Monday, 7 April 2014

Plancenoit Libre! : Part the Final

Plancenoit Daily Blurb headline: 'Young Guard don't get any older!'. Our on-the-spot reporter, fashion and lifestyles editor, Xavier Stilo filed the story.
 "Very dark blue is in this season but the choice of trim is all yours....
 Pirch, this particular catwalk commander, is followed into action by a very smart entourage with an off-the-shoulder extra large flag. Seems to be saying - if you've got it (the glossy paper and ink) flaunt it."
 "The rest of Lobau's troops fall back on Plancenoit (in white chinos - so passe) having lost the church to Bulow's Prussian spearhead..."
 "The town square was very quickly occupied by the retreating French (not even time for the odd throw rug)

 "Meanwhile, on the left flank of the town, the French Corps artillery made the Prussians pay for every move
 "Innovative use of the throw corpse as they defend the square...
 "In come the the Young Guard (sporting practical greatcoats...see weather report on page 2) and advance to throw out the Prussians occupying the graveyard...
 "To crys of 'Vive l'Empereur' they launch themselves into the attack...
 "..and get mown down into a heap (see council recycling uplift times on page 4)
 "The square too falls to the Prussian attack...
 "Finally, one Young Guard Battalion has more success and carries all before it throwing the Prussians clean out of the churchyard....
 They have little enough time to set up defence when in comes a multiple Prussian attack
 Pirch's columns are fresh and eager ( see Plancenoit Express deals coupons off deodorant and  coffee on page 8)
 "They coordinate columnar attacks....
 with close artillery support...."
 French gunners fight to the end as, out of the smoke (see 'Plain Packaging Debate' editorial page 3) they realise they are being outflanked.
 "It's just a matter of moments before the inevitable collapse...
 Renewed attacks on the graveyard...
 " The old Guard arrive in time to support the young...
 ...and take back the square...
 "Pirch throws in a massive attack....but wheels some troops to his left to try an opposite side outflanking move...
 "The fight is short and fierce...
  ...a Prussian victory as they bounce the enemy out...
...but ends in death to all the Young Guard...
 "The Old Guard get the square but are now faced with taking back the churchyard...
 "It is only then that they realise that they the enemy in front of, and behind, them....
 The Prussians are fresh...
 ...and the outflanking move comes to fruition...."

I was so excited at this point I forgot to take a picture of the end of the Guard. The Prussians were in complete control of Plancenoit and all the Guard battalions sent to restore the situation were completely wiped out along with nearly all Lobau's Corps and the Corps Artillery reserve.

What this may have meant in terms of the whole battle one can but speculate. By this time the Imperial Guard attack on Mt. St. Jean ridge may have succeeded or failed. Result: Glut of horse meat burgers in Plancenoit Express Supermarche and bumper edition of 'Items bought and sold' - page 10 to 58)

My thanks to all who took part. Laughs and groans all round.

Next time: We'll set the Corps out in their orders to find out what we still need to do to complete the lineup for the '100 Days 2015'.

4 comments:

  1. Excellent AAR and pictures. Thanks for posting, most inspiring.

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  2. Great report, Nice to note the photos run out just when it gets exciting, just like when I take pictures of my games.

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    1. Yes Will, it's really frustrating when you're reviewing your photos afterwards and the key one wasn't taken.

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