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Thursday, April 24, 2014

25th March 1814 – Battle of Rougemont

Rougemont Campaign area

Five Bavarian corps launch a surprise attack on Rougemont
The French Army have orders to rest and resupply

Bavarian         56.000 infantry           4000 cavalry               120 guns
French             55,200 infantry           4000 cavalry               120 guns

Bavarian HQ                Shall remain with III Corps  
1 corps                          Move to E05 under Attack orders
2 corps                        Move to D06 under Attack orders
3 corps                          Move to D04 under Attack orders
4 corps                         Move to D05 under Attack orders
5 corps                           Move to E04 under Attack orders

French HQ                     halt in C05
6 corps                          hold rougemont
12 corps                       halt on hold
16 corps                      halt on hold
24 corps                       halt on hold, cav return to corps
31 corps                        halt on hold

Table at start of wargame

Bavarian Brigades      14 infantry      4 cavalry         4 artillery
French Brigades          14 infantry      4 cavalry         4 artillery

Bavarian HQ                start on table           
1 corps                          arrive move 1
2 corps                        start on table
3 corps                         start on table
4 corps                         start on table
5 corps                        arrive move 1

French HQ                     start on table
6 corps                          arrive move 1
12 corps                        start on table
16 corps                        arrive move 5
24 corps                       start on table, cavalry arrive move 1
31 corps                        start on table

Both corps have two brigades missing on garrison or battle casualties

Move 1 – 0800 to 0900
6th French corps arrive on table
24th French corps cavalry join corps
1st and 5th Bavarian corps arrive on table

Move 2 – 0900 to 1000
Both sides move into position and start to deploy

Move 3 – 1000 to 1100
French are now deployed
French 12 pounder artillery open fire
Bavarians continue to advance and deploy
Move 4 – 1100 to 1200
French 12 pounder continue to fire, but no casualties
Bavarians now in position and start to deploy
2nd Bavarian corps ordered to advance and engage
Move 5 – 1200 to 1300
Bavarian gunners receive casualties from French artillery
Bavarians ordered to advance to attack

Move 6 – 1300 to 1400
6th French corps infantry shaken by artillery fire
French gunners receive casualties from Bavarian artillery

Move 7 – 1400 to 1500
1 Bavarian cavalry receive casualties from artillery
3 Bavarian infantry routed by artillery fire
6 French lose two infantry brigades to artillery fire
Move 8 – 1500 to 1600
6 French infantry receive casualties from artillery fire
2 Bavarian cavalry win melee, French retreat shaken
1 Bavarian cavalry routed by artillery fire
24 French infantry casualties from artillery fire
Move 9 – 1600 to 1700
2 Bavarian cavalry win melee, French hussars retreat shaken
2 Bavarian infantry suffer artillery casualties
12 French infantry suffer artillery casualties
5 Bavarian infantry rout due to artillery casualties

Move 10 – 1700 to 1800
12 French infantry rout due to artillery casualties
31 French infantry loser fire fight and rout
24 French infantry suffer artillery casualties

Marshal Marmont accepts defeat and orders a general retreat

Game Casualties
French lose 4,800 infantry and 3 guns
Bavarians lose 2,000 infantry, 200 cavalry and 3 guns

Game Summary
Marshal Marmont orders a surprise attack with all five corps
General Wrede has ordered his army to rest and resupply
However all five of his corps are concentrated around Rougemont
16th French corps is five miles from the battlefield and will not arrive until move 5
The late arrival of 16th corps give the Bavarians a considerable advantage.
The Bavarians gunners perform better than the French
The French centre and right flank break before 16th corps can be deployed
Marmont orders a general retreat

Total casualties, including from earlier battles,  at the end of the battle

Bavarian 6,100 casualties and three brigades in rout
French 3,400 casualties and two brigades in rout

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