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Onwards to Mesolongi!

A scenario for the Greek War of Independence using Principles of War Rules. The Ottoman list in the PoW army list is fine for the later period but is not correct for the GWI.

Ottoman Briefing

The year is 1825. You are Reshid Pasha commander of Ottoman forces in Roumeli (Greece north of the Gulf of Corinith) tasked with suppressing the infidel rebellion known as the Greek War of Independence.

The town of Mesolongi has been in rebel hands since the rebellion began in 1821. It had resisted two previous sieges and is now the only town in Greek hands north of the Gulf. Its strategic value is limited but it has become famous world wide, largely due to the fame of Byron who died there during a previous siege in April 1824.

The Sultan has instructed you to take the town with the message "Either Mesolongi falls or your head". Your army has assembled early in the campaign season at Arta. To reach Mesolongi you have to travel through the wooded hills of the Makrinoros Mountains. Many previous Ottoman forces have failed to make progress through this difficult terrain. Your spies report that modest Greek regular and irregular forces are assembling in the mountains to resist your passage. You will crush the infidels!

Ottoman Army of Rumeli 1825

Reshid Pasha Av/ge

Medium Bty SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Nizam 1st Btn SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

2nd Btn SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

3rd Btn SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Yoruk Horse MW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Pasha 1 Av/ge

Albanian Irregulars IML 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Albanian Irregulars IML 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Albanian Irregulars IML 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Albanian Irregulars IML 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Albanian Irregulars IML 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Albanian Irregulars IML 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Albanian Horse MW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Pasha 2 Poor

Janissaries IML 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Irregular Foot IML 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Irregular Foot IML 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Irregular Foot IML 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Irregular Foot IML 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Irregular Foot IML 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Irregular Foot IML 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Irregular Foot IML 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Pasha 3 Poor

Sipahi MW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Sipahi MW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Sipahi MW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Sipahi MW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Sipahi MW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Djellis MW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Djellis MW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Djellis MW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

The army has 5 movement bases and 266 strength points

Sipahi, Djellis and Albanian horse are irregular. Yoruks are Lancers.

 

Greek Briefing

 

You are Notis Botsaris a Souliot captain and commander of Greek forces holding the town of Mesolongi in April 1825.

Spies inform you that the Ottoman commander Reshid Pasha has assembled a large army in Arta and is marching on Mesolongi. You decide to take your best troops to impede his passage through the Makrinoros Mountains his only route to the town.

 

Notis Botsaris Av/ge

Souliots IML 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Spartan Militia SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

 

Dhimitrios Av/ge

Cavalry Regt SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Regular Line Btn SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Regular Line Btn SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Militia Btn SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Militia Btn SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Militia Btn SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Philhellenes IML 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Light Art Bty SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Kokkinis Av/ge

Cavalry Regt SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Regular Line Btn SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Regular Line Btn SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Militia Btn SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Militia Btn SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Militia Btn SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Philhellenes IML 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Light Art Bty SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

The army has 5 movement bases and 176 strength points.

 

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