We played Weißenburg this night. We needed 2 hours for playing and 1 1/2 hour to built up the tables, terrain etc. and put the toys away. We were two gamers - myself and my beloved wife. I commanded the austrians (as always) and she had the french and their allies.
The brigade under Oettingen with two small units represented the fause attaque by Seckendorff on a chateau near Altstadt. Although a weak force these bavarians neutralized Trencks light troops who had to prevent a bavarian flank attack on the position of the austrian artillery behind Trencks infantry. I think the mostimportant difference to the historical battle was that the french did'nt lost to much time storming Wissembourg. It was interesting to see that when the overwhealming french artillery reached a good position to fire effectively upon the austrian redoubt between Wissembourg and Altstadt, the defense of the line became inpossible. Maybe the french artillery was not well positioned during the real battle.
Many photos to follow next week.
It was a minor austrian victory, but a very bloody.
The allied are attacking from the North. Nadásdy have to prevend the retreat of the french army into Alsace.
From west to east (I think this photo was taken during the 3rd turn).
In the foreground: Lt.Gen. Montal refused to advance for 2 turns. It costed a lot of time to swing a bit around because he didn't wanted to attack Wissembourg, which was hold by the bn. under Obrist von Forgách.
The infantry under Clermont-Tonerre reached the Lauter.
Waldenheims hessian Brigade came first in contact. A bloody duel of volleys started in the village of Altstadt. The hessian General relied on his firepower (superior for Shooting).
Mortaignes Brigade of horse refused to move for one turn. It was clear for Nadásdy (that's me) from this moment that Coigny (my wife) wanted to outflank my whole line with his masses of horse.
Oettingen's small brigade of infantry had only to stay away from the Lauter. Seckendorff surely feared the fire of Trenck's famous pandours.
Nadásdy had no other chance than to wait what Coigny and Seckendorff (played by my wife too) would do next. He was glad that the clock was working for him! His light artillery was useless on the top of a small hill protected by Trenck.
There was only one place where the austrian cavalry would have enough space to move and therefore Nadásdy started to bring his cavalry forward.
A closeup of the firefight on the banks of the Lauter.
The allied center during the 4th turn.
From west to east:
Coigny feels that he have no time to loose. Therefore he decided to attack with every men he had in the center. Clermont-Tonerre get a double move and use that to cross the river with two bn.s. Pueblas bn.s welcome the attackers with two highly effective volleys. Both of Clermont-Tonerres light batteries are masked for this turn.
The defenders of Altstadt are not as lucky as their comrades. But now the light artillery cause some hits on the second hessian bn. of Waldenheims attacking column.
After the hand-to-hand fighting: the allied assault was a complete desaster. They lost all 3 bn.s. But now the defenders have to lick their wounds.
Overview after the 4th turn.
From west to east:
Montal ignores the garrison of Wissembourg. Now his heavy artillery is in a good Position to reinforce the allied assault in the center.
Clermont-Tonerre had lost half of his Brigade. But now his whole artillery is positioned to fire into the poor austrian ranks.
Waldenheim's Brigade had to stop. He has still one fresh bn. and a Regiment of horse to attack the village of Altstadt which seams to be a fortress now.
Mortaigne's and Oettingen's troops (not less than 5 Units) have their own problems. Oettingen clearly doesn't wish to engage Trenck's light troops and the cavalry lost too much of time during moving around...
The 5th turn:
From west to east.
Clermont-Tonerre waits with his last unit of infantry. But his artillery can now firing deadly.
Waldenheim's spearhead fired a deadly volley into Altstadt. Before the defenders had refused to fall back on the churchyard of the village. Now they are done for and flee backwards. The bn. nearby get one hit. Puebla had the idea before to bring the western bn. into the churchyard of Altstadt. But the French artillery fire hit the bn. in the rear and it is done-for too! (my wife had a lot of luck at this moment, the hessians and French artillery rolled 4s and 5s only!)
Overview of the 6th and final turn:
From west to east.
Montal's Brigade is in action at last! One bn. is firing on the big redoubt, the other is firing on the bn. next to Wissembourg and the heavy artillery cause some hits on the defenders of the line between Wissembourg and the redoubt too.
Clermont-Tonerre's batteries fire successfully on the defenders of the redoubt who have to leave their position but are not done for,
Waldenheim's advance at Altstadt is stopped because Nadásdy choose to send in the cavalry under Trips. Fortunes had no mercy with the austrians since turn 5. Now the first hessian bn. can face the enemy and repulse the attackers. Nevertheless this bold charge prevented the hessians from advancing at Altstadt or further into the churchyard!
Trenck's artillery shot grazing fire in the hessian column to some effect. Trenck leaves his position covering the artillery and march with his corps in the direction of the churchyard but could not reach the place.
Oettingen's brigade shot not one single volley but managed to pin the dangerous pandours in their position. Montaigne had to realize that he can't Charge the small redoubt and all his maneuvres had no effect except to holding Trenck in his position.
Results of the last attacks and firefights:
The austrian defenders of the redoubt had to retreat.
The cavalry charge of the austrians colapsed.
Overview after turn 6.
So it was a austrian victory although two of their units had 4 hits and the allies had many fresh units. But it was night fall and Nadásdy could retreat in good order and the allies had lost many brave men.
It was really a cracking nut, but for both sides. The French and their allies outnumbered the austrians extremely. It was'nt easy for the allies to move quickly and deploy in the right moment. Although the great assault in turn 4 destroyed 3 bn.s of the attackers the decision was right. The defending batallion in Altstadt had to stay where it was and get some hits. The supporting austrian bn.s could not move to the churchyard because they were attacked in the same moment.
It was very important for the allies that they had a lot of luck by rolling for the initiative.
I'm thinking about the aspect if it was to hard for the defenders to roll a 5-6 to move backwards with their bn.s under Puebla. To leave Altstadt and Rally off hits was crucial to the austrian success.
An inspirational selection of photos in your AAR, thanks for posting. I love 20mm plastic SYW.
I'm always surprised that nobody from UK use the many new metall ranges in this scale. The major manufactures in plastic don't produce the SYW-ranges anymore. Although plasticsoldierreview announced that Revell would rerelease the syw-range. But who knows and perhaps the mould became even worse? The resin products from Germania are too expensive for the scale and the figures too difficult to assemble for wargamers. I had my problems with the metall muskets for my pandours - and the sets with cuirassiers etc. have special pieces for weapons and reins.
I hope to post more games after some weeks of preperations for reenactment etc..
Es marschierten drei Regimenter wohl über den Rhein...