60 infantry stands (40 strength points) in 7 divisions, 16 cavalry stands (19 strength points) in 4 divisions and 4 guns
48 infantry stands (30 strength points) in 5 divisions, 14 cavalry stands (17 strength points) in 3 divisions and 4 guns
96 infantry stands (64 strength points) in 10 divisions, 32 cavalry stands (31 strength points) in 7 divisions( including 3 Cossack), 8 guns
62 infantry stands (36 strength points) in 6 divisions, 12 cavalry stands (15 strength points) in 3 divisions, 4 guns
48 infantry stands (29 strength points) in 5 divisions, 12 cavalry stands (15 strength points) in 3 divisions, 4 guns
60 infantry stands (35 strength points) in 6 divisions, 18 cavalry stands (16 strength points) in 4 divisions, 4 guns
30 infantry stands (26 strength points) in 4 divisions, 22 cavalry divisions (28 strength points) in 4 divisions, 5 guns
Napoleon has ordered Ney and Victor to come to the aid of Marmont, whose command has been pushed back by overwhelming numbers of enemy troops. The emperor has marched his mobile reserve (Imperial Guard) to the area to add its weight to the counterattack. Schwarzenburg's planned advance has been disrupted by the Austrian tardiness in getting their troops over the river, (Kolowrat the Austrian commander threw a '4' on a d10 meaning only 4 guns/divisions had managed to cross to the western bank), which in turn has given Ney, who commands the French Army of Lyon on that flank, an opportunity to attack.
|Victor's troops deploy around Varvinay|
|Marmont covers Recourt|
|The Austrians queueing to cross the Ouise|
|The thin defencive line awaits Ney's attack|
|Ney's corps advances from St Julien le Croix|
Steve and I umpired the game, with me taking the Prussian/Victor flank which also involved Marmont and part of the Russians. Details of Ney's attack are therefore sketchy, though for some reason, I seem to have more photos of the Austrians than the Prussians.
On the Allies' right flank Blucher ordered the bulk of his cavalry to move onto Mont Varvigny to threaten Victor's flank. However, Oppen's division was to advance on Clairveaux and if possible seize it. Meanwhile Blucher directed his infantry to defend the Braquis bridgehead. In the centre
the Russians were taking their time advancing onto Mont Jacques, the Cossacks were watching Marmont, but they had no supports. Kolowrat's Austrians were doing their best to create a defencive line and he was driving the remainder of his force across the bridge as quickly as possible.
For the French, Ney and Victor attacked, whilst Marmont covered Recourt and waited for Napoleon to arrive before attacking Mont Jacques. Victor moved some cavalry to his left to counter the Prussian advance, which weakened his main attack. In a bloody melee the Prussians had some success, but their infantry supports were too far away. Their 'blown' units were driven from the field by a concerted combined arms attack and the reserve cavalry were also pushed back, having to seek the safety of their own lines. Over half the Prussian cavalry were lost in this attack, but it did buy some time. Meanwhile Oppen had almost reached Clairveaux, (crossing the front of Marmont's cavalry unmolested in the process). However, further progress was stopped when the massed ranks of The Imperial Guard were spotted. Oppen immediately turned to regain his own lines. He narrowly avoided being intercepted by Victor's cavalry, but made it back to report the Guard's arrival.
|The cavalry melee on Mont Varvigny|
Napoleon's arrival had galvanised Marmont into advancing his infantry and the blue-coated infantry moved up the slopes of Mont Jacques.
|Marmont advances against the thin line of Cossacks|
|Victor's cavalry attempt to break the Prussian line|
|The Prussian position|
|The decisive cavalry melee between the opposing guards|
|Austrians preparing for the French attack|
|Kolowrat rallying his troops|
|Russian dragoons driven off by Ney's infantry|
|Yet more French attacks|
|The fight beneath the walls of Moissy sur Ouise|
In retrospect I would have changed a couple of details. French reinforcements would have been available from the start and the Russian reinforcements could have been delayed more. The delayed Austrian advance was a greater impediment than I had intended, but it still gave a good game on that flank. Due to circumstances there were fewer players than I had planned for, but John, (as Russian commander) did a sterling job controlling twice as many troops as anyone else and also supplying some more photos.
Casualty returns (strength points lost)
Infantry 16 out of 40 (40%); Cavalry 15 out of 19 (75%)
Infantry 21 out of 30 (70%); Cavalry 6 out of 17 (30%)
Russians (does not include Guard reserve)
Infantry 12 out of 64 (18%); Cavalry 19 out of 31 (60%)
Infantry 24 out of 36 (66%); Cavalry 10 out of 15 (66%)
Infantry 6 out of 29 (20%); Cavalry 6 out of 15 (40%)
Infantry 11 out of 35 (30%); Cavalry 7 out of 16 (40%)
My thanks to Steve for helping with the umpiring, Chris, Dave, Ian, John, Nick and Phil for playing the game and the lady gentlemen pensioners, Gwen, Kay and Lynne, for providing a very good lunch. Hopefully, it won't be another four years before we have a large multi-player Napoleonic game!