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Thursday, May 29, 2014

28th March 1814 – Battle of Bad Kreuznach

Oppenheim Campaign area

Encounter battle, both Armies attack

Russian           39,600 infantry           4000 cavalry               120 guns
French             54,400 infantry           3900 cavalry               120 guns

Russian HQ     move with 3 corps
1 corps            move to E5 on attack
2 corps            move to E4 on attack.  
3 corps            move to E5 on attack
4 corps            move to E4 on attack

French HQ       move with 2 corps
2 corps             move F05,G05 on attack
8 corps             move F04,G04 on attack
14 corps           move F06,G06 on attack
20 corps          move E05 on attack

Table at start of wargame

Russian Brigades        10 infantry      4 cavalry         4 artillery
French Brigades          14 infantry      4 cavalry         4 artillery

Russian HQ                  arrive move 1           
1 corps                         arrive move 1
2 corps                        start on table
3 corps                         start on table
4 corps                        arrive move 1

French HQ                     start on table
2 corps                          start on table
8 corps                          start on table
14 corps                        start on table
20 corps                        arrive move 1

Note – Blind top right is a blank, there is nothing there

Move 1 – 0800 to 0900
All corps either advance or deploy cavalry to recce

Move 2 – 0900 to 1000
Guard cavalry charge and rout Cossacks
3 Russian and 8 French spotted
Remainder advance

Move 3 – 1000 to 1100
2 Russian and 2 French spotted
Russian blind (top right) spotted and removed
French 2/6 infantry 10% artillery casualties
8 French corps advance to attack hill

Move 4 – 1100 to 1200
8 French attack 2 Russian on hill
Russian gunners receive 10% casualties and retreat  shaken
Russian cuirassiers charge, and rout, French cuirassiers

Move 5 – 1200 to 1300
1 Russian spotted by 14 lancers, who receive 10% casualties and retreat shaken
2 French infantry receive 30% casualties, pass morale test
2 Russian cuirassiers charge guard cavalry, who retire shaken
2 Russian artillery rally and return towards hill
4 Russian cuirassiers charge 8 cuirassiers, who lose melee and retire shaken
8 French ordered to abandon attack on hill

Move 6 – 1300 to 1400
2 Russian cuirassiers charge and rout shaken guard cavalry with 40% casualties
4 Russian cuirassiers charge and rout shaken 8 cuirassiers
French CinC orders a general retreat

Game Casualties
French lose 2,400 infantry and 700 cavalry
Russians lose 400 infantry, 100 cavalry and 100 gunners

Game Summary
The opening artillery barrage is ineffective on both sides
But a lucky round causes 2 Russian artillery to retreat shaken
The French order a risky attack on the hill held by 2 Russian
The Russian cavalry advance and engage the French cavalry
The Russians win the cavalry battle with losses of 100 against 700
They then threaten the flank of 8 French, who call off the attack
Casualties have been relatively light
But it is clear to the French commander that further attack is out of the question
He orders a general retreat before the Russians can pin him down

Total casualties, including from earlier battles,  at the end of the battle
Russians  3,800 casualties
French 3,100 casualties and one cavalry brigade in rout