So for something different I decided to run an 1812 game with Russians v Prussians! With a few ladz down with the covid was ideal opportunity to run a 4-5 player game, and in the end we had 4 players so perfect.
The Scenario is:
The Governor of Riga has sent Lieutenamt General Levizov to Ekau to disrupt French supply lines. The Cossacks have detected a Prussian force marching towards you and you are ready for them! You win by breaking the Prussian force.
The Russian force is as follows:
Commander Lieutenamt General Levizov SR8
1st Brigade commander GM Veliaminov SR8
1 Hussar Regt
1 Don Cossack Regt
2 Musketeer Bttns
1 Jager Bttn
1 large light battery
2nd Brigade GM Gorbuntsov SR8
1 Dragoon Regt
1 Uhlan Regt
3 Jager Bttn
3 Musketeer Bttns
The French The French X Corps is marching on the vital supply base of Riga. The Prussian contingent under Generalmajor Graf Kleist has detected a Russian force moving to block the French supply line and is moving to eliminate the threat. You win by breaking the Russian force.
The Prussian force is as follow:
Commander Generalmajor Graf Kleist SR88
1st Brigade commander von Bulow SR8
IR No 3 – 2 Musketeer bttns
IR No 4 – 1 Fusliier bttn
IR No 4 – 2 Musketeer bttns
2nd Brigade Commander Generalmajor von Horn SR8
IR No 2 – 1 Fusilier
Leib Regt – 1 Fusilier bttn
1 small Jager bttn
2 Hussar Regts
2 Horse batteries
Reserve Brigade commander von Massenbach SR8
2 Dragoon Regts
2 foot batteries
2 Musketeer bttns
The Russian players were Rob with the 1st Brigade and Alan with the 2nd. The Prussians were Russ with the 1st Brigade and the reserve and Robert with the 2nd Brigade.
Below is the map of the battle. The Russians set up with 2 bttns in the village, the battery was on the small hill facing south north of the woods, Rob had the rest of his force north of the village facing east and Alan set up with most of his force on the west side of the stream in the open with some Jager in the woods! Russ set up as required with Prussian 1st brigade in the SW corner of the table and Robert the 2nd brigade on the East flank.
Turn 1 and Russ charges everywhere!
Russ sent 2 bttns across the stream and into the Jager’s you can just see in the woods. The 2 Russian bttns on the right are in the buildings. In the background are Roberts Prussians on the right and Robs Russians to the right of the battery. Below we have Russ attacking to the left of the stream…I recall one of these units popped quickly.
Below we have Roberts flank attack. …..an infantry/artillery gunline with the Hussars tucked nicely in to the rear flank.
A view from Rob’s position…Prussian Jager’s sitting in woods…..
and those Jager’s shot REALLY well…disordered the Cossacks and inflicted 2 casualties!
View from small hill of Russian positions……Rob had 1 of his Musketeer bttns in the village which left him very light on troops to hold this flank……
which Robert exploited by sending a unit of Hussars into the flank of the battery….
followed by a sweeping advance into the skirmishing Jager. You really have to cover open flanks ladz!!
Meanwhile…Russ is grinding his way forward.
So the Hussar unit that charged guns/Jager has reformed and charged the Russian Hussars in the rear…who had been disordered and unable to do much….as they were charged in the rear, all they could do was turn to face, negating use of their lances. Robert promptly charged the now about faced Hussars in the rear with his other Hussar unit. Beautiful. Elsewhere the Musketeer bttn that was in square got charged by a column of Fusiliers…it lasted a couple of rounds of combat..but…with the Cossacks already having been destroyed by gunfire…with the loss of the Hussars , the guns, the jager and now the square…Rob now had one unit left sitting in the village….and a broken brigade.
Here is close up of the destruction of the Russian Hussars.
Alan’s Uhlan’s decided not to charge..yet…but eventually they did…however..they did not do enough damage …….
and even though Russ had lost his 1st Brigade…the Reserve Brigade was just blasting its way forward with the Dragoons forcing Alans surviving infantry into squares…a Prussian victory was declared.
So the Prussian’s won this game however I will redo it..I feel the Russians handled differently will make for a closer game……..I sense a cunning plan and am very keen to give it a whirl…so a refight will be not to far away!
Next couple games will be ACW, one in the Garage and one at the Hutt Club. I am working through some new Confederate command stands and also a supply of the newish Perry Union mounted standard bearers are nearing completion so hopefully will have them ready as well.
New Confederate bases below…..would been finished yesterday..but….it has been raining so much….needed get a submersible pump to keep water at bay and spent day and night keeping as much water away from house as could!
And that’s all for today! The sun has come out…wind still blowing a gale…..but rain is clearing….so I have some clearing up to do outside!
Terry over and out!!