It was a good match & a good fight.
Somehow brings to mind Nietzsche’s having once said – “The only Just war is a good war;” ..and this was a pretty good one with a few interesting elements.
Who knows why some get more D/L’s than others?
I suppose different individuals are looking for different things when they take the time to sit and watch …
Of interest to me in this one, was Prince Joker’s Russians, again…
The mass production & employment of Streletys, in which the action and the post-bellum statistical numbers tell the story.
In all, P.J. killed a total of 254 enemy units, but he lost 418 of his own, of which 400 (exactly) were Streletys.
One can say ‘Victory is Victory,’ and those 254 kills no doubt did make contribution to the ultimate victory – but I’d call that very Pyrrhic one.
Compare it with the performance and stats of IamScott (Ottoman), who in all killed a total of 625 enemy units and lost only 261, of which 207 were Janissaries. (And actually, these numbers are slightly skewed, because he didn’t lost All of those 207 Janissaries, a good number of which were still alive to accept the enemy’s surrender).
With a good Commander’s sensibility (IMO), IamScott continuously produced and pushed to the front (always at the right place at the right time, and as often as not being the one who was defining ‘the right’ in such regard) – field guns supported by Janissaries. The devastation he wrought was enormous – and it gave him – I much-believe – the distinction of being the General of the day (a large amount of the combat was reactionary to his pushes in-force to the south).
Likewise, the same sort of statistics for Village Idiot (also Russian), who in total killed 299 enemy units, but who lost 543 – of which 377 were Streletys.
It is one thing to Command this way if one has absolutely no other recourse, but at bottom, it makes what I’d call a “bad Commander.”
( Yes, I know gentlemen, it’s only a game ;) ) – but imagine if it were not. Would you do the same?
A constant flooding of the front with light infantry supported and followed by more light infantry, with supplements of light infantry themselves falling back at-times on auxiliary brigades of light infantry – All in the face of heavy infantry, heavy horse and heavy artillery is just ‘criminal’ (IMO).
All that light infantry really amounted to was fodder for heavy infantry, field guns and hoards of those damned British Longbows ( I Really hate them! ..not-least because they are exceptionally dangerous ).
There never was ‘a lot’ of horse on the field, and the few that ever did come to the front perished just as quickly.
For that, I can & will say, this is a very good one to watch for the nuances and ‘flavor’ of a predominantly infantry and artillery war – with some good ‘push & shove’ both directions for a time – but in which, ultimately, the tide swept with the strongest currents produced by Ottoman ranks properly thickened with Imperial Janissaries and field guns.
A fine match indeed, and as ever – my salute to all of you who took & played your part.
Thanks for sharing this one as well …
[Edited on 04/05/06 @ 11:38 PM]