I had the Impression that the low quality Imperial army was defeated again.
How did you rated your Saxons?
Thank you! You caught me in the middle of writing, I'm at the office and I'm compelled to write in small portions, you understand
Wait until you read the outcome
Saxons, as all Imperial infantry was rated poor, check also OOB mentioned at Kronoskaf, it has direct links to every battalion participated.
Except of the Kurpfalz Garde zu Fuss rated regular and Darmstadt Prinz Georg infantry rated superior.
As Kronoskaf says:
"On September 8, the regiment took part in the Combat of Zinna near Torgau where it was deployed in the first line of the infantry centre. It covered the retreat of the demoralised Austro-Imperial army into the nearby forest."
The Prussian infantry approached and, having the ability of more decisive volleys (Miltiades cleverly decided not to close immediately for charge), started punching holes at the Imperial lines, especially the Imperial left wing suffered most.
Soon, the remaining Mainz battalions had to fall back, tattered, behind the second line of Saxons and Badeners.
The center-right of the Imperial infantry resisted better, (Kurpalz and Darmstadt battalions being of better quality), but Hohenlohe and Wurttemberg had to fall back to reform with 4 hits and sooner or later became targets of the murderous (as it was proved) long-range artillery fire and perished.
The right wing Imperial cavalry was deemed to have better chances against the Plettemberg dragoons (rated for the game as superior, large), but their Dithering commander dithered twice, they did not find time and space to deploy and possibly outflank the Prussian dragoons... The right wing infantry with a double move came swiftly and discharged a volley on the Imperial cuirassiers' very nose and the best I could do was to pull them back. Until the end of the battle the right wing cavalry lost one more chance to beat the Prussian dragoons when they had received 3 hits, as in the critical move initiative Miltiades diced better and managed to move them out of harm's way.
Meanwhile, the Imperial foot managed to cause some casualties sending a couple of Prussian units to the box, but their losses were always remaining double.
The skirmishers of both sides were dogfighting, not managing to cause any real trouble, in one round the Grenzers managed to attack the Jägers at the time they were ready to add their fire against an unhappy Baden battalion, they send a volley and evaded, letting some breathing space for the gradually disintegrating Imperial left wing.
The cavalry fight near Zinna:
The Mainz battalion eliminated the Prussian Hussars.
The Prussian Dragoons defeated their Cuirassier opponents who were done for and they fell back for a while to lick their wounds.
After two rounds of recovering, they fell on the Mainz battalion which received them with a completely firing-blanks-volley, they annihilated them and, impetuously fell on the flank of a Baden battalion, inflicting four hits.
This battalion had to retreat perpendicularly to their friendly lines and at the end of the round was found near a Prussian battalion.
The Imperial infantry line was in total chaos, most of the remaining infantry battalions reforming.
Only Kurpfalz and Darmstadt managed to remain in place, just as their historical counterparts.
But also the Prussian infantry center had lost 3 battalions and one more had fallen back to reform.
The Imperial right wing cavalry was unable to attack one additional reason being that they became the new target of Prussian artillery.
The Imperials had already lost 8 VP already and their BP was 9. So we decided to call it a day.
The Prussians were breaking at 7 and they had lost 4.
A much more bloodied Prussian victory than the historical one.
As others have said, thanks for that. Despite all my reading, Zinna has passed me by (or I'm just getting old and have forgotten about it). It's a decently sized scenario, which I'll certainly plan to do in the future: not too small, but not too huge and expensive to replicate at battalion level.
Last Edit: Jun 9, 2019 0:52:42 GMT by Harlequin: Typing errors.