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  • #31
    Major Holden listens attentively to every word coming out of Major Bird's mouth as he shares his thoughts on Hammer 2 should do. Major Holden was very impressed with Major Bird's tactical knowledge and seems to have foreseen every circumstance in which Yankees could appear.

    As the meeting concluded, Major Holden calls out for his second-in-command and issues the orders adjusted according to Major Bird's suggestions.

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    Major Bird and Major Dee,

    One more thing if I may add. We need to watch out for Federal artillery units. I'm willing to bet they will probably posit these units inside the western edge of the forest to the east, probably next to the road. Depending on how many artillery units they have, they could posit another one along the southern edge of the forest.

    Maybe it's prudent to have your companies march in staggered column rather than a tight marching column.

    There's a lot of things that could go wrong.

    You know the old adage, no plan survives the contact with enemy.

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    Send a rider to Colonel Sennef with Hammer 2's updated tactical plans.

    Coordination is an absolute necessity given the lack of instantaneous communications and ever omnipotent fog of war that hangs over our heads.
    Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

    "Aim small, miss small."

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    • #32
      Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
      The red line is simply the farthest that a mounted rainbow unit can deploy prior to officially starting. It will vanish after the update. And the brown line is a pier not a bridge.
      Oops! I miss the "all water" on the map!

      It does not change my suggested plan but I will adjust a few of my sentences..

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      • #33
        Commander's Guidance: Meeting engagement

        General Sennef is in fact quite happy with the way his orders are being analysed and turned into sub-orders.
        Especially the way that the somewhat absent minded Dee and his hussars are being taken care of by majors Bird and Holden.

        A word of guidance:
        Based on our intelligence I expect this to be a meeting engagement.
        This means that the enemy will likely not have prepared fighting positions, but will deploy in line the moment they spot us.
        Our actions must be based on speed and keeping the initiative.
        Last edited by Colonel Sennef; 02 Feb 18, 04:04.
        BoRG

        You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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        • #34
          Hammer 1 Finch, Bates, (Khryses) - Orders.

          It is not immediately clear from anything written here if we are to precede the movement of Hammer 2 or follow it, or indeed march alongside, so I will leave that to the Colonelís discretion.

          At the signal given by Colonel Sennef Hammer 1 will set out along the path indicated by the dark blue arrow on the colonelís map.

          Bates company will lead as indicated here,

          Major Bates suggest that his men can move first and cover the movement of the bigger battalion Major Finch has. Bates Irregulars can screen the movement with their bodies and help Finch to reach the forest edge, at that point I shall form to Finches right flank and guard it and engage the enemy.
          Their job obviously is locate the enemy and by their positioning allow the rest of our force to pick a path that hopefully allows them to stay out of the line of sight for as long as possible.

          Finch battalion formed in company columns will follow 50 paces to the south and 50 behind.

          Skirmish company will lead, ready to fan out and assist Bates men if they run into trouble.

          Another 20 paces behind will follow the 3 line companies, with minimum interval.

          K.ís grenadier company will bring up the rear.

          Upon arrival in as far as possible, we will engage the enemy with fire from Bates men, supported by my own skirmishes if needed, while our formed companies seek cover, and if possible concealment, in the trees there,

          form in three lines as before, turn to face the enemy and prepare to attack.

          Suspicious of enemy sharpshooters, Finch will be on foot with 1st line company.
          Last edited by Snowygerry; 02 Feb 18, 04:00.
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          • #35
            Deadline Warning: 27 hours!
            Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Colonel Sennef View Post
              General Sennef is in fact quite happy with the way his orders are being analysed and turned into sub-orders.
              Especially the way that the somewhat absent minded Dee and his hussars are being taken care of by majors Bird and Holden.

