At midnight on 24 July 1813 General Yorck received news of the French defeat at Uelzen. He immediately ordered his 1st Prussian corps to attack Steinhorst at first light.
At Steinhorst General Laurison also received notification of the French defeat, and ordered his corps to move on Bodenteich.
1st Prussian corps marched out of Bodenteich at 0400.
The battle will take place in the nine squares outlined in white.
V French corps will be deployed in square E5 and their cavalry in E6
1st Prussian corps will be deployed in square E7 and their cavalry in E6Table at start of game
Steinhorst is the town on the cross roads on the left
V French corps is in column of march ready to leave the town
1 Prussian corps is approaching in column of march
Both cavalry brigades are facing each other in line within charge move
Cavalry brigade in line protect the column
Note artillery at the front of the column
French ready to leave Steinhorst in column of march
Cavalry brigade in line to protect the column
Note artillery at the rear of the column
The campaign day normally starts at 0800. The Prussian player requested permission to start four hours earlier in order to “steal a march” on the French. This was allowed because General ReynierYorck is a Gifted general, and could be assumed to have greater initiative than an Average or Poor commander.
As a result when the game starts the two corps are within one square of each other.
The French are still within the town, ready to start their march
The Prussians left Bodenteich at 0400 and have passed through H7 by 0800.