Campaign Eckmuhl 1809

Discussion in 'Napoleonic Battles' started by Marshal Lannes, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. Marshal Lannes

    Marshal Lannes Active Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    London
    The Battle of Austerlitz...

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    Screen 24. Austrian Gun Battery......


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    Screen 25a.

    Charge of the 5th Hussars - against 600+ infantry.

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    Screen 26.
    8.40am. Bosenitz.

    Gen. De Brig. Picaud directly leads the 5th Hussars Regiment against a Russian formation, which has emerged from the fog, on the Olmutz road. It has been caught by surprise and is in line formation. A juicy target to be tested........... The results are not so great.....the enemy battalion has been routed but took down a fair number of French cavalry men. This early in the battle..........fervour is overriding discipline.

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    Screen 27. - Tellnitz - Sokolnitz. 8.40am.

    The Austrians now have 12 guns pounding the 3rd Ligne regiment. The 3rd Ligne have also suffered an attack by 2 battalions of Austrian infantry , who were repelled. Both sides had heavy loss with the Austrian commander being captured......Maj.Gen. Carneville.
    Four companies of the Tirailleurs de Po are desperately defending the village of Sokolnitz against ever increasing numbers of Russians...................No sign of re-inforcements...:(...
     
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  2. Marshal Lannes

    Marshal Lannes Active Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    London
    The Battle of Austerlitz.
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    Screen 28.

    Tellnitz- 8.50am. Gen De Brig. Heudelet arrives at Margaron's gun position. Margaron informs him that the 3rd Ligne regiment is under constant attack by Austrian infantry and guns. Although holding well; their situation is becoming more desperate. The nearest French infantry to help are still half an hour away.
    French cavalry south-east of Tellnitz are still un-disordering.

    Sokolnitz - Russian militia infantry try to force their way into the village of Sokolnitz and are repulsed heroically by the 4 companies of the Tirailleurs Du Po the price of this valiant stand comes with the rout of half their men.


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    Screen 29.

    Kobelnitz - 8.50am.
    Russian attacks begin against Sokolnitz Castle and the pheasantry gardens. The Tirailleurs de Corse join in the fight.

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    Screen 30.

    Bosenitz - 8.50am.
    Two regiments of enemy infantry and one of cavalry have emerged from the fog.....the 5th Hussars have impressed one of them to the extent that they have quickly formed a square formation.

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    Screen 31.

    Pratzen - 9.00am.

    Soult's attack formations make steady progress towards the Pratzen Heights. This has been rudely interrupted by the extreme right of St.Hilaire's formation walking into a fire-fight with a strong enemy force of about 3000..................before the village of Pratzen. An advance squadron of the 3rd Dragoons Division has crossed the pratze stream about a mile west of the village, and so far has no sight of the enemy.....?
     
  3. Marshal Lannes

    Marshal Lannes Active Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    London
    The Battle of Austerlitz.

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    Screen 32.

    Tellnitz -9.00am. - Misfortune strikes............slightly unexpected. Two battalions of the 3rd Ligne Regiment have broken. The Austrians have totally decimated the 3rd battalion, while the 2nd has routed, leaving the 1st, under the direct command of Colonel Hulot, in a disordered state.....to stand alone. French cavalry are still un-disordering and facing off their Austrian counterparts, who are happy to remain idle.

    [ The game system can be cruel - the French 3rd battalion could not rout and retreat, as the 2nd battalion was blocking it's path, and so was decimated....about 302 men. I will assume that half have been taken prisoner, which means that a low strength Austrian cavalry squadron will have to be detached ,to escort them to the rear.....definitely possible in AAr terms or even general play.....]. :(...

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    Screen 33.

    Victory Points Table - 9.00am.



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    Intermezzo: ...... " Awwooooooooo....Cha...Cha.......Chaaa ! "...........
     
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  4. Marshal Lannes

    Marshal Lannes Active Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    London
    The Battle of Austerlitz. Anomaly.

