Sunday, June 3, 2012

Battle of Domburg – Move 5

1600-1700 14 August 1813

Table at the start of move 5
Battlefield has been moved 5 miles to the west to include river Saale
French are taking position west of Domburg
8th French division are approaching from the left
Russians have moved up to road on right

Marshal MacDonald (Poor)
5 Command Points
Moving with 8th division
Changes their orders to “Form reserve in the centre”
Moves to join 7th division (French right)

Russian Right - 4th division

General Potemkin (Average)
9 Command Points
Orders – Engage French left
Artillery move to forward edge of hill and unlimber
Cavalry advance to forward edge of hill
Infantry advance 6” to left of hill
General joins artillery on hill to observe enemy position

General Sacken (Poor)
5 Command Points
Move to join 5th division (Russian centre)
Change orders to “Engage French”

French Right - 7th division

General Morand (Average)
9 Command Points
Orders – Hold right of town
Cavalry retire 8” out of artillery range
25th infantry regiment forms square
Battle line retire 3” level with 16th division

Russian Centre - 5th division

General Bistrom (Average)
9 Command Points
Orders – Engage French
Artillery fire on French gunners (total 7 – no casualty)
Manhandle artillery 1” forward
Grenadier regiment garrison town
Infantry advance 6” to the left of the town
General moves to centre of division

French Left - 16th division

General Fontanelli (Poor)
8 Command Points
Orders – hold left of town
Artillery fire on gunners (total 7 – no casualty)
5th infantry regiment form square
General moves to command range of cavalry on hill
Cavalry form line and advance 3”

 Russian Left - 6th division 

General Gailitzin (Poor)
8 Command Points
Orders – Move to Domburg
Artillery advance 4” and unlimber
Cavalry move to left flank (multiple moves) to make room for infantry

French Reserve – 8th division

General Gerard (Average)
9 Command Points
Orders – Form reserve in the centre
Cavalry advance 16” to the right
Remainder of division advance 8” towards centre

Game Notes
The Russians have three more moves to nightfall to take advantage of their superior numbers.  

It is not likely that 8th French division will deploy in time to take part in the battle, but they will form a strong reserve at nightfall and be ready to join the battle if a second day is fought.

A decision will be taken at the end of move 8 whether one side should retreat.  If not both corps commanders will be asked to decide whether they want to fight a second day, or to retreat during the night

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