This is the first in a brief series of posts about our games from December 2013.
As a re-cap, here’s a view of the table at the end of the 15:00 turn...
When after a long delay, Ney began at last to ascend the heights, I pulled out my watch, and said to General Blücher, near whom was Gneisenau: “We have still a quarter of an hour, within which time it is possible to get rounded. If we do not make use of this time, the cowards among us will surrender,—the brave will die fighting,—but unhappily, without the slightest benefit to their country.” There was a deep silence. Gneisenau was greatly agitated: at last he spoke: “Lieutenant Colonel Müffling is right; and in the present circumstances, not only is all bloodshed superfluous, but it is a duty to preserve our forces for a better opportunity.”As we began the third and last instalment of this massive game we wondered, would the French-Allied army break-through, especially in the north, or would the freshness and quality of the Russo-Prussian cavalry and the arriving Russian guard and grenadiers stabilise the situation?
Below: The lead regiments of Depreradovich’s 1st cuirassier division charged the Guard grand battery, which was supported by a square of the 3rd voltigeurs. Unable to break through, the Russian heavy horsemen retired and rallied behind their countrymen.
Some final photos of the situation at the end of the game.
Total = 176 victory points.
This brought to a conclusion our games for the bicentennial of the 1813 campaign—having decided earlier this year to be less ambitious and defer our ‘bicentennial’ game of Leipzig until 2016. In the end we managed only the two big battles of the spring campaign, this one and Lützen, but what games they were!
For this year our tentative programme of bicentennial games is La Rothiere in February, Craonne in March,Toulouse in April and Chippewa or Lundy’s Lane in July.