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Sunday, December 11, 2016

27 May 1813 – Battle of Weiden

Tactical map of battle area
This is the opening battle of the Erlangen campaign
It is also one of three battles fought on the same day
It is an encounter battle between 11 Bavarian and 2 Austrian corps
Both have orders to attack Weiden

Bavarian – 20000 infantry, 1000 cavalry, 30 guns
Austrian – 20000 infantry, 1000 cavalry, 30 guns
Table at start of wargame
Weiden is the town in the centre of the table
Both sides dice to determine which has to deploy troops on table first
11th Bavarian deploy first, allowing 2nd Austrian to react to their deployment

Each commander sends two brigades into the nearest town section
The result is a skirmish fight near the cross roads
First blood goes to the Austrians.
The remaining infantry have advanced east of the town
Another skirmish fight develops, this time the Austrians suffer first casualties
The Bavarian cavalry has moved to support the infantry
The Austrian cavalry have advanced to threaten the Bavarian gunners

The Austrians are winning the fight in Weiden
They have forced the Bavarian infantry to retreat to the southern section of the town
The Bavarians have won the firefight east of the town
Both Austrian brigades are in rout, plus one of the Bavarian brigades
The Austrian cavalry have forced the Bavarian hussars to withdraw in disorder

The Austrians have won the fight for Weiden
The Bavarian hussars have rallied and charged the Austrian cavalry
However the Austrians win the melee and rout the hussars
Both sides have suffered heavy casualties
But the Austrians have won the battle

Deroy has one infantry brigade and his cavalry in rout
Two other infantry brigades are shaken
Gyulai has two infantry brigades in rout
But he has taken Weiden.
Bavarians lost 3500 casualties
Austrians lost 1700 casualties

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