It started well, with the Austrians miraculously winning the initiative in turn 1. This enabled the Reichsarmee contingent to withdraw in front of the Prussian right wing cavalry and the infantry of the advance guard. In previous games the Austrians have normally used the Reichs troops as a series of speed bumps to wear down the Prussians before the Austrian cavalry arrived to counter attack. Not this time thankfully.
|The Prussian advance guard, two battalions of grenadiers and a 12pdr battery. They advanced obliquely to the right in order to make space for the rest of the Prussian infantry.|
|The Reichs brigade has pulled back and the Prussian advance guard is closing in on them.|
|The Reichs battalions were mostly carrying casualties from earlier fighting that forced their withdrawal. Paul found it impossible to get far enough away from the Prussians to rally any of these off.|
|Prussian grenadiers advancing on Rot Wurzberg holding the iconic churchyard.|
|The Reichs troops were slowed down by the edge of Leuthen allowing the Prussians to start taking a few ineffective pot shots with their cannon.|
|Anhalt-Dessau's command on the right with the final Prussian command under Forcade de Baix on the left. Both units of Prussian hussars were trying to avoid long range fire from Austrian guns on Windmill Hill.|
|Shooting was pretty ineffective against the troops in the church so I rashly charged, surviving closing fire but being broken in the melee.|
|The Prussian centre and right, with columns of Austrian cavalry looming menacingly in the distance.|
|The view along the Prussian line.|
|Paul's dragoons were boxed on at the table edge and under fire from Prussian artillery.|
|The predicament of the Austrian dragoons is clear. The Reichsarmee battalions have taken a battering and been ejected from the edge of the town, which is now occupied by a battalion of Prussian grenadiers.|
|The Prussian Guard face the Rot Wurtzbergers in the church but are forced to withdraw under heavy fire.|
|A seething mass of infantry log jammed in the village.|
|Conrad's cavalry on the Austrian right.|
|The Austrian hussars were very effective at soaking up the attention the Prussian artillery. One regiment was eventually forced to retreat and the other was driven off by the Prussian hussars.|
|The second climactic cavalry melee on the Prussian right saw Paul's Austrians overwhelmed.|
|The remnants of the Austrian left with the flank of the infantry hanging dangerously in the air. Dave three another double six, killing the Austrian commander of the garrison of Leuthen.|
|The final turn saw the Prussian hussars hit the exposed Reichsarmee battalion in the flank and destroy them. They pursued down the main street and were poised to hit the Austrian battalions in the flank when we called it a day.|
So, a Prussian victory in what was a very hard game. For once the Prussians were able to use the superior qualities of their infantry to good effect. Their cavalry also did far better than I had expected especially as they were outclassed and outnumbered by the Austrians. The Prussian artillery, while quite effective, did not dominate the battlefield as much as in several previous games. The poor Reichsarmee contingent was more of a hindrance than a help in this refight. They might have been better used to slow down the Prussian cavalry by forcing them to charge in order to clear them out of the way. As it was they were unable to rally off any hits and got in the way of the eight regiments of Austrian cuirassiers and dragoons that appeared behind them on turns two and three.
A great game with excellent company who played the period rather than the rules. Thank you.