407 Altenzaun (26 October 1806)
Altenzaun - 26 October 1806
The Prussian army fled north after their catastrophic defeat at the Battle of Jena-Auerstadt. Trying to reach safety behind the Oder River, Hohenlohe, Blücher, and Saxe-Weimar crossed the Elbe with Napoleon’s army in hot pursuit. During the retreat, Ludwig von Yorck’s Prussians fought a rearguard action near Altenzaun.
Yorck had deployed his men in a strong defensive position with their left flank resting on the Elbe River. About 4:00 p.m., French cavalry approached the Prussian position. They were greeted by Prussian light infantry fire and quickly retired. The French infantry then advanced along the Elbe to attempt to turn the Prussian flank, but Yorck quickly ordered his reserves forward, and the French were again turned back. A timely counterattack discouraged the French from any further action, and Yorck’s troops completed their crossing of the Elbe unmolested.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?
• Commander: Yorck
• 5 Command Cards & 4 Iron Will Counters
• Optional 4 Tactician Cards
• Move First
• Commander: Legrand
• 4 Command Cards
• Optional 2 Tactician Cards
• The Prussian player gains 1 Victory Banner for each scout card he plays.
• The French player gains 1 Victory Banner for each French unit that exits the battlefield from any Prussian baseline hex.
• The Elbe River is impassable.