Sunday, July 31, 2011

Battle of Rosche – Move 8

1500-1600 30 July 1813

Table at the start of move 8

The French have been unable to inflict any casualties by artillery fire

They have also lost the initial cavalry melee

Despite this they must attack if they are to win the battle

2nd Prussian corps

General Kleist (Average) – 7CP – Hold

Artillery fire close range (10) and hit shaken 15 brigade

15 brigade test (2) and fail morale and rout

French artillery test (6) and pass morale for nearby (-4”) rout

16 brigade test (6) and pass morale for nearby (-4”) rout

Kleist moves to command range of cavalry

Cavalry charge shaken French cavalry

French unable to counter charge and must accept charge at the halt

Prussian cavalry choose Skirmish melee rather than Attack melee

Prussian win melee (10 plus)

French cavalry lose one casualty and rout

IV French corps

General Reynier (Gifted) – 5CP – Engage

Artillery fire (8) and hit Prussian cavalry

Cavalry test (2) and fail morale and are shaken

Remaining two infantry brigade advance and skirmish with weak 7 Prussian

13 French skirmish (2) and fail to inflict casualties

16 French skirmish (4) and fail to inflict casualties

7 Prussian skirmish (2) and fail to inflict casualties

Notes on Game

The Prussian cavalry are on Hold orders

When they charge they can choose either skirmish or attack melee

They choose skirmish, which is less risk if they lose

With a total of 10 they inflicted one casualty and routed the French cavalry

If they had chosen attack they would have inflicted 2 casualties and rout

Cavalry melee is covered by Rule 14

The French infantry require a total of 6 for a hit when skirmishing.

Both concentrated on the Prussian brigade with three casualties already

Due to poor dice they failed to inflict a hit, which would probably have resulted in rout

Skirmish combat is covered by Rule 11

Due to bad luck (or poor dice) the battle is going badly for the French

They could abandon the attack and accept the casualties

Or hope that by pressing on they will break the fragile Prussian infantry

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Battle of Rosche – Move 7

1400-1500 30 July 1813

Table at the start of move 7

Both corps are now fully deployed and within artillery range

The French must now take the initiative to avoid unnecessary casualties

IV French corps

General Reynier (Gifted) – 5CP – Engage

Artillery fire on cavalry (6) and miss (again)

Large infantry column advance towards enemy

French cavalry charge enemy cavalry

Prussian cavalry pass test to counter charge (4)

French roll 2D6 (5) and lose melee

French cavalry retire 8” shaken

Prussian cavalry disordered

2nd Prussian corps

General Kleist (Average) – 6CP – Hold

Artillery fire at short range (10) on 15 brigade and inflict a second casualty

15 brigade test and fail morale (3) become shaken

Prussians wait for French attack.

Notes on Game

Artillery firing on cavalry or infantry at long range require 8 or more with 2D6

Rule 7 covers artillery fire

When cavalry melee with equal combat points the attacker rolls 2D6

If they roll less than 6 they have lost the melee

Rule 14 covers cavalry melee

Friday, July 29, 2011

Battle of Rosche – Move 6

1300-1400 30 July 1813

Table at the start of move 6

French infantry ready to advance

French artillery in range to support them

Prussians in position and ready for attack

2nd Prussian corps

General Kleist (Average) – 6CP – Hold

Artillery fire on infantry (4) and miss

7 brigade move 2” to the left

6 brigade form line

Kleist moves to command range (8”) of 7 brigade

7 brigade form line

IV French corps

General Reynier (Gifted) – 5CP – Move

Artillery fire on cavalry (7) and miss

Manhandle gun (2”) forward

Change orders from Move to Engage

Reynier moves to command range (8”) of cavalry

Cavalry advance (6”)

