Overconfident after a string of victories, Kutuzov orders his whole army to occupy
Given the recent defeats most generals would have retired to
Russians deployed along Naumburg road, French enter left
Top of the table is north to
Left road to Alstadt
Right road to Lutzen
Bottom road to Naumburg
D1, E1, F1
D2, E2, F2
D3, F3, F3
Game objective is to capture
French Army (Paul) enters along left edge of table
Russian Army (Jan) deployed in
Both sides started the game on blinds, and the French were quickly spotted and had to deploy. It took longer to spot the stationary Russians, not least the blind (containing no figures) to the left of
French right and the gap in the Russian line left by the “blind “
The French have created a cavalry division from the guard chasseurs and horse grenadiers and they have advanced to recce the enemy position. On the right the garde is approaching
The Russians are now fully deployed, and the gap in the centre where the “blind” had been is clearly visible. Unfortunately there is no French infantry available to support the cavalry and exploit the gap. The cavalry division alone are too weak to take on two Russian corps.
The Russian Left
4th Russian corps are in position on the left, but 3rd corps are still approaching between them and
Loss of Russian guns
2nd Russian corps hold
1st and 2nd French corps are fighting for
Part of the Russian left flank has broken and is in rout. The French corps opposite them were on "hold" orders, but have just received new orders to "engage" so next move they will attempt to exploit the Russian loss of morale.
3rd French corps (nearest camera) now have orders to engage enemy, and are moving forward into the gap left by routing Russian infantry.
On their left the reserve cavalry have charged the Russian guns near
On their left 3rd French corps have taken the nearest town section and are engaging the supporting Russian infantry.
The Russians, nearest the camera, have withdrawn behind the hill crest, and the Westphalians are moving forward to engage them.
On their right the Garde are attacking the nearest section of Halle, and the garrison are shaken. Their supports have already broken and ran away.
EFFECT ON CAMPAIGN
At last a convincing victory for Napoleon. The Russians have suffered heavy casualties, and will withdraw back over the river Saale at nightfall.
However in earlier battles the French have also suffered heavy casualties, and are in not condition to risk another assault over the river.
Both sides will settle for holding their side of the river. Napoleon has managed to secure the flank of Second French Army at Magdeburg, but has failed to beat the Russians and move north to attack the Prussians.
Game played September 2009.
Paul commanded the French.
Jan commanded the Spanish.
As a result of this game the fighting abilities of all the armies have been rewritten.
Class A for class, firing and skirmish have been greatly reduced.
Most infantry are now about three quarters B class and one quarter C class. Only rare exceptions, such as the Imperial Garde, are class A.
Combat will in future be much more dependent on the luck of the dice, and skirmish fire much less likely to be as effective.