17/04/2021 at 17:37 #155235
Time flies, I had intended to publish an analysis of the battle of Mudki on the 18th of December which is the anniversary. It never happened and I’ve finally caught up today. Mudki was the first battle of the Anglo-Sikh War.
Mudki was a very interesting battle with some unusual features. It didn’t go quite to plan for either side and was extremely hard fought. Subsequently, it was much mythologised. We had to wait for Amarpal Singh Sidhu to give us the definitive account in 2010.
I intend a game to refight Mudki shortly. In the meantime if you are interested in the Anglo-Sikh Wars there is an account of the battle on my blog.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/17/04/2021 at 20:44 #155236Hafen von SchlockenbergParticipant
I am, OB! Thanks, that was an interesting read.17/04/2021 at 21:19 #155240McKinstryParticipant
Thank you for a nice summary of an interesting time.
I don’t believe there are many instances of opponents underestimating Sikhs and not regretting it.
Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.17/04/2021 at 22:45 #155245
The pic above shows the Sikh Army moving into position probably the day before the battle. The British will arrive in the area beyond the cultivated fields in the late afternoon/early evening of the next day. I really should have made some more sandy hillocks for the game. Perhaps I can improvise something before the big day.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/20/04/2021 at 10:31 #155365
Here is the order of battle for Mudki scaled down for Field of Battle and a couple of pics. I couldn’t fit the flanking cavalry in.
The Sikh army has 5 units of regular infantry, 4 batteries of artillery and 3 cavalry units. We don’t know how many of the cavalry were regular. I’m going for 2 regular and 1 Gorchurra but that could be reversed and still comply with the information we have.
The British Army has 11 units of infantry or 12 if you think the 24th NI were present, 5 units of cavalry and 7 batteries. I would give the British one heavy battery to be deployed in the centre alongside 6 batteries of lighter artillery.
The cavalry brigades deployed on the flanks were accompanied by Horse Artillery I have opted for 1 battery each. These I think would have come from the original British artillery deployment rather than being additional to it.
I’ll add an after- action report here soon.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/25/04/2021 at 18:00 #155574
I had a go at replaying the Battle of Mudki with Field of Battle3 (FoB3). Given the circumstances it had to be a solo game. FoB3 is good for solo gaming so no problem. I also sought to follow the actual script of the battle as far as possible. No hindsight so far as I could manage.
Anyhow, it played out pretty well as a recreation of the original event. FoB3 has streamlined formation changes which was a plus in this game.
If it’s of interest here is a link.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/02/05/2021 at 10:54 #155789
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