The Waterloo Kriegsspiel: Turn One (15th of June)
|The situation at dawn on the 15th|
With the introduction and Turn Zero out of the way, let's look at the campaign proper; Turn One, the 15th of June 1815.
French Opening Moves
The weather is bright and sunny as the French began their attack at dawn, the Young Guard division under Duhesme driving North screened by Lefebvre's light cavalry. They brush the Prussian pickets aside, and with no significant Prussian presence South of the Sambre, reach the river by 10:00.
Here their scouts report that only a single Prussian division holds the town; unfortunately for the French Vandamme has been slow bringing his Corps up, so instead of risking a frontal assault Marshal Grouchy instead orders Duhesme's men to head East and try and force a crossing at Chatelet.
Over on the French left flank, Marshal Ney has clearly had a little too much vin rouge the night before; he's late to rise, and this delays his attack. Still, he reaches the crossroads at Givry about 10:30 - an hour after his lead cavalry elements, who've driven off the Dutch 2e Brigade de Lichte Cavalerie (Dutch 2nd Light Cavalry, from now on).
All is now quiet here, so with Reille's Corps marching hard for Binche, he heads West to check on d'Erlon.
d'Erlon has been on the move since 06:00. It's slow going over the tributaries of the Haine, and he's further checked by extensive skirmishing with the Dutch 1st Light Cavalry, but the French bring more cavalry up and force them back.
The first French infantry reach Mons at 11:30, and Ney arrives around then too. After a short conference with d'Erlon, and having heard from some Dutch prisoners that the Dutch forces are concentrating on Braine-le-Comte, he orders d'Erlon to capture Mons and then attack the British infantry visible on the high ground just beyond.
Anglo-Dutch Opening Moves
Prussian Opening Moves
Attack on Charleroi
Capture of Mons
|Deployments immediately prior to the battle of Mons|
The Battle of Binche
|Positions at dusk, turn one|