A good account of the action can be found in Charles' book or by referring to the excellent Kronoskaf website (from which comes the map). Essentially a Prussian force under Bevern are moving into Bohemia when they encounter the Austrians, dug in and blocking their way between the mountains on one side and the River Neisse on the other, at Reichenberg. The Prussian objective was to drive the Austrians off, while that of the Austrians was to delay the Prussians until 3pm real time, thus giving me time to get settled for the England-Scotland game!
Rob and I took the Austrians while John (M), John (R) and his son Neil took the Prussians. The forces are detailed below. This being 1757 the Prussian infantry were probably at their best and superior to their Austrian counterparts. The Austrian horse were more numerous and included a regiment each of cuirassiers and combined horse grenadiers/carabiniers so had a slight edge over the Prussian cavalry. I decided to use 66% movement and ranges for this game as the armies started quite close together and I wanted the game to last beyond lunchtime!
C-in-C FZM Christian Moritz Count Königsegg und Rothenfels (8) (ROBBIE)
1 medium gun (entrenched
First line ,Major General von Lacy (7): 4 infantry battalions, 4 medium guns (entrenched)
Second line (under control of Konigseg): 2 grenadier battalions, 2 infantry battalions
In Franzesdorf: 1 Grenzer battalion (2 x 10/12 small units), 1 x regiment Hussars 1 x 12
Cavalry: Lieutenant-General Count Porporati (8) (ME)
1 regiment Cuirassiers 2x 12
1 regiment Carabineers/Horse Grenadiers 2 x12
Dragoon brigade (8)
2 regiments Dragoons 4 x 12
Extreme left in woods: Major General Count Wurben (7)
1 Grenzer battalion (2 x 10/12 small units)
3 infantry battalions, 1 grenadier battalion
C-in-C: Lt-General August Wilhelm Duke of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern (9) (JOHN M)
1 Hussar regiment 1 x 12
Main body: Lt-General von Lestwitz (8) (JOHN R)
Right ‘brigade’ (8): 1 grenadier battalion, 5 infantry battalions
Left ‘brigade’ (8): 2 grenadier battalions, 5 infantry battalions (JOHN M)
Second line (8): 2 infantry battalions (NEIL)
Artillery: 4 medium guns (NEIL)
Cavalry: Major General Prinz Eugen von Wurtemberg (8) (NEIL)
3 Dragoon regiments (6 x 12)
I enjoyed the game and hope that the guys did too. It was certainly a tough one for both sides given the need for a head-on Prussian attack. Poor command rolls scuppered the Prussian plans but also stopped the Austrians from any rash moves.
I now have to get some more Austrian cavalry painted so we can do the next game, which will be the Battle of Prague. Now that will be fun!