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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

10th April 1814 – Battle of Waremme

Waremme Campaign area

French               20,200 infantry            1,900 cavalry                 60 guns
Prussian           11,600 infantry            1,000 cavalry                 30 guns

This is the position of the three corps at first light
3rd Prussian corps have orders to attack Waremme
13th and 19th French corps both have orders to halt on hold.

The Prussians advance towards Waremme
The French hold their positions

The Prussians continue to advance and are engaged by both French corps
General Yorck orders a general retreat
By nightfall are in full retreat
The French are on hold orders and do not pursue

Game Casualties
French lose 400 infantry
Prussians lose 1,200 infantry

Game Summary

3rd Prussian corps attacked two French corps
As soon as they came within artillery range both French corps opened fire
Outnumbered in both cavalry and artillery the Prussians attack halted
The Prussian commander ordered a general retreat to avoid further casualties
The infantry never came within musket range
The battle was decided by artillery fire along

Total casualties, including from earlier battles,  at the end of the battle
French  7,900 casualties  
Bavarian 4,800 casualties  

Game Notes
Because the French are outnumbered two to one this battle was not fought as a wargame.   I used this chart to determine casualties.  

Total                   Bavarian                                         French                                                           
02                         400 infantry                                  400 infantry
03                         400 infantry                                  800 infantry
04                         400 infantry                                  800 infantry and 100 cavalry
05                         400 infantry                                  1200 infantry
06                         800 infantry                                  1200 infantry and 100 cavalry
07                         800 infantry                                  1600 infantry
08                         800 infantry                                  1600 infantry and 100 cavalry
09                         800 infantry                                  2000 infantry
10                         1200 infantry                               2000 infantry, 100 cavalry and 100 gunners
11                         1200 infantry                               2400 infantry
12                         1200 infantry                               2400 infantry, 100 cavalry and 100 gunners

2D6 was rolled for a total of 5
Total French casualties were 2400 infantry
Total Prussian casualties were 1200 infantry

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