Are you stood in the field of pitched battle, unsure whether the breach in the enemy’s wall is ready for the crucial final cavalry charge, or if you should wait for your pikemen to widen that breach a little? What if you wait too long and the enemy reinforces this nice breach, throwing in the elderly, children, or washer women? Is the iron hot to strike?
Here is The Gorko‘s definitive guide to throwing your forces into the breach.
IS IT BIG ENOUGH FOR A HORSE TO GET THROUGH
Is the breach wide enough for a mounted rider to dash through? Is the breach in the enemy’s lines low enough for a mounted officer to leap over, or will he trip, tumble into the breach, and be vilely stuck with sharp lances? If the breach looks horse-sized, send your cavalry into the breach.
CAN YOU SEE THE WHITES OF THEIR EYES
Being able to see the whites of the enemy’s eyes not only indicates that you are probably close enough for a good dash into a breach, but also that those guys are probably over there literally shitting their pants. Get into that breach, and quick, no matter what the smell.
IS THERE A COMEDIAN OVER THERE HOLDING UP A SIGN THAT SAYS ‘ONE MORE TIME, INTO THE BREACH’
If the enemy is openly encouraging you to charge into the breach, the breach is probably a trap, as in that famous scene from Star Wars. Do NOT order your men on a suicide mission into that kind of breach. Save your reinforcements for a true breach, possibly upon a completely different flank.
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