For those who came in late, Lützen was the first major action of the 1813 spring campaign in the War of the Sixth Coalition (War of German Liberation). You can find information about our scenario for this game elsewhere on this blog. Two posts cover the overview and the set-up of the battlefield, but here are a couple of images to set the scene:
Our table for Lützen viewed from the south-west, with Starsiedel in the left foreground, the quadrilateral of towns in the centre and the Floßgraben in the distance.
Our historical re-fight began at 11:30 with the Russo-Prussian army's, initially lead by Blücher's I Corps, attack on the isolated divisions of Ney's III Corps; chiefly Souham's 8th Division stationed around Gross Görschen.
Turn 1, 11:30
Turn 2, 12:00
Turn 3, 12:30
Turn 5, 13:30
So, with seven turns completed the game is fairly evenly poised. The Russo-Prussians have taken most of the honours thus far, particularly the Prussians under the aggressive leadership of Julian von Blücher. The impending removal of Souham’s division as an effective fighting force was a good result and now Girard is facing a sledgehammer blow from the combined forces of Berg's I Corps (Lukov, von Helfreich and Kasatschkosky's divisions), Trubetzkoy's Reserve Cavalry and von Dolff's Prussian Reserve Cavalry. French spirits have been raised by the arrival of Ney’s remaining troops, bringing with it successes against von Pirch I’s brigade, along with the imminent arrival of the Emperor with Marmont's VI Corps—not yet on table but to be placed there in the command phase of the 14:30 turn.
Over the coming eight turns (15:00–18:30) the reinforcements will be arriving thick and fast, for both sides.
Part 2 is scheduled for 13th July and promises to be a cracking conclusion to this most interesting historical re-fight.