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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

27 June 1813 – Second battle of Gardelegen

Tactical map of battle area
The Prussians won the first battle
Napoleon ordered 16 brigade to rejoin 4th corps
It took two days for them to do so
Both corps also regrouped and resupplied
The French then resumed the attack

French – 15600 infantry, 1000 cavalry, 30 guns
Prussian – 11600 infantry, 900 cavalry, 27 guns
Table at start of wargame
Both corps are in the same position as at midnight on 25 June 1813
4th French on the left and 1st Prussian on the right
They have both received battle casualty replacements
The French have three infantry brigades with 10% casualties
The Prussians have 10% casualties in one infantry, one cavalry and the artillery
The Prussian hussars charged the cuirassiers and the result was a draw
Both sides withdrew to rally and the hussars charged again
This time they were repulsed and shaken

The French artillery fired on both the woods and the hussars, but no casualties
The French infantry is out of range of the Prussian artillery
French cuirassier charge and rout the Prussian hussars
Prussian artillery limber and retreat as French infantry advance
Leading French brigade charge and rout the gunners
French artillery pound the landwehr brigade in the woods, who also rout
French infantry swing left to attack the solitary Prussian brigade outside the village
Having won the cavalry and artillery phase Rouget is now free to attack
He orders one infantry brigade to skirmish with the village
The other three are ordered to attack the single brigade outside the village
The outcome is predictable, the Prussian infantry rout
As night falls Kleist orders the village garrison to retreat

1st Prussian corps are in rout
There is only one infantry brigade left to cover the retreat

The French have lost 800 casualties
The Prussians have lost 2900 casualties

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