In the end it was Tony (Napoleon) who made the aggressive moves to bring about a battle and Goya (Blucher) who got to choose the battlefield. Because Tony had initiated the battle he was obliged to attack the Prussian held town while Goya’s outnumbered Austro-Prussian army awaited reinforcements. It resulted in what appeared to be a scenario stacked in the favour of the French who began the game with a 4:3 advantage in numbers over the allies. This is how it went.
|The view from left-centre of the allied line at the start of play.|
It was nice to be able to field my entire Prussian cavalry
contingient in this game. The French are massing in the distance
to attack the allied right.
|Grouchy's 2nd division had the honour of opening the batting|
for the French. They advanced rapidly towards the town
with skirmishers deployed.
|This is Ney's 3rd division who found themselves placed|
squarely across Blucher's right flank due to some nifty map
manoeuvring by Tony.
|Grouchy's lads get stuck in and troops on both sides begin to|
fall. Once again the skirmishing proved fun and fairly effective.
|Austrian reinforcements entered on the extreme allied left at|
the same time as Nansouty arrived with the French heavy
cavalry division. The result was the audible whir of many
tiny sabres (and the rumble of dice).
|Two or three turns in and the battle is in full swing. French|
chasseurs have just seen off Goya's hussars in the foreground
while the attack on the town develops in the middle distance.
|The obligatory black & white shot to see the fighting in|
full Charles Grant mode.
|There is metal carnage now around the town with toy soldiers|
falling over in rapid succession. Napoleon is calling forward
his Guard infantry although they could do with dressing those
|The 4th Swiss and the converged Grenadier battalion storm|
the Prussian gun line and sweep away the gunners.
|The Swiss and the Grenadiers now attack the town but are|
|Through the smoke and haze Ney brings up more columns but|
these too are dashed and broken by the defending Prussian
fusiliers. With time up I delcared a somewhat surprising win
for the allies.