The French III corps was escorting badly needed supplied to the main French field army. So far it had been running a 2 day battle with lead elements of the Prussian XI corps before 3 days of heavy rain bogged both armies down. The scene was set. Dave had command of the French, his only stipulation was the positioning of III corps on the southern short edge of the table and waggons on the road. Due to the rain, no troops gained any bonuses for being on the road, they had been reduced to quagmires. Cross country, artillery and waggons were reduced to half moves due to the saturated ground. The waggons also had to dice each turn off road in case they became bogged down.
|!!! corps in position and waggons in the background|
|Lead elements of Prussian XII corps|
|Bavarians and Wurtemburgers|
|French I corps emerges through the woods|
Over in the north the Wurtemburgers and Bavarians were slowly getting into position when the French I corps advanced into view. Mick the decided to send the Wurtemburger division on a hook around to try and lad against the left flack, using a wood to cover their advance.
In the centre the lead elements of the Prussian XII and French V corps crashed into each other. Initially the French held a slight advantage, but Neal reformed his columns for a second attack which steamrollered over the lead French division. Dave then Had to commit his 2 reserve divisions to check the Prussian assault.
|The French line begins to crumble|
All in all a very enjoyable game. My initial fear that the wet ground was proving to much of an obstacle for the Prussian became unfounded. I've also attached a link to some more pictures of the game Slide show. Hopefully Dave will also post some of his pictures up on his blog.