Monday, October 31, 2011

Battle of Peine Day Two – Move 8

1500-1600 5 August 1813

Table at the start of move 8

Top – V and VI corps waiting for orders to advance

Centre – IV corps take farm and move towards Celle road

Bottom - 1st and 4th corps are badly placed to meet IV corps attack

IV French Corps

General Reynier (Gifted) – Attack – 7CP

14 brigade enter farm

16 brigade advance 6” towards Celle road

13 brigade advance 6” towards Celle road

Reynier moves to centre of corps

Cavalry advance 6” towards Celle road

15 brigade charge Prussian square

Infantry combat results in a draw, both lose one casualty, both are disordered

13 brigade fail morale test for shaken and rout

14 brigade (in farm) fail morale test for rout within 4” and also rout

1st Prussian corps

General Yorck (Gifted) – Halt –4CP

Artillery fire on and hit (8) 13 French in farm

13 French fail morale (-2) for third casualty and continue rout

4th Prussian Corps

Prince Blucher – Commanding 4th corps – 4CP - Engage

Artillery fire on village (7) at close range and miss

Limber artillery

13 brigade move into farm and skirmish (6) 14 French, one casualty

14 French fail morale (0) for second casualty and continue to rout

14 Prussian fail morale (-2) for rout and continue to rout

VI French corps

Marshal Marmont (Average) – Hold – 2CP

24 brigade advance onto hill

Poor Card

Marshal Davout (Gifted) – 5CP

Move to VI corps change orders to engage

Move to V corps change orders to engage

3rd Prussian corps

General Bulow (Average) – Engage – 5CP

French cuirassier fail test (3) to opportunity charge disordered Prussian square

Artillery fire (9) on 24 French and hit

24 French fail morale (1) for third casualty and are shaken

Artillery manhandle 2” towards Celle road

10 brigade advance 6” to support artillery

9 brigade (square) move 2” to make room for 11 brigade

11 brigade wheel to face French column alongside 9 brigade

11 Prussian (2) skirmish 15 French (4) both miss

V French corps

General Laurison (Average) – Engage – 2CP

Artillery advance 8”

17 brigade advance 6”

Game Notes

Disappointing move for the IV French corps, who started in a very strong position. Two of their four infantry brigades are in rout and they have lost the farm. However they are still well placed to break through north of the farm towards the Celle road and join forces with Davout.

Davout has just received a report that Prussian cavalry are approaching Celle. He must decide whether to fall back on Celle to secure his line of retreat, or to advance to support IV corps and hope to defeat Blucher.

He orders V and VI corps to advance and engage the Prussians in support of IV corps. It is now all or nothing.

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