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Sunday, November 27, 2022

6 June 1813 – Battle of Osterode


Tactical map of battle area

Blucher is aware that his army are running out of supplies and must soon rest

He orders one last attack which he hopes will force the French to retreat

 

3rd French Army – 11 infantry brigades, 3 cavalry brigade, 3 corps artillery

1st Prussian Army – 11 infantry brigades, 3 cavalry brigade, 3 corps artillery


Table at start of battle

3rd French Army is deployed in front of the town of Osterode

Marshal Murat has not created a reserve

Each corps commander has his complete corps under command

 

1st Prussian Army is off table, but will arrive at the start of move 1

End of move 2

Prussians have arrived on table

1st corps deploy out of artillery range, but advance their artillery

2nd corps deploy out of artillery range

Kleist has taken command of the grenadier brigade from each corps

3rd corps deploy out of artillery range, but advance their artillery

 

French occupy woods on each flank

7th corps occupy woods on right, artillery in front of woods

8th corps remain in front of Osterode

9th corps occupy woods on left, artillery on their left

End of move 4

Prussians advance

1st corps advance, artillery receive 10% casualties but pass morale test

2nd corps advance, cavalry charge and rout French gunners

Reserve advance and force French gunners to retire

3rd corps advance and force French cavalry to retire

 

French withdraw cavalry and artillery

7th corps cavalry withdraw, gunners routed

Murat takes command of 8th cuirassiers and advance to save guns (too late)

8th corps wait for Prussians to advance within artillery range

9th corps cavalry and artillery withdraw, infantry occupy woods on left

End of move 6

Prussians attack

1st corps artillery fire on French cavalry

2nd corps advance, infantry rout disordered French cavalry

Reserve advance, receive 10% casualties but pass morale test

3rd corps clear nearest half of woods, cavalry win melee

 

French withdraw and regroup

7th corps artillery routed, cavalry withdraw behind woods

Reserve cavalry rout Prussian cavalry but are  then routed by infantry

8th corps artillery hit approaching infantry columns

9th corps cavalry lose melee, infantry withdraw northern half of woods

End of move 8

Prussian attack continues

1st corps swing left to support attack in centre

2nd corps rout infantry right of main road

Reserve rout artillery in centre

3rd corps occupy half of woods on left

 

French withdraw towards Osterode

7th corps withdraw from woods, artillery in rout

8th corps cavalry and one brigade in rout

9th corps withdraw from woods, one infantry brigade in rout

End of move 10

Prussians break French centre

1st corps continue to move left to support attack in centre

2nd corps rout French centre

Reserve rout French centre

3rd corps continue to advance through woods

 

French break and run

7th corps retreat with three brigades in rout

8th corps retreat  with five brigades in rout

9th corps retreat with two brigades in rout

 

Summary

French are broken and routed before they can rally around Osterode

Prussian infantry enter Osterode as darkness falls

The French have lost 4 infantry, 4 cavalry and 2 artillery casualties (2200 men)

The Prussians have lost 2 infantry, 2 cavalry and 1 artillery casualties (1100 men)

 

Saturday, November 26, 2022

6 June 1813 – Northern Germany – Day 6

Prussians attack Osterode

In the north both armies rest and reorganise

In the centre French retreat to Goslar

In the south Prussians attack Osterode

 

Battle of Osterode

Prussian main attack is in the centre

On the left 3rd corps take the woods, but are unable to support the centre

On the right 1st  corps swing towards the centre as the French withdraw

French suffer a crushing defeat and are forced to abandon osterode

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

5 June 1813 – Battle of Harzburg


Tactical map of battle area

Napoleon ordered a surprise attack on Harzburg

His aim was to disrupt the Prussian preparations to attack Goslar

Both armies started the battle with light casualties

But the French has slightly more than the Prussians 

 

1st French Army – 12 infantry brigades, 3 cavalry brigade, 3 corps artillery

3rd Prussian Army – 12 infantry brigades, 3 cavalry brigade, 3 corps artillery

 

Table at start of battle

Prussian army is deployed on the table at the start of the game

CinC has taken command of the defence of Harzburg

He has created a reserve of two grenadier brigades and one cavalry brigade

 

French will enter the table at the start of move 1

End of move 2

French enter table

1st corps advance through the woods on the left

2nd corps advance between the inn and the woods on the left

Napoleon has taken command of two infantry brigades and 2nd corps artillery

3rd corps advance through the woods on the right

 

Prussians react to French arrival

4th corps redeploy

Reserve and 5th corps are deployed behind Harzburg

6th corps cavalry advance on the right

End of move 4

French advance

1st corps pass through woods on left

2nd corps advance towards town

Reserve swing right to support 3rd corps

3rd corps lose cavalry melee

 

Prussians occupy Harzburg

4th corps wait for French to advance

Reserve enter left half of town

5th corps enter right half of town

6th corps win cavalry melee

End of move 6

French advance, but suffer heavy casualties

1st corps receive artillery casualties but continue to advance

2nd corps approach Harzburg

Reserve cavalry charge guns, receive casualties and are shaken

3rd corps cavalry routed, rest of corps advance slowly

 

