Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bar-sur-Aube Lasalle AAR

With our combined collection, we had the correct troop types to field the Austrian, Bavarian, Russian and Wurtemberg contingents to field the allied army for this game. This is a shot of the far Allied left, with a small Bavarian brigade to the left of the Austrians. This contingent is to move forward and claim Bar-sur-Aube village from the French garrison.

Austrian Grenzers, cavalry and Russian line troops on and around the hill. The Allies do not have any guard or genuine elite formations in this battle. The French have concentrated their cavalry in the center to keep the Russians at bay.

The Russians, like the Austrians, have a small cavalry brigade to support the attack. The Cossack unit is not worth much and except for their ability to move through bad terrain easily, won't do much in this battle. The Russians in unusual fashion, have but one battery present.

The Wurtemberg force has fairly good numbers for their attack to eject the French garrison of this small village. Fighting over villages and towns are always a bloody affair and this one will be no different.

Here, Wittgenstein's Russians are pushing up to reveal themselves before the cavalry. Just off to the right here, the Russian artillery is being manhandled forward to get more of the enemy in their cross hairs.

The three Bavarian battalions here are trying to rapidly march forward to deploy and seize the flank. The Bavarians here have one light battalion, one line and one militia battalion. The losses from the Russian campaign and 1813 fighting throughout Germany have taken away any proper cavalry or artillery support. The Austrian guns blaze away with no shortage of targets.

The Wurtemberg cavalry is moving along the hill to try and eradicate the French artillery on the flank. The infantry are massed up for a proper attack against the village while a French battalion tries to align itself for some shots.

We can see a few other Russian battalions moving into the woods against a French battalion. The attacks here were repulsed throughout the game. These woods were a combination of a shield from Russian artillery and then a sponge sucking up units,

The Austrians and Bavarians are nearing Bar-sur-Aube. Between the two Austrian batteries, they have managed to try and sweep the opposition clear. The French in this sector are a bit weak but are in a good position.

The French have decided to press the center by assaulting the Grenzers on the hill. The Austrian guns to the left of the hill, had manhandled their way to fire some canister into the approaching French to blunt the attack. For some reason, the leading French battalion has a non-existent skirmish value and canister and musketry damage was easier to inflict than normal.

Guns blazing away manage to break one of the French garrison battalions, leaving it open for occupation. A French battalion forms square to ward off an attack by cavalry. There is suddenly a hole in the French line.

The Russians are pushing their assault into the woods in the hopes that numbers will prevail. The artillery here manages to drive back a French battalion from trying to get too close to the attack. Above, the French are now assaulting the village they just held but lost.

A better shot shows how the French are scrambling to repair the damage to their line. At the top of the picture, the French battery had fled the cavalry and forced to deploy at the rear of the line to keep the flank from just being turned and rolled up.

Here some Russian infantry fail to form an emergency square formation and manage to repulse the cavalry anyway. The French cavalry have been driven away from the path of the Russian artillery and so the guns are forced to turn to compensate for the hole that is now before them.

A little blurry, but the artillery and the musketry weaken the French battalion before they lose the combat and are broken. The Grenzers manage to hold their own here throughout the battle. Some other French battalions move up in front of the Austrian guns hoping to outflank the Austrian infantry assaulting the village.

The Bavarian militia battalion has continued moving forward into march column in order to gain some advantage for their deficient morale. They will form into line in order to engage in musketry. The other Bavarian battalions have deployed into line to shoot into the French defenders before closing for melee.

The French cavalry were bounced back and are working on preparing a new attack. Most of this section is a large holding action. The mass of cavalry prevents a large infantry advance and the Russians are trying to clear off the French battery off to the right of the picture, to shoot up the waves of cavalry. The French battery here would take some time to be destroyed.

Austrian guns are targeting the French columns moving to intercept the Austrian infantry. Had the French not been shot up by the artillery batteries, they might have had better luck.

The French line standing before the village was shot up fairly well, charged, thrown back and shot up and fled. he Bavarian militia is now moving into the woods to make up for the lack of skirmisher cover that they don't have. The Austrians here are now entering a sector of the village and assaulting the other.

