Campaign map at start of move 6 - 1600 2 May 1813
Move 1 – 0800 1 May 1813
Prussian and French armies reach their concentration areas
Move 2 – 1200 1 May 1813
The Prussian Army nears the river Saale, and 3 corps secure the bridge at
The French Army have reached their concentration areas around Helmstedt.
Move 3 – 1600 1 May 1813
3 Prussian corps crossed the river Saale and entered
4 and 13 French corps both try to pass through
Move 4 – 0800 2 May 1813
The Prussians have now crossed the river Saale at Parey in the north and
The French traffic jam at
Move 5 - 1200 2 May 1813
The Prussians have crossed the river Saale and 2 corps is approaching
The French continue their advance towards
Radical Change of Plan
The campaign is not working as smoothly as I had hoped, and I have decided to reorganise it. The previous campaign diary for 5 May has been removed and the battle of Magdeburg cancelled. This is nothing to do with the players involved, it is because the campaign was organised as a solo campaign and does not work well as a multi player
Reason for change
It has become obvious to me during the first week that the way the campaign is run does not work well as a multi player campaign. There is too much work for the CinC and not enough for the corps commanders. The changes should make the game more interesting for all concerned
They remain the same.
The Prussian objective is to destroy the French army. They have secured their first objective, the occupation of
The French objective is to destroy the Prussian army. Their immediate objective is to drive the Prussians back over the river
Each corps will now have a tactical objective, which will always be a named town.
The objective will be allocated by the CinC, but how to achieve it will be down to the corps commander.
The main supply route for both armies is the main road running from A5 to L5.
Each town will be a forward supply base and will support one corps.
The corps does not have to occupy the town, but they can not allow the enemy to come between them and it.
The previous orders of Move, Hold, Attack and Avoid are not to be used in future, except in the wargame.
CinC can now use any wording that they wish. But they must make it clear to their corps commanders which is their forward supply base and whether they want them to advance and attack the enemy or stay on the defensive.
Corps commander orders
They must carry out their CinC orders to the best of their ability. However how they do it is up to them. If they are ordered to hold a town they will decide how best to do it. They do not have to remain in the town, but may prefer to hold a bridge or pass in front.
New positions and CinC orders
French HQ – farm C4
4 French corps – hold Halbeck E2 – supply base Halbeck E2
5 French corps – hold Seehausen E5 – supply base Seehausen E5
6 French corps – hold Groningen E7 – supply base Groningen E7
13 Polish corps – hold Helmstedt B5 – supply base Helmstedt B5
Prussian HQ – farm I6
1 Prussian corps – hold Colbitz H2 – supply base Colbitz H2
2 Prussian corps – hold Magdeburg H5 – supply base Magdeburg H5
3 Prussian corps – hold Calbe H8 – supply base Calbe H8
4 Prussian corps – hold Mockern K5 – supply base Mockern K5
What happens now
At present all corps are on hold orders. 4 Prussian and 13 Polish corps are in fact army reserves.
Prussian CinC must decide whether he wants to remain on the defensive, and if so where does he want his reserve, 4 corps, to be
French CinC must decide how he wants to force the Prussians back over the river
Corps commanders must decide how best to hold the towns they garrison.
Still one square each day
Only one corps or HQ in each square
Admin and emails
Next orders due on Monday
One email for each order, whether CinC or corps commander, to each addressee
Subject: PBEM 4 French corps orders for 6 May
Text: 1 French corps move from F2 to F2
For other than orders;
Subject : PBEM what do we do now
Text: as complicated as you wish
Communications between corps commanders and CinC
Corps commanders may communicate direct with each other to ask for assistance or avoid move congestions, but they must copy their CinC.
CinC may communicate with corps commanders to explain his plans or ask for advice. But this communications must be on a separate email from his orders.
I’m sure you will have plenty. Email to me and I will answer as quickly as possible