Notes on Game

Reynier now ready to advance and change corps orders to Engage

French cavalry move into charge range of enemy cavalry

Kleist forms line with his left hand brigades to meet the enemy infantry columns

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Battle of Rosche – Move 5

1200-1300 30 July 1813

Table at the start of move 5

French are fully deployed

Artillery moving forward into range of enemy infantry and cavalry

Prussians completing their redeployment

2nd Prussian corps

General Kleist (Average) – 7CP – Hold

Move 7 brigade into line on the left

Move 5 brigade (2”) to the right

Change 8 brigade from square to column of attack

IV French corps

General Reynier (Gifted) – 6CP - Move

Move artillery (4”) and unlimber

Move 14 brigade (3”) and form square

Move Reynier to centre of infantry

Massed infantry column advance (6”)

Notes on Game

Prussian corps is now redeployed

French artillery now in range and infantry advance

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Battle of Rosche – Move 4

1100-1200 30 July 1813

Table at the start of move 4

French still waiting for 13 brigade to join main corps

Prussians completing their redeployment

2nd Prussian corpsAlign Center

General Kleist (Average) – 7CP – Hold

Artillery is out of range of French

Kleist moves within command range of cavalry (8”)

Cavalry withdraw (6”) out of artillery range facing enemy

Kleist returns to centre of corps

7 brigade advance and form column of attack

6 brigade advance beside artillery

IV French corps

General Reynier (Gifted) – 7CP - Move

Artillery limber and move

13 brigade join main corps and form column of attack

Reynier moves to centre of corps

Cavalry advance 6”

Notes on Game

Prussian cavalry withdraw out of range of enemy artillery

Prussian redeployment now complete

French artillery limber and advance into range of enemy

French cavalry advance to cover artillery redeployment

French infantry are now ready to advance

Battle of Rosche – Move 3

1000-1100 30 July 1813

Table at the start of move 3

French are fully deployed, but waiting for garrison to join them

Prussians have adjusted their battle line to meet the new threat

IV French corps

General Reynier - (Gifted) – 6CP - Move

Cavalry advance 6”

Artillery move and unlimber

14 infantry advance to protect gunners

General moves to command range (8”) of town

Garrison leave town to join main corps

2nd Prussian corps

General Kleist (Average) – 7CP – Hold

6 brigade form column of attack and move to support artillery

5 brigade (square) move to right

8 brigade move next to artillery and form square

Artillery manhandle (2”) forward

7 brigade moves towards left flank

Notes on Game

French move cuirassiers towards enemy cavalry

Artillery move within range of enemy cavalry and unlimber

Prussians redeploy to meet enemy deployment

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Battle of Rosche – Move 2

0900-1000 30 July 1813

Table at the start of move 2

French are deploying in the open ground to the left of the main road

The garrison of Rosche has been ordered to join the main corps

Prussians now have to redeploy to meet this threat

IV French corps

General Reynier (Gifted) – 8CP - Move

Corps deploy to left of road in column of attack

Garrison move to edge of town

2nd Prussian corps

General Kleist (Average) – 4CP – Hold

Artillery limber, move and unlimber to face French deployment

On the right 5 infantry brigade form square

Notes on Game

French have taken advantage of good dice to deploy and change to column of attack

Prussian artillery redeploy to cover the French approach area

Infantry on right flank forms square to protect the artillery

Battle of Rosche – Move 1

0800-0900 30 July 1813

Table at the start of move 1

Kliest has deployed his corps either side of the Rosche-Domitz road

He has his two best infantry brigades in the front rank

The remaining two, who have the majority of casualties, are in reserve

He has placed his cavalry on his right flank

2nd Prussian corps

General Kleist (Average) – 7CP – Hold

Artillery man handle (2”) forwards

Cavalry advance (4”) and angle towards road

Two reserve infantry move forward within supporting distance (4”) of front line

IV French corps

General Reynier (Gifted) – 7CP - Move

Corps column double move (16”) towards Prussians

13 infantry brigade prepare to leave Rosche

Cavalry advance and form line to cover corps deployment

Notes on Game

Prussians moved first and did some minor adjustment to battle line

French remained outside of 16” from the Prussians so that they could make maximum use of corps movement

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Battle of Rosche – Set Up

Campaign Background

This is the third battle to be fought on the northern flank, and both corps start the battle with casualties. IV French corps have 2 casualties. 2nd Prussian corps have 6 casualties.

