Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Campaign Report - Move 6

Campaign map at start of move 7 0800 3 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.

Move 4 – 0800 2 May 1813

The Prussians have now crossed the river Saale at Parey in the north and Dessau in the south.

The French traffic jam at Wolfsburg has been sorted out, 13 Polish corps have entered the town and are being sorted out ready to move tomorrow.

Move 5 - 1200 2 May 1813

The Prussians have crossed the river Saale and 2 corps is approaching Magdeburg

The French continue their advance towards Magdeburg.

Move 6 - 1600 2 May 1815

The Prussians have crossed the river Saale and are moving west when they sight the French army approaching them from Seehausen.


Campaign starts again

The game has restarted with a new French CinC. Unfortunately I did not get a reply to my email from Chris, but John has offered to take over the French army.

And to start the second phase of the campaign, we have two battles already! So all movement will be suspended until we resolve both of them as wargames. I will set the first one, Colbitz, up tomorrow and will publish its progress on the blog. When that one is finished we will fight Magdeburg. As both are fought on the same day, there will be no further movement until both are resolved.

Battle of Colbitz

1 Prussian corps have orders to attack Halbeck.

4 French corps have orders to attack Colbitz..

So this will be an encounter battle.

You can follow the progress of the battle each day on the blog.

Battle of Seehausen

2 Prussian corps have orders to move forward and attack Seehausen.

5 French corps have orders to attack Colbitz.

Because they come within two squares, and both are on attack orders, they will fight – even though they have orders to attack Seehausen and Colbitz.

Daily CinC and Movement Orders

There will be no map movement until both battles are resolved.

Jan and I will fight them as a wargame, and I will be publishing an update each day on the blog.

Do follow the battle reports, because the results will certainly mean a rethink on the part of each CinC, and possibly corps commanders also.


  1. While revealing the orders of the corp helps illustrate the principles of the game, I wonder if it gives unfair insight into what the other side is planning (?).
    Perhaps simply reporting the direction that the corp is moving, rather than their destination.


  2. Hi Dave

    You are quite right, and in the next campaign hidden movement will play a part.

    This is my first PBEM campaign, and it was made clear to all players that it was very much a learning process.

    I have already prepared rules for hidden movement, but I want to play test the rest of the campaign rules rather than try to introduce it now.

    Some players have found it difficult enough with full disclosure, so I will have to ensure that the hidden movement does not make it too difficult.



  3. Good morning, my good brigadiers (aka Paul and/or Jan)--

    I look forward with great anticipation to seeing how the lads do in action. The eyes of Prussia are upon you. No pressure, though. ;-)

    Ken / Bülow von Dennewitz
    1 Corps, commanding

  4. Hi Ken

    Its down to me then, because I will be fighting he Prussians and Jan the French. So I will be in trouble either way - with you if I lose and with Jan if I win!


  5. Hi Jan,

    Drive the Huns back across the river! The fate of France is in your hands!

    Field Marshal John

  6. Jan,

    I know My 4th Corps and its troops are in your capable hands


    Gerry OC IV French Corps


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