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Friday, June 9, 2017

25 June 1813 – Battle of Gardelegen

Tactical map of battle area
1st Prussian corps is Bluchers last battle ready corps
The other three are in retreat following their recent defeat
1st corps still has cavalry and gunner casualties from their defeat at Jeggau

Napoleon has ordered 4th French corps to attack them
Another victory will secure the campaign for the French

Prussian – 12000 infantry, 900 cavalry, 27 guns
French – 12000 infantry, 1000 cavalry, 30 guns
Table at start of wargame
The city of Gardelegen is off table on the right
1st Prussian corps is deployed on the right to hold the approach
4th French corps are deployed on the left ready to advance

The French have advanced into the centre square
Their artillery open fire and hit the Prussians in the woods
The landwehr pass their morale test and hold their position

Extend table to the right
The table has been extended to the right   This is to allow the fighting to take place in the centre of the table.  The city on the right is Gardelegen

The French artillery continue to fire on the woods
The Prussian garrison receive another 400 casualties and are shaken
The French commander orders his infantry to advance and take the woods
Their cavalry advance to cover the attack
With the French infantry now in range the Prussians guns open fire
They hit the leading brigade, who fail their morale and rout with 400 casualties
The supporting brigade also fail their morale and join the rout

Having lost half of his infantry general Rouget calls off the French attack
Although the Prussians have suffered more casualties, they have won the battle
It will take at least two days for the French to rally and resupply

The French have lost 400 casualties and have two brigades in rout
The Prussians have lost 800 casualties but still hold Gardelengen

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