The War Will Not Be Civilized - A French and Indian War double AAR

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The War Will Not Be Civilized - A French and Indian War double AAR

General_Hoth and myself are going to start a brand new AAR for French and Indian War. General_Hoth, as a Canadien in real life, will take the French. As for me, as a French in real like, I will take the English.

It is going to be the second AAR on the FIW war : the other was Loki and I Wars in America: A 'how-to' AAR which I recommand if you are a beginner, as the AAR we are going to write is not going to be specially "for beginners".

While Loki100 was a total beginner in our first AAR, General_Hoth is very experimented with playing the French, as you will quickly see, my beginning is less glorious. But I'll manage. Hopefully.

You will forgive me for using a few screenshoot (mostly "presentation") from the other AAR, but the tactical analysis of the scenario has not changed.

All through the AAR, I plan to use Emx77 (from Ageod's forum) outstanding strategic maps. Here is a "pure" version for the FIW :

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SO everytime you see a map looking like this, remember Emx77 made it possible.

Index
April 1755 - English Side - Peace with bullets flying
April 1755 - French Side - Onset of War
May - June 1755 - English Side - A Fort and a Port
May - June 1755 - French Side - Resistance en Acadie
July - September 1755 - English Side - The English colossus wakes up in raget
July - September 1755 - French Side - Braddock's disaster
October 1755 - February 1756 - English Side - Revenge & Revanche
 
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Peace with bullets flying - April 1755

The game starts in 1755, but everyone is not at war yet. Basically, Braddock and Washington are planning revenge for the whole Fort Necessity humiliation, and in Acadia, Robert Monckton and Charles Lawrence are thinking that Acadia would look so much better - and safe - without the French :

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1. Acadia

In Acadia, two cities stand : Grandpré and Saint Jean. I aim at taking them before the end of the year, by fast concentration of force :

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The Army of Halifax (2200 men and 16 canons led by Robert Monckton and Charles Lawrence) will march for Grandpré before the French reinforcements arrive. Meanwhile, a landing force from Boston will land between Grandpré and Saint Jean, to avoid the enemy force from Grandpré to retreat in Saint Jean, which would make it very difficult to take.



2. The Braddock expedition

The target of Braddock expedition is Fort Duquesne, a very strategic fort for my enemies :

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Image from my other AAR, I know

O the way to Fort Duquesne, there is a small English fort in the middle of the wilderness. I believe the French are going to destroy it, for it is a practical stepping stone for my force. The name of this place is Fort Cumberland. The siege of Fort Cumberland will enter history, as we will see. But let's not anticipate too much.

Braddock has assembled quite a force, but not a very adapted one. The cavalry will be useless in the wild, while the guns would slow me down. For this reason, I decide just to use the infantry :

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The rangers will reach Fort Cumberland as soon as possible, to reinforce it while the rest of the army arrives.

If I could start yet again with Duquesne in my hands - the morale will be good.
 

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Good luck to you both! Wait, that can't really work, since you're opponents...

Will tag along, be interesting to see how different this plays out from your match-up against loki.
 

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So, my first AAR, and with the master! First of all, let me apologise for my bad english, i will do my best. And I don,t have any graphic style, so, let's try. As you will see, i'm from Quebec, so I will be defending my ancestor's homes...No quarter will be given to any red coats approching them! As an historian, i will also try to give some real life insight of this often overlooked war.

I will NOT play a gamey strategy, that would be boring and unfair as I played this scenario very often. I will play it trying to roleplay a bit, representing the strategic conflict between Gouverneur Général Vaudreuil and Marquis de Montcalm during the war and adapting to the varying success or defeat in the campaign

Que la partie commence!
 

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This is a very interesting campaign! I've played one as the French and it was one of the best ones there is.
 

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New France at the onset of the war

Montréal, May 1755

Pierre de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil was looking outside the windows of his mansion in Montréal. News were reaching him of growing tension in Europe but he was more worried of the news of growing english menace on the Belle Rivière, in the Ohio valley. Washington and his colonial force has been forced to surrender last year, but it was only a matter of time before the english came back in force. New England had to expand or, given due time, la Nouvelle-France would become too powerful for them.

