This scenario is the second battle of our club's World War I Centennial event, using Great War Spearhead II in 6mm. Our first scenario, Mons, resulted in a narrow British victory.
The Battle of La Cateau took place immediately following the BEF retreat from the Mons salient. Unlike their previous hasty defense, the British established a more formidable defensive position at La Cateau, aiming to make a strong stand that might blunt the rapid German advance into France.
With six brigades--a division and half--could the British stop an entire German corps from rolling through La Cateau?
This scenario represents the first battle in Army Group York's World War I Centennial Commemoration. We are using Baccus 6mm miniatures with the division-level rules "Great War Spearhead 2."
The German First Army swept through Belgium in August 1914, acting on the "Schlieffen Plan" to knock France out of the war early. On August 22nd, von Kluck's 17th and 18th Divisions found the British Expeditionary Force holding the town of Mons along the Conde Canal. The Mons salient had to be eliminated for a rapid German advance to press west. Out-numbered by 3-to-1, elements of the British 3rd Division found themselves in a heated rearguard action!
Could the BEF hold the salient long enough to delay the German advance? Read on to find out!
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