Thursday, June 14, 2012

Battle of Possneck – Move 2

1300-1400  14 August 1813

Table at the start of move 2

French hold town and start to deploy to right and left
 Russians advance from the right

French Centre – 4th division

General Vial (Poor)
8 Command Points
Orders – Hold Possneck
13th regiment occupy Possneck
Artillery unlimber
Infantry form column of attack
16th hussars charge 1st Cossacks
Cossacks test to counter charge (total 4- counter charge)
Cavalry melee is a draw, both sides halt disordered

Marshal Victor (Average)
5 Command Points
Move to join 3rd division
Change their orders to “Engage Russian  right"
Move to join 14th division

French Left – 3rd division

General Dubreton (Average)
9 Command Points
Orders – Engage Russian Right
Cavalry advance 14”
Artillery advance 16” (double move)
Infantry advance 8”

Russian Right – 8th division

General Melnikow (Poor)
8 Command Points
Orders – Attack
4th cuirassier advance and form line beside 3rd hussars
Artillery and infantry advance 8”  
French Right – 14th division

General Maison (Poor)
8 Command Points
Orders - Skirmish
Cavalry form line and advance 24” (double move)
General move to centre of division
5th and 6th infantry advance 8”

Russian Centre – 7th division

General Woroncow (Average)
9 Command Points
Orders - Attack
Cuirassiers advance 8” to support Cossacks
Infantry and artillery advance behind cavalry screen
Cossacks continue melee with hussars, French cavalry win
Cossacks lost 20% casualties and retire 8” shaken
Hussars lost 10% casualties and halt disordered

General Wintzingerode (Average)
6 Command Points
Move to 7th division change orders to “Hold”
Move to join 9th division

Russian Left – 9th division

General Rudzewitsch (Poor)
8 Command Points
Orders – Attack
Division moves towards edge of hill

Game Notes
The 5th hussar brigade find themselves isolated in front of 3rd French division
They are outnumbered and it will be difficult to withdraw
The division commander orders them to charge the nearest Cossack regiment
The first round of melee is fought on Engage orders and is a draw
The second is fought on Attack orders and the Cossacks lose and retreat shaken
The remainder of 7th Russian division are unable to advance

To their left 9th Russian division is advancing very slowly on the hill
They move to their right to descend the hill next to 7th division

The French have gained an advantage by attacking with their leading cavalry.
This has delayed the Russian deployment and allowed the other two French divisions to deploy left and right of Possneck.

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