Auerstadt - 14 October 1806 (7am - Noon)
Napoleon mistakenly believed that most of the Prussian army faced him at Jena, and ordered Bernadotte and Davout to concentrate and attack the Prussians from the rear. On the morning of battle, the majority of the Prussian army was marching away from Jena and toward Davout’s advancing III Corps. As Gudin’s infantry division advanced in a dense fog, it clashed with the Prussians in the village of Hassenhausen and drove them out. As the fog lifted, Blücher rashly led forward the Prussian cavalry. Gudin’s men formed square and repulsed the assault. Davout could now see he was greatly outnumbered, and ordered Friant and Morand to march to his aid immediately. He also sent urgent appeals to Bernadotte and his I Corps to support him. Bernadotte, most likely out of professional jealousy, left Davout to fight alone. Meanwhile, Emperor Frederick and Brunswick, the Prussian commanders, were surprised to find French units to their front. Their indecision delayed massing the Prussian infantry and artillery to drive the French from Hassenhausen till 10 a.m. By that time, Friant, with his division and the corps artillery, arrived to help secure the French right and repulse the Prussians. During the attack, Brunswick was killed and Schmettau was wounded, causing more command confusion. A full hour elapsed before the next Prussian attack went in against the weak French left. Davout personally led the counter attack, reinforced by Morand’s division, whose timely arrival preserved the left flank and drove back the Prussians. The Prussian high command remained passive, and did little to bring up fresh troops. Davout on the other hand, wasted no time attacking and driving the Prussians from the field in the afternoon, winning the most signal victory of his career.
For many years thereafter, the III Corps retained an aura of invincibility. Napoleon was justifiably furious with Bernadotte and meant to court-martial him, but never did—a mistake in retrospect.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?
• Commander: Frederic
• 4 Command Cards & 2 Iron Will Counters
• Optional 2 Tactician Cards
• Commander: Davout
• 6 Command Cards
• Optional 5 Tactician Cards
• Move First
• The two town hexes of Hassenhausen form a Temporary Majority Victory Banner Objective worth 2 Victory Banners for the side that occupies the absolute majority of these hexes at the start of the turn. The Prussians start the battle occupying of the majority and start the battle with 2 Victory Banners (Temporary Majority Victory Banner Turn Start)
• The French player gains 2 Permanent Victory Banners for each Prussian leader eliminated from the battlefield.