MD07 - 1st Battle of Polotsk - 17-18 August 1812
After the battle of Klyastitsy and several minor losses, Oudinot's Corps retreated to Polotsk. In the early morning of 17 August, the 1st Infantry Corps led by Wittgenstein attacked the French positions near the village of Spas, forcing the French to retreat. Oudinot transported additional units to the sector of the attack and also counterattacked in the centre. By the night both the French and the Russians managed to keep their positions. Oudinot was wounded and had to hand over the command to Gouvion Saint-Cyr.
The next morning Gouvion Saint-Cyr undertook a major offensive. He managed to mislead Wittgenstein about the area of the offensive, regroup his troops and suddenly attack the left flank and centre of the Russian positions. In the beginning the offensive was a major success, the French troops crushed the Russians and captured seven cannons.
When defeat seemed imminent, Wittgenstein organized a cavalry counterattack. It caused a scare among the French, who ceased the offensive and retreated. Wittgenstein retreated to the Drissa. For the next two months both the French and the Russians did not attempt to upset the balance of powers.
French-Bavarian losses numbered 6,000 killed, wounded. The Russians lost 5,500. Bavarian general officer losses were heavy. General of Infantry Bernhard Erasmus von Deroy was mortally wounded and General-Major Siebein was killed. General-Majors Vincenti and Raglovitch were both wounded. Among the French, both Oudinot and General of Brigade François Valentin were wounded. Russian Generals Berg, Hamen, and Kazatchkowski suffered wounds.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. Can you change history?
• Commander: Wittgenstein
• 5 Command Cards
• (Optional 4 Tactician Cards)
• Commander: Saint-Cyr
• 5 Command Cards
• (Optional 3 Tactician Cards)
• Move First
• French Swiss (with swiss badge): They have 5 blocks each.
All Swiss infantry units that move and engage in ranged combat battle with one-half the number of blocks rounding down.
They melee with one die per block and retreat one hex per flag.
• Bavarian Forces:
The Bavarian units use the general russian rules/Charts, so the LN and LT may ignore one flag and have 4 blocks.
Use any different color blocks of other nations, to represent the Bavarian Forces.
• Wittgenstein and Saint-Cyrinot are Leaders of Honor
• Pre-Battle Mother Russia Roll rule is in effect. Russian rolls 8 dice, XSW and CAV have no effect.
• "Spas and Prismenitza" are Temporary Victory Banner Objective Hexes for both sides.
Very interesting scenario.
Guillaume wasn't lucky with his dice rolls.
scores : 8/3 (russian victory with two french generals killed in action !) ; 8/4 (french victory with the destruction of the russian guard horse artillery)