Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Empress asks Wilhelm to sent troops to Sicily

Prinz Wilhelm II leads the Pilsner Horse Grenadiers and the Corona Cuirassiers on the extreme left wing of the Beerstein Army facing the Sicilian Army.

The Slitz Light Battery unlimbered on a low outcrop protecting the Heavy Cavalry Brigade.

Reich Duke Wilhelm over seeing the Second Brigade in the Beerstein Center.

The Beerstein Guard and Grenadier Brigade support the center of the Beerstein Line.
The far right of the Beerstein Line is guarded by the light cavalry, consisting of the Holstein Leib Hussars and the Hoegaaden Lancers.

The Sicilian Army close on the Beerstin right infantry brigade.

The Beerstein Heavy Cavalry are preparing to charge Sicilian Infantry supported by the Slitz Light Artillery.

The Beerstein Center press forward into the Siclians with support of the Grenadiers.

The Sicilian Grenadiers are crumbling the Beerstein right flank. The Light Cavalry Brigade can be seen retiring behind their hard pressed infantry.

Prinz Wilhelm II charges his cavalry into two Sicilian Infantry Battalions. Although he was able to destroy the enemy infantry, Prinz Wilhelm was forced to retire with heavy losses.

As darkness falls, the Sicilian Grenadier Brigade destroys the Beerstein right flank. Reich Duke Wilhelm realizes the battle is lost and retires from field under the cover of night fall.

2 comments:

Archduke Piccolo said...

An inauspicious beginning to the Reich Duchy's campaign to bring the Sicilians to heel...
The locals seem to be valuing their independence!
Magnificent armies, both!

David said...

It's only a battle lost, not the campaign. (Look at the Americans in the AWI - lost most of the battles but won the war! ;-)) So be of good cheer. :-)

And you could always do what Napoleon (somewhat later, admittedly) would have done - strike a medal, write a Bulletin and call it a victory!

[Hopefully the battle was enjoyable for all concerned, though. It certainly looks good.]

All the best,
David
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