              A word of guidance:
              Based on our intelligence I expect this to be a meeting engagement.
              This means that the enemy will likely not have prepared fighting positions, but will deploy in line the moment they spot us.
              Our actions must be based on speed and keeping the initiative.
              Finch has a good question. Does the general prefer, during the SE move,:

              Hammer 1 column is followed by Hammer 2 column, so that Hammer 1 move North starts before Hammer 2 - Therefore, a staggered move North but it allows Hammer 2 to be redirected, if necessary.

              or

              Hammer 2 column is followed by Hammer 1, so the move North by both Hammers are done simultaneously.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Capt AFB View Post
                Finch has a good question. Does the general prefer, during the SE move,:

                Hammer 1 column is followed by Hammer 2 column, so that Hammer 1 move North starts before Hammer 2 - Therefore, a staggered move North but it allows Hammer 2 to be redirected, if necessary.

                or

                Hammer 2 column is followed by Hammer 1, so the move North by both Hammers are done simultaneously.
                Exactly. Hence my earlier question to Colonel Sennef on where our units are in the marching order. Just as in real life, knowing where units are in marching order will play some influence in formulating a tactical plan.

                I would prefer the Hammer 1 to go first, because that provides some cover for Hammer 2's flanks. Hammer 1 has the most direct route to Carolina City, though it takes through the forest. Hammer 2 has the lengthiest route, having to go around the forest to get through the open space before Carolina City. That exposes our flanks to potential enemy attacks.

                Whatever it is, we'll have to march in good order quickly to our objectives. No dithering in the open space before the forest.
                Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

                "Aim small, miss small."

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                • #38
                  Maj Leroy calls his XO Cpt Beaumont. "We are the reserve. Make sure all men are fully equipped and ready at a moment's notice."
                  Cpt Beaumont, "Roger, should we have them do anything?"
                  "Nope, just make sure they rotate out meals and rest. Weapons should be clean already," Leroy replies, "The new guys integrated yet?"
                  "Roger," as Beaumont remembers the first encounter that started with the smallest Tiger, who also happens to be the bravest, who approached the Alpha in the new group. Needless to say, the new guys got a taste of some of that southern Tiger ferocity and after many bruises and cuts, they laughed it off, accepting the new guys into the club. Some of the old guys don't attach easily and keep their distance, but they train them just the same so they don't them all killed.

                  At every available moment they are tested, both the new guys from the previous battle and these new guys. They rehearse together on how to reform in different formations by voice or bugle. Once they get that down, they are assigned their 4 man teams when they are in loose formation. Tiger's practice how to shape the line by breaking it into three sections. Its still one line but each flank can pivot forward or backwards independently while maintaining the integrity of the line. New guys start in the middle, most experienced on flanks. Physical stamina is emphasized as Tiger's don't walk when advancing unless they have to. All movements are at a trot or a sprint depending on the situation. If permitting, all of us run once a day and if we can't leave an area they do shuttle runs until exhaustion. We start off the new guys light, no gear or weapons and gradually increase load to where they can run with all gear (we don't want injuries now). We also improve speed by having sprint races at the end of every run. Fastest runners are excused from details for that day but they also identify who will be messengers when needed.
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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Capt AFB View Post
                    Finch has a good question. Does the general prefer, during the SE move,:

                    Hammer 1 column is followed by Hammer 2 column, so that Hammer 1 move North starts before Hammer 2 - Therefore, a staggered move North but it allows Hammer 2 to be redirected, if necessary.

                    or

                    Hammer 2 column is followed by Hammer 1, so the move North by both Hammers are done simultaneously.
                    Originally posted by Cheetah772 View Post
                    Exactly. Hence my earlier question to Colonel Sennef on where our units are in the marching order. Just as in real life, knowing where units are in marching order will play some influence in formulating a tactical plan.

                    I would prefer the Hammer 1 to go first, because that provides some cover for Hammer 2's flanks. Hammer 1 has the most direct route to Carolina City, though it takes through the forest. Hammer 2 has the lengthiest route, having to go around the forest to get through the open space before Carolina City. That exposes our flanks to potential enemy attacks.

                    Whatever it is, we'll have to march in good order quickly to our objectives. No dithering in the open space before the forest.
                    Correct analysis and good questions gentlemen.
                    This plan is based on improvisation,
                    so I prefer a staggered, flexible move.

                    If the enemy is not where I expect him to be we will have to adjust accordingly.
                    BoRG

                    You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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                    • #40
                      Deadline

                      About 13-ish hours before I start the update. The Union is ready, or at least they think they are.....are you?
                      Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                      • #41
                        Last preparations are made. The Green Jackets sergeant-major sets the battalion in company columns. Company officers waiting for the sergeant-major and company NCOs to complete the line up before taking their position with their respective companies.

