I have to admit that I was less so as it was 'out of sync' with my own 'cunning plans'—I can be terribly inflexible at times!
Anyway, Julian prevailed and I'm so pleased that he did. It was a great game that we played out over two 'sessions'; 9th & 11th December 2017.
(I eventually got on board and produced orders of battle and scenario rules/victory conditions.)
|Battle close to it's peak|
|Table looking in a north-easterly direction, the Dornberg in the centre of the photo.|
Regular readers will note that this game pre-dated the rejuvenation of the terrain squares at ANF-HQ (aka chez Julian).
|Scratch map that Mark and Julian used to set up the table.|
|A few of those lovely secondary sources consulted.|
|Suchet & Lannes lead the former's division in the attack on Tauentzien’s isolated Saxo-Prussian division—Biko doing the honours for the French, Mark for the Saxo-Prussians.|
|Desjardins' division of Augereau VII Corps (centre-left of photo) and Soult (IV Corps) with only Saint-Hilaire's division (bottom right of photo) arrived to join the attack—moi and 'Marc' in charge respectively.|
|Attack on the Dornberg.|
|Soult (St Hilaire's) attacked Rödigen, supported by Guyot's light cavalry.|
|Up the Dornberg!|
|Augereau (Desjardins) along with Treillard's light cav. (V Corps) threatened Tauentzien’s right.|
|Soult and St Hilaire came on in strength.|
|V Corps's attack on the Dornberg progressed, but far slower than in history, thanks to a far more dogged defence by Tauentzien’s stout fellows. They panicked in the real thing, as the French advance rushed on.|
|View from the north-west-ish corner. Durosnel's cav. (Augereau's VII Corps) closet to camera—smile fellas!|
|St Hilaire's division ('Marc') ready to make its attack on Holtzendorff’s defenders (Mark's second command).|
|Still slow going on the Dornberg.|
|Grawert (Julian), around Vierzehnheiligen, looked on.|
|Augereau (Desjardins') troops attacked.|
|An initial set-back (spot the difference in the centre of the photo).|
|Tauentzien’s tenacious troops try to trip-up t-French.|
|St Hilaire looked like taking control of Rödigen.|
|Above and below: masses of French attacked the Dornberg, on a funneled frontage they couldn't bring their numbers to bear.|
|Prussian grenadiers (Holtzendorff) counter-attacked St Hilaire. That six was just what they needed.|
|This and the following three photos: as the Guard arrived, the French finally began to gain the ascendancy on the Dornberg.|
|This was were we left the game on Day 1. We would resume the game a couple of days later, sans the Perthities, so it was up to me to continue the French attacks.|
|Murat (little boots) with the lead elements of the reserve cavalry.|
|Ney (on black horse) arrived with lead elements of VI Corps.|
|Those Prussian grenadiers were making mischief around Rödigren.|
|Grawert ordered to head north-east to close the gap behind the Dornberg.|
|Dornberg in French hands; at last!|
|Overview of the battle at this stage.|
|Prussian grenadiers doing well in holding up St Hilaire.|
|Tauentzien’s division after retreating from the Dornberg. Importantly beaten but not broken.|
|Above and next two photos: Grawert's division, lead by von Donnersmarck's heavy cavalry, counter-attacked the French around the Dornberg.|
|Niesemeuschel's division (originally Stephen) moved to threaten Augereau's exposed right.|
Following in the spirit of the dogged defence of the Dornberg by Tauentzien’s division, Holtzendorff’s remaining troops denied St Hilaire's and Guyot's (Soult’s IV Corps) attacks around Lehesten and Rödigen for three more turns, even staging a couple of significant counter-attacks. This was not aided by my poor management of the troops, getting stuck behind the front-line and so not moving around the north to get into the flank of the retreated Tauentzien until the 14:30 turn, after they had rallied.
|1/10e legere driven off|
|6e Hussars (represented by 8e) dispatched by heavy gun!|
|Above and following six photos show the audacious Prussian counter-attack, which reached it's high-water mark with the retreat of Desjardins' (Augereau) division.|
|Gap left by Desjardins' division.|
|Arrival of Heudelet (Augereau's second division) to fill the gap.|
|Above and below: now reorganised and supported by the reserve cavalry, the Lannes and Ney attacked in force.|
|View from Viesehnheiligen|
|Klein’s dragoons and Heudelet’s infantry come into combat with Niesemeuschel (left) and Grawert (right)|
By 15:00 (end of the 13th or 14:30 turn) the Saxo-Prussians controlled Prittwitz to the east of Viesehnheiligen, Grawert was defending the hill around and west of that town, Niesemeuschel to his right and Rüchel had newly arrived from the west (around Kotschau). These Saxo-Prussian commands were largely full strength.
St Hilaire was bearing down on the flank of Prittwitz, but his division was strung out due to Holtzendorff’s commendable defence. Lannes’ divisions were debouching from the Dornberg to attack Prittwitz from the front, supported by Ney’s small infantry and cavalry division and d’Hautpoul’s cuirassiers (and Guard on the ridge). To their left, Heudelet’s division (Augereau) was advancing towards a nasty combination of Grawert and Niesemeuschel. The French commands had taken casualties, but had lost few units.
As we had run out of time and were going to run out of players, the game ended about 22:00 on Monday night (11/12/17) at the end of that 13th (14:30) turn.
We then looked at the victory points that I had put into the scenario.
- The Saxo-Prussians got 100 for controlling Kotschau, 50 points for controlling Viesehnheiligen, 8 points for the broken French cavalry division (Augereau’s that I lost early on) and 18 points for Desjardins division (Augereau) being in retreat (which occurred at the end of the 14:30 turn).That made 176 victory points for Saxo-Prussians and 140 for the French, a difference of 36 in favour of the Saxo-Prussians, so a Draw as the result. We therefore called the game a Saxo-Prussian scenario victory.
- the French got 50 points for controlling Lehesten (the town that you were driving towards with Soult, Marc) plus 90 points for the two broken divisions (Tauentzien and Holtzendorff)—this was mis-calculated as 78 on the night.
This result was fitting, given the far better performance of the Saxo-Prussians than their historical counterparts.
Had it continued for the further two turns scheduled in the scenario or even for a further four turns that could be expected given the time to dark, I reckon that it would have become, at best and on balance, a hard-fought French minor victory. Nothing like the historical smashing victory of history!