Both corps are a long way from their respective CinC, and both are operating as independent commands. Any orders they receive from their CinC will be at least 24 hours out of date. Both would be unaware of the fighting around Helmstedt, or of the current intentions of Davout or Blucher.

The Prussians have taken up position just east of Rosche. By offering battle with so many casualties they run the risk of a crushing defeat. However they also deny IV French corps the opportunity to move south and join the critical battles taking part around Helmstedt.

The French have rested to recover from their battle casualties. For 24 hours they have held Rosche with a strong garrison, and are now ready to push east.

Tactical Map

The battle will take place in the nine squares outlined in white.

Start positions are as show

Table at start of game

Rosche is the town on the left of the table

13th French infantry brigade is in the right hand section of the town

The remainder of IV French corps will enter from the left on move one

2nd Prussian corps is deployed across the Dominz road

2nd Prussian corps

Kleist has deployed his corps with the two strongest brigades in the front line

The two brigades with most casualties are held in reserve

The cavalry brigade is on the far right, the best cavalry ground

Game Note

Both corps are deployed and ready for battle

13th brigade has been placed in Rosche by the campaign corps commander

The French order of march is in accordance with the latest campaign orders

No Prussian deployment has not been specified and has been left to us to decided

Friday, July 22, 2011

Campaign Move 22 – Rosche and Wolfsburg

0800-1200 30 July 1813

In the north Kleist has taken up a defensive position just east of Rosche, where he is attacked by Reynier. This is the third battle of the campaign to be fought by these two commanders.

Both corps still have casualties from the previous battles, but 2nd Prussian corps has considerably more than IV French corps.

Further south Marmont is moving north following the French defeat at Helmstedt. As he nears Wolfsburg he finds 1st Prussian corps approaching the town from the north. The French declare an immediate attack.

This is the second time that these two corps have fought around this town.

If the French are unable to take Wolfsburg their lines of supply will be cut, and they will be caught between 4th corps from the south and 1st corps from the north. This would result in the surrender of the French corps.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Campaign Move 21 – Battle of Helmstedt

1600- 2000 29 July 1813

Davout’s tactic of deploying XIII corps east of Helmstedt to force the Prussian army to deploy well short of the town, and then withdrawing slowly towards the town, has worked very well.

Both 3rd and 4th Prussian corps have spent the early afternoon deploying and starting to move towards Helmstedt. XIII corps have caused casualties on the Prussian brigade holding the farm, but have withdrawn and avoided any casualties themselves.

At 1600 VI French corps started to arrive along the Wolfsburg road, and joined the left flank of XIII corps.

However the Prussian attack was against the right flank of XIII corps, and VI corps were unable to play much part in the battle.

Due to the constant withdrawal of XIII corps, 4th Prussian corps also contributed little. But their cavalry did support 3rd corps and had a very successful charge against the enemy gunners.

The battle was won by a determined attack by three Prussian infantry brigades in column of attack. They advanced against the centre of XIII corps and finally broke them just as night was falling.

Table at 2000 29 July 1813

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Campaign Move 20 – Battle of Helmstedt

1200-1600 29 July 1813

Helmstedt is held by XIII French corps.

3rd Prussian corps is approaching Helmstedt from Walsbeck, and has started to deploy in preparation for an attack on the town.

4th Prussian corps has moved into Walsbeck behind 3rd corps, and is ready to move towards Helmstedt to support the attack

VI French corps is still at Wolfsburg. They have lost contact with 3rd Prussian corps and are waiting for orders from Davout. From his headquarters in Helmstedt he has sent orders for them to march south to support XIII corps, but they have not yet arrived.