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    OK ....so I click the end of the Allied player turn and I get a rout message of 2 battalions of the 3rd ligne Regt.....and I scroll down to the Tellnitz area and whoopseedoo.............the 3rd battllion of the 3rd ligne Regt. has risen from the dead. There it is routing with the 1st battalion while the 2nd had gone from rout into disorder in the village. Did the 3rd get lost in the fog or were they abducted by grey aliens ???..............they disappeared for one turn..........the vagaries of war.
    Good news anyway, as losing an entire battalion this early is not good, especially as they were routing..........Sheeeeeeeeesh !.....:(..
     
  5. Marshal Lannes

    Marshal Lannes Active Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    London
    The Battle of Austerlitz.

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    Screen 34.

    Bosenitz 9.00am.
    The 5th Hussars reiment is attacked by a Russian Hussar regiment holding it's ground with heavier loss. It decides to withdraw, as Suchet's 3rd Division makes it's way to the road fork. Two Russian infantry regiments have formed square; intimidated by the presence of French cavalry to the south-west.

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    Tellnitz -9.10am.

    Marshal Davout arrives at Margaron's gun battery position with his aides. He can clearly see large groups of French infantry scurrying to the North-west. He calmly orders his aides to ride after them with his plumed hat; to show and announce the arrival of the 3rd Corps. He is appraised of the current situation directly by Margaron. Margaron points his riding crop towards the smoke plumes emanating directly to his front. " The remnants of the 3rd Ligne....a few hundred at best, serve the honour of France still...! ".;he is interrupted by an artillery discharge which fells two dozen Austrians.



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    Screen 36.

    Sokolnitz-9.10am.

    Fighting still continues in Sokolnitz village, before the castle and in the pheasantry gardens. The Tirailleurs de Corse are moving up more men to help the defenders of the castle. The 26th legere regiment were surprised by a fast moving squadron of cossacks who moved blindly into their path. Forty horsemen and 20 mounts fell in one volley alone. They were probing the trackway and seem to have been distracted by the firing further south. The French infantry were kneeling until the last moment, before standing and firing into the hapless horsemen...............this proved effective as nearly all the musket balls hit something.



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    Pratzen.9.10am.

    The 36th Ligne regiment adds it's fire-power to the engagement. Vandamme's division marches forward with a degree of caution. A large body of cossack cavalry eye the solitary French dragoon regiment with interest but seem reluctant to move forward. The sight of further French dragoons to the North-west puts paid to any bravura they may have indulged themselves with. Hopefully, these irregular cavalry are the only opposition to the 3rd Dragoons Division.
     
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  6. Marshal Lannes

    Marshal Lannes Active Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    London
    The Battle of Austerlitz.

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    Tellnitz. 9.20am.

    The village has fallen........one final push by the Austrians has destroyed the tired defenders of the 2nd Battalion. The 1st and 3rd battalions have rallied which will give Davout 4 Infantry battalions to fight with. The task of re-taking the village will be costly.
    Visibility has increased to 1000 metres which should aid the French a little more.

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    Screen 39.

    Sokolnitz. 9.20am.

    The cossacks north of the Pheasantry have routed, while more russian infantry formations present themselves before the 26th Legere Regiment

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    Pratzen. 9.20am.

    St.Hilaire now has 3 of his regiments engaged. They are giving a good account of themselves. Enemy guns are being deployed in the village itself which will prove to be a formidable obstacle. The Russians are already sending shells into the ranks of Frewnch cavalryy trying to reface.

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    Screen 41.

    Bosenitz. 9.20am.

    Both sides are deploying with increasing numbers; watching each other warily..
     
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  7. Marshal Lannes

    Marshal Lannes Active Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    London
    The Battle of Austerlitz.
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    Screen 42.

    Tellnitz - Supplemental. 9.21am.

    So - I press the end of the French player turn and I get a 9 unit rout for the Allies.............the most important rout is at Tellnitz........the previously victorious Austrians have 3 battalions routed, 3 battalions running in panic...........this turn in fortune can be attributed directly to the constant barrage inflicted by Margaron's horse artillery battery of 5 guns. A commendation will be given after the battle by Davout personally to Captain Gilles. Now Davout has 4 French battalions ( two fresh ) facing only 2 Austrian ( weakened ).
     

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