Thursday, September 22, 2011

Campaign Move 32 – Break Contact

1200 - 1600 2 August 1813

By lunchtime both armies had broken contact at Helmstedt.

The French had started to retreat during the hours of darkness following the battle. They made no attempt to rally or regroup. They moved as a disordered mass, their only interest to put as much distance as possible between them and Blucher’s army

The Prussians has spent the night resting and regrouping. By morning they had rallied their shaken and routed brigades and were ready to move by first light. 3rd corps were deployed just north of Helmstedt to cover the march of 1st and 4th corps west towards Hanover.

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