Friday, 27 February 2015

Forcing the River Spree: A Seven Years War scenario part 1

First of all I have to admit that I borrowed/pinched the idea for this scenario off James Roach's excellent Olicanalad's Games blog.

Last week saw Conrad, Clive and John (the Red) coming to visit to take part in the above game. The Prussians were holding a ridge line covering a crossing of the River Spree. The Russians had to drive the Prussians off, as holding the ridges would make a defence of the other side of the river impossible.

Each army had a 'core' to which could be added a block of troops from one of three options. The numbers represent the command levels for each brigade.

PRUSSIA: CinC 8

CORE FORCE
OPTION A
OPTION B
OPTION C
2 x Cuirassier 9

2 x Dragoon 8

2 x Hussars 8

1 x Frei-Grenadier Btn 8
1 x Garrison Btn
1 x Militia Btn
1 x Freikorps Btn
1 x btn gun

1 x Grenadier btn 9
3 x Musketeer Btn
1 x btn gun

2 x Medium Guns
1 x Heavy Howitzer
2 x Dragoons 9

1 x Grenadier 9
2 x Fusiliers
1 x Freikorps btn
1 x Btn gun

2 x Heavy Guns
2 x Dragoons  8
1 x Frie Dragoons

2 x Hussars  9
1 x Bosnaiks

2 x Musketeer 8
1 x Fusilier
1 x Btn gun

2 x Heavy guns in redoubts
2 x Cuirassiers 8

2 x Hussars 8

1 x Grenadier btn 9
2 x Musketeer btn
1 x Garrison btn
1 x btn gun

2 x Heavy guns






John was commander of the Prussians and he selected 'option B'. A wise choice I thought. I was in command of the Prussian right and the catering!

Russian Army: CinC 1D6  1-3:6  4,5: 7  6: 8 (Conrad threw a 1 so their CinC was pants!)

CORE FORCE
OPTION A
OPTION B
OPTION C
2 x Cuirassier 7
2 x Horse Grenadiers

2 x Hussars 7
2 x Cossacks

2 x Grenadiers 8
2 x Musketeer
1 x Battalions gun

4 x Musketeers 6
1 x Battalion gun 

1 x Pandours

2 x Heavy artillery
1 x Heavy howitzer
2 x Horse Grenadiers 6
2 x Cuirassiers

2 x Cossacks 6
2 x Hussars

1 x Grenadiers 8
3 x Musketeers
1 x Battalion gun

2 x Heavy artillery

2 x Cuirassiers 7
2 x Horse Grenadiers 7

4 x Dragoons 7

1 x Grenadiers 6
2 x Musketeers
1 x Dismounted Dragoons
1 x Battalion gun

2 x Heavy artillery
2 x Heavy howitzer
2 x Cossacks 7
2 x Hussars

1 x Pandours

1 x Grenadiers 8
3 x Musketeers
1 x Battalion gun

2 x Heavy howitzer









Conrad and Clive decided on 'option C'. This puzzled me as it was by far the weakest of the options available, especially as they had enough (useless) light cavalry already and not enough (slightly less useless) heavy cavalry. 

Part 2 will describe how the battle unfolded.....

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