402 Saalfeld (10 October 1806)
Saalfeld - 10 October 1806
Prince Louis Ferdinand was one of the firebrands advocating war with France. When hostilities commenced, he was placed in command of the Prussian/Saxon Advance Guard of Hohenlohe’s corps. As Napoleon’s army approached, he was ordered to march to Saalfeld on the River Saale to protect the depot of stores located in the town. His desire to fight, coupled with ignorance of French strength, prompted Ferdinand to deploy his men on the low ground west of the town, with the river about a half-mile to his rear, instead of withdrawing from Lannes’ larger force.
Lannes was not in a position to block Ferdinand’s retreat, so he welcomed the opportunity to fight that Ferdinand was giving him. Lannes could see the weakness of the Prussian position, and sent his advance guard forward to capture the weakly held villages in front of the Saalfeld, while his artillery battered the Prussian exposed positions. By early afternoon, Suchet’s arriving Division was turning the Prussian right. With his flank exposed and his withdrawal route threatened, Ferdinand shifted troops from the center toward the right, and at about the same time ordered the remaining units in the center to attack. Without proper preparation and outnumbered, the Prussian advance was repulsed and Lannes counter-attacked. Ferdinand attempted to buy time for his disintegrating command to escape by charging forward at the head of his cavalry, receiving a mortal wound in the process. His Advance Guard was destroyed as an effective formation, losing Saalfeld - 10 October 1806 almost a third of its personnel and most of its artillery. In Military terms the battle was minor, but the demoralized survivors spread doubt and fear throughout the main Prussian army, especially in the high command.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?
• Commander: Ferdinand
• 4 Command Cards & 3 Iron Will Counters
• Optional 4 Tactician Cards
• Commander: Lannes
• 5 Command Cards
• Optional 5 Tactician Cards
• Move First
• The French player gains 1 Temporary Victory Banner at the start of the turn for each hill hex of the Sandberg occupied (Temporary Victory Banner Turn Start)
The scenario for VASSAL I believe says 7 banners.
Last night, I was punked 7 to 2, but should we have stopped at 5? I would have been happier stopping at 5 for sure. Things get decided in this scenario fairly early on.
Forgot i had played this before. I won as the french and lost as prussians. Probably needs to be played as both sides and total banners to have any fun with this one. Best prussia can do is just try to cause some damage before they go down.