One of my favourite classic wargaming battles must be 'The Battle of Sawmill Village' made famous by Charles Grant in his book 'The Wargame' and I have re-fought it many times using different armies and periods . So today when I was at a bit of a lose on what to game I thought I would set it up and use my O.S. Franco- Prussian War figures to fight it . The French force is coming onto the table in the bottom right hand corner and the Prussians in the top left . Guess who has been busy with Google Translate !.
The French force comprises of Chasseurs De Pied , Zouaves a unit of Line and a gun and crew .
The Prussians have two units of Line , Jaegers and a gun and crew .
The object of the battle is to capture Sawmill Village (Scierie Village) , here we see the Jaegers being sent on a flanking manoeuvre over Sandy Hill (Colline Sablonneuse).
The rest of the Prussian force heads directly for the village .
The French force also divides with the Line battalion being sent down the flank under cover of the ridge , the gun and crew move to the high ground and the rest of the force moves towards the Old Dover Road (Vieux Dover Route) . That is the end of the first move , the battle will be continued in part two which will follow shortly ..........
P.S. The Battle of Sawmill Village - it's a pet peeve of mine which annoys me greatly when people use French words and sentences without a translation - my French being of the level that if I stare at a French menu long enough I can sort of work out the food on offer.