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The Begovian infantry formed up as their artillery bombarded the squares. Then they started their advance with light cavalry support on each flank
As the light faded General Waldbeck ordered his troops to fall back. With three infantry units taking 30% casualties and the hussar & uhlans 40% he decided against staying in position.
Routing and fleeing troops blocked the organisation of any further Begovian attack. The Ottoman Camp was kept in order - they still had 10 infantry units, 5 cavalry units and also their Tatar allies might join with them. Osram Pasha decided to prepare to attack again at dawn the next day.
General Waldebeck held a staff meeting, they decided to withdraw. Camp fires were lit, the men rested for three hours, then leaving the camp fires burning slipped away in the darkness; they would head back to the safety of Wittenberg territory - hopefully they could evade the Begovian forces ....
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1. Battle duration
the battle had started nominally at 1pm; and included the following moves ...
- 3 moves: Wittenberg deployment.
- 4 moves: Begovian bombardment as their cavalry formed up
- 7 moves: 1st attack
- 4 moves: Begovian infantry & cavalry deployment with bombardment
- 9 moves: 2nd attack.
A total of ~27 moves at a nominal 15 minutes each, gives approximately a duration of 7hrs. So having reached ~8pm in the evening and with the light failing and the Begovian army in some disorder I decided that action had ended for the day.
2. Overall Result
If the Begovian light cavalry had disposed of the Wittenberg Hussars and Uhlans, the attack would have unfolded very differently.
If the Wittenberg Uhlans had not returned to the battle, the Begovians would probably been able to break the square that was under pressure using cavalry and infantry.
With so many Begovian units routed and disordered, they had obviously failed to win a victory. Wittenberg had managed to hold their position, and had the option to attack Ottoman camp. So a tactical victory for Wittenberg and they could withdraw to return to home territory.
3. Casualties for each side...
- Hussars 40%
- Uhlans 40%
- 3 Infantry Regiments 30%
- the other units casualties 5-10%.
- 1st Attack 40% casualties (36 out of 88 figs) and all 5 of the attacking cavalry units routed.
- 2nd Attack
- Cavalry: 30% casualties (22 out of 64 figs) & 3 of the 4 of the attacking units routed.
- Infantry: 40% casualties (66 out of 160 figs) & 7 of the 8 of the attacking units routed.