                        Major Bird and Cpt Frumm, XO, were on horseback chatting. They were moving slowly to the front of the column where Holden's company was gathering for the move, to discuss any last minute details with Maj Holden.

                        Lt Dyers, left a few minutes ago, to join Finch's battalion and Hammer 1 as what could be called the GJ's Liaison Officer.

                        The GJ Quartermaster and his wagon have left to join Rainbow Brigade supply train in the rear.

                        Behind the GJ columns, Dee's Hussars were forming up. Many still mounted on their horse, but getting ready to dismount and walk along the GJ column during the move through the thick forest.

                        Business-like, the GJ mood was good, with a bit of exchanges of banter, mostly directed to the new recruits going into their first fight.

                        The Green Jackets were ready.
                        Last edited by Capt AFB; 03 Feb 18, 13:11.

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                        • #42
                          Supply

                          As this is the first field battle in which this will matter:

                          Occasionally, if your unit has been engaged for a bit, you might see it noted in your resolution that you're running low on ammunition. The three criteria for getting 'resupplied' are as follows:

                          1) Not be in close combat.
                          2) Not be cut off from the rear, in this case from the road at your entry-edge of the map.
                          3) Simply make a request in your orders.....Sennef doesn't have to order it, the supply sergeants with the Brigade wagon train are capable of fulfilling this.

                          Exceptions:

                          Bird: Due to your choice to have weapons with lighter-weight ammo, you have 50% more ammunition immediately on hand. You also chose to have a wagon specific to your Battalion, so you won't be running low on ammo for quite some time.

                          Gardner: Your battery has 2 wagons directly attached to it, so you don't have to concern yourself for quite some time.

                          Note: The curse of having a wagon directly attached to you is that it can't keep up with cavalry (so cavalry can't have one attached unless they want to choose to move that SLOW).....and if you're ROUTED the wagon is automatically considered to be lost.
                          Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                          • #43
                            April 5th, 0800hrs

                            Just after the morning dawn, Rainbow comes onto what will be the field......it doesn't have a name yet, just some nameless farms by Carolina City....but Waterloo was just a field before a few thousand soldiers gave it a name.....

                            North to South:

                            Major Pruitt has a lot of green men in his troop, but it's nearly a Cavalry Squadron in size now. Riding out in front of Rainbow, he heads North and reaches the railroad. Not seeing the enemy, the column of Tar Heels ride down the railroad through the grove. As they come through the trees, Major Pruitt spots a column of blue coats marching by the railroad station. Simultaneously he's spotted, and men break away from the column after a moment, forming a skirmish screen as a line begins to form just North of the railroad station.

                            The Hussars ride behind the Tar Heels, and on reaching the woodline, sweep south, riding down the length of the wood at a trot, nary a foe in sight....

                            ----

                            Leading the column down the road, General Sennef moves in the van, at the pace of his artillery, as they wend their way out of the woods and into the open. Expecting imminent contact, they receive none. After twenty minutes of marching, the "Anvil" has no enemy to their front, only the road going back into the grove.

                            ----

                            In the South, The combined units of both Hammers pick their way through the pine forest, skirmishers out in front. Bates and Holden find their going a bit easier, natural skirmishers flowing around the trees as they keep an eye out for signs of the enemy. The following infantry columns have a rougher time of it, sergeants trying to maintain some cohesion so the battalions can deploy into line at a moment's notice.

                            Major Bates spies some blue-coated movement in the city, but he cannot identify if it's just a few officers, or the vanguard of a column, or a handful of patrolling soldiers that walk across an open area between one warehouse and the town.

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                            Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                            • #44
                              Major Pruitt orders an Orderly to take a message to the Colonel: We have found enemy troops by the railway station. We will move to the left 200 yards and try to flank them. We will dismount and form a firing line to divert their attention."

                              Orderly Two! Take a message to Major Dee: "The Tarheels will move 200 yards up the treeline from the Rail line and dismount to engage a skirmish line. Head for the Rail Line so you can come up on our Right!

                              Orderly Two, also ride back to the wagons and tell them to bring up a load of Rifle and Pistol ammo!"

                              Major Pruitt, Tarheel Legion Cavalry
                              Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

                              Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

                              by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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                              • #45
                                I thought Dee was travelling SE with Hammer 2 until the cavalry reached the clearance next to the shoreline

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