Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Battle of Helmstedt – Move 11

1800-1900 29 July 1813

Table at the start of move 11

3rd Prussian corps are advancing to attack Helmstedt

4th Prussian corps have deployed their artillery to support 4th corps

XIII French corps are moving their battle back towards Helmsteddt

13th lancer brigade is engaging the Prussian hussars to cover the deployment of VI corps

General Blucher (Average) – 4CP

Move to centre of battlefield

4th Prussian corps

General Tauentzien (Poor) – 5 CP – Engage

Artillery fire on square (5) and miss

Move cavalry forward to pin enemy

Move three infantry brigades forward

Marshal Davout (Gifted) – 7CP

Move to Marmont

Change VI corps orders to Hold

VI French corps

Marshal Marmont (Average) – 6 CP – Hold

Corps move, left turn

Corps move, form column of attack

Unlimber artillery

Cavalry form line

XIII French corps

General Poniatowski (Poor) – 5CP – Hold Helmstedt

Artillery fire on infantry column (3) and miss

Overshoot on nearby artillery (8) and miss

Move Poniatowski to centre of corps

Retreat left flank square

Second round of cavalry melee

Prussian hussars dice for combat points (3) and lose melee

Prussian hussars 1 casualty and Shaken

Polish lancers no casualties and Disordered

3rd Prussian corps

General Bulow (Average) – 5 CP – Engage
Artillery fire on infantry (6) and miss
Bulow moves to centre of 3 brigade column of attack
3 brigade column of attack advance
Shaken garrison of farm test morale (4), pass and are now Disordered

Notes on Game
There are two parts to a cavalry melee.

Both sides compare combat plus or minus points
The winner is the one with the highest score
The winner rolls two D6 and adds the difference in earlier score
A low dice throw will mean that the “winner” has lost the melee.

The Prussian hussars had plus 1, and their two D6 gave them 3
With a total of 4 they lost the melee and had to retire 8” Shaken.

Cavalry melee are covered in Rule 14


  1. I still have that casualty on my lancers, but are you resolving the battle @ 1 turn per day or did you already fight the battle to a finish and are just revealing each turn at one a day?

    My artillery gunners need remedial training, but my lancers are MVPs.

  2. Hi Justin

    The wargame has been fought, it takes a few days for he battle report to catch up!

    I hear what you say about your gunners. It its any consolation the Prussian gunners are even more in need of a visit to Specsavers!