Our game utilised the Fields of Glory scenario with the army lists adjusted to incorporate details from Hofschröer's excellent article about the battle and those that I have gathered for the Battle of Leipzig. We were joined for this game by John from the Serpentine Wargames Group. This time he joined me with the French against Mark with Wittgenstein's Prusso-Russian cavalry, Julian taking the Austrian contingent.
An overall map of the battle (above) and the schematic one from Fields of Glory (below) that we used for the table-top. The Fields of Glory scenario focusses on the section of the battlefield bounded by Wachau in the west, Liebertwolkwitz in the north and east and Güldengossa in the south.
The French had more troops for the first three turns; I brought up Subervie's light cavalry on L'Heritier's left flank.
von Mohr's Austrian cavalry arrive to the south-east of the on-going and increasing cavalry mêlée.
Mark saved his best dice for Subervie's light cavalry. After a protracted encounter, the 3e hussars were broken.
(It is little-known that Napoleon enlisted many men from previous French colonies of the West Indies to the new grande armée in 1813—either that or there was once again a gap between my painting plans and completed output).
The 13e hussars faired slightly better, retreating from a lost mêlée against Sakomensky's uhlans.
Above: L'Heritier's dragoons continued on their winning way, now reinforced by Milhaud's dragoons (below).
The French dragoons and lancers continued to get the better of the mêlées...
...unlike Subervie's light cavalry, which were putting up a good struggle, but coming off second best each time.
The French attack was somewhat stalled as Milhaud's dragoons and Berkheim's lancers got themselves inter-mixed.
Some success, but the French still held out in four of the six sectors (three or more needed to be captured by the Austrians as a victory condition).
Meanwhile, the French cavalry continued largely on its winning ways,
Turn 12 reached and game over.
The French had by far the better of the luck and, particularly early, so were able to maintain superior numbers in and after the cavalry mêlées.
The French lost only Subervie's light cavalry division and still held 2/3rds of Liebertwolkwitz, while the Allies had lost four cavalry divisions. so it was a clear French victory.
Great to have John join us again, the first time with Julian. Even better that he brought his good luck to my side and gave me a bit of it too! :)
Hofschröer, P (1986). The Great Cavalry Battle of Liebertwolkwitz (14th October, 1813). Miniature Wargames 38 (July 1986).
Hofschröer, P (1986). The Battle of Liebertwolkwitz Part II The Campaign So Far. Miniature Wargames 39 (August 1986).
Hofschröer, P (1986). The Great Cavalry Battle of Liebertwolkwitz (14th October, 1813) Part IIb Orders of Battle & Dispositions. Miniature Wargames 40 (September 1986).
Hofschröer, P (1986). The Great Cavalry Battle of Liebertwolkwitz (14th October, 1813) Part III. Miniature Wargames 42 (November 1986).
Leach, C and Conliffe, A (1997) Liebertwolkwitz, 1813. In Fields of Glory: Historical Scenarios for Corps Sized Napoleonic Battles in Miniature. Quantum Printing, New York, NY. 35 pp. 26–27.