Such was the task that we set for Julian, playing Austrians, in this game played back in late November 2015. This was Julian's first taste of the Seven Years’ War rules that we have put together based on Zimmermann’s Wargamer’s Handbook.
Closer view of the deployed forces at dawn. Prussians nearest camera, Old Fritz on the hill with the 24 pdr battery.
as the Prussian infantry headed towards the Saxon positions around Thomaswaldau.
but the 10th Cuirassiers got carried away by their initial success, failing against the Saxon Guard cavalry.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the battlefield 'the Julian manoeuvre' continued. What the #@#&! was he up to?!
Upon reaching 1/3 casualties, the Saxon army retreated.
Back on the Prussian left, the cavalry finally catch up with their manoeuvring foes,
To the shocked surprise of us all, 'the Julian manoeuvre' seemed to pay off, the Austrian cavalry left to guard the rear winning the mêlée,
The Saxon retreat guaranteed, Frederick's grenadiers moved to attack Charles' troops,
Frederick brought both his 12 pdr and 24 per batteries together for some parting shots at the Austrian cavalry that had initially been deployed with the Saxon army, but were now moving to rejoin their countrymen.
This was to prove the final act as the Prussian army had reach 1/3 losses and failed its army morale test. The Austrian army passed its own army morale test, but the earlier loss of their Saxon allies and overall battlefield situation lead to us calling the battle a draw. The Saxo-Austrians had performed much, much better than their historical counterparts, so the scenario was definitely a Saxo-Austrian victory.
It had been a close and entertaining game. Most amazing of all was that what shall forever be known as 'the Julian manoeuvre'; conducting an about turn in the face of an enemy coming on in strength. Surely it should never have worked? How did he get away with it? Was it dumb luck or brilliance? Perhaps it was inspired. Whatever the case it worked perfectly, so well done Julian!