It is the only town occupied by the French on the east bank
2nd Russian corps has been ordered to attack and take the town.
Photo 1 – French in
Top road to Naumberg
Left road to
Right road to Rohenburg
Bottom road to Neustadt
D7, E7, F7
D8, E8, F8
D9, E9, F9
Game objective is to hold
2nd French corps (Jan) already in
2nd Russian corps (Paul) enters on Rohenburg (right) road
Photo 2 – Russian attack
The Russians have launched their attack from south of
The leading Russian brigades are skirmishing with the garrison of
On the right of the town both sides have been engaged in a fire fight which the Russians have won and the French are in rout.
The garrison continues to hold and the Pavlov grenadier brigade is moving up to join the fight.
On the right two Russian brigades are moving past the town
In the centre the remaining two brigades are now in position and await orders to storm the town.
On the left the artillery and cavalry are engaged in a stand off
The cavalry are well matched and neither side is prepared to take the risk of a melee.
The artillery is also facing each other, the French square has withdrawn and the guns fire ineffectively at each other.
Photo 6 - French rout from Gera
The Russians have routed the garrison, but at the loss of one brigade, and have captured one section of the town. The remainder is still held by the French, but two of their brigades are in rout.
EFFECT ON CAMPAIGN
The French withdrew to the west bank under cover of darkness.
This is the second defeat for the French, and they have lost their only hold on the east bank of the river
The Russians are now deployed along the east bank from Lutzen to Neustadt and well placed to push across to the west bank.
Again the house fighting rules were well play tested.
We used the new rule where both are Disorganised following hand to hand or skirmish fighting in a town, and it worked well.