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Anglo-Dutch Order or Battle for the Waterloo Campaign

Where unit performance is known or can be inferred, values have been given. The British commander will probably want to assign some of the various light cavalry brigades from the reserve to the line divisions, thereby leaving Uxbridge with a more maneuverable command of four or five brigades. Losses at Quatre Bras (fought before Waterloo) were about four bases of British (lost from 1st and 5th divisions), two bases of Brunswickers and two bases of Dutch.

During the battle at Waterloo, small British detachments of elite and veteran troops were able to occupy and hold some key forward strongpoints against what might seem long odds. From a game mechanics perspective, this was possible due to several crucial details: The strongpoints at La Haye Sainte and Hougomont both had small patches of orchards and woods on the southern edges of the properties, thereby protecting their occupants from the fire of those French artillery batteries closest to them; their flanks were closely supported by British artillery, thereby preventing the complete surrounding of the garrisons; both sites were on different levels than the very few French artillery batteries which could bear at longer ranges. The positions were very well protected, and both La Haye Sainte and Hougomont are class A defenses.

La Haye Sainte should be about one inch square, with a one inch wide, two inch long strip of orchard to its south. The Hougomont enclosure should be about six inches square, with the main building being about a two by three inch rectangle at the north end of the square wooded area. The sand pit to the north of La Haye Sainte should probably be solid cover, and only just big enough to offer cover to one base.


Anglo-Belgian Army - Wellington

1st Corps - Prince of Orange
1st Division - Cooke
Brigade Maitland - 4 bases elite (1st Guards)
Brigade Bying - 4 bases elite (2nd & 3rd Guards)
1 Medium foot artillery battery

3rd Division - Alten
Brigade Halket - 4 bases veteran (30th, 33rd, 69th, 73rd)
Brigade Ompteda - 3 bases veteran (KGL)
Brigade Kielmansegge - 6 bases (Hanoverian)
1 Medium foot artillery battery

2nd Dutch-Belgian Division - Perponcher
Brigade Bylandt - 6 bases militia (7th line, 27th jagers, 5th, 7th & 8th militia)
2nd Nassau Regiment- 5 bases
Regiment of Orange-Nassau - 3 bases
2 Medium foot artillery batteries

3rd Dutch-Belgian Division - Chasse
Brigade Ditmers - 6 bases militia (2nd line, 35th jagers, 4th, 6th, 19th militia)
Brigade D'Aubreme - 7 bases green (3rd, 12th, 13th line, 36th jagers, 3rd & 10th militia)
1 Medium foot artillery battery

2nd Corps - Hill
2nd British Division - Clinton
Brigade Adam - 5 bases veteran (95th is elite if detached) (52nd, 71st, 95th)
Brigade du Plat - 3 bases veteran (KGL 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th line)
Brigade Halket - 5 bases militia (Hanoverian landwehr)
1 Medium foot artillery battery

4th Division - Colville
Brigade Mitchell - 3 bases veteran (14th, 23rd, 51st)
Brigade Johnstone - 4 bases veteran (35th, 54th, 59th, 91st)
Brigade Lyon - 5 bases green (Hanoverian line & landwehr)
1 Medium foot artillery battery

First Dutch-Belgian Division - Stedman
Brigade Hauw - 6 bases militia (4th, 6th line, 16th jagers, 9th, 14th, 15th militias)
Brigade Johnstone - 6 bases militia (1st line, 18th jagers, 1st, 2nd, 18th militias)
Brigade Anthing - 7 bases green (organized for the Dutch East Indies, included Indonesians)
1 Medium foot artillery battery

Reserve Divisions - Wellington
5th Division - Picton
Brigade Kempt - 4 bases veteran (28th, 32nd, 79th, 95th)
Brigade Pack - 4 bases veteran (1st, 42nd, 44th, 92nd)
Brigade Vinke - 5 bases militia (Hanoverian Landwehr)
1 Medium foot artillery battery

6th Division - Cole
Brigade Lambert - 5 bases veteran (4th, 27th, 40th, 81st)
Brigade Best - 5 bases militia (Hanoverian Landwehr)
1 Medium foot artillery battery

Brunswick Division - Duke of Brunswick
1st Brigade - 5 bases green
2nd Brigade - 5 bases green
Cavalry Brigade - 2 bases light cavalry (hussars, lancers)
1 Medium foot artillery battery

Unattached formations - Wellington
Brigade Kruse - 5 bases (Nassau infantry)
1 Medium horse artillery battery (British)

Cavalry Reserve - Uxbridge
Brigade Somerset - 2 bases elite heavy cavalry (Life Guards, Royal Horse Guards)
Brigade Ponsonby - 2 bases veteran heavy cavalry (1st, 2nd & 6th Dragoons)
Brigade Dornberg - 2 bases light cavalry (1st, 2nd KGL light dragoons, 23rd light dragoons)
Brigade Vandeleur - 2 bases light cavalry (11th, 12th, 16th light dragoons)
Brigade Grant - 2 bases light cavalry (2nd KGL hussars, 7th & 15th hussars)
Brigade Vivian - 2 bases light cavalry (1st KGL hussars, 10th & 18th hussars)
Brigade Arentshildt - 2 bases light cavalry (3rd KGL hussars, 13th light dragoons)
Brigade Estorff - 3 bases light cavalry (Cumberland hussars, Prince Regent's hussars, Bremen and Verden Hussars)
Brigade Trip - 2 bases militia medium cavalry (1st & 3rd Dutch carabiniers, 2nd Belgian carabinier)
Brigade Ghingy - 2 bases militia light cavalry (4th Dutch light dragoons, 8th Belgian hussars)
Brigade Merlen - 2 bases militia light cavalry (5th Belgian light dragoons, 6th Dutch hussars)
3 batteries medium horse artillery (British)
1 battery medium horse artillery (Dutch)

 
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