275 years ago the Bavarians lost one of the most decisive battles of their military history (although a history full of such defeats).
Today my English mate was in command of the Bavarian army (we used a coin to decide that), while I could fight again as Feldmarschall-Leutnant Berlichingen. Last time I was defeated by my wife playing Minuzzi. honoursofwar.com/thread/412/simbach-1743-refought
I hoped to do better. My plan was to let my CinC always near GFWM Platz to keep him moving. My whole artillery, which was completely useless at the hill last year, I wanted to move quickly to fire as early as possible at Fabretti's batallions. Luchesi's cavalry was to be preserved for the crucial moments, when the Bavarian losses grow.
Es marschierten drei Regimenter wohl über den Rhein...
First Minuzzi send his dragoons to face Lucchesi's cavalry although that was a bit contradictory to his battleplan.
Berlichingen ordered Thüngen to advance towards the burning village of Simbach. My idea was that this would give Minuzzi something to think about - perhaps to make him feeling uncertain about the decission to send Gabrieli's bn.s around the village.
But next Minuzzi had many problems with Preysing who refused to move for 3 times.
Well, I saw my chance and send Luchesi's cuirassiers over the Simbach-stream.
That means that now Preysing was in a desperate position.
One of Luchesi's cuirassier-Units attacked their Bavarian opponents who had to fall back. Thürheim's first ad hoc bn. of grenadiers shot at the Bavarian Hohenzollern-dragoons.
As there was now no space to retreat for the poor Bavarian dragoons, I didn't had to charge them. A second bn. of Thürheim's grenadiers shot them and they were done fore.
Charging with the other bn. of Thürheim's brave corps, my infantry get a good bridgehead at the banks of the Simbach, because one of Fabretti's bn.s had to retreat.
Thüngen now did a fault. He led one of his bn.s shoot at Fabretti's second bn. while his other bn. marched along the stream. This action splitted his fighting force.
Unfortunately my artillery was too slowly and could not reinforce my attack effectively.
But Luchesi's dragoons could not find a good passage over the Simbach-stream too. Luchesi's brigade was teared apart. To hold the pressure I ordered Nadásdy's 300 hussars to advance and attack the hessian dragoons who just arrived at the battlefield.
Fabretti lost his last bn. because I shot at that bn. in front and rear.
Finally Luchesi got his Brigade of cavalry moving. But Nadásdy's hussars had to rally.
It was all to late. Gabrieli had send all of his infantry forward to deal with my right wing (Nadásdy, Luchesi and Thürheim).
One of Thüngen's bn.s crossed the stream, but Minuzzi outnumbered him now 3:1.
Platz was still too far away although I always stayed at his side to keep him moving.
One of Thürheim's grenadier-bn.s charged Gabrieli's artillery which had to abandon their guns. The other bn. of grenadiers charged into some Bavarian infantry, which had to retreat. But the poor Austrian Grenadiers - my first unit to loose - was done fore.
Luchesi's leading cuirassiers destroyed Preysing's last Bavarian unit but the successfull fellows made a pursuit-move and ran into the Hessians who destroyed my cuirassiers. Two Austrian units destroyed in such a short time!
It was not enough of my bad luck. As Thüngen could not cross again the stream with his bn. under his personal command, it was charged successfully by the Bavarian horse-Grenadiers.
Luchesi still was too far away with his cavalry. The same Problem was with Nadásdy.
Therefor the Hessian König-dragoons could charge one of Platz'batallions in the flank which had to retreat than. Thürheim was eager to achieve victory. He attacked the Bavarian infantry with his last grenadiers. But Minuzzi still had his famous horsegrenadiers who charged Thürheim's grenadiers in the flank and destroyed them.
But now at last came the Moment of my medium artillery. They just had to shoot at the Bavarian artillery and the Bavarian's were done fore! That was victory at the last moment.
That was a very hard fought battle. At the end the Bavarian's lost their last point and were broken. But they fought very well at the end of the battle destroying several of my units in a roll.