Finishing up the HMGS-PSW convention triple game series, the final AAR covers WR’s Battle of Sacile 1809 game. The other games were the Megalopolis 331 B.C. 28mm Ancients and San Fratello Sicily 1943 games. Both games have their AAR’s already posted on the WR blog.
WR’s preliminary Battle of Sacile 1809 report covered the set up, deployment, terrain and victory conditions. Click on Link to review the preview Sacile 1809 post.
Battle of Sacile 1809 game report:
Game started about 3:30pm Saturday afternoon and played to 10:30pm with 1 hour break for the HMGS-PSW general meeting. HMGS-PSW is the local historical miniature convention held two or three times each year. Link to HMGS-PSW website.
Six players for the game. Bob, Rob and Daniel (WR’s son) formed the veteran-conscript French team. Austrian commanders were WR, Frank and Rob with Alex showing some Napoleonic interest. General view of the convention table 6×8 table.
Opening action was centered around Porcia (buildings). Seras French and Severoli’s Italians mass before the town with Austrian Frimont’s advance guard. Fulda’s cavalry brigade is positioned besides the road.
French plan was to quickly march across the battlefield, seeking to confront the Austrian VIII Korps before the IX Korps could intervene. So, the foot race was on as French columns march.
The French brain trust move their units. Daniel is off picture learning his period tactics from WR.
The pressure is on Frimont’s advance guard and Volkmann’s detachment command. Quickly they advance to slow down the onrushing French and Italians.
A quick Austrian cavalry charge comes and goes…halting the Italians for a moment, who form squares.
Daniel pressed into action…..form column, form line, march, wheel, unlimber…..this is different from WWII dad. A veteran in the making but raw conscript now.
Frenchmen start their assault on Porcia. 1st column forms to assault the town while the skirmisher screens contest the open ground beyond. French army streams across the tabletop surface.
Finally, Austrian High command wakes up. VIII Korps is placed into service with their left command under GM Colloredo arrives to defend Porcia. Each nine miniature group is a battalion for game scaling.
Daniel the Conscript is learning fast…too fast. Detachment Volkmann under WR is hard pressed by French cavalry. At least their artillery is missing as the Austrians form squares. This pushing Volkmann backwards could prove to be a French victory.
More Austrians arrive with the balance of VIII Korps. GM Gajoli’s right-wing arrives on flank of GM Colleredo with the Korps artillery train. Frimont’s advance guard so far successfully slowed the Franco-Italian advance.
Austrian cavalry push lightly the French far right flank near Porcia. But the vineyards slow any progress here as the massed French in distance keep marching forward.
Frimont’s advance guard cavalry and some light artillery keep the French honest.
Frenchmen keep coming forward on their left flank. Where is Austrian IX Korps?
General view of the tabletop action. Austrian Volkmann detachment and French Broussier division in foreground. Next is French Grenier division with Sahac light cavalry, Severoli’s Italians and Seras French division near Porcia. Austrian VIII Korps in lines outside of Porcia while the battered Frimont’s advance guard fights in the mid-ground. Austrian IX Korps is nowhere to be seen.
View from the other table end….with Seras division in foreground and the Austrian VIII Korps.
Rob plans his move carefully, positioning the Italian Chasseurs a cheval ready to charge the exposed Austrian front. The Charge is called!
Disaster for the Austrians. Caught unprepared, the Austrians flee, batteries overrun and some Hungarians are chopped down in flight. Rob pulled a great charge off with limited losses. Austrian line is broken in front and a gap appears behind Porcia.
Rob pushes his Italians under Severoli into the gap. The Austrian front look unsteady.
In the center the French slow up as they faced the deployed GM Gajoli’s infantry. Skirmishers battle between the lines.
WR missed another photo-op charge by the Italian Chasseurs….this time Rob rips a bigger gap with the seizure of part of the Austrian Korps battery. Those Italian Chasseurs paid for this victory but cause the Austrians to think about their retirement….Where is IX Korps?
Austrian infantry defending Porcia. French will not pass here but the late arrival of IX Korps causes an early end to this battle.
Aggressive French movement to “block off” the entrance points of IX Korps and the late arrival of same Korps prevented the Austrians from deploying. So, the Austrians granted a French win for this opening action of the 1809 campaign. Next battle could be Piave 1809 or a re-fight of Sacile with an earlier arrival adjustment of IX Korps.
WR wishes to thank Bob, Rob, another Rob, Frank and his son Daniel for their sportsman like gaming. Fun all round….especially for those Italian Chasseurs a cheval.
Scenario notes can be found on the Sacile 1809 preview post.