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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Napoleonic Campaign action 1813 Skirmish Cavalry action

In  a little side action for a PBEM campaign today and inspired by the MBA convention from the weekend a little action near Dresden Skirmish cavalry Brigade French vs Allies - Used a combination of Black Powder and Wellington Wars - Unknown to French Commander one of his Bavarian allied Cavalry regimental commanders had negotiated defecting to the Allies for his regiment to join the alliance cause. At a key point in the Battle the Bavarian Commander defected to the Russians.
 Look for the key D 20 die roll
 Pictures follow
The action is 60 miles north of Dresden; 84 Miles east north east of Leipzig
The situation is where the Prussian/Russian forces under  Blucher are
 probing deeper towards an unknown French force.  The Prussians have
 5th Silesian Landwehr Cavalry Regiment while the Russians have
Alexandria Hussar Regiment, Dorpat Chasseur à Cheval  Regiment
 and Gzov #3 Don Cossack Regiment
doing these deep probe  reconnaissance actions.
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 Getting in the way are cavalry patrols from the First  Cavalry Corps,
 First Light Cavalry Division, 3rd Light Cavalry Brigade: Général de brigade Piquet,
which has in its numbers:
5th Chevauléger-lancier Regiment,
8th Chevauléger-lancier Regiment,
and 1st  Italian Chasseur à cheval Regiment.

> Additional support
Bavarian Light Cavalry Regiment (defecting on a d20 die roll descending)

French forces advancing

Bavarians attack

Russian Chasseurs defeated

The Bavarian defection roll

Bavarian Cavalry defect to the Russians and Prussian Landwehr Cavalry

Allied Cavalry redeploying the Skirmish line

French Cavalry Attack after seizing the initiative

Russian Hussars and French Cavalry Lancers Melee fiercely

Napoleon watching the Skirmish Battle as his Guard Cavalry escort moves into position



Caught Standing and in the flank Bavarians and Russian Chasseurs are trashed

Final Key Cavalry skirmish

Broken Prussian Landwehr






Main Cavalry Skirmish to the rear

The Shattered Allied Cavalry Line


Shattered Landwehr Cavalry Breaking resulting in Sweeping Advance


> finishing up a little solo cavalry action in the basement. Pictures to follow
> long story short threw in extra cavalry regiment for the French 
> which had a descending die roll on a D20 to defect in the game 
> (Saxons and Bavarians did this during the Battle of Leipzig 1813, At 
> a key moment in the game during a charge at the Allied lines the 
> Bavarian unit defects (I rolled a 20) on the 4th turn LOL
> I thought this was so like the actual action by Bavarians at Leipzig 
> I am like this sucks for the French - But French get initiative and 
> Charge catching the Russians redeploying skirmish line to 
> accommodate turncoat Bavarians destroying  Prussian Landwehr unit 
> that opens up the remaining rear of Allied Brigade - Still touch and 
> go for the French French Elite unit almost won second round of melee 
> but they just passed through each other.Russians have recovered 
> disorder. French Frozen by disorders. Came Close to breaking entire 
> Allied Brigade
French won the final skirmishes - Although it was close and even 
> though the Cossacks had beaten the Elite French Hussars in the first 
> round of the final Melee before the Russian Hussars could deliver a 
> coup degrace. The addition of the Bavarian Cavalry did not save the 
> Allied Cavalry at Brigade Morale - Allied Cavalry went streaming 
> back towards the Prussian lines - while the emperor, Napoleon 
> watched Proudly watched as the Italian chasseur's broke first the 
> Prussian Landwehr, then The turn-coat Bavarians before catching the 
> other Elite Russian Hussars in the rear on a sweeping advance 
> breaking them as well.
 Broken Brigade rule gave French the win a minor tactical victory
Rules used were a combination of Wellington's Rules for Random 
> orders and Black Powder for strength and melee values. Other special 
> rules were considered but discarded for ease of play.

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