prussians sensibly refused to attack this head on – instead relying on the right wing beating the Russians and rolling up this lot from the flank.


Unfortunately the Russian position was hardly going to be that much easier to take. This piece of ground saw the most vicious fighting of the day.


The Russians intent on holding at all costs and the Prussians knowing that if they couldn’t take the redoubt their whole attack would fail.


The Russian defenders were bombarded to little effect before the Prussian Fusiliers were thrown in against the redoubt. The first wave suffered badly and was thrown back, the second fared no better but the third managed to break through and a vicious melee ensued with both sides throwing in pretty much every spare unit they could get hold of.


The cavalry fight on the Prussian right lacked any sort of finesse. The redoubt and the marsh meant that all either side could do was pile forward with their heavies and hope to smash the enemy with superior quality, numbers and a fair bit of luck.


Once again I have left the battle report far too long to do it justice but at the days end the Prussians were forced to concede defeat with the Allied forces battered but still in control of the field.