He has sent a great convoy to Fort Duquesne, the most important piece of real estate in all North America some weeks ago. 100 canoes, filled with guns, powder, food and gifts for his indians allies. Without them, there could be no victory in America. He was convinced that the victor would be the first power to truly integrate the indian nations in his Empire and, par Dieu, it will be France! He also sent full power the the commander of Fort Duquesne, Jean Daniel Dumas, to mobilise his force, in case the english tried something. He also sent Pierre Pécaudy de Contrecoeur and his canadians raiders from Fort Niagara to reinforce Duquesne and take command of the force if the english were to attack. New France was a giant, but his feet were weak. Vaudreuil stared at the map, trying to find a way to protect his king's colony and his people. And, with the report he was receiving from Acadie, the people will really need to be protected.


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What important to understand was that, in 1755, New France controled much of North America. But between la Nouvelle Orléans, in Louisiana, and Québec, there was no more than 100 000 frenchs settlers. In the small strech of coast controled by the english, more than 10 time the number of english settler's were craving for place to expand. Guerrila tactics (la petite guerre) invented by the french and indians at this time protected the small communities of french settlers for 50 years against an overwhelmingly more powerful ennemies. The movie "The Patriot" with Mel Gibson make reference to this while speaking of the past of the hero. New France was thriving in 1755, growing ever more rapidly, the french trying to compensate for their delay in colonisation by an intensive colonisation policy and the integration of native in the colony with protected right and an equal status with the settlers. It's not for nothing that the natives revolted during the Pontiac's war to bring the french back. Let's hope they will not need to do that in this AAR! The first shot of the war were fired by colonial infantry led by the then unknown colonel Georges Washington. This whole affair is still debated today. Latest historian's work are presently hotly contested in the USA because it shown Washington in a rather bad light. Let's just say that he led his troop in the Ohio Valley to contest it to the french. He then ambushed a peace parley directed by a certain Jumonville and killed him and much of his escort. The french reacted by sending his brother, Louis Coulon de Villiers, who forced Washington's forces to surrender at fort Necessity (the only time an american president surrendered in history). He was given the choice of either being prosecuted for murder or surrender and sign a paper admitting his alleged crime. He after denied having signed this, as the paper was in french. Still a debate now. What is important in this " Affaire Jumonville" is well resumed by Horace Walpole: «*The volley fired by a young Virginian in the backwoods of America set the world on fire.*» . The english now prepared to take their revenge and are busy organising the Braddock's expedition. (Assassin's Creed III someone?)


Now, let's look at the theaters of war.

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First of all, Canada. Just a quick term explanation here. Canada in 1755 was the name of one of the province of Nouvelle France, approximativly the modern Province de Québec. His inhabitants were called the Canadiens, a name the french canadian will keep until the 1960's, when the english began to call themselves Canadians and the old Canadiens begun to call themselves the Québécois. Funny fact, Canada's national Anthem, the Ô Canada, was originaly a french canadian nationalist and separatist song. So, Canada is the hearth of New-France, his breadbasket and his principal link with the Mère Patrie, France. Québec, second biggest fortress in America his the capital. Trois Rivière and Montréal are the other great cities. Montréal is the economic center of the fur trade commerce that finance the colony. It will also serve as the base of operation during the war. Nearly 75% of french population live in Canada, so all my actions will tend to protect it.

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Now, l'Acadie. The first french colony, the richest one too, half occupied by the english in the aftermath of the last european war. With the majority of the Acadiens under english domination, the remnants of Acadie are undefendable. But the english seems to have real bad intentions for them, so you will see some action there. Saint Jean is the last city under my control, defended in the north by Fort Beauséjour (also known as Grand Pré, from a small village near it that will become a symbol in some weeks, if history follow it's course). The great fortress of Louisbourg, the biggest in North America, defend the access to the Saint Laurent and Québec. His commander, the Chevalier de Drucourt, has a powerful garrison to his command, with order to defend the fortress at all cost.


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Now, the Grands Lacs. The region near lake Ontario and Lake Erié, comprising modern day Ontario around Fort Frontenac, Fort Niagara and Fort Détroit, three of my most important post. Colonisation and trade hub, they are defended by scattered french and canadian troop and many indians tribes. They are the link between Duquesne and Canada and will need to be holded if victory is to be acheived.

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Now, la Belle Rivière, the Ohio Valley. This is the casus belli for the english. They WANT it badly. It's their natural zone of expansion and it must be frustrating of being massacred by french and indian each time they try. Let's continue this tradition shall we? The control of Fort Duquesne assure the French of a great number of their indian allies. It's imperative that Fort Duquesne is holded if we want to stand a chance against the british.

