XIII French corps (left) retire each move towards Helmstedt
3rd Prussian corps keep advancing to close with the Poles
4th Prussian corps infantry are left behind, but their cavalry move forward
A lot will depend on which corps moves first during this final move of the game
4th Prussian corps
General Tauentzien (Poor) – 3 CP – Engage
Artillery fire on square (4) and miss
Tauentzien moves to centre of corps
Cavalry move forward to threaten enemy artillery
General Blucher (Average) – 4CP
Moves to join Bulow
VI French corps
Marshal Marmont (Average) – 6 CP – Hold
No enemy within artillery range
Corps cannot advance on Hold orders
XIII French corps
General Poniatowski (Poor) – 4CP – Hold Helmstedt
Artillery fire at short range on nearest column (5) and miss (need 6 to hit!)
Infantry line retire towards Helmstedt facing enemy columns
13 Polish lancers v 3 Prussian hussars
Marshal Davout (Gifted) – 7CP
Move to 13 lancer brigade and take command
Charge shaken Prussian hussars
Hussars unable to counter charge as they are Shaken
Lancers have plus 3 combat and roll 2xD6 total 5
Lancers have lost melee, retire 8” and are Shaken
3rd Prussian corps
General Bulow (Average) – 5 CP – Attack
Artillery fire on square (5) and miss
Three brigade column advance towards retreating Polish battle line
Left hand brigade skirmish gunners (6), one casualty
Gunners test morale (2), fail and are Shaken
Prussian hussar brigade test morale for Shaken (1) fail and Rout off table
Notes on Game
XIII French corps have moved before 3rd Prussian corps.
This allows their artillery to fire on the Prussians, then the battle line retreats
The Prussian artillery have proved very ineffective in this game
The French artillery have done better, but failed miserably this move when they fired at close range on the large three brigade column.
This would normally be nightfall.
However the continued French withdrawal has robbed 3rd Prussian corps of the opportunity to close with them. The French have had the opportunity to fire on the approaching Prussians, but then withdraw before the Prussians can fire back.
At this stage either side could easily win.
So it was agreed to fight one more move in the hope that one side or the other would break.
It will be a normal move, but the aim will be to decide whether XIII French corps hold or 3rd Prussian corps take Helmstedt.