Sunday, April 11, 2010

Battle of Altheim - Move 4


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.

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.

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