Turn 17 (August 1757): New plans
We are in the last tiers of the 1757 war season. In few monthes, the snow will appear and the armies will be forced to take their winter quarters in safe shelters. I have to decide what is going to be my strategy now.
Indeed, I have successfully completed my master plan: I have concentrated my strength in one point (the Mohawk valley) and strike a huge blow one the main ennemy corps. The only failure in my plan has been Fort Duquesne which is still hold firm in French hands.
The scenario will run for 14 turns again, so I have to decide on a new strategy for this second half of the war: Right now, despite my tactical victory in Oswego, the final victory is not yet secured.
The good news is that the French will need several monthes to recover from the defeat they suffered. They need to concentrate new troops, and their indians allies are going to go back to their camps in octover anyway. I don't expect any offensive action from Montcalm before next spring.
The bad news news is my main corps has been badly damaged during Oswego battle. Abercromby men will need at least 3 monthes of rest and replacements before to go back to battle. Therefore, I'm unable to take a decisive advantage here.
Therefore, rather than to go after a decisive victory, I decide to use the last weeks before the winter to begin a new strategy:
1)I'm going to do something I usually never do: I'm going to split my forces in order to simultaneously attack multiple objectives in the periphery of the battlefield;
2) In normal time, this would be a risky strategy and the French paid an heavy price in the Mohawk valley for doing this. But I feel Montcalm is not in shape to react immediatly and the coming winter should protect me from a strong French counter-attack;
3) If Montcalm chooses to contentrate and strike one of my task forces, the losses would be be relatively small and I would still have grabed some victory points elswhere; Plus, as I will fortify the captured positions, retak
4) Finally, if Montcalm sends some forces in the periphery to counter-attack, he would be all the weaker when I will resume my offensive in the center toward Montreal.
By the end of the game, the aim of my plan is to control most of the objectives and strategic cities and hopefully be in position to assault Montreal.
The attack on Montreal
There are 3 main ways for an army to attack Montreal:
1)Through the Lake Champlain. This is the most obvious one. Fort Frederick is guarding it.
2) Through the Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence river. Frontenac and La Presentation are guarding it.
3) Through the ocean and the St Lawrence river? Louisbourg and Quebec are guarding it (!!)
Therefore Fort Frederick, Frontenac and Louisbourg will be top priority objectives.
The battle in the wild west
In the west, Fort Duquesne is still heavily defended, but Fort Detroit has been left undefended, and the garrison in Fort Niagara looks lonely... Therefore, I leave Fort Duquesne alone and go after the most easy to size obectives.
This is the most risky part, as my forces will be quite thin. But, once behind the forts walls, and with an harsh winter; i'm confident I'll be able to lure important french forces away from Montreal.
< Message edited by USS Yorktown -- 6/2/2007 8:51:33 PM >
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