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403 Jena - Early Morning (14 October 1806)

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Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  64 %
Total plays 44 - Last reported by LARS on 2019-08-26 06:32:59

Jena - 14 October 1806
(Early Morning)

Historical Background
After defeating Ferdinand at Saalfeld, Lannes had continued his advance toward Jena. When he discovered what he believed to be the main Prussian army near Jena, he sent word to Napoleon.
During the night of the 13th, Napoleon’s army closed on Jena, and by dint of great exertion concentrated over 46,000 men and 72 guns on the plateau above Jena, with over 60,000 more close behind. Napoleon felt he was facing the entire main Prussian army, but was actually facing a 38,000 man rear guard with another 15,000 troops close by. Still, the battle would be hard fought because the French would be advancing out of a confined area to attack into the converging fire of a longer Prussian line.
The battle opened with Lannes V Corps moving forward in the morning fog on Closewitz, but the advance drifted to the left and became engaged with Tauentzien’s command in and between the villages Closewitz and Lützeroda. The fighting was intense and when Tauentzien received word that Cospeda had been taken by Gazan’s French, he decided to fall back, yielding the ground Napoleon needed to fully deploy. Meanwhile Soult’s IV Corps had become engaged with Holzendorf’s Prussians in the Closewitz and Zwatzen Woods on the French right. However, around 10 a.m. the Prussian launched a strong counter-attack against both Lannes and Soult. Lannes was driven back to a line between the two villages and Soult retired back to Closewitz Woods, but the Prussians were soon withdrawing as fresh French troops, another of Soult’s divisions and Augereau’s VII Corps, bent back both Prussian flanks.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?


Set-Up Order

Forest 13
Hill 2
Town 4


Battle Notes

Prussian Army
• Commander: Hohenlohe
• 4 Command Cards & 3 Iron Will Counters
• Optional 3 Tactician Cards

Line Infantry Light Infantry Grenadier Infantry Light Cavalry Cuirassier Heavy Cavalry Light Lancer Cavalry Foot Artillery Horse Artillery Leader
7 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 4

French Army
• Commander: Napoleon
• 6 Command Cards
• Optional 6 Tactician Cards
• Move First

Line Infantry Light Infantry Young Guard Light Cavalry Cuirassier Cavalry Guard Heavy Cavalry Foot Artillery Horse Artillery Guard Foot Artillery Leader
7 3 1 4 1 1 1 1 1 5


8 Banners

Special Rules
• The town hexes form a Temporary Majority Victory Banner Objective worth 1 Victory Banner for the side that occupies the absolute majority of these hexes at the start of the turn.
The Prussians start the battle occupying the majority of towns and start the battle with 1 Victory Banner (Temporary Majority Victory Banner Turn Start)

Tags: Expansion 4, Banners: 8, Army: French, Army: Prussian, Special Rule: Iron Will, Special Rule: Temporary Majority VB (Turn Start)

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LARS replied the topic: #5939 1 month 2 weeks ago
Guyot and St Hilaire smashed the Purssian left for a 9-4 vp win.
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Bayernkini replied the topic: #2186 4 years 10 months ago
Little Inspiration

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Mark-McG replied the topic: #2061 4 years 11 months ago
played a tense game vs Michael this morning. Both of us fuming over cards, and sitting on 7 banners each.

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