Here the struggle toward the center of the battlefield is still raging in a large stalemate. The French still posses their position in the woods and are preventing the Allies from using the woods as cover to continue pushing forward.

The French flank on this end has fairly well collapsed and is now bowed back at an angle. Lacking an appropriate limber model, the artillery battery at the bottom is limbered up to move forward now that the enemy has been pushed away.

The two remaining battalions the French had here are trying to hold on. With the loss of one Frech battalion trying to thwart the Austrian attack, the other moves straight toward the artillery battery. The guns manage to obliterate it before contact is made.

French cavalry are menacing the Austrian Grenzers. The Grenzers failed to form a square and are promptly routed. In the woods to the left, Russian and French cavalry clash. The Dragoons will fall back, leaving the Cossacks to try to hold the edge of the woods.

French cavalry charge and force the Russian battery to limber and move to the rear. The position of the cossacks makes the French cavalry retrace their steps as they fear a flank attack if they move forward. A second French battery is now moved up and doesn't have to worry about counter battery fire.

Some of the Wurtember assailants have been broken inside the village by French counter attacks. Although the situation is far from stablized, the French have bought time.

The French column is preparing to counter the Bavarian unit about to enter the empty sector of the town. Should the French fail, they will be quickly find themselves hit from the rear by the lurking Bavarian militia battalion now able to move through the woods unhindered.

French cavalry are turning their attention to the Austrian guns and the Austrian cavalry move forward. The Austrian uhlan unit doesn't fair well and is pushed back. The other Austrian cavalry regiment raced forward to target the French battery. The French managed to escape with their guns and the battery was not a threat for the remainder of the game.

Cossacks are up against the French in the woods. The French manage a draw, but will fall back slightly. The Russian battery is back in order and will soon eliminate one of the French batteries this turn. The French cavalry manage to eventually destroy this Russian battalion after a second attempt.

Final assaults on the village. The French manage a hollow victory by maintaining the villages, but suffering far more losses that cannot be so easily replaced. According to the scenario, it is still deemed a French minor victory.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Austro-Russian vs. Franco-Bavarian

We had decided to again, use the Russians and Austrians as a divergence from the Peninsular War theater so often done. This map illustrates the Austro-Russian deployment zones and reinforcements. Timed reserves being a core feature for both sides during this battle. Both Russians and Auastrians having two infantry brigades, the Russians two cavalry and the Austrians one cavalry brigade.

The Bavarians have a large deployment zone and all of their forces begin as deployed. The Bavarians also have two redoubts that act as gun emplacements. The cavalry force is on the French right, consisting of a light cavalry brigade and two brigades of dragoons. The cavalry would be the only real advantage for this side.

Russian entry onto the field. Seven line battalions, one guard and light cavalry brigade of two cossacks and an uhlan unit.

My French infantry brigades consisting of the 2nd & 4th Legere and the 36th and 70th line. The La Haye Sainte model gets its debut on the field, but never gets assaulted.

The first Austrian infantry brigade with quite a few large battalions and then an Austrian Kuirassier brigade.

My Bavarians under the command of a friend. This command contains nine line battalions and three jaeger. Given the large amount of cavalry that would come on later on the other flank, it might have been wise in retrospect to give them their light cavalry brigade.

A rear shot of the Bavarians opposing the initial Austrian spearhead. The Austrians wisely move around the massed artillery in the center of the position.

My left is extending as the Russians begin to move toward the largely vacant center. The Russians here are sort of spread out as if they all have different ideas of what they want to do.

My far right. The hill is a natural shield from the Russian batteries and the farm complex is now firmly occupied and includes an engineer attached.

My light cavalry brigade attempts to stall the Russian advance. The second Russian cavalry brigade and infantry brigade have entered the field. The Russians now begin to form a defensive line.

My artillery moves up and so does one almost suicidal Russian battalion. The artillery duel between the French and Russians has done nothing at this point.

The Russians close in here with some other isolated units. The Russian cavalry here didn't feel up to messing with the French units in this sector and decided to aim themselves toward the Bavarian flank to put pressure on the other side of the bridge.

