It is based on an article which appeared in Miniature wargames about 10 years ago on John Sobieski and his military exploits. The Vienna campaign of 1683 is the one which most people have heard of, but the Polish forces spent many years fighting the Cossacks and Muscovites on the eastern borders. For our scenario, a local centre is being threatened by a Cossack raiding force. The local commander has gathered two units of the local militia infantry to form a garrison and do what they can to improve the defences. He also has a single 3lb gun and a small unit of light cavalry. A messenger has been sent to the nearest garrison requesting help.
The Cossack force consists of 3 units of infantry, seven of light cavalry and four units of tartar 'allies'. Their objective is to capture the village and carry off the stores within it, before any relief force arrives. The Polish relief force consists of 1 unit of hussars, 4 of pancerni and one light cavalry unit; they would arrive on turn 4 +d6. (In the event 1 rolled a 6 so the reinforcements didn't arrive until turn 10)
|The Polish village and defences|
|The Polish artillery|
|The Polish light cavalry endangered by their success|
Before the Cossacks had arrived, the Polish levy infantry had managed to create an obstacle across the likely line of attack. This now proved its worth as the Sandormirz unit of Cossacks were brought to a halt by the stakes as they came in musketry range. Supported by fire from the gun the levy were able to prevent the Cossack infantry from making any further progress.
However, two more units of Cossack infantry avoided the obstacle and attacked the village. Although one unit refused to attack, the Godicz unit closed with the defenders. Forcing their way over the improvised defences they established themselves in the houses.
|The Godicz Cossacks enter the village|
At this point the clock intervened. It was the end of turn nine, so the Polish reinforcements would have arrived next turn. It is possible that they could have driven off the Cossack cavalry and so saved the Polish infantry. Equally, the Cossack cavalry could have delayed the Polish cavalry long enough for their infantry to capture the town.
The rules worked well for this scenario, coping with the small units. They do give units carrying out 'perimeter defence' an increased firepower, though at the cost of reduced melee power which balances things out. Although the 2nd edition of the rules have an index (a notable improvement over the first edition) we still had problems with the various aspects of fighting in villages; though this perhaps may be due to our unfamiliarity with the rules.