Anyway, on to the game. Mike umpired while John the Red, Conrad and Owen were the French and Neil, Liam and myself (for once off the bench and not watching from the touchline) played the vastly outnumbered and outclassed Prussians and Saxons.
Victory for Prussians would be determined by how well or badly they did in comparison to the real battle. The French would loose victory points the more troops they deployed from their massed legions queuing up to get stuck in, e.g. the Reserve Cavalry or the Imperial Guard.
The French plan was I assume to pile on and quickly overwhelm the Prussians and Saxons by pinning attacks in the centre, a steamroller on our right and a flanking move on our left. The Prussians decided to refuse their left flank and move everything as quickly as possible (in practice not vey quickly) to the centre and right flank. A good plan I thought, especially as it was my idea. Of course you know what they say about plans not surviving first contact with the enemy.....
I'm not going to give a blow by blow account of the game, just the high and low lights, but the photos should give an idea of the game progressed.
|The Prussian high command clearly not taking things too seriously! (l to r: me, Liam and Neil) |
Frederick the Great looks on disapprovingly from the back wall.
|The Prussian right wing, behind Viertzehelingen.|
|Prussian and Saxon grenadiers in reserve|
|The Prussian left, with the advance guard on the Dornberg holding the villages of Closewitz and Lutzeroda at the top of the shot.|
|Suddenly there were thousands of French pouring onto the table in the centre!|
|Neil began shifting his command towards the right.|
|More French march onto the table behind Isserstadt, opposite our right flank!|
|The Prussian advance guard stopped the French and created a bottleneck preventing them from deploying effectively. This bought us valuable time.|
|Feeling confident we charged his advancing columns with two regiments of Hussars, forcing the French into square. Both cavalry regiments were forced to retreat but not before causing mayhem among the closely packed French.|
|One French column was hit in the flank by our hussars and, unable to form square, was broken.|
|The valiant defenders of Closewitz are finally ejected after a brave defence.|
|Another, this time pretty futile, charge by our hussars in the centre. At least the French were being held up and forced into square.|
|The man French attack against our right flank.|
|More French appeared in the centre.|
|French artillery and cavalry advance towards Viezehnheiligen.|
|A view of the battlefield from the West.|
|Yet more French and their allies advance in the centre.|
|The odds were stacked against the Prussians in the centre as they were very thinly spread until Neil could get his troops over to fill the gap.|
|The French columns crashed into the Prussians who were unable to halt them. The first line of Prussians was pushed back but the second held and was able to pour volleys of musketry into the heads of the French columns.|
|Conrad looks on as his infantry (Ney) and the Reserve Cavalry Corps join the battle. The French in the centre have finally broken out of their traffic jam and pushed the Prussians back off the Dornberg.|
|Marshall Ney attempting to roll up the Prussian left.|
|Murat and the Reserve Cavalry Corps.|
|A view of the centre from behind the French right. Lots of manoeuvring going on.|
|Prussians still holding out on the Dornberg but in danger of being cut off by Ney's advancing corps.|
|Ney's VI Corps.|
|Ney's artillery took a back road and the long way round to the battle.|
|The Prussians flung two regiments of dragoons towards the French, forcing them into square. This act of sacrifice was to buy the Prussians more much needed time.|
|The ploy worked as one French square was broken!|
|More bloody French!|
|The Prussian right was still holding on. The battery was about to be eliminated but the grenadiers of the reserve were just to the rear.|
|The Prussians and Saxons on they left were really up against it and were about to be overwhelmed.|
|The Prussian reserve grenadier battalions deploy to shore up their right flank.|
|The table at the end of the game. Mike at the end delivers his verdict.|