Post by dindin on Dec 25, 2018 10:26:09 GMT
Seven Years War. Hessian vs French
Combat of Sandershausen July 23 1758
After defeating the French army at the battle of Krefeld, the main Allied Army under the Duke Ferdinand of Brusnwick
continued operating at the west bank of the Rhine.
However, the French had still a small army at the east bank under the Duke de Broglie.
Broglie (8.500 men) was ordered to advance towards Hesse to threaten the Allies' supply lines.
On July 23 1758 Duke de Broglie's Corps met a small Hessian force under Prince Ysenburg near Sandershausen.
Ysenburg had marched by his right to reach the highway to Münden. He then decided to make a stand at Sandershausen
which offered a good defensive position for a small corps (some 6,000 men) as his own.
The height is one of the foothills of the mountain range extending between the Werra and the Fulda.
It overlooks a plateau. Where the height reached the Fulda, it formed a steep slope interspersed with ravines.
Most of the south slope was rather steep in some place when it reached the Nieste, a tributary of the Fulda.
Eastwards, the terrain was separated in steep passages by deep gorges leading to the narrow plain of the Werra.
Ysenburg deployed his small force on this height with his right anchored to the steep slope along the Fulda
and his left protected by the Ellenbach woods on a ridge.
His troops consisted mainly of militia (3 bns), "Invalids" (2 coys) and some regular units. However,
several troopers from the militia and jäger units were experienced hunters armed with their own rifled guns.
Ysenburg placed all his cavalry on his left in a position overlooking the plain where the French had to debouch.
Broglie, approaching as close as he could from the village of Sandershausen,
climbed the height and was quite surprised to see Ysenburg's corps drawn up in battle order.
Broglie planned to attack the Allied infantry positioned in the woods on the Allied left flank.
This would allow him to cut off Ysenburg line of retreat to Münden and to push him back against the Fulda.
(narration as shown at the wonderful Kronoskaf site)
Orders of Battle
French Army: Break at 10
C-in-C Duc de Broglie (Dependable)
From left to right:
1. Chasseurs de Fischer Standard Light infantry
Left Flank: Baron de Travers (Dependable)
2. 2xLine Infantry battalions Beauvoisis Standard
3. 2xLine Infantry battalions Rohan Montbazon Standard
4. 2xLight Artillery batteries
Right Flank: Prince of Nassau (Dependable)
(killed at 2D6 9-12)
5. 1xLine Infantry battalion Royal Deux Ponts Standard
6. 2xLine Infantry battalions Royal Baviere Standard
7. 2xLine Infantry battalions Diesbach Standard
8. 2xLight Artillery batteries
9. 2xLine Infantry battalions Waldner Standard
10. 1xGrenadiers (Royald Deux Ponts) Small, Superior melee
From left to right:
Cavalry commander Mr de Raugrave (Dependable)
11. Apschon Dragoons (may dismount as standard Light Infantry)
12. Cavalerie Liegoise Small
13. Wurttemberg Cavalerie Small
14. Nasssau Sarebruck Cavalerie Small
15. Royal Allemand Cavalerie Small
(all French cavalry play as Inferior on the second melee round)
Independent, far right
16. Royal Nassau Hussars Small, Inferior
Allied Army: Break at 6
C-in-C Prince Ysenbourg (Dependable)
From left to right:
a. 1xLight Infantry Feld-Jäger Small, Inferior, rifle
Right Flank: Prince Ysenbourg
Captain Lindau (Dependable)
b. 1xGrenadiers Garnison Grenadiers Small, Superior
Under direct command of Prince Ysenbourg
c. 1xLine Infantry Ysenburg Standard
d. 1xMilitia Wurmb Landmiliz Large, Inferior, rifle *
f. 1xMilitia Gundlach Landmiliz Large, Inferior, rifle *
g. 1xLine Infantry Invalids Small, Inferior *
h. 1xLine Infantry Kanitz Standard
Artillery: Lieutenant-Colonel Huth (Dependable)
e. 2xLight Artillery batteries
Cavalry: Lieutenant-Colonel von Geiso (Dependable)
j. Prüschenk Cavalry Standard, Small
k. Friedrich Dragoons and Hussaren Corps, Standard, Small
m. 1xMilitia Freywald Landmiliz Large, Inferior, rifle *
n. 1xLight Infantry Hanoverian Jäger Small, rifle
* The Militia and the Invalids battalion at 4 hits are done for.
Hessians hold the higher ground.
All attacks uphill, obviously have no +1 bonus
Fulda River is impassable.
The woods between the road to Münden and Fulda are on a steep slope
and are considered rough ground.
Rough ground are also the slopes left and right of the road leading to Ellenbach.
Ellenbach is soft cover and can contain only a small unit.
French artillery moves uphill at half move.
Put a marker near each French Line Infantry unit.
The French Line Infantry units have only four rounds of ammunition.
After this, they fight only in melee.
This compells the French to attack as soon as possible.
The Militia and the Invalids battalion when they reach 4 hits are done for
and do not recover, this to represent that these troops were inexperienced
or not fit for battle. However, the Militia units may have compensation
by being large and rifle-armed.
No battalion guns with the infantry units.
All guns were assigned to the batteries.
Game rounds: 10
If the French put two units blocking two of the three roads leading to Münden,
they win automatically.
Or they must win 6 break points.
Allies win if they take 8 or more break points
Allies also win one Victory Point if they manage to hold Ellenbach until round 8.
All other results are considered a draw.