October 08, 1806,
French army of 54 units opposed to Prussia army of 40 units
for a battle of complexity 0.64 at Division(XX) level
on a 10 Km/Hex map
for 22 turns of Full Day each.
by Iñaki Harrizabalagatar submited on 01-06-2004
Rugged-Defense Playing Statistics
This scenario is using the XIXth Century database engine. You can download it here
After defeating Austria in 1805, Napoleon turned his attention to the reordering of Germany. He decreed the creation of the Confederation of the Rhine on 12 July 1806, and on 6 August announced the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. The Kingdom of Prussia then on 7 August took in secret the decision to go to war against Napoleon. The 6th of September Prussia started the occupation of Saxony to keep that state out if the Confederation of the Rhine, and Napoleon formally warned a French declaration of war. Both sides were getting ready for the clash, and on 8 Octuber the Grande Armée swung into action.
2. Design notes
This scenario has been designed with the 19th.exe and it has to be played with it. The 19th.exe provides a new set of units designed specifically to model 19th century warfare. Cavalry units are considered “armour” so whenever they attack infantry units, AT values are considered. The net result of this is to make infantry units more vulnerable to cavalry attacks as it was the case in the Napoleonic Wars. Players will notice that combined arms is the best tactic to be used.
There are 2 types of cavalry.
The Prussian light Divisions (mechanized infantry icon) were a mix of cavalry and light infantry.
The scenario scale Division size and all units have been made unable to subdivide using the platoon symbol for them. This has been made to avoid the proliferation of “ant units” and the formation of long, non-historical, battlefronts.
The attrition divider has been set to 3, so that combat should be rather bloody, as it was at the time
3. House Rules
The Grande Armée was at its peak, most units were veterans of the recent victorious campaign. The Corps cavalry has a lower proficiency, as they were used mainly for scouting and flank protection rather than as battle force.
The Prussian army enjoyed a tremendous reputation from the days of Frederick the Great. Infantry was well drilled although attached to old 18th century tactics, making use of linear formations supported by regimental artillery, giving them a good defensive power but lacking maneuver (so they are heavy flintlock infantry). Prussian cavalry was a redoubtable force, very well mounted and trained.However Prussian army had little recent campaign experience, for that all units are untried
All HQ units have a proficiency of 70% (exception, Napoleon 80%)
(At 100% supply)
There are no replacements except for reserve units meant for the Prussian garrison of Magdeburg. This was a short campaign in which there was no time for bringing new recruits to the field armies.
HQs, Bridging brigade and garrisons do not reconstitute.
I have tried to simulate supply lines using railroads. The supply range has been set to 0, so that outside those supply lines the available supply drops very quickly. Additionally players will have to watch their supply lines rearward to avoid being cut off.
Although Napoleonic armies are famous for not using the 18th century supply system, relying instead on living from the country, at this campaign the French armies were massed in a very limited territory so that it was necessary to reverse to the old system of supply depots and trains to supply those forces.
The French forces had their main depot at Würzburg and from here they deployed a system of secondary depots and supply trains along the 2 main roads traversing the Thuringian Forest, converging at Leipzig. The Prussians have at their disposal the supply line provided by the rivers Oder and Elbe, and their fluvial ports, and the Imperial Road running East-West from Dresden to Eisenach, where the Prussian supply line ended. The Prussian High Command envisioned an offensive through the Fulda Gap aimed to cut off the French army from their supply bases and to destroy the French Main Depot at Würzburg, but the logistics for the operation were never implemented, so that in this scenario the Prussian player has the option to complete that plan, but Prussian units would be out of a friendly supply line.