Prussians withdraw to stronger position

4th corps withdraw as Imperial guard advance

Reserve infantry garrison left half of town

5th corps infantry garrison right half of town, artillery withdraw

6th corps infantry withdraw into woods on the right

End of move 8

French lose centre and left

1st corps press home their attack

2nd corps attack fails, one brigade routed

Reserve attack fails, one brigade and artillery routed

3rd corps attack fails, two brigades in rout

 

Prussians hold centre and left

4th corps withdraw towards town, two brigades in rout

Reserve hold left half of town

5th corps hold right half of town

6th corps hold woods on right

End of move 10

French attack stalls

1st corps rout 4th corps and attack town

2nd corps win musket exchange, but abandon attack on town

Reserve broken and in rout

3rd corps unable to advance beyond woods

 

Prussians hold town and win centre and right

4th corps broken and in rout

Reserve take casualties but hold town

5th corps hold town and move to counter 1st corps attack

6th corps content to hold woods

End of move 12

French attack fails

1st corps rout 4th corps and capture one infantry brigade

2nd corps capture one infantry brigade

Reserve halt and regroup

3rd corps hold woods

 

Prussians hold Harzburg and win battle

4th corps is routed

Reserve holds left half of town at nightfall

5th corps holds right half of town at nightfall

6th corps holds woods at nightfall

 

Summary

French attack fails, apart from 1st Old Guard corps

However they reach the town too late to launch an attack

Prussians suffer more casualties, and have more brigades in rout

However they have the main attack and held off the Old Guard

They hold the town at nightfall and therefore win the battle

 

The French have lost 7 infantry, 2 cavalry and 1 artillery casualties (3100 men)

The Prussians have lost 8 infantryand 3 cavalry casualties (3500 men)

The French have 5 brigades in rout, the Prussians have 7 brigades.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

5 June 1813 – Northern Germany – Day 5

 

French attack Harzburg

In the north surprise French attack on Harzburg

In the centre French prepare Liebenburg for a siege

In the south both armies regroup and resupply


Second battle of Harzburg

The French plan was to pin the Prussian left

The main attack would be in the centre against Harzburg

The Guard would crush the Prussian right and support the centre

The Prussians put up a fierce resistance and held their centre and left

Their right was broken, but delayed the Guard until it was too late to take the town

At nightfall they still held Harzburg and won the battle

Thursday, November 3, 2022

4 June 1813 – Battle of Liebenburg


Tactical map of battle area

3rd Prussian army is ordered to attack and occupy Liebenburg

They have 5 infantry, 3 cavalry and 1 artillery casualties

2nd French army is deployed to the east of the town

They have 6 infantry and 3 cavalry casualties 

 

2nd French Army – 12 infantry brigades, 3 cavalry brigade, 3 corps artillery

3rd Prussian Army – 12 infantry brigades, 3 cavalry brigade, 3 corps artillery

 

Table at start of battle

French army is deployed in front of the town of Libenburg

The town itself is not occupied

Prussian army will arrive on the table at the start of move 1

End of move 2

 

French wait for Prussians to advance

4th corps artillery open fire, no hits

5th corps wait for enemy to come within artillery range

Reserve also wait for enemy to come within range

6th corps occupies woods

 

Prussians advance onto table

7th corps advance through woods

8thcorps advance centre right

Reserve advance centre left

9th Prussian corps advance to left of farm

 

End of move 4

French artillery open fire

4th corps cavalry fight melee, result draw

5th corps artillery open fire, no casualties

Reserve artillery open fire, no casualties

 

Prussian artillery deploy at long range

7th corps cavalry advance to charge guns, engaged by French cavalry

8th corps advance, artillery deploy

Reserve advance, artillery deploy

9th corps advance

End of move 6

Prussians advance

7th corps lose cavalry melee and rout, infantry in woods hit and rout

8th corps advance towards town

Reserve advance towards town

9th corps lose cavalry melee and rout, infantry form square

 

French shaken in woods

4th corps win cavalry melee and rout infantry coming out of woods

5th corps wait for Prussians to advance

Reserve wait for Prussians to advance

6th corps win cavalry melee but lose two brigades in the woods

End of move 8

Prussians continue to advance

7th corps artillery rally, cavalry and one infantry in rout

8th corps advance, cavalry charge and rout gunners

Reserve advance

9th corps advance towards woods, cavalry and one infantry in rout

 

French withdraw towards town

4th corps withdraw behind farm

5th corps artillery open fire, infantry form square

Reserve artillery routed, infantry form square

6th corps withdraw through woods, one infantry in rout

End of move 10

Prussians attack

7th corps badly mauled but advance out of woods

8th corps infantry approach French

Reserve cavalry charge 5th French cavalry, first melee is a draw

9th corps swing right to support attack in the centre

 

French take heavy casualties

4th corps swing right to support defence of town

5th corps artillery hit approaching enemy infantry

Reserve infantry form column, one brigade routed

6th corps broken and rout, one cavalry brigade remain

End of move 12

Prussian attack fails

7th corps advance to support the attack in the centre

8th corps lose infantry melee and both brigades rout

Reserve lose infantry melee and one brigade rout

9th corps advance to support attack in the centre

 

