|The table setup - seen from the German side.|
After the battle of
on 23rd August the BEF fell back with Von Klucks 1st Army in hot pursuit. On the 25th the BEF was forced to split its march around the Mons on the Sambre. Von Kluck's advance guards fought a series of actions with BEF rearguards but the exhausted British could retreat no further and decided to stand and fight. Forest of Mormal
British briefing (IInd Corps)The Corps has suffered permanent losses of around 4,500 and Germans losses are estimated to be much heavier. The men are exhausted and we need to halt the Germans in battle before we resume the retreat. Contact has been made with the French on the left and Haigs 1st Corps should be on the right on the other side of the Sambre.
Allenby's cavalry are also exhausted but have agreed to serve under command, as has the newly arrived 4th Div. 4th Div has no signallers, engineers, cyclists or cavalry. The Corps is deployed along the
Conduct a 'stopping blow under cover of which you can retire late'.
II Corps (Smith-Dorrien)
4th Div, 3rd Div, 5th Div, Corps howitzer Bde, 19th Independant Inf Bde
Cavalry Div (Allenby)
French Cavalry Div. Not under command but defends itself if attacked.
German briefing (1st Army)We have been closely pursuing the British for three days and they finally seem to have stopped to fight. Losses so far have been around 16,000 and the main tactical lesson has been the need for a preparatory bombardment before infantry assaults.
Von der Marwitzs IInd Cavalry Corps has been recalled to Cambrai and the plan is simple, a double envelopment. IV Corps will pin the British frontally, while IInd Cavalry Corps plus IV Reserve Corps envelop their right and the III Corps envelops their left. III Corps won a bridgehead across the Sambre last night, but IV Reserve Corps will take a few hours to move into position.
Envelop and destroy the British.
1st Army (Von Kluck)IInd Cavalry Corps, IV Corps, III Corps
turn 3 IV Res Corps
Terrain and weatherThe terrain is rolling and open west of the Sambre, the major features are the (fordable) rivers,
|German cavalry engages the British left|
|German troops make an initial assault on Le Cateau|
|The Brits were quick to dig in - making my job a lot harder|
|The naughty Brits even used an 'infernal machine'...|
|...forcing me to retaliate. They'll never catch on.|
|Mid game overview. A German corps is already teetering on the brink of exhaustion!|
|Le Cateau has fallen to the field grey hordes (it's all down to the leadership...)|
|On the German left the British cavalry comes under pressure and are only saved by my traditionally appalling dice!|
|The German right wing (plenty of them...) surges forward. Again.|
|The German defenders of Le Cateau ready themselves to repel a British counterattack|
|The BEF by now have fought the German left to a standstill|
|and the same is happening on the right|
|as waves of Germas attack with artillery support|
|Happily Le Cateau held out!|
|an overview of the endgame situation. The Germans hold Le Cateau and while the British line is a bit crumbly the Germans lack the reserves to carry on the attack.|