For our latest game we returned to the exploits of the Graf von Grommit and the Comte de Salle Forde. The town and fortress of Landau has been besieged by the French forces and von Grommit has been given the task of raising the siege. After waiting several days for reinforcements which did not arrive as promised, he determined to tackle the task anyway. The delay has allowed the Comte to become aware of the allied project and he has made plans to use part of the besieging force to hold off the allies. Through a mutual lack of careful reconnaissance, both commanders have been surprised by the proximity of their opponent and this has led to a somewhat hurried move to deploy for battle. Once on the field of battle, Von Grommit has discovered that the orders for the artillery have not been sent; an aide was immediately sent with a copy of the orders plus instructions to get the artillery forward as soon as possible. Salle Forde also had problems, one of his infantry brigades had been delayed and he therefore found himself significantly outnumbered in infantry.
|The initial cavalry clash on the allied right|
The Veningen Gendarmes followed up and crashed into regiment Talmont. This regiment stood firm and drove back the allied horse, which disordered the cuirassier regiment von Grommit had led forward to support the attack. With all the French left wing cavalry involved in the cavalry duel, the Austrian infantry felt confident enough to continue to advance, especially as they could only see one unit of infantry to oppose them.
|A 'Skype' screen shot taken as the cavalry clash near the river|
|The clash on the French left|
|The decisive moment on the French left|
The crew of the French light artillery had seen the allied cavalry victory on their left and taking a gamble, re-deployed to face them. Regiment Erbach, intent on rolling up the French infantry, charged. They received artillery fire at close range being stopped in their tracks and then fell back to reform. As they did so the first units of the second French infantry brigade appeared on the field, ready to advance and support the hard-pressed Bavaria and artillery. The cuirassiers who should have been supporting Erbach, had not received the order to advance and were still some way away.
|The final position|