French hold Liebenburg

4th corps redeploy to hold area between farm and town

5th corps lose cavalry melee, but win infantry melee

Reserve win infantry melee

6th corps rout, only cavalry brigade left

 

Summary

Prussians were very unlucky to lose the vital infantry melee in the centre

7th and 9th corps are both moving to support the centre, but arrive too late

French centre holds and Liebenburg is secure

6th corps are routed, 4th corps in close support of the town

Both armies have suffered heavy casualties

French 9 infantry, 4 cavalry, 2 artillery casualties (4200 men)

Prussian 10 infantry, 7 cavalry casualties (4100 men)

Saturday, October 29, 2022

4 June 1813 – Northern Germany – Day 4

 

Prussians attack Liebenburg

In the north Prussians attack Liebenburg

In the centre both armies resupply and reorganise

In the south Prussians enter Lauterberg, French retreat to Osterode

 

The battle of Liebenburg

A very hard fought battle, where it looked like the Prussians would win

As a result of bad luck they lost the critical infantry melee in front of the town

The French lost their right flank, but their left was in position to support the centre

They held the centre and no Prussians approached the town.

 

 

Thursday, October 20, 2022

3 June 1813 – Battle of Lauterberg


Tactical map of battle area

Murat - 3rd French Army – 12 infantry brigades, 3 cavalry brigade, 3 corps artillery

Blucher - 1st Prussian Army – 12 infantry brigades, 3 cavalry brigade, 3 corps artillery

 

3rd French army have been warned of the Prussian attack redeploy close to the border

1st Prussian army have orders to take and hold Lauterberg

Table at start of battle

Murat has created a reserve of two artillery, one cavalry and one infantry brigades

7th corps, on the right, have lost their artillery to the reserve

8th corps, less their cavalry and artillery, are behind Lauterberg

9th corps, on the left, have lost one infantry brigade to the reserve.

 

Blucher has created a reserve of two artillery, two infantry and one cavalry brigades

1st corps, on the right, have lost their artillery to the reserve

2nd corps, in the centre, have lost two infantry plus their cavalry and artillery

3rd corps, on the left, are complete

End of move 2

Prussians advance

1st corps enter the woods on the right

Reserve artillery unlimber, remainder remain out of artillery range

2nd corps remain out  of artillery range.

3rd corps enter the woods on the left

 

French artillery advance and unlimber

7th corps deploy in column of attack

Reserve artillery open fire on Prussian gunners

8th corps remain behind the town

9th corps deploy in column of attack

End of move 4

Prussians advance, artillery open fire

1st corps occupy woods, cavalry advance on right

Reserve artillery open fire, no casualties

2nd corps advance in support of reserve

3rd corps occupy woods, cavalry advance on left

 

French artillery open fire, no casualties

7th corps retire out  of artillery range

Reserve artillery open fire, no casualties

8th corps remain behind town

9th corps artillery has no targets due to woods

End of move 6

Prussians attack

1st corps lose cavalry melee, infantry retreat into woods

Reserve advance to attack

2nd corps advance to attack

3rd corps win cavalry melee, infantry and artillery advance

 

French attack on right, retreat on left

7th corps win cavalry melee, infantry advance to attack woods

Reserve artillery redeploy to fire on woods

8th corps remain behind town

9th corps cavalry rout, infantry and artillery retire towards hill

End of move 8

Prussians attack town

1st corps occupy woods on right , win first melee in woods

Reserve cavalry force artillery to withdraw

2nd corps attack left half of town, first melee is a draw

3rd corps pursue retreating 9th corps

 

French fight for town

7th corps lose first melee in woods, but continue to attack

Reserve artillery withdraw when outflanked by Prussian cavalry

8th corps occupy town, under attack in left half of town

9th corps cavalry in rout, remainder of corps retreat

End of move 10

Prussians continue to attack

1st corps lose top woods and brigade routs

Reserve infantry attack right half of town, melee is draw both lose 10% casualties

2nd corps attack left half of town, rout garrison but lose 30% casualties

3rd corps rout 9th Polish corps and move to support attack on town

 

French take part of woods, but lose part of town

7th corps take top right section of woods, but lose one brigade with 30% casualties

Reserve withdraw but still support town

8th corps garrison rout from left half of town with 50% casualties

3rd corps rout onto hill

End of move 12

Prussians continue to attack

1st corps hold southern half of woods

Reserve cease attack on right half of town

2nd corps occupy left half of town

3rd corps break and rout infantry square

 

French hold half of town and half of woods on the right

7th corps occupy northern half of woods on the right

Reserve artillery hit Prussian gunners

8th corps hold right half of town

9th corps break and run


Summary

French hold half of town at end of battle and claim victory

 

The French have lost 13 infantry. 1 cavalry and 3 artillery casualties (5600 men)

The Prussians have lost 9 infantry, 3 cavalry and 1 artillery casualties (4900 men)