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

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