Especially the French Guard artillery which took position north of the fort fired without cease and finally shattered the northern wall of the rearmost bulwark. Nevertheless the English stood steady and prepared for the French assault:
|French Line Infantry attacks the fort which is still manned by the British...|
|Some other bataillons hasting to the damaged sconces...|
|The Young Guard flooding through the breach into Kolberg.|
Meanwhile the French entered Kolberg from the South. Although General Major Halkett and his brigade fought bravely they weren't able to hold the walls. After defeating two French brigades and capturing one of their commanders they had to retreat. But the English didn't ginve up. They occupied the houses of Kolberg and prepared for a bloody struggle for every single street and lane...
|The English in the streets of Kolberg shooting at the French intruders.|
|Lurking in the streets they prepare to afford a surprising welcome to the French...|
|After the French cavalry broke to pieces the steady Russians advance towards Degow and Fritzow.|
|Prussian allies everywhere...|
|Axel the English supreme commander and me. Unfortunately Michal is missing since he was only present at Saturday.|
Although I was only present on Sunday and my dues were rather small (just holding the fortress...), the game was an absolutely great experience. My teammates as well as our opponents were nice, fair players and even during the heat of the battle the atmosphere was calm and friendly. The umpires did a good job when leading the game and an incredible job when preparing it before. I hope to be able to play with the fellows from the THS (Team for historical Simulations) furthermore and I'll be happy to post some pictures of forthcoming events from time to time.
When you enjoyed this short synopsis then have an eye on the Lead Adventure Forum (link). An official review of the whole event is in the making which will be posted there. But please be patient since a report for such an enormous event needs time. In any case I'll let you know when it's online.