Here it is; the Dennewitz AAR! This is the first installment to be followed by a couple more, as it will be picture heavy, and this post is already a long one.
It's been a long time coming because it was a HUGE battle and I took a lot of photos. Choosing the best to illustrate the narrative is not easy!
Also not helpful was the week I had down at the beach with my kids at my father's place; what was I THINKING?! How could I leave you in suspense for all this time? Hopefully the wait has got you salivating in anticipation! :-D
|The playing field without any troops, looking from north to south. The central tables are 4' x 6' and the outer tables are 2' x 6'. All are mounted on castors so that they can be wheeled out of the way to enable access to the centre tables.|
|Map of battlefield from Napoleon Series|
|The bravest of the brave: C'est moi!|
Don't I look dashing?
|The heroic French under my command!|
The following are the units commanded by players. Any divisions not allocated to a player were commanded by the Corps commander
|Morand's (Jim) IV Corps: 15th Div. Fontanelli (Paul) & 38th Div. Franquemont (Robin)|
|Reynier's (Qinny)VII Corps: 24th Div. Le Cocq (Jenko), 32nd Div. Durutte (Pete E.)|
|Oudinot's (Malcolm) XII Corps: 14th Div. Guilleminot (John W.)|
|Arrighi's (Garry) III Cavalry Corps|
|Andrew B.'s Prussian 4th Army Corps waiting to the front. Note the tiny cavalry units, which we dismissed to our peril!|
|Ney's orders to Bertrand; Attack!|
|Fontanelli and Arrighi comply!|
|IV Corps Reserve Cavalry (Wurttemberg Light Cav.) and Franquemont's Wurttembergers make way for the rest of Bertrand's command to pass through Dennewitz|
|The traffic jam at the Dennewitz crossing|
|Robin brings his Wurttemberg command out of the column of march to the right flank in order to seize the Rohrbeck crossing and flank the Prussians to the east.|
|Bertrand's command north of the stream looking form the west.|
|Fontanelli's horse guns go BANG!|
|First blood to us! HUZZAH!|
|Garry's light cav. division shaking out to the western flank in an attempt to outflank Andrew. We should have known presenting him an open flank was not a good idea!|
|Garry's lead regt. passes Nieder Görsdorf to the west|
|Fontanelli's (Paul's) brave boys advance on the Prussians|
|Andrew awaits Paul's advance, but moves his lancers forwards; The master of combined arms at work!|
|The traffic snarl at Dennewitz sorts itself out|
|Andrew B. charges at Paul's artillery. Paul's infantry form square in time, and despite infantry flank fire the charge goes in his artillery also manages to limber in time to flee before the lancers hit home.|
|Blown, disordered, but still alive! Phew!|
|As their target fled before the charge hit home, the cavalry pulled up half way, leaving them at the mercy of the squares who gave them some curry before they withdrew.|
|Andrew takes the breakthrough and hits the guns, while the repulsed chasseurs look on in anguish and the regt. behind the guns wets itself!|
|The battery is sent flying...|
|...while the flat-footed column gets a whacking from the flank. Ouch!|
|After that debacle, ominous dust clouds appear from the west as the Prussian 3rd Army Corps makes its appearance!|
|Poor Garry wasn't allowed to recover with his cavalry getting another spanking from more of Andrew B.'s Prussian dragoons!|
|Forced back to Wölmsdorf, Garry now has to contend with MORE cavalry to the west!|
|Ney orders Robin's Wurrtembergers to the left to stop this Prussian advance on our flank. Traffic lights would have been good as the Wurrtembergers pass through the column!|
|Tim's 4th Brigade passes Nieder Görsdorf across land that the 5th Light Cav Div was supposed to be guarding!|
|The lead brigade of Morand's (Jim) 12th division shake out to the left to face the oncoming Prussian threat, but now with no cavalry support! Fontanelli (Paul) keeps his focus on Andrew B.'s Prussian infantry to the north.|
|Oppen's (Andrew S.) Cav. Reserve sweeps into the gap between Wölmsdorf and Göhlsdorf followed by Hesse-Homburg's (Darren) 3rd Brigade of the 3rd Army Corps.|
|The French position north of Dennewitz with the Prussians closing in.|
|But what's that? To the south-west comes reinforcements; Reynier's (Quinny) VII Corps come along a round-about route after ignoring his march route (as happened in reality)|
|Guilleminot (Robin) Forms his Wurrtembergers in a line from Dennewitz to Göhlsdorf.|
My messenger looking for Reynier's command due south.
|The battlefield looking south with Dennewitz to the centre-left. Note all the Prussian players licking their lips as they close in for the kill. Vultures!|
|Jim forms line as Tim brings up his command.|
|Jim quickly changes into square as Tim's cavalry approaches on the flank. Without cavalry, Jim 's infantry became a n easy target for a full on combined arms attack from another of the masters|
|And here comes the hammer blow! The Leib Hussars spear-head Tim's attack|
|Meanwhile, Robin plugs the left flank...|
|...and Quinny moves up in march column.|
|The rot sets in for Morand as 2 battalions run...|
|...followed by more!|
|Morand's division is on the brink of collapse and about to be driven in! I issued a break off order, which allowed Jim to extract his forces before they were destroyed...|
|...but that left poor Fontanelli's flank exposed! |
Prussian dragoons head through he gap to take Paul's infantry in the flank. Sorry Paul!
|To the south, VII Corps shake out into combat formation as they approach Göhlsdorf.|
Below is a link to Andrew's OB for the battle with battalion sizes etc.
Stay tuned for more!