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14Bore08 Apr 2020 2:28 p.m. PST

Having basically only Prussians and Russians I always thought why not refight 7yw battles, this is my 2nd in order.

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Even though my board is 12 1/2 feet wish had another 4 feet camera's side for the cavalry battle but I'll manage.
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Shows the opposite side with all my wagons for the baggage park. The light green areas were ditches though dry mostly that are a obstacle but can be crossed but no charge.
Going to make a write up as it plays out, its not a walk in the park for eather side, for one in my battles the Prussians have more artillery and more cavalry but as usual lacking in infantry but a slight advantage in quality having all my grenadiers. Tried to use actual numbers for this project. Any comments will be appreciated

mumbasa08 Apr 2020 2:42 p.m. PST

Great looking table. What scale are the figures, and what rules are you using?
John

14Bore08 Apr 2020 3:18 p.m. PST

15mm, Empire III. Posted the other day about representing ditches, lucky found that sun weathered bosterboard. The foliage idea would be fantastic after my tours of modern day area but being quarantined its what I have is all I got.

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nsolomon9908 Apr 2020 7:24 p.m. PST

Looking good 14Bore, keep us posted on how it progresses and stay safe.

14Bore09 Apr 2020 2:00 p.m. PST

1st and 2nd bombardment rounds completed. 1st for the Prussians was weak but much luckier die rolls in 2nd hour.
Also as per a ammunition thread decided reading historically there were shortage having each battery both sides get 4 bombardment rounds and 2 under 5" impulse rounds or 8 impulse firings. And again those 4 impulses don't count for 2 under 5".

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Lots of record keeping for all that.
Frederick will be sending in the infantry

14Bore10 Apr 2020 8:19 a.m. PST

Hour 3 no one wanted to move, on the Prussian's Left the 2nd Silesian Hussars, a good regiment balked due to Russian's having a horse artillery battery for support. On the Russian's left the commander had enough of the artillery pounding but didn't activate. And the Prussians figured another round would soften up just a little better but as layed out supply rules have 1 bombardment round, or a few possible tactical rounds so their use is almost done.

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14Bore11 Apr 2020 1:16 p.m. PST

4 hours done
Russians started first and the Sieversk Chasseurs thought the beat up 2nd Silesian Hussars looked like easy picking, their brigade horse battery 22nd gave another casualty to them and the Chasseurs charged. If you don't beat the 2nd Silesians your going to pay a heavy price, they didn't. The Silesians mauled them and the poor bystanders the Ingermannland Dragoons in support.
The other flank the 2nd Russian Legion Hussars had enough of the artillery and wanted their pound of flesh. A 12 pounder battery moving up caught their eye and they charged, the Prussian musketeers calmly formed square giving the batteries a obstacle to hide. But the Hussars had their blood lust up, they caught the battery behind the squares sabering to every gunner they caught. But were sent flying by the first square pouring a round in their rear.
But the round ended with a fizzle, the very first unit, the 1st West Prussian Fusileers having barely %25 casualties bolted due to the Ekaterinburg Grenadiers return fire.
Not the first time 1 first unit failed stopping a whole impulse.

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What would be Kanitz's command has stopped advancing entirely
Next is Dohna's command with a square still remaining from where the 2nd Russian Legion Hussars charged through

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14Bore12 Apr 2020 6:19 p.m. PST

Round 5 started with the Russian left cavalry, the fresh Glukov Cuirassiers charged the worn out and lesser quality Silesian Cuirassiers smashing them as well as their backup the Neumark Dragoons

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On the Prussians side they started with a charge by the Royal North British Dragoons,(wait, why are they there?)
Well seems in 1813 the Prussians do nog have enough cuirassers to cover Fredrick the Great's army so this games are a good reason for units who don't get into games much.
( back to the story) charged the Elizavetgrad Hussars and had a %90 chance for a win, rolled 92 and lost, luckly a minor defeat so stay in the fight. That left a chance for the Brandenburg Hussars to continue their quest. First knocking the hapless Bashkirs out of the way rolled 83 sending them on a bloody path hitting 2nd Berzerk in their flank then in the back 1st Berzerk & 2nd Willmannstrand and last a converged grenadier battalion guarding the waggon park.
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Mantueffel is clearing out his immediate front, but that cavalry action on their left is a touchy situation.

14Bore12 Apr 2020 6:28 p.m. PST

That is the Brandenburgers coming through on the left side of the waggon park. Who gets first impulse tomorrow will be the final success or a every man for himself to get out of the Russian lines.
Other note White caps are small arms, red are artillery casualties.
The first two ammunition wagons are my scratch built and the covered wagons Mark from Scalecreep found for me.

14Bore13 Apr 2020 7:02 p.m. PST

( had to erase failed message)
Pondered do the Hussars fight their way back out or dive into all that baggage pillaging and burning.

14Bore13 Apr 2020 7:17 p.m. PST

The Prussians started round 6 letting the Brandenburg Hussars to continue their wild ride of death and destruction.
They took out additionally 3 converged grenadier battalions, 1st 20th Jagers, 8th light btry and 2nd Ekaterinburg Grenadiers.

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The victorious Brandenburgers returning to their lines
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The Stein Busch woods has been taken by the Prussians reserve regiments and the Russians are trying to knock them out but also need to watch both flanks as the Brandenburg Cuirassiers smashed the pounded Glukov Cuirassiers and have worked a lane clear to the Russian rear
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So now those Brandenburgers need 1st impulse

14Bore14 Apr 2020 6:36 p.m. PST

The Prussians did get 1st impulse so the Brandenburg Cuirassiers cut their way out of the Russian lines taking out the 2nd/31 Russian Legion, 1st Rylsk and remains of 44th Light brty.

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The Russians flanks are weak but they are clearing out the Stein Busch
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1 more turn should wrap this up

14Bore15 Apr 2020 2:07 p.m. PST

8 rounds and game done
First ending scene on Prussians right where they have things well in hand having a few batteries and a couple of good regiments of cavalry

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On the left they have moved into the trapped waggon park and have sufficient forces to squeeze the Russians smaller.
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The Russians lost 254 figures (15,240) and 79 guns
100 from small arms, 97 from artillery, 61 close action
the Prussians 108 figures ( 6,480) and 33 guns
from artillery fire.
57 from small arms, 43 from artillery and 14 from close action.
The Russians haven't collapsed and have a full perimeter if a thin one.
The records are recorded in the books, a few units moved up and down a half point.
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