Post by dindin on Oct 21, 2018 16:52:29 GMT
Engagement of Gohfeld August 1st 1759
I would like to present the action at Gohfeld scenario, an engagement that took part the same days with the famous battle of Minden.
As I did not find any other relevant Internet source, I rely solely on the Kronoskaf battle narration:
On July 31 1759, the Hereditary Prince of Brunswick and general Dreves established themselves at Kirchlengern across the lines of communication between Minden and Paderborn and Kassel, cutting all supplies coming from the south to Contades' army at Minden. In the evening, Brissac's corps took position at Gohfeld with the Warre river in his front. The Hereditary Prince decided to attack Brissac the next morning.
Since the front of the French positions was inaccessible, the Allied centre kept the French at bay while the right wing turned the French left and the left wing advanced towards the bridge to cut the French from Minden.
On August 1 at 3:00 AM, the Hereditary Prince set from his camp at Kirchlengern. However, Brissac's troops too were on the move to attack the Allies. When count Kielmansegg came out of the defile of Beck, he came into contact with the French. The two forces cannonaded each other for 2 hours.
Meanwhile, the Allied right crossed the Warre at Kirchlengern. When the French saw that their left had been turned, they immediately gave way. While retreating they came under the fire of the artillery of the Allied left wing.
Completely surrounded, the Brissac's force broke and routed. The Allies captured 5 guns and all the baggage. During this engagement, Alt Zastrow Infantry repulsed the French cavalry.
Allied Order of Battle BP 8
Commander-in-chief: Hereditary Prince of Brunswick (Dashing)
1. Right wing under the Hereditary Prince and General Dreves (Dep)
1xline Infantry (Diepenbroick) standard
2xline Infantry (Brunswick Leib-Regiment) superior
1xline Infantry (volunteers) inferior, small
1x Cavalry (Bock Dragoons) standard
2. Centre under Lieutenant-General Count Kilmansegg (Dep),
if killed, substituted by Colonel Otte (Dep)
1xline Infantry (Alt Zastrow) superior
3xline Infantry (Behr, Bock, Kanitz) standard
2x Heavy Artillery Batteries
3. Left wing under Bock (Dep)
3xline infantry (Block, Dreves, I./Zastrow) standard
1xCavalry (Busche Dragoons) standard
4. Light troops:
1xLight Infantry (Unidentified Jäger Unit) standard
1xLight Cavalry (Malachowski Hussars) inferior, small
French Order of Battle BP 5
Commander-in-chief: Jean-Paul Timoléon duc de Brissac (Dep)
1. Infantry Brigade: Phillipe-Henri, marquis de Ségur (Dep)
4xLine Infantry standard
1xLight Artillery Battery
2. Cavalry Brigade: Brigadier (Dith)
2xCavalry Regiments standard
1xLight Cavalry (Bercheny Hussars) inferior, large
1xLight Cavalry (Turpin Hussars) inferior, large
All villages are soft cover.
Wooded Hills and the Salt Pans are rough going.
Streams are passable. Warre river is passable only at the bridges.
Warre is also passable at the height of Kurschenlagen, till the first stream intersecting it.
The bridge near the Salt Pans, the Salt Pan Bridge was flimsy. Only one unit may pass and then the bridge is destroyed. The other bridge where the road to Minden is passing, is called Gohfeld Warre Bridge
Game turns: 8
The French move first.
The French must hold Menninhuften and also the Gohfeld Warre Bridge.
For losing Menninghuften they lose 0,5 VP. Losing Gohfeld Warre Bridge they lose 1 VP.
Breaking the Allied left wing brigade, they win 2 VP.
The Allies win if they break the French army.
They take 1 VP for taking the Gohfeld Warre bridge. They win 1 additional VP for capturing the French artillery battery.
The French win if they manage to stay in the game for 8 turns without losing 5 VP.