Post by damnitz on Mar 9, 2017 8:47:03 GMT
Yesterday night we played the northern sector of the battle of Dettingen.
French - no CinC
1) Duc de Duras (Dash.) – Brigade Auvergne: 1 Bn. Auvergne, 2 Bns. Artois
2) D’Estrées (Dep.) – Brigade La Marine, 1 l. Art. 3 Bns.
3) Clermont-Tonerre (Dep.) – Brigade Maistre de Camp: 2x French horse (both large)
4) Comte d’Eu (Dep.) - Brigade Cuirassiers: 2x French horse including cuirassiers du roi (both large)
Pragmatic Army - FM Arenberg (Dep.)
1) FM Neipperg (Dith.): 2 Btl. Füsiliere, 1 Btl. Gren.(small), 1 l. Art.
2) FML Salm (Dep.) 2 Btl. Füsiliere, 1 Btl. Gren. (small)
3) General Wendt (Dep.) 2xhanoverian horse
4) Generalmajor Prinz v. Braunschweig (Dep.) 2 Btl. 1 l. Art.
The Forchbach is fordable on a 3-6 except in the sector with the marsh.
1st turn movement initiative: French!
Limit: 10 turns.
I had the pragmatic army under my command and my wife had the French.
I wanted to test the french chance to cross the Forchbach and attack in good order.
A Report from Arenbergs Headquarters:
"At 9 o'clock we saw the enemie's infantry in the Center advancing at us.
I ordered my infantry to advance too. We could'nt manage it so fast as I wished because we were in the woods - especially the prince of Brunswick and general Wendt had his problems. First Salm and than Neipperg refused to follow my orders. Obviously fieldmarshall Neipperg could not accept that I had get the command by Her Majesty. At 10 o'clock Neipperg achieved to persuade Feldmarschall-Lieutenant Salm to ignore my orders too. I begun to become upset with these Generals! In my point of view the whole success of our operations depended on fast advancing. I wanted to prevend the French from deploying properly behind the Forchbach. Especially the French horse should not advance in good order. Their cavalry outnumbered the hanoverian horse and I was in no doubt that Wendt had no chance to stop the French cavalrybrigades.
Fortunately the French had many Troubles with their crossing. The brigade Auvergne passed the brigade La Marine.
Just in the right moment at half past ten o'clock I managed to persuade my subordinated and Neipperg thought that it would be the best idea to attack the French with the Bajonett. By doing so he masqued his own artillery. This artillery never shot a single shot during the whole event. Instead welcoming us with their famous volleys the French prefered to run towards us with the bayonets! A wild fighting started. One bn. of the Regiment Auvergne was done for after minutes of fighting. The second bn. of the Regiment Artois was forced to retreat. The duc de Duras was astonished to see his brigade in fragments. He could retreat before we could take him prisoner. But Neippergs losses were significant too.
Wendt prefered to take a step back. Now Brunswicks hanoverian bn.s were in front of the French cavalry masses, who feared the hanoverian volleys.
But how shocked I was, when I recognzide that Brunswick had forgotten to shoot on the French Cuirassiers du Roi and finally - what was a greater shock indeed! - when the Regiment Schulenburg stayed where it was and the bn. next to them charged the last fresh bn. of the Auvergne Brigade. The French bn. short at short range. After a bloody short Hand-to-Hand both units were destroyed and flet the field disorganizing all the units behind them.
At 11 o'clock the French ordered a last frantic all out charge. They attacked with every man who could reach one of ours. The Brigade La Marine stormed towards our lines in great haste. One of their bn.s destroyed the poor Grenadier batallion of Neippergs Brigade which hold bravely his position. But one bn. of my own Regiment Arenberg fought very successfull. Their opponents had to flee the field. The French infantry was now fragmented. But the French had'nt enough. The Regiment Berry stormed towards Wendts lines. They forced one of Wendt's regiments to retreat. In the same moment the Brigade Mestre de Camp charged and the frontal Regiment was not only repulsed but done fore. After some fine shooting by the regiment Schulenburg the famous Regiment Cuirassiers du Roi had to retreat. The French cavalry was now nearly broken.
I have now the honour to say, that we not only repulsed the French but caused high losses on their side. Half of their infantry was broken, their cavalry was in no condition to continue the fighting. They had to retreat.
Your obedient servant
The French lost 4,5 of 6 Armybreaking Points.
The allies lost 2 of 6 ABP.
We decided to call it a day because it was very late. We started at 10 o'clock in the evening and played until 0:30. In fact I thought that the French had no chance to Change the game after the 7th turn(11 o'clock in my report).
With balanced numbers it's very difficult to win the battle for the French. The bog in the North is a real Problem but even without it, their is no space to bring every unit in Action as they would wish. But that was the case during the historical battle. That's why I was completely satisfied with my Scenario.
I will add photos as soon as I can.