Post by damnitz on Jan 20, 2017 12:01:09 GMT
As I have now a larger collection of figures, I worked on a scenario for a big table.
In june 1744 prince Charles was pushing the allied army under Coigny and fieldmarshall Seckendorff back. During the first days of july Nadásdy was send to prevend Coignys retreat into the Alsace. Therefor he launched an attack on Wissembourg. The town was captured shortly before the allied army arrived.
In the morning of the 5th of july a French Detachement under Catelet was wiped out. When Nadásdy recogniszed that the allies came with their whole army to attack his small Corps he decided to retreat. Fortunately for him in this very moment a message came from prince Charles with the order to fall back and open the way for Coigny to retreat into the Alsace. Nevertheless Nadásdys troops were very headstrong. The garrison of Wissembourg/Weißenburg under their colonel Forgách refused to leave the place which they occupied some hours ago. Nadásdy decided to give up the idea to reinforce the town because that would be a trap. Even without Forgáchs batallion (which was captured at the end of the battle) he had to deal with the other troops holding the line between Wissembourg and Altstadt who refused to fall back too! Perhaps the poor performence of the french and imperial army at this day persuaded the austrian soldiers that the french were to weak to storm the austrian positions.
The allies outnumbered Nadásdy extremely. Nadásdy had not 10.000 men under his command. Coigny commanded nearly the whole French army on the river Rhine reinforced by the imperial army under the old fieldmarshall Seckendorff and the hessian corps under Generalmajor von Waldenheim who was shot at this battle.
It is very difficult to make a scenario reflecting all the aspects of the real attack of the French. The main Task of Nadásdy was (and is for the tt-game) to hold Altstadt Long enough to hold the way of retreat open, when he managed to order his infantry to retreat. To defend the Position on the austrian right was crucial to the outcome of the battle.
I use the word "battle" although the austrians had only a small Corps into Action. But the French had to use nearly their whole army and the allied casualties were really significant like after a major battle of the war.
CinC M. Coigny (Dith.) / FM Seckendorff (Dash.)
1) Lt.Gen. Montal (Dep.)
3 bn.s inf.
1 heavy artillery
2) Lt.Gen, Clermont-Tonnerre (Dep.)
3 bn.s inf.
2 light artillery
3) M.d.C. Mortaigne (Dep.)
3 cav. Légère (u.a. Mestre de Camp)
4) Generalmajor Waldenheim (Dash.)
3 bn.s hessian infantry - large
1 french cavalry
5) Generalmajor Oettingen ? (Dith.)
2 bn. bavarian infantry - small
Move forward in the first turn
CinC FML Nádasdy (Dash.)
I) Oberst Forgach (Dash.)
1 bn. Inf. (superior)
in Wissembourg (heavy cover)
ignore orders, except on a special roll of a 6 (attacks like normally)
II) GFWM Puebla (Dep.)
1 light artillery
ignore orders of backward marching, except on a special roll of a 5-6 (if they refuse to move back, you can choose to move forward or sideward)
III) Obristlieut. Trenck (Dash.)
2 units light inf. - small
IV) GFWM Trips ? (Dep.)
Limit: 6 turns
French: occupy the churchyard of Altstadt (no enemy near (10cm) for one turn)
breaking the enemies army.
Wissembourg BUA heavy cover
All redoubts and churchyard of Altstadt heavy cover
Lauter fordable river