Post by damnitz on Jul 25, 2016 14:39:23 GMT
Every attentive member of the Forum may see the ups and downs of my austrians in the campaign. Now it was the time for the last battle.
My General der Kavallerie Batthyány was frustrated after his last misfortune. He retreated to the small village of Scherzing (BUA), where he waited for the message of loosing his command.
His old Counterpart M.d.C. Nicolaï saw the chance to attack the poor austrian General.
Noailles à Nicolaï:
Congratulations for you last victory. I will inform Monsieur d'Argenson. You hold you Position bravoureuse!
Our dragoons scouted out the positions of General Batthyány. He doesn't expect an attack. He even omit to send out some pickets! Only some hussars under the old fool, General Ogilvy have a Position on a hill in the North of Scherzing. Now it's the time to use the Moment of surprise and to attack the austrians in their quarters and to destroy them completely! You could encircle them by taking a Bridge over the small stream nearby. If we can wipe out this isolated Corps - we maybe can convince prince Charles de Lorraine to not following our main army!
Franzosen - taking BUA (1 Armypoint).
taking Bridge C - victory emmediately.
Limit: 7 turns max.
French - Nicolai (Dep.):
1. Brigade: Mailly (Dash.) 2 x Cav. lég. -
2. Brigade: Grammont (Dith.)
3 x Infanterie de ligne -
3. Brigade: Prince de Clermont (Dash.) 1 x Cav. légère, 1 x Dragons.
1. and 2. Brigade arrivein turn 2 (movement phase) in A or/and B (choose in secret before turn 1), can move in turn 2 when they arrive.
Movement Ini. in Runde 1 und 2 bei Franzosen!
Austrians - Batthyány (Dep.):
1. Brigade: Ogilvy (Dith.) 2 x Hussars (small) -
2. Brigade: Couriéres (Dep.) 2 x Füsiliers, 1 x Grenadiers -
3. Brigade: Browne (Dep.) 1 x Cuir. + 1 x Carabiniers (small)
can move, when they can see the French - 50 cm distance
Gelände: hill gentle, Wood light, BUA light cover, stream fordable
The French infantry advanced slowly. Everything I learned about the French intentions made me believe that they would attack with their cavalry from A.
Uff, damn! The French cavalry under Mailly are arriving in B! But that's only the beginning!
Batthyány wakes up at last. Is it to late to prevent his Corps from a total destruction?
My hussars attacked in flank had to evade.
I saw only one Chance to gain some time and this was to attack with my poor hussars in the next turn!
Perhaps it's looking like madness. But I hoped to fall the French Units in the flank. Naturaly they could turn to face and the Brigade of the prince de Clermont attacked my poor Boys in the flank!
Attack is the best deffence - I thought. So I was very aggressive on the other wing too. My heavy Brigade under Couriéres was ordered to crush the French infantry.
Regiment Clare managed to turn to face but were done for during the bloody melee! The first Action of my irish (with some French reinforcements).
Although I could not overcome the French infantry wing the effect was not too bad. The advance of the French infantry was stopped. From this Moment Grammont and Nicolai feared a outflanking attack of my horse.
My hussars have to retreat after a bad balanced melee. But in this moment the dashing Mailly thought that it would be a good idea to attack my Grenadiers with his Mestre de Camp General Cavalry.
The Situation in turn 4 or 5 (can't remember exactly) 2 bn.s of my infantry under Browne are in Scherzing to defend the place. The French make a step backwards. But my 2 Units of horse do the same to Rally off hits!
(Perhaps I had the Chance to Keep the pressure on the French infantry after destroying their elite. But I thought a frontal attack would be stupid.)
After a short melee the Mestre de Camp are done for (I think this is the unit which is done for in every game I ever played with HoW ).
In this Situation I wanted to quit Scherzing with all my troops to parry the French cavalry advance.
My hussars have to fall back again and again because they can not reform.
Paul, my neighbour, who commanded the French horse decided to pursue my hussars and to occupy the Bridge. Well what can go wrong?
This! My bn. of the Regiment Arenberg shot in Long distance on the Clermont-Tonerre-Cavalerie - 3 hits was the result! So Paul/the prince de Clermont became more carefully. The next austrian Shooting could destroy Cl.-T.-Cav..
A good ghost whispered to him and he ordered his C.-T.-Cavalry to take Position behind the dragoons, who fought now on foot.
Enfin Maréchal de Camp Nicolaï decided a Major assault on Scherzing with his infantry under Grammont. After one turn when Grammont refused to move (rolling a 1) - now the French batallions advanced and fired a surprisingly effective volley upon the austrian defenders. Browne had now only the bn. of the Regiment Prié to defend the village. Although Couriéres moved a bit Forward to prevent the French Brigade under Grammont that the can use all bn.s for the final Charge.
Firing ini for the French and deadly fire (3 hits!).
A firefight of the dragoons vs. my 2 bn.s of inf.. 3 hits are not enough to destroy the dragoons. But the French cavalry under the prince de Clermont is now in no Spirits to take the Bridge and win the battle immediately.
Paul sees only one last Chance to win and this is a coup de Force! I asked him if this is a good idea. And he answered: it's for the honour of the king of France!
The Coup: Regiment Berry under the personal command of the M.d.C. de Mailly attack my brave Grenadiers. My Grenadiers shot and the French cavalerie légère had to retreat.
Below in the right Corner of the Picture you can see the Regiment La Marine storming now the village of Scherzing. The austrian volley is completely ineffective (no wonder with 3 hits).
Courage wins! In the final turn La Marine storm the village. In the Close combat the Regiment Prié is done for. FML Browne is wounded and became prisoner of war.
Last view on the battlefield:
In the left Corner of the photo the Brigade under the prince de Clermont choose to retreat in good order. They had no Chance against the austrian infantry. And the hussars are now ready to hold the way of retreat open for the infantry.
The blue Regiment de Berry has to go back to Reform.
In the Center the victorious lads of the Regiment La Marine take Scherzing.
In the right Corner you can see the austrian cuirassiers who prevent a Major advance of the French infantry.
The battle was a draw. But a draw with some aspects in the French Advantage.
The austrians had a armybreakingpoint of 3. They lost 1 unit and had 2 Points left.
The French had a armybreakingpoint of 4. They lost 2 units and had 2 Points left. But they stormed the village and get 1 Point. So they had 3 Points in the final turn.
The French could not prevent the austrian retreat. The way over the Bridge was still open and there were no cavalryunits in a condition to attack the retreating austrian infantry.
But the French hold Scherzing and were masters of the battlefield. So there is no question: they will declare it in Versailles a major victory!
I played the austrians. My dear wife commanded the French infantry and Paul, my english neighbour, had the French horse under his command. To devide the French infantry and cavalry made the game a lot more interesting.