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Colonial British Army – Infantry standing firing

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CASUALTIES FROM INFANTRY FIRE

Source. ‘Handbook for Colonial Wargames’, Ted Herbert, The Victorian Military Society Special Publication No1, 1976. I very much admire Ted Herbert’s writings and this little gem of a pamphlet is a must have for all colonial wargamers. 'One of the critical factors in drawing up a set of wargame rules is the assessment of the casualty rate. However, with rules for the late 19th Century actions, we do have the advantage of contemporary calculations of losses for infantry fire. The official Rules for the Conduct of the War-Game, published in 1884, included the following table which relates to the losses per minute from the fire of two companies of infantry (200 men) during the progress of an infantry attack (first line in extended order, with second line of supports and a reserve in company column).' Using single shot breachloader. ‘Good effect’ refers to open country, with little or no cover; whilst ‘Bad effect’ refers to woodland, very broken ground or artificial cover. 1-6 is the dice throw.

 

 

Good Effect

Bad Effect 

Range/yds

rpm

 1    2    3    4    5    6

1    2    3    4    5    6    

100-200

10

 15  20  25  30  35  40

 7   10  12  15  17  20

200-300

10

 13  18  23  27  32  36

 6   9    12  14  16  18

300-400

7

 7    11  14  16  19  21

 4   6    7    8    9    11  

400-500

5

 7    8    9    11  13  15

 3   4    5    6    7    8

500-600

4

 6    7    8    10  12  14

 3   4    4    5    6    7

600-700

3

 3    4    5    6    7    8

 2   2    3    3    5    4

700-800

3

 2    4    5    6    6    7 

 1   2    2    3    3    4

800-900

3

 2    3    4    4    5    6

 1   2    2    2    3    3

900-1000

3

 2    3    3    4    4    5 

 1   1    2    2    2    3

1000-1100

3

 2    2    3    3    4    5

 1   1    2    2    2    3

1100-1200

3

 1    2    2    3    3    4

 0   1    1    1    2    2

1200-1300

3

 1    1    1    2    3    3

 0   0    0    0    1    2