I thought we could try another game of General d’Armee particularly as Chris’ gaming buddies down in The Cotswolds are keen to try them and were looking forward to his feedback. I’m warming to them a lot now, and despite liking Black Powder for their 'simplicity' find them easy to follow and much more challenging, but fun.
The history lesson. There were several clashes between the armies of the 1st Coalition and the Republican French army of the Moselle under General Lazarre Hoche throughout 1793. The Prussian army under the Duke of Brunswick was supported by Hessians, Saxons, Austrians and Emigre forces. Operations ended following the Prussian victory at the three-day Battle of Kaiserslauten at the end of November when the victors failed to follow up their advantage, allowing French attention to turn towards the Austrians who were defeated at the Battle of Froeschwiller in December 1793.
Our battle makes no attempt to retreat any of this, other than it pits my French against my Prussians again, with the Prussians reinforced by a regiment of Bavarians on their first engagement.
Chris opted for the French, who had to hold the town and fend off the Prussian attacks, in another attempt to utilise the rules for the early Revolutionary Wars period. Obviously this account is wholly unbiased written as it is by the commander of the Prussian army. No doubt when Chris gets home his version will appear on his blog and might well differ slightly!
|The sun breaks through the clouds (velux window). Both armies are deployed, with the French pushing skirmishers forward. The Prussians appear rooted to the spot.|
|A regiment of Bavarian infantry attached to the Prussians advance slowly towards the French.|
|The Prussian left as seen from the French observing from the clock tower in the town.|
|In the centre the Prussian infantry finally gets the order to advance.|
|Chris taking stock of his forces facing the main Prussian axis of attack.|
|A brigade of French chasseurs a cheval, unfazed by facing the Prussian cuirassier brigade opposite them.|
|The Prussian centre poised to attack...hahahahah!|
|Finally the Prussians advance!|
|I used most of my ADCs to ensure that these two brigades could advance as far as possible, thus screening my cavalry to their right from the attention of the French artillery.|
|Hidden away among the cuirassiers was a battery of horse artillery that I had forgotten about for several turns. When I did remember them they were pushed forward to soften up the remaining French to the front of my cavalry.|
|Chris threw in his remaining cavalry regiment and miraculously drove my cuirassiers back!|
|My grand battery in the centre looked good but did very little actual damage!|
|Meanwhile in the town preparations were being made should the French loose the battle.|
|The French field bakery in full swing. The young lady stomping on the dough seemed to have incredibly hairy legs but maybe they'd add a bit of fibre to the mix. Urgh!|
|The Prussian artillery in the centre still hammering away. I think I caused more fatigue casualties on myself than actual hits on the enemy.|
|The Prussian attack in the centre at the point they survived the closing fire from the French 12pdrs.|
|Seen from the French side the battery is overrun.|
|The carabinieri followed up into the second battalion, driving it back also.|
|Meanwhile my victorious infantry in the centre had been unable to extricate themselves from the wreckage of the battery and were hit in the flank by fresh French troops and dispersed.|