The Prusso-Russian army was in a full retreat following their defeat at the Battle of Lützen.
Finally, generals Wittgenstein and Blücher were ordered to stop at Bautzen by Tsar
Alexander I and König Frederick William III. The Prusso-Russian army was nearly
100,000 men strong, but Napoleon had 115,000 troops. Additionally, Marshal Ney
had 85,000 more men within easy marching distance. Wittgenstein formed two
defensive lines, with the first holding strongpoints in villages and along ridges and
the second holding the bridges behind a river bend. Napoleon had planned to pin
down his enemies to their lines and then trap them with Ney's troops. However, due
to faulty reconnaissance, he became concerned that the Prusso-Russians had more
soldiers and held stronger positions than they actually did. So Napoleon then decided
he would not set up his trap until they had been softened up.
After an intense bombardment by the grande batterie of Napoleon's artillery and
hours of heated fighting, the French overpowered the first defensive lines and
seized the town of Bautzen. The Prusso-Russians appeared to be buckling. By
nightfall, the French were ready to cut the allies off from their line of retreat. But
Marshal Ney became confused and his faulty positioning left the door open for
the Allies to escape.
The battle continued on the next day.
This scenario focuses on the portion of the allied right flank where Bertrand/Soult
pushed against Blücher's defense of the ridgeline where the french were attempting
to cross the Spree River.
French: Napoleon 1er, 6 cards, move first
Allies: Wittgenstein/Blücher, 5 cards
Mother russia roll is in effect, ignore xsd results, 2 dice
Prussia receives 3 iron will
The Spree river is fordable. The shallow fords do not stop movement.
The villages are temporary victory banner objectives (turn start) worth 1 vp each to the
Russians only may use mother russia results
Prussia only may use iron will tokens.
thanks to Railrodder for first playtest. Very unlucky Prussian dice. Distinct weakness of cavalry presence on the right did not 'feel' right for the battle, since overall the Allied forces were strong on the battlefield with cav. That said, locally here I had left out the cav reserve for Blucher, so have added to the right flank to keep unbridled french cav from overrunning flank too easily.
Otherwise, the battle seems okay.
Battlefield a bit crowded, more than I like, but it was a HUGE affair, so I think its historical.
Part 2 will focus on Ney's movement in the rear on day 2, where he sort of screwed it up, so will have fewer units.