Thursday, April 29, 2010

Corps Commander Orders - Move 21


10 Bavarian corps at Branau


1600 to 2000

18 June 1813


Tactical Map - Move 21

Austrian
Redeployment complete
1 corps reserve behind 3 corps
2 corps at Mondsee
3 corps at Altheim
4 corps at Franken

HQ – halt at H5
1 corps – move to I2
2 corps – move to H8
3 corps – move to H2
4 corps – move to H5


Bavarian
Redeployment complete
10 corps hold Branau
11 corps hold Salzburg
12 corps arrive at Mattsee

HQ – halt at E2
10 corps – hold E2
11 corps – hold E8
12 corps – move to E5

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Corps Commander Orders - Move 20


10 Bavarian corps arrive at Branau

1200 to 1600

18 June 1813


Tactical Map - Move 20


Austrian
1 corps reserve behind 3 corps
2 corps move south to Mondsee
3 corps replace 1 corps at Altheim
4 corps replace 2 corps at Franken

HQ – halt at H5
1 corps – move to I3
2 corps – move to H7
3 corps – move to I2
4 corps – move to I5


Bavarian
10 corps arrive Branau
11 corps hold Salzburg
12 corps move south to Mattsee

HQ – halt at E2
10 corps – move to E2
11 corps – hold E8
12 corps – move to E4

Monday, April 26, 2010

Corps Commander Orders - Move 19


1 Austrian corps on the march to Raab


0800 to 1200

18 June 1813

Tactical Map - Move 19



Austrian

1 corps move to Raab

2 corps move south to Mondsee

3 corps replace 1 corps at Altheim

4 corps replace 2 corps at Franken


HQ – halt at H5

1 corps – move to I2

2 corps – move to H6

3 corps – move to J2

4 corps – move to J5


Bavarian

10 corps retreat to Branau

11 corps hold Salzburg

12 corps move south to Mattsee


HQ – halt at E2

10 corps – move to F2

11 corps – hold E8

12 corps – move to E3


Saturday, April 24, 2010

CinC Daily Orders - 18 June 1813

Strategic Map - 18 June 1813

Archduke Charles


Charles is delighted with his victories at Mattsee and Altheim. Ever cautious he decides to spend the day consolidating and reorganizing his army before ordering an advance towards Munich.

He orders 3 corps forward and 1 corps into reserve to regroup and resupply.

2 corps will move south to Mondsee and be replaced at Franken by 4 Corps

HQ – halt at Franken
1 corps – move to Raab
2 corps – move to Mondsee
3 corps – move to Altheim
4 corps – move to Franken


Marshal Oudinot
His defeat at Mattsee and Altheim have left his campaign plan is tatters. With two weakened corps, and 9 corps still north of the river Danube, a drastic change of plan is called for.

He will have to abandon Passau and try to bring 9 corps south of the river further to the west. He will try to hold Salzburg, but this will depend on whether he is attacked by the Austrians.


HQ – halt at Branau
9 corps – move to Orienburg
10 corps – move to Branau
11 corps – hold Salzburg
12 corps – move to Mattsee

Friday, April 23, 2010

Battle of Altheim - Move 9

2000-2100

17 June 1813



10 Bavarian Corps

As evening approaches General Bartram must order an immediate attack on Altheim without any skirmish to weaken garrison. He is too far from his guns to order them to fire in support.


Orders – Move to Altheim

6 Command Points

Change orders to “Attack”

Artillery can not fire as general too far away at start of move

Move two infantry brigades to attack town.


Infantry attack town

Two infantry brigades attack town, so two rounds of melee fought

First melee – Bavarians win with one casualty, Austrians rout with two casualty

Second melee – Austrians win with one casualty, Bavarians rout with two casualty

Austrian garrison rout into centre of the town.

Austrian infantry support test and pass morale

One Bavarian infantry brigade rout from melee

Second brigade test morale, fail, join rout

Grenadier brigade test morale, fail, join rout


1 Austrian Corps

If General Lichtenstein can hold for one more move the battle will end due to nightfall.


Orders – Hold

5 Command Points

Routed brigade in town test morale, fail and rout again

Supporting brigade not affected by second round of rout and moves into town



Three Bavarian infantry brigades in rout.
One Austrian brigade in rout.
Second Austrian brigade moves into town.




Summary
Under these rules combat can always go either way. A very good dice will rout the defenders. A very poor one will rout the attackers. Because two brigades were attacking, two rounds of melee are fought at the same time. The Bavarians won the first, the Austrians the second.

All supporting units within 4” of first rout must then test their morale. There was only one Austrian brigade, and they made their morale. There was also only one Bavarian brigade, in fact the one who had won the melee for the town, but they now failed their morale and joined the rout. This brought them within 4” of the grenadier brigade, who already had two casualties and now no supports, they also failed their morale and joined the rout.

With darkness approaching and half of his corps in rout Marshal Bertrand has no option but to order a retreat towards Branau.

The Austrians had achieved their objective of holding the Passau bridge. In addition they have inflicted a severe defeat on 11 Bavarian corps.

