407 Altenzaun (26 October 1806)

Written by GMT Games on . Posted in Fourth Coalition (1806-1807)

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Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  36 %
Total plays 36 - Last reported by Hexagoon on 2020-10-28 21:20:07

Altenzaun - 26 October 1806

Historical Background
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?


Set-Up Order

Forest 6
Hill 10
River 5
RiverBend 4
Town 2
Marsh 4


Battle Notes

Prussian Army
• Commander: Yorck
• 5 Command Cards & 4 Iron Will Counters
• Optional 4 Tactician Cards
• Move First

Line Infantry Light Infantry Foot Artillery Leader
2 5 2 4

French Army
• Commander: Legrand
• 4 Command Cards
• Optional 2 Tactician Cards

Line Infantry Light Infantry Light Cavalry Foot Artillery Leader
6 2 4 2 2


5 Banners

Special Rules
• 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.

Tags: Expansion 4, Banners: 5, Army: French, Army: Prussian, Special Rule: Exit VB, Special Rule: Scouting Victory


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NightOwl3 replied the topic: #6694 1 month 3 weeks ago
I was the French. I was able to pull off a win but it was very close, a 5-4 French victory. I got one Cav. off the board, and took out 3 units and a leader. I fantastic Cav. charge that did little damage set me up for failure, but slowly I got a few kills. The final victory came in an Art. attack that destroyed the unit and then killed the leader. It was a close one. My opponent had a scout card, and if I had not won on my turn, he would have just by playing the scout card (his only one of the game).