Last Saturday I was at the Durham Wargames Group for a refight of the battle of Lutzen, organised with meticulous precision by Mr John H. Paul, Dom, Mike and I were the Allies. Shaun, John the Red and Nick were the French. An account of the real battle can be found Here. We were using John's extensive and rather beautiful 15mm collection with his own rules.
This was going to be a pretty enormous game with perhaps ('cos I can't remember) over a dozen corps from both sides involved. We were able to get started just after 10:00. Reinforcements for both sides would be arriving at various (often inconvenient) points throughout the game. I won't attempt to give a blow by blow account of the game as I was too engrossed to take many photographs; hopefully they will give an idea as to how things went.
|Me, Nick (a Frenchman), Dom and Paul study the table.
|Marshal Marmont (Shaun) pinned in the corner of the table by loads of Russian cavalry.
|The Allies preparing to attack.
|The Imperial Guard arrives (theirs, not ours)
|One of the Allied cores.
|A major Allied assault is developing.
|French Imperial Guard getting closer!
|My Russians on the hill about to advance.
|The Russian grenadier corps about to assault the French.
|A massive column of Russian grenadiers about to get stuck in......we hoped.
|Our right flank under pressure from French reinforcements.
|The Russian centre.
|Paul launched his grenadiers at the enemy but they were knocked back at first. They did make a big hole in the enemy line but were forced into square due to the presence of the French Guard cavalry.
|The French on our left were unable to advance as we had them pinned by massed artillery and cavalry.
|Russian cuirassiers managed to defeat the enemy cavalry facing them but were unable to make any further headway.
|Prussian cavalry vs the Chasseurs a Cheval of the Guard.
|The Prussians were victorious and the Chasseurs fled!