Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Craonne- Refights Compared

Positively my last post on Craonne, here is a map comparing the French front lines at 1100 (start), 1300, 1500 and 1700 (end) for each of the three refights.

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Obviuously lessons were well learnt from refight to refight - principally making sure that both wings had a balanced all-arms fore, and that Ney paid less and less attention to Ailes and more to getting to the far side no matter what. Whilst that may fulfil the scenario objectives having Ney arrive in the midst of the main Allied move up to Laon may not have achieved all that Napoleon wanted, and may have lost him Ney's Corps. Even in the third refight where De Morvan got off too, and most of the French could have exited as darkness fell having the Allies wrapped up in Bovelle casualties had been high and the troops would have been little use for a battle next day.

***Imported from old blog***

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