A mixed force of Bavarians, Badeners and Wurttemburgers is advancing along the Weisswasser valley towards Innsbruck. The advance guard, commanded by Stockmayer, (4 battalions of jaegers and light infantry, with 3 regiments of light cavalry and a horse battery), is approaching the village of Riesbaden. The Austrians have their advance guard, under Frimont, (3 battalions of Grenzer, 2 regiments of light cavalry and a horse battery in and around the village. Both sides have further troops behind them. The allies have two divisions of line infantry (both of 8 battalions) and a light cavalry division (3 regiments). Arriving for the Austrians are 2 divisions of infantry (each of 5 battalions), a grenadier 'brigade' of two battalions and a light cavalry brigade of 2 regiments. The narrow, steep-sided valley means that there is no chance of flanking movement, so the more numerous allies are at a disadvantage.
|Allies enter from right|
|Frimont's troops await the onslaught|
Observing the Austrian deployment, Stockmayer placed his cavalry on his left, with the infantry and horse battery opposite Riesbaden. Frimont had deployed his grenzer units in and around the village, with his cavalry and artillery on the right. As the Wurttemburg troops advanced the Leib Cheveauleger regiment came under artillery fire, causing disorder in the ranks. Undaunted, the allied cavalry advanced and when the opportunity came, charged the Austrians. In accordance with their proud heritage the Austrian Uhlans and Hussars accepted the challenge and in a brutal melee totally overwhelmed their opponents. The Leib Cheveauleger were driven from the field and the Jager zu Pferde Prinz Adam forced to fall back to rally. When the 2nd Cheveauleger tried to intervene the Stipsicz Hussars met them with such force that the Wurttemburg unit was destroyed as a fighting force. Within minutes Stockmayer had lost most of his cavalry and his attack on Riesbaden was in the balance.
|The cavalry melee|
|Morand's Wuttemburg division advances|
|The new Austrian line forms up|
Advancing up the valley towards the Austrians were Lefebvre's forces. On the right, Morand's Wurttemburg division began to deploy to face Meyer, whilst Deroy;s division with Baden and Bavarian infantry moved up opposite Weiss. Stockmayer's depleted command reformed around Riesbaden and was then ordered by Lefebvre to move though the gap between the convent and the Weisswasser. Lefebvre was waiting for Sevdevitz's Light cavalry division to arrive, conscience that, after the fighting around Riesbaden he had no mounted troops. Stockmayer and Deroy's commands got in the way of each other and so Morand's attack went in on its own.
|Some confusion as the allies advance past Riesbaden|
As he surveyed the field, Chasteler noted that the allied advance was disjointed, with the left (Stockmayer and Deroy) unable to support the right (Morand). He sent an aide galloping off to Frolich, commanding the Uhlans, with orders to advance across the field to fall on the flank of Morand's division. Frolich sent the Carl Ludwig Uhlans towards Stockmayer, forcing the Wurttemburg battalions to halt and thus give the Schwarzenburg Uhlans the chance to cross the field unmolested. The uhlans caught the1st battalion Kronprinz regiment totally unprepared. An attempt to form square failed and the majority of the battalion were cut down. As the 2nd battalion Kronprinz had managed to form square, the uhlans swept on to hit 1st battalion Prinz Paul. This battalion was also destroyed, but the uhlans success was to prove their undoing.
|1st battalion Kronprinz are caught by the Schwarzenburg Uhlan|
|The inevitable result of failing to form square in time|
|Carl Ludwig charge the guns|
|Meyer's counter attack|
To buy more time, Hessen's grenadiers were ordered to move against Stockmayer and halt any further allied advance through the gap between the convent and the Weisswasser. The attack went forward but the cost was heavy. Grenadier battalion Leningen lost 50% of its strength in its attack on the Konig jaeger, whilsy Grenadier battalion Reuber was destroyed by a combination of artillery fire and volleys from jaeger battalion Neuffer.
Nevertheless, Chasteler managed to extract most of his forces to another defensive position guarding Innsbruck. For his part, Lefebvre wrote up the action as a victory, though he took the remainder of the day to rest his men, apart from the squadron of hussars sent forward to keep touch with the enemy.
A good day's gaming. Due to circumstances, Steve and I had a full day for gaming so were able to fight this two stage action. A couple of 'issues' with the rules cropped up which we discussed over coffee and 'amendments' will be tried out in our next Shako game.