Sunday, December 11, 2011

Kisah AKU n The End of British Supremacy, 1810

For better understanding, please read both Chapter 1 - Napoleon's Invasion of Russia, 1808 and Chapter 2 - Battle of London, 1810 , kalau taknak - boleh blah sekarang sebab korang takkan faham apa-apa..hu3x

Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington managed to crossed the Channel and seized Rennes from the Empire of France. The British Monarch was already being overthrown and England is now a part of the great French Empire under Napoleon. But, Wellesley motivated by his own ambition – to restore the royalties will do anything and the possible way is to seek peace with Napoleon by capturing the heart of the Empire – Paris. But, due to the fast mobilization of the elite French troops, Napoleon managed to assemble his troops at the outskirt of Paris and on their way to crush Wellington at Rennes. Shall the Emperor managed to destroy the formidable British army, France will be saved from a simple humiliation and shall the one and only Marshal of the British Empire, Wellesley inflicted a defeat for the Emperor. He might consider returning the Isles to the throne back. If the Emperor destroys Wellington’s army here, a total destruction of the British supremacy will be destroyed.
Napoleon’s Imperial Guard – totalled 1338 strong men composed from a battalion of Old and Young Guard, squadrons of heavy cavalry and Royal Batteries are assemble at the outskirt of Rennes, where Wellington with his fearsome Foot Guard are expected to make their stand. It is believed that a division of British troops stationed at the northwest of Rennes will join the battle. Here, Napoleon is already outnumbered but his seasoned troops that have already experienced several major battles during his conquest of Europe are equally matched with Wellington’s Foot.
Battlefield at the earliest part of the battle – both armies holds their line with a single straight facing each other.
Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, the fate of his mighty empire relied on his small but elite troops.
Duke of Wellington, his army composed mostly the infantry unit that formed the backbone of any army. He did use them well in his previous campaign but may the luck be with him now?

Napoleon’s imperial batteries were placed well at the end of the straight line. It’s to protect the flank of the advancing infantry as well as to shell Wellington’s troops assembled near the town centre.
The Old Guard, served as the personal guard of the Emperor. This is Napoleon’s reserve, shall the battle is turning tide – Napoleon might commit them into the battlefield to reinforce shaken troops.
Wellington has a numerous stock of supply as he expects that the French will lay siege of the town.
Wellington placed all of his division behind the reverse slope at the natural escarpment of Rennes, the artillery are about to pound the French position from the high ground.
There are also several handful Fencibles which act as the blocking force shall the line is broken.
Wellington’s assemble his troops in a heavily packed position, applying a detailed formation while trying to spread out to with their sheer number together with a strong rearguard at their back. Napoleon ordered his troops in a traditional straight line formation – concentrating on applying a double envelopment against Wellington, strengthening the center while both right and left flank advancing together and encircle the Britons through Hannibal’s pincer movement.
Two armies are about to meet face to face – Wellington unexpectedly rolled up the rearguard and put them balance to protect his flanks. Making a single solid straight line against Napoleon’s scattered regiment that isolated each other toward their objective.
On 1500 PM, Napoleon ordered a battalion of Old Guard and 2 battalion of Young Guard to advance towards the enemy line and press them while a squadron of cuirassier will protect their flank.
Wellington, able to see the whole battlefield later orders his squadron of British Heavy Cavalry to destroy the advancing Guards.
Already experienced a number of cavalry charges throughout a number of campaigns, the Guards formed a square formation and fends off the charge.
Dalton’s reinforcement detachment was presence on the battlefield and threaten Napoleon’s right flank.
Saint Cyr, commander of French Heavy Cavalry exploits Wellington’s fatal mistake and charge the unprotected artillery crew stationed near the town.
Wellington then ordered his front guard to make a frontal assault directed towards the weak lines of the French at the right flank, while detach several Foots and Highlander to press the Guard at the center.
Napoleon, on his daring decision – ordered 2 battalion of Young Guard to block and reinforce the hard pressured right flank.
To the center, Wellington’s army nearly succeed in encircle the Guard and isolated them from the cream of Napoleon’s army.
All flanks encounter each other, Napoleon however took a brilliant move and seizes advantage by placing French batteries away from the concentration area, thus making them easier to pound the British attack, while the Guard were able to absorb them.
The Guard although outnumbered and under heavy fire from 3 direction maintained their moral and defend their position.
The Foot then charges the ill numbered Guard but still unable to push they back from their line. Napoleon however still focusing on his threaten right flank which with their fall, it enable Wellington to launch a full scale attack from it and rolling Napoleon from a defensive position.
Right flank, a savage hand to hand fighting between the Young Guard and the furious Foot occurred.
Wellington then commit his Light Cavalry in a desperate move against Napoleon’s centre that still being holds by the Guard.
Realizing the important of the Guards to hold the line, Napoleon ordered a squadron of Cuirassier in a gamble movement against Wellington. The squadron actually is his right flank regiment but to secure the centre – they need to be mobilized.
The charge did inflict a maximum morale effect among the British troops – their expected tough line faltered and broken by a single wave of cavalry charge by Saint Cyr. The Guard now chase the enemies up the hill.
On the left flank, the Highlander gallantly defends their initial position but later isolated by their retreating lads.
British 33rd Foot held their ground from the French cavalry and routed a squadron of Cuirassier in their effort to hold the left flank of Wellington.
Napoleon succeeded in destroying the regular British infantry but having a difficulty in inflicted a total destruction of Wellington’s elite infantry – the Highlander and Foot that still hold their ground.

Eager to finish the battle, Napoleon ordered a general cavalry charges directed towards both of his flank – right and left, which subjected towards the Foot and the Highlander that protected Wellington’s center.
The battlefield – at the end of the battle, showing that the French regimental commander already rally their regiment, while a number of handful cavalry squadron pursue the British troops.
All Wellington’s flank are now failed, the line crumbled simultaneously – the Britons flee the battlefield while the French chases them down as far to the Brittany.
Saint Cyr personally came to Napoleon, signalled the Emperor victory against Wellington.

With the defeat of Wellington, the English finally being annihilated and France did not have any remaining enemy. But, will Napoleon betray his allied and conquer the whole Europe continent. With Spain is the only major nations stand against him, by destroying them it could give Napoleon a steady supply of raw materials and gold resources scattered across the Iberian Peninsula.

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