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 (Fusiliers de la Morliere, ?) 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) Bavière (Dep.) ? hit on a 8-12 - 3 x Inf. (2x La Fere, 1 x la marine) - 1 x artillerie - 1 x artillerie lourde 7) L.G. Comte de Lautrec (Dep.) ? - 3 x Inf. (2x Royal la Marine, 1 x Berwick) 8) Dillon (Dash.) - 3 x Irlandais (Clare, Dillon, Rooth) 9) Mortemart (Dep.) - 3 x Inf. (Navarre) 10) L.G. de Beranger (Dep.) ? 2 x Cavalerie
Left Wing 11) Clermont-Gallerande (Dep.) - 2xdragons (Orléans, Royal) Has to move forward in the first turn. 12) Clermont-Tonerre ( Dep.) - 2 x hussards 13) Charbannes (Dep.) - 3 x Inf. 14) Senecterre - 2 x hussards Summe: 25 Btl., 17 Kav.
Breaking Point: 23
Pragmatic Army Cumberland (Dith.) Left Wing 1 Ligonier (Dash.) - 3xbritish dragoons and horse (Queens Own, Inniskillin, Horse) 2 Hammerstein (Dep.) - 2 x hannoveranische Reiter (Leibregiment, Pöllnitz) 3 Erbprinz Friedrich von Hessen (Dep.) - 1 x brit. Infantry(Pulteney’s) - 2 x hessische Infanterie 4 GL Sommerfeld (Dep.) - 1 x brit. Inf. (King’s Regiment) - 2 x hannoveranische Infanterie (Zastrow, Schulenburg) - 1 x hannoveranische leichte Artillerie 5 GM Ch. Howard (Dash.) - 2xbrit. Inf. (...) - 1xhannoveranische Inf. (Borch)
Waldeck (Dith.) Center 6 Holnstein (Dep.) - 3 x bayerische Infanterie (Leibregiment und Co) - 1 x bayerische leichte Artillerie 7 GM Cannenburg (Dep.) - 2 x niederl. Kavallerie 8 Smissaret (Dash.) - 2 x niederl. Infanterie
Batthyány (Dep.) – all except Daun have to roll a special 3-6 to move! Right Wing 9 Daun (Dep.) - 2 x Füsiliere (Wurmbrand, Arenberg) - 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 (Dith.) - 2 x Dragoner 13 GFWM Trips (Dith.) - 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.