Following on from last week's game I thought I'd stage one final big FRW game (for the time being) as fellow Gentlemen of Leisure Conrad, Paul Stevenson, Jim and Nigel were coming for a game. I had planned to refight the Battle of Leignitz in 1760 but just couldn't face it. I had already refought it before a few years ago and it wasn't calling to me to have another attempt even though 15 August was the 258th anniversary of the battle.
Kaiserslautern was fought over much the same ground that saw the Prussians destroy the army of Napoleon III in 1870, e.g. Froeschweiller, Worth, so I thought a bit of subterfuge might be fun, for me at least. For an account of the real battle in 1793 see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kaiserslautern
|The battlefield. The French will be deployed on the left and the Prussians will enter from the right.|
Both sides had orders to attack and drive the other off the table so a bit of action was promised. The French would already be deployed on the table and the Prussians would enter (hopefully) at their designated locations on turn 1 or later. My rationale was that the French might get the jump on the Prussians and bound halfway across the table before the Prussians could (a) get on the table and, (b) form up in some semblance of a battle line with their superior numbers. Well, that plan went up in smoke from turn 1!
|Jim's advance in the distance got bogged down while Paul's troops were quickly engaged .|
|The French right looked pretty promising at this stage, with the horse artillery deployed ready to enfilade the Prussians if they advanced, the infantry skirmishers doing their thing and the heavy cavalry covering the flank.|
|The Prussian cuirassiers followed up, the French horse artillery escaping by the skin of their teeth!|
|They then clashed with Paul's remaining cavalry, which had jupassed its faltering brigade test, beating them and causing the brigade to falter again.|
|The Prussian cavalry brigade commander leading from the front.|
|Over towards the centre Nigel had deployed his artillery right in front of Jim's advancing French infantry. Jim did manager to drive off a battalion of Prussian infantry supporting the cannon but were badly knocked about in the process.|
|Paul's attack stalled as his first round of charges by his infantry columns were all repulsed after which his brigade became hesitant. Not a good place to choose.|
|Back on the Prussian right Jim was still making very slow progress giving the Saxon brigade time to deploy.|
|However, Jim did get his elite light infantry into action, braving flanking fire from Prussian fusiliers lurking in the village, they charged the Saxon cannon and forced them to retreat.|
|The French reserve cavalry made a gallant attempt to halt the Prussian cuirassiers but were pushed back. Thankfully for the French the Prussians also withdrew, but under orders.|
|The French dragoons recovering from their combat.|
|Conrad's Prussians didn't seem to be making much progress, particularly as they were still very congested and couldn't make their numbers tell.|
|Suddenly the French in the centre lost a battalion and the entire brigade became 'faltering'. Paul predictably threw badly and the entire brigade was forced to withdraw.|
|Saxon hussars avoiding all contact with the enemy.|
|Utter confusion in the centre, with Paul's troops pulling back and Jim's advancing, while the Prussians still handy given themselves space to manoeuvre.|
|Jim's very tardy division finally began to exchange shots with the Saxons, just in time to cover the army's withdrawal.|
|There was now a large gap in the centre where Paul's battalions had been, which the Prussians were gleefully filling.|
Its the Other Partizan on Sunday and am looking forward to it if I'm recovered enough from the game to go.