403 Jena - Early Morning (14 October 1806)
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Jena - 14 October 1806
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?
• Commander: Hohenlohe
• 4 Command Cards & 3 Iron Will Counters
• Optional 3 Tactician Cards
• Commander: Napoleon
• 6 Command Cards
• Optional 6 Tactician Cards
• Move First
• 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)
An early French infantry assault on Closewitz was able to establish a feeble foothold on the town, but a Prussian counter-attack evicted the French in short order. This infantry fight was costly to the infantry on both sides, but the Prussians got the better of it and continued to hold Closewitz after the dust cleared, and held it for the rest of the battle. After some repositioning, maneuvering and desultory artillery fire, the French cavalry on the right charged home, destroying all the Prussian cavalry on that flank and paving the way for a Grand Maneuver to bring several French Line Infantry units up that flank and deliver a Bayonet Charge into the Prussian left-rear, destroying several Prussian infantry units damaged earlier in the battle and ending the game 9-7, French victory.
LARS replied the topic:
1 year 6 months ago
The decisive moment was a cavalry charge on each flank by the Lights. This took out two units of the Prussian Artillery. The Prussians attacked the French center but were repulsed after causing and sustaining very high losses. The dice were not kind to Hohenlohe. French victory 8-5. The Prussians held all town hexes at the end of the scenario. Closewitz changed hands twice.
Played twice with a victory for each side. French cavalry attacks on their right were powerful in both games but in the second game the French attacks were uncoordinated and the Prussians were able to hold them off and whittle them away.
Vittoria Francese 8-6. I francesi avanzano sulla destra lungo i boschi senza ottenere alcun risultato importante. Decidono allora di concentrare gli sforzi per conquistare il villaggio di Closewitz. I prussiani pero' riescono con una "Grande Manovra" formare una linea di fanteria continua in appoggio al villaggio. La mischia si fa furiosa, i prussiani perdono un generale , i francesi fanno intervenire l'artiglieria della Guardia ma il risultato non cambia, il villaggio rimane in mano prussiana. Fortunamente per i francesi un ordine di "Attacco alla Baionetta" seguito da un "Elan" ribalta le sorti e Closewitz cade in mano francese. Sulla sinistra francese i reggimenti leggeri e un'unita' di ussari conquista Cospeda costringendo i prussiani a far intervenire i propri granatieri. Dopo una lunga lotta i francesi portano a casa la vittoria proprio eliminando l'ultima unita' prussiana che ancora si trovava nei boschi di Closewitz.
LARS replied the topic:
2 years 10 months ago
Guyot and St Hilaire smashed the Purssian left for a 9-4 vp win.
played a tense game vs Michael this morning. Both of us fuming over cards, and sitting on 7 banners each.