Test battle using my new expanded gaming area and terrain boar. Small encounter between a French Corps and a couple of Austrian Corps, set around 1809 sometime.
Played solo using the republique system, running both sides alternately, with different strategies and a little common sense.
I have put my thoughts as the Austrian commander in
Yellow on a black backgroumd.
And thoughts as a French commander in
White on a blue background.
|OK, situation at the start of this test battle - 0600 hrs the town in the centre is the main objective. The Austrians are defending this with I Corps, and the Advanced Guard Division.
|Austrian I Corps deployment. At the top of the road junction before the township, the Corps is arrayed in a defensive line, with restage orders. (blue order token).
|Excellent, the French 1st Division is wheeling into line of columns and getting ready to roll the Austrians.
So far he has managed to make use of the extra area on the tabletop, and completely swing the battle around to a new facing.
|The Dragoons are now in the interesting position of being on the top of the spur line, directly in the rear of the Austrian position, with nothing to guard the actual Austrian Corps HQ, or Army HQ.
The horses are blown though, and they need time to regroup.
No time to waste for Davout now.
Ideally, it would be good to get the artillery in position and take the Austrians apart methodically, but that would buy them time to redress their line.
No time to waste now - the die is cast, press the attack and hope for the best.
From the Austrian commander's point of view, this seriously looks like game over. My (Austrian) thoughts on this are best described here : The tragic fate of the Charles Legion.
|Austrian artillery in the centre - firing saved fire at effective range into deep approaching columns head on.
The lead French Division is torn apart, losing 2 battalions ineffective, and cutting the morale level down to demoralised.
|The shattered remnants of the French lead regiment are placed away from the action, around the Monastery.
Later on, they may be able to be convinced to field a couple of battalions if needed.
|By the lunchtime break, it is looking like a much more even contest, although the French have been very clever in being able to swing the line of battle across to ground which will now be to their advantage.
|For the Austrians to engage their full line against the French, they will now have to fight against an uphill opponent, in the cover of woods, whilst they cross a river obstacle.
Not over yet by a long shot.
|Not to mention some tasty options at hand as the Dragoons are now reforming on the heights above the Township.
I say, let the Austrians plod forward out of the safety of the woods, and then we shall wrap this action up once and for all.
Thats all I have time for today ... will pick this up again tomorrow morning and bring it to a conclusion.