The last step to finalize the DBA-HX upgrade centres now on square formations and horse artillery. This test takes place somewhere on the Punjab plain anno 1837.
The test uses the maximum size board with the Native Maratha cavalry force defending. All terrain pieces could be placed with the exception of the BUA. In the photo, you see the initial deployment of the Maratha vanguard and the Anglo-Indian force.
In this current draft, the DBA 3.0 deployment restrictions have now been modified to add an area for “reserves”. Even Napoleonic manuals mention where reserve formations should be placed and that they should ideally consist of infantry and cavalry.
The Anglo-Indian battle line consisted of four Sepoy units evenly flanking the lone British regiment. These moved forward with the Maratha cavalry attempting to lap around them.
Sepoy units on the far right and left formed square in anticipation of a cavalry attack. In between the two squares, the British and Sepoy units remained in line. During this bound, both Ghurkha units found favourable terrain to work their trade. This delivered up a light horse unit to make the score 1-0 for the Queen.
The Maratha right wing charged the Sepoy square formation and recoiled back for their effort.
Operating between two squares, the British and Sepoys worked in conjunction to eliminate a second unit of Marathas, 2-0. The Maratha could reply in the only way they knew how and that was to charge again. This they did meeting the British and Sepoy cavalry on the left flank. This engagement would move back and forth for another turn delivering nothing more than a dust cloud. A second cavalry charge against the smaller Sepoy square failed as the horsemen were dropped in their tracks, 3-0 huzzah!
The British and Sepoy between the two squares wheeled to deliver a devastating volley to eliminate another cavalry element. During the previous bound, the Horse Artillery unlimbered behind the smaller Sepoy square and the rough ground to sow the dry ground with Maratha blood. 5-0 end of bound and game.
The white squares set underneath an element signify a unit in square formation. Squares performed repelled cavalry and despite a lower combat factor for Sepoys, they managed to beat back several charges. During the test, I imagined this could easily duplicate the battle of the Pyramids or Mount Tabor of Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign.
After completing the French and Algerian lists (1833-1847), I am so tempted to start a French army for North Africa.