This WR after action report covers the 2nd recent napoleonic game at Bob’s. Fielded armies were the 1815 French and Prussians for a level pointed matchup on a cloudy rainy day.
French OOB: 1815 organization of two Corps. WR’s and Daniel’s 1st Corps had Middle guard division, 3 infantry divisions and attached light cavalry division. Dan’s 2nd Corps had 3 smaller infantry divisions and attached light cavalry (lancer) division.
Prussians OOB: 1815 organization with two artillery heavy Korps. Bob’s Prussians had 2 landwehr heavy infantry brigades, Prussian guard infantry and kavallerie brigades, and attached kavallerie brigade. Rob’s Prussian Korps had 3 normal infantry brigades and attached kavallerie brigade.
Tabletop deployment was different. Instead of the face off lines setup, we rolled for starting zones, including possible deployment zones on the flanks. End result was the French deployment zones was along one table side but Rob’s Korps started on the French left flank. A small deployment gap was created between the Prussian Korps….could the French take advance of the situation? Weather for the tabletop was cloudy day.
French plans: While WR holds off the Prussian flanking Korps, Daniel and Dan both assault the Prussian Korps before them, seize the two farms complex and roll forward to the rescue of WR’s hard pressed left flank.
Prussian plans: Link the two Korps together with a right face march by Bob’s Korps, contest the two farms position while Rob’s Korps crushes the French open left flank position.
Both plans seemed to create an interesting game….what happened next quickly gave advance to the Prussians.
Opening moves….Rob’s Prussian Korps slowly descends on the open French left flank. The woods constrained his quick deployments. Initial cavalry sparring produces limited result and ends with long-range cannon bombardments. Good for the French!
In the center disaster…Daniel attempted to quick strategic march mode up the hill to quickly position himself for the assault on the two farms. A bold move! Unfortunately, the Prussian cavalry rode forward and prepared to charge the morale disordered French columns. Facing the Prussian cavalry, Daniel could either hold in place (go into battle mode standing stationary in columns, no squares) or retire quickly in strategic mode behind the deployed Middle guard division behind him. The wise course of retirement took hold and the leading French division ran behind the Middle guard to recover. End result was the French assault on the two farms was set back for several turns as the Prussian Korps linked up.
View after the French steeplechase back down the hill. French infantry started where the Prussian kavallerie now positions itself. Middle guard division squares puts any Prussian thought of pursuit quickly out of their Prussian minds. Prussian guard kavallerie brigade appears on far flank of the two farms complex to threaten WR’s advancing infantry into squares.
As Dan’s right flank Corps slowly advances against the side stepping Prussian infantry opposition, the Prussian kavallerie retires from the deployed French old guard battles attached to the Middle guard division. Too hot!
WR’s French infantry forms up below the two farms complex sheltered from the Prussian kavallerie’s direct attention. Prussian guard kavallerie hold the two farms flank position.
Prussians viewing the battle seem satified….they have achieved a linked position, contesting the two farms complex and Rob is pressuring the French left flank.
Prussian kavallerie charges by Rob end in losses on the French position. The massed Prussian artillery rolls into position to start the bombardment of the French squares. A small French Chasseurs a cheval effort to catch Prussian artillery while limbered just slows the Prussian advance instead (center of picture below).
French Chasseurs a cheval, with their divisional leader nearby, charge the Prussian disordered artillery but an infantry battalion behind the batteries forms successful square to repulse the fool hardy French cavalry.
Prussian artillery is pounding the French position as another Prussian brigade crosses the stream to apply pressure on the weakened French left division.
A cloud goes by, in its shadow the French assault the Prussians landwehr defenders of the two farms complex. Prussian kavallerie now face the advance French light cavalry of Dan’s Corps.
Back on the French left flank, Prussian kavallerie time an excellent charge to destroy two French artillery batteries. French ill fortune continues as Prussian round shot sails into the French ranks. Losses are mounting….can Dan’s Corps arrive in time to pressure the Prussian left flank?
Close range musketry and column assaults continue in the two farms complex. French Middle guard and line battalions face Prussian landwehr fighting hard to hold the position.
WR’s is forced to retire some of his artillery since the weakened squares cannot defend against the Prussian advancing kavallerie. French Chasseurs a cheval attempt to charge Prussians crossing the stream and delay their plans.
Having broken the 1st Prussian landwehr line, the French advance to met the next Prussian landwehr hedge position supported by artillery. French and Prussian artillery duel as skirmishers face their opposites.
Rob’s Prussians slowly advance at the pace of the artillery changing positions forward. Occasionally, wiser Prussian kavallerie will show themselves to chase away the French skirmishers.
Battle continued in the two farms sector with French victorious again against the next Prussian landwehr line. But, with the pending arrival of the Prussian guard & grenadier brigade, the French two farms advance grinds to a halt. Dan’s two fresh divisions arrive near the two farms but the artillery pounded French left now has to retire outside of the massed Prussian artillery. Dan sends one of his divisions to support the French left but in general, the French can only hope for a tied game…with advantage to the Prussians. All players concur….so handshakes all round. Battle ends for another day before the two guards may met on the tabletop.
As always, thank you Bob for hosting the monthly game at your gaming garage. Thanks for Rob and Dan joining Bob, Daniel and WR on a cool rainy day.
Miniatures from the collections of Bob (Dan’s controlled French Corps and his Prussians), Rob’s and his Prussians, WR with his French infantry and Middle guard. Middle guard was composed of 3rd and 4th Grenadiers \ Chasseurs 1815 period.
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Till the next napoleonic game……cheers from the warren.
WR war correspondent