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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

22 June 1813 – Battle of Helmstedt

Tactical map of battle area
Napoleon takes advantage of the Prussian disorder after the battle of Jeggau
He orders 1st French corps to attack 4th Prussian corps
In doing so he exposes the still weak 13th Polish corps

Prussian – 15200 infantry, 1000 cavalry, 30 guns
French – 16000 infantry, 1000 cavalry, 30 guns
Table at start of wargame
The French old guard are deployed in and around Jeggau on the left
The Prussians are deployed around the coach inn to hold the approach to Helmstedt
Helmstedt itself is off table on the right


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

21 June 1813 – North Germany

Napoleon must gain time for 13th Polish corps to recover from their defeat
To distract Blucher he orders 4th corps to attack Jeggau
13th corps rallies and resupplies covered by 1st corps
3rd corps observe and will retreat if attacked

Blucher is trying to reorganise his supply system
1st corps comes under attack at Jeggau
2nd and 3rd corps hold and resupply at Wolfsburg
4th corps rally and resupply.

4th French corps attack 1st Prussian corps at Jeggau
The outcome is an overwhelming victory for the French
By nightfall 1st Prussian corps has lost 2500 casualties
All four infantry brigades, plus the cavalry and gunners, are in rout
The French have lost just 400 casualties.