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GeorgBuchner10 Feb 2022 7:52 p.m. PST

I am reading Nafzigers excellent Napoleon at Dresden and would like to make a battle based on the encounters between french and Bluechers forces as described in the early chapters of the book – on page 32 the battle of the allieds against the French holding a church at Ludwigsdorf sounds ideal for a small scenario, which as a beginner in this tabletop wargaming genre i could do
however the details on the actual French OOB are not as clear as those for the Prussians. It describes there being 10 squadrons of French cavalry near Pahlen, but no indication as to what cavalry this would be – Chasseurs? Hussars? Dragoons? Lancers? would anyone have any ideas?

If i could know to whose Corpos these forces belonged i might have a better idea.

SHaT198410 Feb 2022 8:06 p.m. PST

Two references-
1- Events were soon to overtake Napoleon's plans as Blücher continued to harass Macdonald's shaken and demoralised Army of the Bober after its defeat on the Katzbach.

2- The Army of Bober under Marshal Jacques MacDonald was left to guard his eastern flank.

3- A scenario that contains actual OOB. (PDF doc)
PDF link

No warranty as to reliability of either sources…


GeorgBuchner10 Feb 2022 10:34 p.m. PST

thanks heaps – this might be sufficient to give me an idea as to what forces i want to employ – i am still woring out what minis i want to get so was using this scenario as a starting point

GeorgBuchner10 Feb 2022 10:36 p.m. PST

Looking for Katzbach named scenarios is a good idea actually as its all around that area

SHaT198410 Feb 2022 11:56 p.m. PST

And that army, I only looked at the cavalry corps, is pretty representative of the time.

Most regiments represented, solid light and a heavy division with artillery noted.

They may have been somewhat 'febble' in numbers, but dont let that stop you representing full units when you will need them.

Those of us in the game for a while, know you will play many more 'non-historical' encounters than real ones.

GeorgBuchner11 Feb 2022 2:16 a.m. PST

lol, yes i think i would just be playing historically inspired ones mostly as trying to historically correct with army size and battlefield terrain would be a great cost in time and money that i dont have

COL Scott ret13 Feb 2022 8:56 p.m. PST

Nice and you could bathtub this

GeorgBuchner16 Feb 2022 4:14 a.m. PST

what do you mean by bathtub this?

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