Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Campaign Report - Move 2

Campaign Map at start of move 3 - 1600 1 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 Dessau.

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 Dessau.

4 and 13 French corps both try to pass through Wolfsburg, causing a traffic jam and a delay of 24 hours to 13 corps.


Two French corps had orders to move into B2 (Wolfsburg) causing a traffic jam. 4th corps was moving from A2, 13th corps from A1. Because 4th corps was moving on the minor road they had priority and 13th corps must remain stationary until 3 May.

This raises two problems. First movement when two corps want to pass through the same square. Second conflict between CinC orders and corps commander orders.

Only one corps or HQ may enter a square each move. If two have orders to do so then I will decide which has priority and can enter, the other will miss that turn. The decision will be based on the individual circumstances. In this case one corps was already moving on the minor road through the square and therefore would have reached the town first, where the traffic jam is assumed to have taken place. If there was no reason to give one priority I would roll a dice to decide.

CinC issue strategic orders, which must be obeyed by corps commanders. These are not daily move orders, but rather the destination which the CinC wants the corps to aim for. The CinC can change these orders any time he wants, but he must be within three squares of the corps to do so.

It is then up to the corps commander to issue daily movement orders in order to reach that strategic objective. It does not have to be in a straight line, he may decide that the terrain is such that he would prefer to avoid it. I will always use the most recent movement order issued by the corps commander.

Corps daily movement orders are sent to me each day, with a copy to the CinC. If the CinC is unhappy with those orders he has two options. He can send an email to the corps commander to persuade him to follow a different route. Or he can send an email with a new strategic objective, which could be the next square. But in the latter case he will have to issue another one the next day, as corps revert to “Halt” orders when they reach their strategic objective.

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