Poniatowski has deployed his corps just east of Helmstedt. He has reinforced his left flank to secure the Wolfsburg road, and is anxiously awaiting news of their approach. In the meantime he is content to wait for the Prussians to attack.

Blucher has ordered Bulow to deploy his corps to the north of the Walsbeck to Helmstedt road. 4th corps will deploy to the south of the road when they arrive.

Bulow is deploying his corps out of range of the French guns. He has sent one brigade to occupy the farm just east of Helmstedt. Deployment in the presence of the enemy is a slow business, and has already taken four hours.

Table at 1200 29 July 1813

Friday, July 15, 2011

Battle of Helmstedt – Move 13

2000-2100 29 July 1813

Table at the start of move 13

The battle was continued beyond the normal 12 moves to decide the column attack

VI French corps (top left) are too far away to play any part

4th Prussian corps (bottom right) infantry and artillery were also too far away

The battle would be decided around the crossroads in front of Helmstedt

XIII French corps are pinned in front of Helmstedt

Their artillery are shaken and three of their four brigades in square

The fourth brigade is faced with the large Prussian column of three brigades

Blucher has ordered a determined attack by 3rd Prussian corps

This attack will be carried out by three brigades in a large column of attack

Their cavalry has routed and the remainder of the corps is too far behind

However they are supported by the cavalry brigade from 4th Prussian corps

Prussian cavalry Opportunity Charge French guns

4th Prussian cavalry declare an Opportunity Charge on the Shaken French artillery

Cavalry test morale to charge (5) and pass

Gunners unable to evade to square as they are Shaken

Cavalry have to pass close to square to reach gunners

Square fires on cavalry (2) but no casualties

All gunners are cut down by the cavalry

Right hand square test morale (2) fail and are Shaken

Left hand square test morale (6) pass

Prussian cavalry test morale to pursue (3), pass and halt Disordered on guns

Shaken square retires 4” to maintain cavalry combat area

XIII French corps

General Poniatowski (Poor) – 4CP – Hold Helmstedt

3rd Brigade retire to Helmstedt facing enemy column

4th Brigade form line from square

Lancer brigade (out of sight on the left) pass morale test for Shaken, become Disordered

4th Prussian corps

General Tauentzien (Poor) – 5 CP – Engage

Cavalry can not be used after their Opportunity Charge

Artillery is screened by cavalry brigade and 3rd corps infantry

Four infantry brigades move forward

3rd Prussian corps

General Bulow (Average) – 5 CP – Attack

Artillery are screened by their own infantry

Cavalry have routed from the field

Infantry columns attack enemy line

(Right) 11 and 12 Prussian attack 3 Polish

Prussians win and roll 2D6 (11)

Prussians 1 casualty and Disordered

Polish 3 casualties and Rout

(Left) 10 Prussian attack 4 Polish

Prussians win and roll 2D6 (8)

Prussians 1 casualty and Disordered

Polish 1 casualty and retire Shaken

Retire through nearby French chasseurs who are Disordered

Centre of XIII French corps broken

Notes on Game

At night falls the centre of XIII French corps is broken and routed. They have lost six infantry and all of their gunners. There are still two infantry brigades and the cavalry to cover the retreat. They retreat west through Helmstedt along the Brunswick road

VI French corps has taken no part in the battle, and have received no casualties. They are unable to pass through Helmstedt to join XIII corps and Davout orders them to retreat north towards Wolfsburg

3rd Prussian corps have taken Helmstedt for a loss of four infantry. Their cavalry have received one casualty and have routed from the field

4th Prussian corps have played little part in the battle, except for their cavalry who charged and cut down the enemy gunners at Helmstedt. They have suffered no casualties in this battle, but have two from an earlier battle.

A hard fought, but convincing victory for the Prussian army, and one which has opened the road to Hanover. At the start of this battle it appeared likely that the French would win the campaign, the odds have now turned in favour of the Prussians.

Table at the end of the game