Let the war begin.
 
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Nice overviews and thanks for the history corner, I confess I am completely ignorant about this conflict and North American history in general so I found it quite interesting, specially since it's from the French perspective.
 

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nice overview ... am looking to you to put my incompetence into the shade ... remember though Narwhal just loves killing your officers

I shall have your revenge! You were not incompetent, you had a galant resistance! "Tout est perdu, for l'honneur" All is lost but honor ;)
 

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General_Hoth, very nice overview. You've explained your strategic situation (essentially, overstretched and underpowered relative to the English/American colonials) and given some interesting background on the conflict.

It sounds like you have some excellent defensive positions, but will you have enough troops to hold them all, or will Narwhal be able to defeat them one by one? I look forward to seeing how it all unfolds.
 

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I can't have enought troop to defend it all. however, my job is to make sure I can delay some of the attacks to allow me to shift some troops from one front to another...As said by Frederick the great: "trying to defend everything is like defending nothing"
 

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Looks like you'll both have a tough fight on your hands.

Good luck, I'll be following with interest.
 

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I love your AGEOD AARs Narwal! Looking forward to this one!

Thank you - this one will be a change of style, to a small extent for me, to a large extent for General_Hoth



great to see this ... shall read to learn what I should really have done

If we played now, you would do so much better. YOu were a complete beginner back then, and after a few mistakes you resisted very strongly !


Good luck to you both! Wait, that can't really work, since you're opponents...

Will tag along, be interesting to see how different this plays out from your match-up against loki.

As you will see, the beginning is very different. Can't say for later, we are early 1756 right now.

This is a very interesting campaign! I've played one as the French and it was one of the best ones there is.

Less interesting as the English, though. Unfortunately, I always let my opponent choose his side :)

Nice overviews and thanks for the history corner, I confess I am completely ignorant about this conflict and North American history in general so I found it quite interesting, specially since it's from the French perspective.

General_Hoth objective is to make this war a little more well-known :p
 

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A Fort and a Port - May / June 1755

There is still only 2 areas where war arrived, so I am going to move fast for now.

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1. Blood over the Pré

In May 1755, my force arrive in its position, North of Halifax, while my militia lands north of Saint-Jean. I spot enemy force rushing to cover Grandpré.

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It is time to attack - if I can arrive in Grandpré before the French Marines reinforce the garrison, I will crush the militia, and then easily destroy the Marines as they land. If I arrive after, I should still win.

As for Saint Jean, my militia is directly going to siege it. I will blockade it as soon as possible.

And actuallly, I just received my brand new fleet :

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Unfortunately, it is only 6 elements strong, and the tooltip says I need 8 elements for a blockade to be effective. The fastest way to gain the new elements (they are in the ledger) is to send the fleet to New York to add them. Which I will do in a few turns, because I forget to give the order :)

In June 1755, as expected, the first battle of the war happens. Unfortunately, the result is not the one expected :

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While my losses in the battle were less than the French losses, the rout cost me dearly as you can see.

With my force significantely depleted, I have to retreat back to Halifax. I bring my transport fleet in the general area to keep all options opened.

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2. A Fort too far

Braddock's force is slowly heading toward Fort Cumberland. It ain't fast :

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Meanwhile, I see important French movement, probably gathering the Indians for their war. Will they bring savages to this war ? Can't we have it between gentlemen ?

In June, the fort is within sight.

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As the enemy activity is important, I order Braddock (and another militia that was mustered) to directly join the garrison in the fort. In addition, this will allow my force to recover its cohesion quickly, so I can directly march on Duquesne. In addition, the rangers I sent in front will scout their in that wild area between Fort Cumberland and Fort Duquesne (in game term, it will allow me to have Braddock's force enter the area while keeping its defensive position, which is better for cohesion and safer against enemy.

Fort Duquesne should be reached in 2 months, 3 months top.
 

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at least you got to Cumberland unmolested, so that should secure that critical fort, suspect you maybe a wee bit optimistic over Duquesne though?

Oh yes, he would reach the fort. That was exactly the point ;)
 

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I see one of Narwhal's ships is called the 'Friendship'. I look forward to many displays of that fine amity between English and French in this game. ;)

Not a great start with that bloody battle, Narwhal, but perhaps your usual aggression will pay off better in the Cumberland/Duquesne area? General_Hoth doesn't seem to think so, but we'll see...