Sunday, June 17, 2012

Battle of Possneck – Move 5

1600-1700  14 August 1813

Table at the start of move 5

Cavalry melee continues centre right, delaying Russian deployment
Two French divisions have deployed in the centre, third is approaching from the left

Russian Right – 8th division

General Melnikow (Poor)
8 Command Points
Orders – Engage French Left
Artillery fire on nearest cavalry (total 7 – no casualties)
Overshoot on reserve cavalry (total 5 – no casualties)
Infantry advance 6”
Artillery manhandle forward 2”
Cossacks charge 6th chasseurs
Chasseurs test morale to counter charge (total 1 – fail receive charge at the halt)
Melee (total 8 – chasseurs retire 8” and are shaken, Cossacks halt and are disordered)

French Centre – 4th division

General Vial (Poor)
8 Command Points
Orders – Hold Possneck
16th hussars retire 16” behind infantry supports
11th hussars retire 7” facing enemy cavalry
15th infantry advance 2” in square to protect gunners
General moves closer to 11th hussars

Marshal Victor (Average)
6 Command Points
Move to join 3rd division
Change orders to “hold road left of town”

Russian Centre – 7th Division

General Woroncow (Average)
9 Command Points
Orders – Engage Possneck
Infantry change to column of attack and advance 3”
Artillery advance 8”
Cuirassiers turn to face enemy

French Left – 3rd division

General Dubreton (Average)
7 Command Points
Orders – Hold road left of town
9th and 10th infantry advance 4” and form square
6th chasseurs retire behind infantry supports
6th chasseurs test morale for shaken (total 4 – pass and become disordered)

Russian Left – 9th division

General Rudzewitsch (Poor)
8 Command Points
Orders – Engage French Right
Infantry and artillery advance 8”
2nd cuirassiers charge 11th hussars
11th hussars test morale to counter charge (total 4 – pass and charge)
Melee (total 14 – hussars lose 10% casualties and rout into town)
Garrison test morale for cavalry rout (total 2 – fail and become shaken)
2nd cuirassiers test morale to pursue (total 2 – fail, halt disordered)

French Right – 14th division

General Maison (Poor)
8 Command Points
Orders – Engage Russian Left
Infantry and artillery advance 8”
8th and 16th infantry form column of attack
General moves to centre of division

General Wintzingerode (Average)
6 Command Points
Move to join 8th division
No orders issued
Game Notes
Cavalry deployed to cover infantry advance are difficult to withdraw in good order, particularly if they are engaged by the enemy cavalry.   If they about turn to withdraw to their infantry lines they open themselves to an opportunity charge by any enemy cavalry within charge range.

As casualties start to mount regiments become disordered, shaken or rout.  This reduces the number of command points available to their divisional commander.

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