Its ages since we had a Seven Years War game so yesterday I staged my at least annual Leuthen refight, the anniversary of the battle being 5 December 1757. Conrad and Shaun played the Austrians while Dave J and I were the Prussians. By tradition Dave was Frederick. Paul S umpired as we were using his own Panoply of War rules rather than Black Powder or Honours of War. I had sorted out the orders of battle and troop characteristics. Essentially all the Prussians except the fusilier battalions were rated very highly, even the heavy and light cavalry, which may or may not have been too generous but this was the Prussian army arguably at its peak before losses wore its quality down. The Austrian Cuirassier were also rated highly, while the Dragoons amd Infantry were classed as well trained experienced troops. Their Hussars and the Reichsarmee contingent were rated poor, the former as they were not ‘battle cavalry’ unlike their Prussian counterparts who definitely were. Units were scaled down from the original orders of battle at the rate of one cavalry regiment (24 or 30) on the table for every ten actual squadrons and one battalion on the table for roughly every three or four actual battalions. Not all the Austrians featuring in the OoB were available; many had already been engaged and destroyed and others were still facing the original Prussian position or were en route to the battle an too late or knackered to join in.
Click here for a good account of the background and the battle itself.
Anyway, it all kicked off nicely on time and we set to it! In time honoured fashion the photos will show how the battle unfolded, except for a period towards the end when I was too absorbed in the game and forgot to take any.
|The Prussian army advances in line after their momentous march around the Austrian left flank.|
|Me in my Frederick the Great hoodie. Don’t ask.|
|The Austrian left flank has been routed, allowing the battered Prussians to recover.|
|The main street of Leuthen packed with Austrian Infantry.|
|It seemed to be taking an awfully long time for the Prussians to get stuck in, but when they did they drove all before them, occupying the eastern end of Leuthen and evicting yet more Reichsarmée troops in the process.|
|This one is for Shaun, who was told 'all you need is to get 3+ on ANY ONE of these four dice!|
|Seen from the West the Austrian hussars advance towards the Prussians. The sole battery of Austrian artillery can be seen on windmill hill.|
|A bleak looking Leuthen.|
|The start of a critical cavalry combat. If the Prussian hussars don't hold the Austrians will be in among their infantry and the Prussian reserve artillery just out of shot to the left.|
|The Prussian hussars eventually overcome the Austrians.|
|Prussians and Austrians still locked in combat on the Prussian left.|
|The Prussian general assault on the eastern end of Leuthen.|
|The outgunned Austrian artillery|
|Colonel Moller's Prussian reserve artillery. Mostly ineffective until the lucky howitzer shell set fire to the church.|