I'm alway planning some really large battles of HoW. Now Lauffeld was one of these large battles of the 18th century.
Now Cumberland not only had a large proportion of his superior british infantry under his command but a substantial dutch and austrian army too.
How you could reflect such a large battle? Now, I decided to give the Austrians not a complete army as they never played a major role during the battle. Maybe Cumberland learned from Rocoux that to hold one exposed wing was crucial and now the mighty british army had the left wing - although in 18th century warfare not the wing of honour. The battlefield is very similar like the battlefield of Rocoux. At both battles the allied right wing was held by the Austrians and at both battles the Austrians just had to sit in their position behind a terrain obstacle which made the position impregnable but bad for their own movements too.
I assume that I would have to play this battle over two days. But I plan to have perhaps a small refight with reduced forces in the next weeks (march 2018), reducing the refight on the left allied wing and with just 4 british/hanoverian horse units and 7 or 8 allied bn.s vs. 6 French horse and 9-10 French bn.s.
There was one of the greatest 18th century cavalry battles.
Center 3) Broglie (Dep.) - 2 x Infanterie (incl. Fusliers de la Morlière) 4) Pr. de Clermont (Dash.) - 4 x Inf.(Grenadiers and "Auxilaries" = light infantry) - 1 x Artillerie légère 5) Salières (Dep.) - 4 x Inf. (Grenadiers and "Auxilaries") - 1 x Artillerie légère 6) Hérouville (Dep.) - 3 x Inf. - 1 x artillerie - 1 x artillerie lourde 7) Marq. de Montbarey(Dep.) - 3 x Inf. 8) Lt.Gen. Comte de Thormond (Dash.) - 3 x Irlandais (Clare, Dillon, Rooth) 9) Comte de Bavière (Dep.) - hit on a 8-12 - 3 x Inf. (Navarre) 10) Prince de Dombes (Dep.) 2 x Cavalerie
Left Wing 11) Clermont-Gallerande (Dep.) - 2xdragons Has to move forward in the first turn. 12) Clermont-Tonerre ( Dep.) - 2 x hussards 13) Charbannes (Dep.) - 3 x Inf. 14) Lt.Gen. de Saint-Nectaire - 2 x hussards Summe: 25 Btl., 17 Kav., 5 batteries
Breaking Point: 23
Pragmatic Army Cumberland (Dith.) The butcher Left Wing 1 G C Ligonier (Dash.) - 3xbritish dragoons and horse (Queens Own, Inniskillin, Horse) 2 GdC Hammerstein (Dep.) - 2 x hannoveranische Reiter 3 Erbprinz Friedrich von Hessen (Dep.) - 1 x brit. Infantry - 2 x hessische Infanterie 4 GL Sommerfeld (Dep.) - 1 x brit. Inf. - 2 x hannoveranische Infanterie - 1 x hannoveranische leichte Artillerie 5 GM Ch. Howard (Dash.) - 2xbrit. Inf. - 1xhannoveranische Inf.
Waldeck (Dith.) The Dutch leader Center 6 Holnstein (Dep.) - 3 x bayerische Infanterie (Leibregiment und Co) - 1 x bayerische leichte Artillerie 7 GL Coenders (Dep.) - 2 x niederl. Kavallerie 8 Smissaret (Dash.) - 2 x niederl. Infanterie
– all except Daun have to roll a special 3-6 to move! Right Wing 9 Daun (Dep.) - 2 x Füsiliere - 1 x Grenadiere - 1 x leichte Artillerie - 1 x mittlere Artillerie 10 Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel (Dith.) - 2 x Füsiliere - 1 x Grenadiere 11 GWM Bournonville (Dep.) - 2 x Kürassiere (Bentheim) 12 Pàlffy (Dep.) - 2 x Dragoner 13 Baranyay (Dep.) - 2 x Husaren 14 independent (Dep.) - 1 x Kroaten Summe: 20 Btl., 13 Kav.
Breaking Point: 19
Victory: Breaking Point French special: take all villages (maj. Victory), take Wiltringen + Lauffeldt (minor v. last turn only)
A allied and French discription of the battle (in german). I used the names of the wounded French generals to fill the ranks.
It's difficult to find the Austrian generals, because they had no chance to distinguish themselfs, except a GFWM Bournonville (with some sqn.s) and Daun (with 9bn.s), who were send to support the British.
Christian Rogge did a very appealing refight of that large battle. Please note the map from the Austrian book included: crogges7ywarmies.blogspot.com/2018/06/refighting-battle-of-lauffeld-2-july.html Unfortunately the book is not as a scan in the Internet. But the map alone offer a very interesting look at the situation in the morning of the battle. The map is completely different from the map on the battlefieldanomalies-blog. The details are just incredible.
Maybe I will change my map now. But the Austrian map is very difficult to reflect properly with my own table. If I would put all these BUAs on the table as Christian Rogge did, then there would be hardly a place for movement and the famous French and British cavalry charge.
Es marschierten drei Regimenter wohl über den Rhein...