The Austrians suffered 2 cavalry and 5 infantry casualties.

The Bavarians has suffered 1 cavalry and 6 infantry casualties.

These are heavy casualties under my rules. Both corps will take some days to reorganize and regroup before they can take offensive action again.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Battle of Altheim - Move 8


1900-2000

17 June 1813



1 Austrian Corps

Attack is against the right flank, where there is no infantry support. On Hold orders General Lichtenstein is unable to move his infantry forward to attack the enemy.


Orders – Hold

6 Command Points

Artillery fire on nearest column, total 10 – second hit

Bavarian grenadiers test morale, total 4 – pass


10 Bavarian Corps

General Bartram moves two infantry brigades to attack the town, one with casualties is left to counter any enemy advance


Orders – Move to Altheim

6 Command Points

Artillery fire on infantry nearest town, total 3, miss

Move infantry column towards enemy square

Move two infantry brigades into position to attack town




Two Bavarian infantry brigades are in position to attack the town, one from the front and one from the side. The grenadier brigade is left to hold the Austrian supports and risk further casualties from the enemy artillery.



Summary
The battle has now reached the crisis. The Bavarians are about to launch their attack on the town, but the grenadier brigade could easily break if they receive one more casualty and might well take the rest with them. So who moves first next round could well be critical.

The game should end as it is now 2000. However we will allow one more move just to decide who wins.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Battle of Altheim - Move 7


1800-1900

17 June 1813




1 Austrian Corps

General Lichtenstein now in position to meet the attack

Orders – Move forward


7 Command Points

Change corps orders to “Hold”

Artillery fire on nearest column, total 8 – hit

Bavarian grenadiers test morale, total 6 – pass


10 Bavarian Corps

Infantry have approached town in column of march to move quicker, but must now change into line or column of attack in order to engage the enemy.


Orders – Move to Altheim

6 Command Points

Artillery fire on infantry nearest town, total 5, miss

Move three infantry brigades closer to town

Change to column of attack with “corps move”




Bavarian columns in column of attack and ready to move to town.
Nearest brigade have a casualty but are still formed.

Austrian infantry in support of town have one casualty but are still formed

Summary
General Bertrand has moved his infantry closer to the town and changed their formation to column of attack in preparation for an assault on the town.

The Austrian artillery are in a good position to engage the enemy columns as they approach the town

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Battle of Altheim - Move 6


1700-1800

17 June 1813



10 Bavarian Corps

Corps advance to attack Altheim


Orders – Move to Altheim

6 Command Points

Artillery fire on infantry nearest town, total 10, a hit

Austrian infantry test morale, total 4, pass

Cavalry forms line facing enemy flank

Manhandle gun forward

Move three infantry brigades closer to town with “corps move”


1 Austrian Corps

General Lichtenstein deploys to meet attack on town


Orders – Move forward

7 Command Points

Light infantry in support of town form line

Artillery unlimber facing enemy columns

Square moves forward to protect gunners



Bavarian columns near town, supported by artillery and cavalry
Austrian infantry in support of town have one casualty but are still formed

Summary
General Bertrand has moved his infantry closer to the town, but will have to change his orders before he can attack.

General Lichtenstein now has his infantry in position to hold and support Altheim. One brigade in square on his left flank protects the gunners, who are about to open fire on the approaching Bavarian columns.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Battle of Altheim - Move 5


1600-1700

17 June 1813



10 Bavarian Corps

General Bertrand moves his corps forward to attack Altheim


Orders – Move to Altheim

5 Command Points

Artillery fire on square, total 6 with 2D6, miss

Move cavalry to right flank out of artillery range

Change formation to column of attack for artillery support

Move remaining three infantry brigades forward with “command order”


1 Austrian corps

General Lichtenstein decides to move forward before the enemy can launch their attack


Orders – Move forward

6 Command Points

Light infantry in support of town form column of attack

Artillery advance

Square advance to protect gunners


Three Bavarian infantry brigades move forward in column of attack towards Altheim

Summary
General Bertrand has moved his cavalry out of danger from the enemy artillery, and pushed forward three infantry brigades who will attack the town. One infantry brigade remains behind to support the gunners and the cavalry should they attack

General Lichtenstein is also redeploying his corps to receive the anticipated infantry attack and is unable to fire on the approaching columns this move.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Corps Commander Orders - Move 18


10 Bavarian corps continue to attack Altheim



1600 to 2000

17 June 1813


Tactical Map - Move 18

Austrian

1 corps still under attack at Altheim, have detached 1 brigade to hold Passau bridge

2 corps arrive at Franken.

3 corps arrive at Raab

4 corps arrive at Hausruck


HQ – halt in H5

1 corps - hold H2

2 corps – move to H5

3 corps – move to K2

4 corps – move to K5


Bavarian

10 corps continue to attack Altheim

11 corps arrive at Salzburg.

