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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

9th March 1814 - Battle of Worms

Worms Campaign Area
1st Russian has orders to hold Worms
3rd Russian will arrive at 1300
4th Russian will arrive at 1700
14th French has orders to move to Worms
22nd French has orders to move to Worms

French                                     Russian       
28000 infantry                         48000 infantry                       
2000 cavalry                           2900 cavalry              
60 guns                                   90 guns

Table at start of wargame
1st Russian corps deployed in front of Worms
3rd Russian will arrive start of move 5
4th Russian will arrive start of move 9
14th French have orders to march to Worms
22nd French will arrive start of move 1

Move 1 – 0800 to 0900
14th French move to the left of the pass to prevent 1st Russian retreating north
22nd French start to arrive
1st Russian have extended to their left as far as the woods

Move 2 – 0900 to 1000
14th French cavalry receive 10% casualties, lose morale and are shaken
Remainder of corps take up position out of artillery range
22nd French send cavalry to pin enemy and move infantry and artillery through the pass
1st Russian 12 pounder guns score first casualties on French lancers

Move 3 – 1000 to 1100
14th French withdraw cavalry out of artillery range
Remainder of corps start to deploy
Lancers pass morale test and become disordered
22nd French push half of corps ahead to engage Russian flank
1st Russian await developments

Move 4 – 1100 to 1200
14th French have sent their cavalry to the hill to recce their left flank
Remainder of corps moving into position to attack the town
22nd French advance through pass
1st Russian counter battery fire as remainder of enemy out of range

Move 5 – 1200 to 1300
14th French send infantry brigade to reinforce cavalry on hill
Remainder of corps form column of attack
Artillery cause 10% casualties to Cossacks who fail morale and are shaken
22nd French start to deploy to attack town
1st Russian hold their position and wait for reinforcements
3rd Russian start to arrive behind cavalry screen

Move 6 – 1300 to 1400
14th French deploy cavalry and infantry on hill
Artillery fire and miss
Change orders to engage
22nd French form column of attack and unlimber artillery
3rd Russian continue to advance towards woods
1st Russian no change

Move 7 – 1400 to 1500
14th French artillery rout left Russian infantry into woods
Nearby Russian gunners test morale for rout, fail and join rout
22nd French infantry firefight with square.   Russians lose and rout
Nearby infantry test morale for rout, fail and join rout
3rd Russian continue to advance towards woods
1st Russian all in rout except for two infantry brigades who cover the retreat

Move 8 – 1500 to 1600
14th French limber artillery and move to face 3rd Russian
22nd French advance on town
1st Russian rally brigade in town and retreat
3rd Russian advance towards hill behind cavalry screen

Move 9 – 1600 to 17000
14th French cavalry charge and rout Cossacks
Infantry advance on to the hill
22nd French enter town and rout one brigade
Remainder of corps prepare to crush 1st Russian
4th Russian stat to arrive
3rd Russian prepare to attack hill
1st Russian try to break contact and retreat

Move 10 – 1700 to 1800
14th French cavalry charge he shaken square, who break and run
They then charge the nearby limbered artillery who also break and run
22nd French artillery and infantry rout the remaining Russian infantry in and near Worms
1st Russian all corps in rout
3rd Russian have lost their cavalry and artillery, infantry form square
4th Russian are unable to advance and deploy due to rout

Russians call off attack and retire north to regroup
Game Casualties
French suffer 2,400 infantry and 100 cavalry casualties
Russians suffer 4,800 infantry and 300 cavalry casualties
They also have 6 infantry and two cavalry brigades in rout

Game Summary

1st Russian corps started the game well, and held their own against two French corps
With the arrival of 3rd Russian corps it seemed that they would win the game

By then 14th French corps had reached Worms and engaged 1st Russian corps
Luck was with the French, and they routed the whole corps with only light casualties

22nd French corps turned to face 3rd Russian corps as both raced to secure the hill
The French cavalry charged and broke the Cossacks.
Next move they charged the shaken infantry square, who also broke and ran
They then carried on to rout the nearby limbered artillery

The rout prevented 4th Russian corps deploying.

A decisive, but very lucky, win for the French

Total casualties, including from earlier battles, at the end of this battle
Russian 5,100 casualties and eight brigades in rout
French 2,500 casualties and no routed brigades

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