Thursday, July 26, 2012

Battle of Possneck Day 2 – Move 10

1700-1800  15th August 1813

Table at start of Move 10

Time is running out for the French
More than half of their regiments have been cut down, are in rout or shaken
Because the Russians are so close they have to sacrifice formed infantry to cover the retreat/rout
16th hussars alone are in position to hold the bridge, and they have 10% casualties

Russian corps at the end of Move 10

3rd Russian Corps
Russian infantry and cavalry surge ahead and mask their artillery
It is now just a race for the bridge

Rudzewitsch (left) advance and bypass French rearguard regiment who surrender
The remainder of the enemy have retreated
French right wing has collapsed

Woroncow (centre left) advance towards bridge
The French centre has collapsed
There is no formed enemy to attack

Melnikow (centre right) has bypassed the woods and is nearing the bridge
4th cuirassiers charge 16th hussars in the flank and cut them down
4th cuirassiers join 4th dragoons at the bridge

Galitzin (right) has surrounded 9th French in the woods and they surrender
Remainder of division advance towards bridge
French left wing has collapsed and there are no formed enemy to fight

French corps at end of Move 10

2nd French Corps
Victor has failed to reach the bridge before the Russians
More than half of his corps are cut down, in rout or shaken

Dubreton (left) starts the round with just 3CP
His last formed regiment is surrounded in the woods and surrender
The remainder of his division have been cut down, are in rout or are shaken

Vial (centre) has 4 CP for this move
Artillery and 15th infantry both retire
Vial moves to command range of 16th hussars and orders them to charge 4th dragoons
The result is a draw, with both regiments disordered
4th Russian cuirassiers then charge 16th hussars and cut them down

Maison (right) orders 3rd dragoons and 8th infantry to about turn and march for the bridge
7th infantry are left to form the rearguard, but are soon surrounded and forced to surrender
7th dragoons (on the hill) are out of command range and make their own way back to the bridge

Russian cavalry reach the bridge

Russian cuirassiers and dragoons on the left have reached the bridge
The mass of French cavalry and infantry are all in rout and must avoid the enemy
The limbered artillery will be cut down if they do not surrender
There is now no possibility of a French retreat
Marshal Victor orders 2nd French corps to surrender to avoid their complete destruction

Game Notes
2nd French corps has ceased to exist as a fighting force
There are still a few formed infantry and cavalry regiments, but they are vastly outnumbered
If they attempt to stand and fight they will be destroyed
The only bridge has been captured by the Russians, so retreat is now impossible

If this were not a campaign game we would have finished it on move 8, and agreed that the French had lost and must surrender.

Because it is a campaign game we have carried on, but with each move more and more French regiments are routed or cut down.  

The French made a good recovery in the opening moves to react to the surprise Russian attack.

But the arrival of 6th division on the open French left flank was decisive.
The French had no reserves to counter 6th division, and were now outnumbered four to three
Worse still there was nothing to stop 6th division from reaching the river and taking the bridge

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Table at end of battle

Game Result
The French started the battle with     ;           9600 infantry, 1800 cavalry and 1100 gunners
They lost to battle casualties             :           4700 infantry,  700 cavalry and 800 gunners
The remainder surrendered                :           4900 infantry, 1100 cavalry and 300 gunners           

The Russians started the battle with  :           9600 infantry, 1400 cavalry and 1200 gunners
They were reinforced with                 :           2900 infantry, 700 cavalry and 400 gunners          
They lost to battle casualties                        1900 infantry, 1100 cavalry and 400 gunners

The result is a major Russian victory
The loss of 2nd corps is a disaster from the French

The Russian commander will have to nominate one of his three divisions to handle the large number of prisoners

6th Russian division will cease to be under command of 3rd corps and will await orders from their own corps commander

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