12 corps arrive at Branau


HQ – halt at E2

10 corps – attack G2

11 corps – hold E8

12 corps – move to E2



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Corps Commander Orders - Move 17


10 Bavarian corps attack Altheim

1200 to 1600
17 June 1813

Tactical Map - Move 17



Austrian
1 corps still under attack at Altheim, must detach 1 brigade to hold Passau bridge
2 corps are ordered to move to Franken to be closer to 1 corps.
3 and 4 corps enter tactical area

HQ - move to H5
1 corps - hold H2
2 corps – move to G5
3 corps – move to L2
4 corps – move to L5


Bavarian
10 corps continue to attack Altheim
11 corps retreat to Salzburg.
12 corps move to Branau

HQ – halt at E2
10 corps – attack G2
11 corps – move to E8
12 corps – move to E1

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Battle of Altheim - Move 4


1500-1600

17 June 1813



10 Bavarian Corps

General Bertrand is now ready to advance


Orders – Move to Altheim

6 Command Points

Artillery unlimber

Infantry brigades advance on corps order

Cavalry turn right and move to flank


1 Austrian Corps

General Lichtenstein decides to move forward before the enemy can launch their attack.


Orders – Hold Altheim

5 Command Points

Change corps orders to “Move”

The artillery are manhandled forward into range of the enemy

One infantry brigade moves forward and forms square to protect the gunners




The Bavarian corps present a massed target as they make their final preparations for the attack on Altheim. The Austrian artillery have moved forward to take advantage of this opportunity.


Summary
General Bertrand had not anticipated the forward movement of the enemy guns. He allowed his corps to become a massed target because he was confident that he was out of artillery range. However until his cavalry are in position on the flank they can not charge the enemy guns, and present a good target to them.

Battle of Altheim - Move 3

1400-1500

17 June 1813



10 Bavarian Corps

General Bertrand must bring his infantry on to the table and position them ready for an advance

Orders – Move to Altheim


4 Command Points

Artillery advance two moves

Two leading infantry brigades advance


1 Austrian Corps

The enemy are still out of range of the Austrian 6 pounder artillery

Routed cavalry continue to rout and are now well behind the Austrian position

General Lichtenstein has decided to wait for the enemy to approach


Orders – Hold Altheim

4 Command Points

No action




The Bavarian infantry are now in position to advance. The artillery is ready to unlimber, and the cavalry covering the whole deployment.

Summary
General Bertrand has used his time to deploy his infantry and artillery behind the cavalry screen, rather than risk his cavalry against the steady enemy infantry. However his dragoons are now in the way of the infantry advance, and he will have to decide how best to use them to cover the advance.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Battle of Altheim - Move 2


1300-1400

17 June 1813



10 Bavarian Corps

General Bertrand had to change his orders to Engage to clear the enemy cavalry out of the way. However his infantry are not deployed to engage the town, so he must change his orders to Move in order to deploy.


Orders – Engage Altheim

4 Command Points

Change corps orders to “Move”

Artillery advance

Leading infantry brigade advance


1 Austrian Corps

The enemy are out of range of the Austrian 6 pounder artillery

Routed cavalry flow around supporting infantry causing no disorder

General Lichtenstein decides to wait and see what the enemy will do


Orders – Hold Altheim

5 Command Points

No action


The routed hussars flow around the infantry support but do not cause any disorder

Summary
It will take a little time to regroup the Bavarians to attack the town. Fortunately they are out of range of the Austrian artillery and can take their time doing so. The Bavarian artillery are 12 pounder who easily outgun the enemy lighter 6 pounder guns.

The Bavarians are unable to take advantage of the new “corps orders” rule, as their infantry is in column of march approaching the table, and they are too near the town to advance far enough for them all to enter the table. So Bertrand will have to bring them on one by one to reposition them at the table edge.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Battle of Altheim - Move 1


1200-1300

17 June 1813



10 Bavarian Corps

General Bertrand must delay his approach march until he can drive off the enemy cavalry screen


Orders – Move to Altheim

5 Command Points

Changes the corps orders to “Engage”

Forms cavalry in line and advance to charge move of the enemy

Move leading infantry brigade in support


1 Austrian Corps

General Lichtenstein must either engage the enemy cavalry or withdraw his own. He decides to join his hussars and charge the enemy cavalry


Orders – Hold Altheim

5 Command Points

He forms one infantry brigade in square, just in case he loses the melee

He then joins his hussar brigade and orders them to charge the enemy cavalry

The Austrian hussars lose the melee and rout


Cavalry Melee
The Bavarian cavalry are medium, the Austrian light this means the former test with plus 1. The Bavarians roll 11 with 2D6.. The total is 12, a very decisive victory. The Bavarians lose one casualty and are disordered. The Austrians lose two casualties and rout. There are no Austrian supports to test morale. The Bavarians test morale but do not pursue.

Summary
An exciting first move. The Austrians commander took a calculated risk. If he routed the enemy cavalry he would have delayed the attack for at least one day. He lost, and his own cavalry routed. This gave an advantage to the enemy, but not a decisive one. Without cavalry support he will have to fight a defensive battle and will find it difficult to counter the enemy cavalry. However he has the advantage of holding a town, not suitable terrain for cavalry.