29 December 2008
Move Nine Continued. . .
Major von Hirschbiegel moves some of O'Malley's Irish Grenzers into the building in the northwest of Pickelhaubewicz, meaning that all four buildings in the village have been garrisoned by Zichenauer troops.
Major von Hirschbiegel orders the 11th (Prinz Albrecht's) Hussars to wheel north to meet the attempted outflanking movement by Stollenian cavalry.
Here, we see a general view of the situation, taken from the the northwest. Why, it's a scene that could almost come from the pages of Charge! or The War Game!
Here is a second panoramic shot, this time looking toward the southwest. All of the troops deployed on the table are now in play. You'll see that the Wolmar-Bock Regiment, near the top center edge of the photograph, has come up behind Zichenau's Grenadiere zu Pferd and is presently being held in reserve by Major von Hirschbiegel. Even with artillery support, it looks to be a difficult task of dislodging the good Major's Newts and the Irish Grenzers, who are now comfortably ensconced inside all four village structures. Can the end be far off for Stollen's Colonel von Grundig and his ragtag assortment of troops? Surely, his superior, the craven General von Drosselmaier, would not be pleased with the way things have developed at Pickelhaubewicz. Von Grundig therefore makes the difficult decision to dispatch his aide, Major Rudolf Michael von Schenker, to the capital Krankenstadt. His mission? To carry a message, suggesting that it might be a good idea for the Grand Duke, his household, and the Stollenian government to vacate the city.