A new adventure I witnessed in Wars of Europe:
Testing out all the factions in the game, I focused my attention on the Kingdom of Sweden this time. After dealing with Sea Raiders along the coast and helping Manhunters in capturing by revolution influenced peasants, I slowly managed to train a basic Swedish army that also contained troops from Finland, Norway and Denmark. After gathering money by doing some quests, I set off towards the land owned by GB. Arriving at the French-British border, a massive battle had already begun. Austria, France and me as Sweden, fighting off an Russian-British allied force. Because I attacked British villagers in a previous skirmish, I was able to join the Austrians and French forces. Our army was 293 men (68 were Swedish/Scandinavian) strong while the Russian-British field army was 301 soldiers strong. Apparently, the French attacked a British caravan as I could see there were going to be Caravan Guards deployed in the battle ahead.
The fact that a Caravan was under attack, the AI will charge immediately after spawn. Knowing this, I quickly formed line, melee infantry (banners carriers and officers) behind the musket armed soldiers, and cavalry at my left flank. When British Light Dragoons and Russian Cossacks along with Russian Dragoons were heading towards my position. I ordered a cavalry charge. The French and Austrian armies luckily had some cavalry units (Lancers and Carabiniers) with them, so I led them into the fray. Around 11 Lancers and 5 Carabiniers held off 22 British-Russian cavalrymen in a nice charge, killing about 20 of them while the French and Austrians lost about 7 men.
When the enemy cavalry was repulsed, I positioned my cavalry back where they were deployed in the first place. The infantrymen were send in, with Swedish banners waving behind them. Mainly because the enemy infantry preferred a skirmishing battle position (scattered) rather, as I did, form a line, their fire didn't harm my troops severely. However, when the British and Russians Grenadiers came along to join the turmoil, I noticed I lost more men faster. These troops excel in melee combat, that's for sure. Around 70% of the infantry I lost in this battle, were killed because of a bayonet attack or were cut down with a sword.
This battle wasn't epic in terms of strategy, but in terms of numbers it was very entertaining. Sweden, Austria and France (SAF) were the winning countries, while Great Britian and Russia (GBR) were forced to pull back and needed to rebuild their forces. The results were:
SAF: 112 dead (+/- 10 Swedish/Scandinavian), 18 wounded (+/- 15 Swedish/Scandinavian).
GBR: 278 dead, 23 wounded.