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Saturday, September 20, 2014

7th April 1814 – Battle of Oberstein

Oberstein Campaign area

Surprise Russian attack on Oberstein
The town is the main French depot
It is defended by just one infantry brigade
2nd Russian corps have orders to attack orders
2nd French corps have orders to moved closer to Oberstein on engage orders

Russian             12,000 infantry            1,000 cavalry                 30 guns
French                 8,000 infantry             1,000 cavalry                 30 gun
Table at start of wargame

Prussian  Brigades     3 infantry         1 cavalry           1 artillery
French Brigades          2 infantry         1 cavalry           1 artillery

2 French starts battle on table marching towards Oberstein
8 brigade is in the right hand section of the town
2 Russian enters bottom left start of move one
Move 1 – 0800 to 0900
Both corps move towards Oberstein
Move 2 – 0900 to 1000
French arrive at Oberstein
Move 3 – 1000 to 1100
Both corps are spotted and replace blanks with figures
The French only have two infantry brigades, the Russians have three
The Russian cavalry move onto the high ground to pin the French cavalry
Move 4 – 1100 to 1200
The French have deployed and wait for the Russians to attack
The Russian infantry form column of attack
Move 5 – 1200 to 1300
The Russian infantry advance towards the town
They thought that they were out of range, but the French artillery are 12 pounders
They open fire on the infantry, but do not cause any casualties
One Russian infantry brigade join the cavalry on the hill
Move 6 – 1300 to 1400
French square suffer 10% artillery casualties, pass morale test
French artillery fire on infantry but no casualties
Move 7 – 1400 to 1500
French square suffer 20% casualties, fail morale and retire shaken
Russian commander change orders from move to engage
French artillery fire on infantry but no casualties
Move 8 – 1500 to 1600
Artillery fire but no casualties
Shaken French infantry fail morale and remain shaken
Russian cavalry advance into charge range of enemy cavalry
Russian infantry enter town and skirmish, no casualties
Move 9 – 1600 to 1700
Artillery exchange fire but no casualties
Shaken French infantry fail morale and retreat shaken
Russian cavalry win melee, French retire shaken
Infantry in town skirmish but no casualties

French commander orders a general retreat

Game Casualties
French lose 800 infantry
Russian lose no casualties

Game Summary
2nd French have been ordered to move closer to support garrison
They arrive in time to meet 2nd Russian attack
The French were slightly outnumbered, but were in defence
The battle was decided by luck, particularly the artillery
The exposed French brigade suffered 20% casualties and retreated
The Russian cavalry won the melee, and the French retreated shaken
The French commander ordered a general retreat
Had he not done so he faced being surrounded and forced to surrender
The Russians have captured the main French supply depot and eight days supplies
They have also severed the main French supply and communications route

Total casualties, including from earlier battles, at the end of the battle
French 8,600 casualties two brigades shaken
Russian 9,200 casualties no brigades shaken or in rout

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