The Russian column is led by a brigade of 3 regiments of dragoons commanded by Anatoly Rostov, (one of the regiments has been sent to investigate the village of Rauna). Next are two brigades of infantry, each of six battalions. The first is under the command of Feodor Golitzin, the second is commanded by Count Alexander Tolov, (a recent appointment due to Palace connections). Between them is the commander of the expedition Prince Michael Morevsky, he has changed the order of march drawn up by his staff in to ensure that his personal baggage is safely under his personal view. The artillery, originally placed between the infantry brigades has been relegated to the rear of the column.
The Swedish force is heavily outnumbered. but does have the advantage of surprise. It comprises 2 regiments of horse, (Abo and Upplands), 4 battalions of infantry, (Dal, Jonkopings,Viborgs and Smalands) and a light gun. The gun is concealed at the edge of the wood top right, the cavalry are behind the wooded hill closest to the Russian dragoons and the infantry are concealed in the woods and broken ground lower right. Von Kressow the Swedish commander has ordered the artillery commander, Captain Blyborg, to open fire at the Russians once they are in close range. When he hears the artillery fire Baron Creutz, commanding the cavalry, is to move round the hill and charge the Russians. Kressow himsellf will choose the moment to order Major General Fehman to attack with his infantry.
|Golitzin urges his men forward|
The Russian objective is to press on to Riga, brushing aside any enemy forces which attempt to bar their way. For the Swedish force the objective is inflict as much damage on the enemy as possible without incurring heavy casualties themselves.
Rostov was caught unawares by the sudden artillery bombardment of his leading unit the Sibersk Dragoons. Fortunately, the first rounds caused few casualties, but as the smoke cleared Creutz's leading regiment, Abo, was charging home. The ineffective pistol volley from the Russians was ignored by the Finnish troopers as they closed. Although shaken by the impact, the larger Russian unit managed to stand its ground and against the odds force the Finns to fall back to reform. Relief was only temporary as Upplands now charged. Rostov's heart swelled with pride as this attack was also repulsed by the Sibersk Dragoons.
|The DSibersk Dragoons drive off the Upplands regiment|
|Smalands leads the Swedish infantry attack|
|Prince Michael Morevsky with his baggage|
|Smalands drive back a battalion|
All along the line the infantry squared up to an exchange of volleys. In most cases the Swedes gained the upper hand due to their experienced infantry. The newly raised Russian battalions were not used to battle and when the Swedes levelled their pikes and bayonets and charged, the Russians were driven back in disorder. Prince Michael joined his brigade commanders rallying the fleeing units, but it was akin to trying to stem the tide. Golitzin's brigade was down to three battalions holding the line, Tolov had four, but three of them were struggling through the woods. The opposing cavalry units were all disordered, the last viable Swedish unit, Upplands, had been moving towards the baggage wagons, but had been repulsed by a volley from the battalion of the Narva regiment . The reformed Sibersk Dragoons were faced by the Jonkopings regiment and under artillery fire and forced to withdraw also.
|The Russian battalions flee in disorder|
|Narva save the baggage wagons|
A very satisfying scenario, even though I commanded the Russians. The quality differential between the forces allowed the Swedes (outnumbered 3 to 1), to defeat their opponents. In later campaigns the quality difference is much less marked and the Swedes find things much more difficult. We altered the command ratings to those given in Pike and Shotte, Swedes rated 7 to 9, Russians 6 to 8. In our next Ga Pa game we will try two more amendments
1 Giving a modifier on orders if the general is attached
2 Troops routed through by units of a lesser quality do not need to test for dispruption