|General of Division Charlie reposes and awaits the Prussian response to the initial French advance|
The game was a classic match between a Prussian brigade (aka, "division") and a French division (supplemented by 4 squadrons of chasseurs) in a meeting engagement somewhere in Saxony, 1813. There were a few woods and hills, and a town in the center (sounds alot like Spain a few weekends ago...). The town treatment, however, is an experimental one that I use. The buildings are blocking terrain (no move through, no see through, no fire through). The geometry of the buildings provides an obstacle as well as paths to move and fight through, and gives you the opportunity to engage in something that feels like fighting in the town.
|The French approach....|
|The 25th Legere advance to the (French) right of the town.|
The battle had the ebb and flow that seems so reminiscent of the Prussian v French encounters. The French advanced and took the town and then pressed beyond, pushing the Prussians back. The Prussians recovered and counterattacked, then pushing past the town and into the French positions. In the early stages, my dice were hot, so the French suffered high attrition in their initial push, making them brittle when the Prussian counterattack came. In the end, the Prussians were bloodied, with 1/3 of their battalions at their waver points, and others close, but the French had been pushed over the edge by overall losses. I was a bit concerned about the size of the game for two players, but we quite handily ran to a good point of completion by about 9 pm: not bad.
|French General de Brigade and the 70th Regimental Commander monitor the advance.|
|The 63rd Ligne and guns anchor the French right, with the 10th Chasseurs waiting for an opportunity to advance.|
|The Fighting is general down the line. Here, the 3rd Silesian Landwehr is thrown in to fill the hole created when the Fusilier Battalion of the Colberg Regiment had been unceremoniously thumped and rolled back by the advancing 25th Legere.|
|The Prussian Brigade Command rallies the Fusilier Battalion of the Colberg Regiment while the French push hard in the distance.|
|Charlie advances the fresh 63rd Ligne into the fray.|
|On the Prussian left, the Pomeranian National Cavalry regiment, with the support of a half battery of guns and fire from a square of the 9th Reserve Infantry, fended off the 10th Chasseurs.|
|The Prussians moving through the town...|
|On the Prussian right, the Silesian Schutzen pepper the French 103rd with long range rifle fire, adding to the damage caused by the guns.|
|The Fusilier Battalion of the Colberg Regiment returns to the line, battered but in better shape than the about-to-crack Landwehr, who column up to get out of the way.|
|A partial view of the final Prussian assault, in the distance on the right of the picture, as seen from behind the Prussian left.|
|Overview from behind Prussian right at the end of the game.|
Below are a few special incidents from the game...
|The French high command assesses the situation.|
|The French 70th and the Prussian 9th Reserve face off.|
|The French battery commander directs the bombardment.|
|A Prussian regular officer handling the action.|