The Battle for Serbia 1914


After having played a few moves in the introductory scenario I found out that I made an error with the result of unsuccessful post combat effectiveness checks for asset units. This was quite significant and  chose to restart the campaign. Thus here you can read about the course of the main 1914 campaign for Serbia. Each post will comprise between 3 and 4 moves and the corresponding interim turn. I have dedicated a page to this 1914 campaign that you can reach by clicking on this ww1-b-128-bulgarians. The campaign starts with the Austro-Hungarian invasion of north-western Serbia and Montenegro on 12 August 1914 and will end 23 December 1914.

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Libya 1984 Mission #1

A-6 Intruder VFA-34

For the first mission I choose Target no. 12 “Enemy Tanks”, a target situated far inside the Libyan desert near Murzuq. It is a dispersed vehicle target that needs 8 hits to destroy and gives one -1 victory points, if not completely taken out. The range calls for a -3 wight point and +3 stress value for each aircrew. First I spend 5 special option points for tanker priority. This will cancel the wight penalty and allow all the aircraft to carry full armament.

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First strides on the long street – part 4

The 1862 Peninsula campaign battles

#6 Defence of the stonewall at the Battle of Gaines’ Mill

CSA GeneralCSA NFlag1861 5th Brigade (defender)  1235px-US_flag_34_stars.svg 1st Brigade / 3rd Division (attacker)

Cocke’s Confederate brigade serves as the first line of defence against the main advance of the Union Army of Northeastern Virginia towards Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy. Hidden in the fields around Cartwright’s farm the Rebells await the Union forces who have been reported attacking along the Old Cold Harbour road towards Gain’s Mill.

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First strides on the long street – part 3

The 1861 campaign battles

#3 Crossing the Young’s Branch at the Battle of Bull Run

1235px-US_flag_34_stars.svg 3rd Brigade / 5th Division (attacker) CSA NFlag1861 2nd Brigade (defender)

BlankerUnion Colonel Blanker attempts to force a crossing of Young’s Branch at a ford near Stone House. The Confederates, waiting in partially entrenched positions, line the bank behind the river flanking the fords. The Federals attempt an  attack on the centre.

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Confederate entrenchments.

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Federal diversion attack.

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The Rebels take the bait.

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The main Union attack.

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The lead regiment forces a crossing.

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Federals secure the crossing.

Using the cover of the woods the Federals attack the Confederate centre. By pinning the Confederate regiments on the flanks they frustrate any attempty to reinforce the centre. The Union forces push over the ford in force and decimate the defenders, securing the river crossing.

Union_army_col_rank_insigniaUnion Col. Blanker gets high recognition for his leadership (5 EP). Despite of this he is refused promotion and also receives only minimal replacements. There may be some resentment at high command for him, this German professional who just recently immigrated to the States. The brigade now comprises of 2.160 men and 5 guns (36 bases):

2nd Division, 2nd Brigade
8th New York Infantry (seasoned recruits, 7 bases)
29th New York Infantry (seasoned recruits, 7 bases)
39th New York Infantry (eager recruits, 6 bases)
27th Pennsilvania Infantry (eager recruits, 7 bases)
US Cavalry Batallion, Companies A & B (eager recruits, 4 bases)
US Artillery Battery, coy A  (2x 6-pdr smouthbores, 1x 12-pdr howitzer)
Brookwood'S New York Battery (2x light rifles)

Confederate Col. Rodes earns only little recognition (2 EP) for his unsuccessful defence of the fords. His brigade gets some replacements including an artillery battery. The new establishment is 2.340 men and 5 guns (39 bases):

2nd Brigade
5th Alabama Infantry (seasoned veterans, 7 bases, hero)
6th Alabama Infantry (seasoned recruits, 8 bases)
6th Louisiana Infantry (eager recruits, 6 bases, hero)
8th Louisiana Infantry (seasoned veterans, 7 bases)
11th North Carolina Infantry (eager recruits, 6 bases)
1st coy Washington LA artillery (2x 6-pdr smouthbores, 1x 12-pdr howitzer)
2nd coy Washington LA artillery (2x Napoleons)

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First strides on the long street – part 2

The 1861 campaign battles

#2 Outflanking engagement at the Battle of the First Manassas

CSA GeneralCSA NFlag1861 5th Brigade (attacker)  1235px-US_flag_34_stars.svg 2nd Brigade / 2nd Division (defender)

Cocke’s Confederate brigade attacks the far left flank of the Union army. His orders are to carry the Union flank and thus to force the Union Army of Northeastern Virginia to retreat from the battle and fall back on the Union capital of Washington.

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The Confederate brigade advances.

Federal left flank brigade.

The Federal brigade moves out.

While the Federal brigade moves into a blocking position the Confederate attack is held up by difficult ground. And worse, the brigadiers staff is hit by enemy fire and looses an entire move.

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The Confederate attack runs afoul.

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The Confederates loose an entire move.

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The 19th Virginia attacks the Union centre.

While the attack of the Confederate right wing is fought to a stand still the main effort is made trough the woods. Shilded from artillery and volley fire the Confederate left wing makes good progress and repulses the opposing Union regiment.

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The Confederate main attack.

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The last Confederate attack.

600px-Battle_flag_of_the_US_Confederacy.svgDespite of being held up by bad going and a lucky rifle shot the Confederate brigade break through the Union centre  and capture the artillery battery. This pushes the Federals past their breaking point. In the face of stiff Union opposition the Confederates earn a hard fought victory.

Confederate_States_of_America_General-collar.svgConfederate Col. Cocke earns his promotion to Brigadier General and receives priority for supplies in recognition (6 EP) of his relentless attack on the Union forces. His brigade receives some recruits and a fresh cavalry regiment. The new establishment now comprises of 2.220 men and 3 guns (37 bases):

5th Brigade
8th Virginia Infantry (eager recruits, 6 bases)
18th Virginia Infantry (eager recruits, 8 bases, hero)
19th  Virginia Infantry (seasoned recruits, 5 bases)
28th Virginia Infantry (seasoned veterans, 7 bases)
2nd Virginia Cavalry, Companies B & D (eager recruits, 5 bases)
7th Virginia Cavalry (eager recruits, 3 bases)
Loudoun Battery Virginia Artillery (2x 6-pdr smouthbores, 1x 12-pdr howitzers)

800px-Union_army_brig_gen_rank_insigniaUnion Col. Burnside put up a stubborn defence of the army’s left wing. Relying heavily upon his brigade’s artillery and infantry fire he preserved the fighting powerof his command. This is seen as not so much inspiring but rather professional approach  to leadership (3 EP). For his competent leadership he is breveted Brigadier General.

His command gets minimal replacements and now can muster 2.160 men and 4 guns (36 bases):

2nd Division, 2nd Brigade
1st New Hampshire Infantry (seasoned recruits, 6 bases)
2nd New Hampshire Infantry (seasoned veterans, 6 bases)
71st New York Infantry (eager recruits, 4 bases)
1st Rhode Island Infantry (eager recruits, 7 bases, Old Reliables)
2nd Rhode Island Infantry (eager recruits, 7 bases)
US Cavalry Batallion, Companies E & F (eager recruits, 4 bases)
2nd Rhode Island Artillery Battery (2x light rifles)

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