The final episode of Borodino!
The Battle of Borodino was reaching a final conclusion, the Poles had pushed in through Utitsa.
Troops of III Corps were storming the Fleches and the infantry of the I corps were pouring into the Great Redoubt.
In the Russian Centre the Imperial Guard was embroiled in a bitter struggle with the French, contesting every metre of Russian soil making the invader pay with French blood.
Eventually the pressure and additional weight of numbers began to tell. The Poles of V Corps driving in on the troops opposing Ney’s III Corps while the combined efforts of the Italian IV Corps, supporting I Corps along with the fresh troops of the Westphalian VIII Corps began to turn the tide in favour of the Emperor.
The Imperial Guard remained intact, resplendent in their full dress uniforms.
The Grenadiers of the Old Guard, waiting in vain for the order to advance.
The Band of the Guard began to play “La Marseillaise” victory was theirs!
The Imperial Guard Band, playing the National Anthem in keeping with the anticipated victory.
These are from the Bicorne Miniatures range as well, although these have been painted by One man and his brushes star Dave Docherty.
Overall the battle was a closely contested event, the bad luck of the artillery running out of ammo early in the battle made the defence of the Redoubt even harder for the Russians.
Italians from IV Corps in Borodino village.
These are from Front Rank Miniatures painted by Dominic Fielder and are from the collection of Noel Bilson. a.k.a Garage Gamer
The troops of the Russian left fought valiantly to hold the village and surrounding woodland, only conceding the ground at the last. In the centre the Russians exacted a heavy toll.
The casualties in the French ranks mounted and only the class of the troops making the difference.
All the gamers were top notch and real Gentlemen, with much banter being shared around.
My thanks go to all of them for making my first General de Brigade weekend such a success. I was so impressed I have booked four games into the diary for next year.
I look forward to them.