Post by damnitz on Sept 28, 2016 9:51:31 GMT
This was one of the most important battles of the year 1743 in Bavaria because the Corps under Minuzzi lost the battle and it was a complete desaster for the allied plans in Germany. (Minuzzis army was led to complete destructions. 3 Generals became prisoners, 4.000 casualties - the austrians lost 100 men!)
The bavarian commander FZM Minuzzi had the order to retreat to Marktl if superior forces would attack him. Although spys told him, that the austrians were on the banks of the river Inn (he heard that there were 14 bn.s of them!) and very near, he decided to wait. Perhaps he thought that his position was to strong to attack and prince Charles would withdraw. One part of his forces was in Braunau under the command of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. But most of the bn.s were at Simbach (9-10 bn.s, 10 coys of Grenadiers, later 25 sq. of cavalry and some hussars) with a outpost in Erlach. This village was attacked by the austrian vanguard under Berlichingen in the morning. First Minuzzi wanted to save the place. He sent more Grenadiers and later the IR Minuzzi and the DR Hohenzollern. When it was clear that the garrison of Erlach had no chance, Minuzzi commanded the dragoons and his regiment back to their positions behind the Simbach. It seams that Minuzzi was a real fool. Later he wanted to excuse his Actions: he said that he did'nt know how many austrians would attack him. It was a lie. He knew everything and because he expected the assault - he sent for reinforcements from Marktl and Ötting (including hessian dragoons).
The scenario recreate the main events with the outflanking maneuver of FML Berlichingen.
The Simbach was very difficult to cross with marchy ground. I thought that Berlichingen found a better section to cross the stream. All Actions of fighting were in the North where even austrian infantry managed to cross the stream which caused the rout of the bavarian left wing (attacked in front and flank!).
The game would be to difficult if I would include the whole army under prince Charles.
May 9th 1743
CinC. FZM Minuzzi (Dith.)
1) Grenadiere zu Pferd (standard) independent
Cannot move until turn 3!
2) General Gabrieli (Dep.):
3xLineinfantry (Standard - inferior for melee)
1xlight Artillery (inferior)
Cannot move until turn 3!
3) 1 x Infantry Regiment Minuzzi (Standard - inferior for melee) independent
4) General Preysing (Dep.):
2x Cavalry (inferior)
+ 1 x cavalry (standard) arrival in turn 2
Breaking point: 5
CinC FML Berlichingen (Dep.)
First movement ini.
1) GFZM Thüngen(Dep.):
2) Obrist Thürheim(Dash.):
1x grenadiers (superior – small)
1x croats (standard – small)
3) 2x light Artillery (standard) independend
4) GFWM Platz (Dep.):
2x grenadiers (superior – small)
5) GFWM Conte Lucchesi (Dep.):
6) Nadasdy (Dash.):
1x Hussars (standard – small) arrival in turn 2
Breaking point: 6
The Inn is impassable.
The Simbach is very difficult to cross**:
In sector I on a 3-6 (ca. 40cm from the north)
In sector II on a 5-6 (ca. 40cm-120cm from the north)
In sector III on a 6
The village Simbach is burning. No unit can march through the village.
The red cross means only that there is no bridge.***
Limit: 10 turns.
Bavarians win, if the Austrians cannot break them in 10 turns!
* Don't know if he was in Charge. But he commanded infantry in this time.
** Units may march to the stream and players may roll than or roll before the units start the movement. Roll for every unit, not for the whole brigade.
** There were some footbridges. But nothing to cross the stream with bn.s in line.