This area became a killing zone. The bridge and river posed a bottleneck that the Austrians and Russians had some difficulty in getting through. Had the redoubts been aimed here, it is unlikely the Austrians would have had a prayer in breaking through canister fire in a march column. The Russian cavalry were repulsed from the Bavarian square.

With the second Austrian infantry brigade on the field and moving forward, the Bavarian artilery has plenty of targets. Austrian Kuirassier are moving along the far flank looking to destroy some of the support around the redoubt.

Now the arrival of my dragoon brigades. I was short another horse artillery battery, however it would not have had any real room to deploy anyway. The hussars managed to destroy a Russian Hussar unit and scare off the unfortunate artillery for the time being. The chasseurs weren't quite as lucky, but then again the Russian hussars they were facing were a little better quality.

The brave (or blind?) Russian march column coming up over the hill will soon be charged by the 1st battalion of the 4th Legere. The march column is first shot and then broken during the charge. My artillery here is successfully hit by the Russian counter battery fire and forced to limber up. I simply placed the limbers here for reference that they may not fire for the time being.

The 3rd battalion of the 36th line is dueling it out with a stray Russian battalion. Despite the skirmish advantage, they seems unable to get the upper hand even after the 1st battalion joins in. The Russian battery on the hill is also silenced and forced to limber up. Not sure why the limber has crawled over the guns, but that's another matter...

The Austrians and Russians have placed a combined arms assault against the Bavarian right. The Austrian infantry in column on the bridge were beaten off the field but only to be replaced by another who decides a line might be a better idea. The numbers of the Austrians are finally beginning to show.

The French light cavalry may have gained some control here, but between their presence and the obtuse Russian battalion's musketry, advancing is becoming a real problem. The Russians on the hill need to be cleared out so the French infantry can support the cavalry advance.

The suicidal Russian battalion marches right into the canister fire. The 4th Legere has largely gained the hill and now are in a position to try to wrestle away this sector from the Russians.

The 1st and 3rd battalions of the 36th line decide to charge and will be only be able to manage a draw, which will force them back. Now these two battalions are near breaking due to a couple of round of skirmish fire and this failed charge. The Bavarians can be seen having decided to push the Austrians off the bridge and occupy it.

The Austrians have crossed over the river and are not hesitant about assaulting any Bavarian unit in its path. The Bavarians on the hill to the left decide to bend back against the Austrian cavalry.

The marauding Russian cavalry are attempting to get around the tough Bavarian flank. The Austrians' number proved decisive in finally overwhelming the defenders of the bridge. The Redoubt is now facing a horde of Austrians who can't be killed off fast enough.

The 1st and 3rd battalions of the 36th line were routed by a Russian counter charge (which in retrospect, may not have been able to charge, but oh well). The 1st battalion of the 2nd Legere finished off the Russian battalion and joins with the 2nd battalion to try and take pressure off the collapsing Bavarian flank. Czar Alexander in the center will be forced to fall back. A Russian guard battalion decides to slowly advance, getting shot up the entire way. The Russian artillery was forced to limber up and was moved down to where it might be useful. The French garrison battalion and the remaining battalion of the 36th line now have a great opportunity to burst out and try to roll up this flank.

The Bavarians had exceeded their 1/3 break point but passed their first morale test. The second one was not so kind. On my final turn, I managed to destroy this Russian battalion that had been a thorn in my side and my hussars destroyed a battalion that chose to shoot and fight it out rather than form square. This put the Russians at their 1/3 mark. Given the turn number (18 or 19) then the Russians likely would not have stuck around.

But alas, it did not matter. The Austrians were to be in complete control of enough objectives so as to win the game technically. The game was to last 16 turns, but the end of the physical day was enough to call for the Austro-Russian army.

Losses were as follows: Russians seven infantry battalions, one battery and one cavalry regiment. Austrians, four infantry regiments, of which, two were large battalions. Bavarians five infantry battalions and two batteries of artillery. French, 1st & 3rd battalions of the 36th line.