Sunday, 2 August 2015

AWI Batrep - The Battle at Church Road 25th July 1777

A game was booked up for last weekend at Reject HQ, but only 2 Rejects could make the bash, Reject Richard and myself and of course we had our own little Fuhrer, von Postie in charge!
This was gonna be our last big bash before we all go on our summer hols! Shame only 2 of us could turn up, but that's how it goes sometimes.
Anyway on with the game......
We drew out of the hat, Richard picked 1st and pulled out the American's
Funnily enough that left me with Cornwallis and his red boys!
(Can't remember the last time I played the Americans??)

Richard had the choice to set up first as he'd be in defence.
He was allowed to set up first and had the choice to set up to the fence line which he did.
I on the other hand had to set up 18 inches away from any of his troops, which as you can see, kinda pinned me to the table edge!

British C/O Cornwallis

1st Brigade C/O Agnew
8th Line Veteran
9th Line Veteran
55th Line Veteran
71st Line Veteran

2nd Brigade C/O Grant
27th Line Veteran
43rd Line Veteran
Combined Grenadiers Elite

3rd Brigade C/O Stirn
Prinz Carl Trained
Erbprinz Trained
Jagers Elite

Heavy Gun
Med Gun
Light Gun

American C/O Sullivan

1st Brigade C/O Stephens
3rd New York Trained
4th New York Trained
Lee's Additional Trained
Riflemen Elite

2nd Brigade C/O Heath
Haslets Delaware Veteran
1st New Hampshire Trained
2nd New Hampshire Trained

3rd Brigade C/O Woodford
Maryland Militia
New Hampshire Militia
Pennsylvania Militia
Delaware Militia

4th Brigade Weedorn
3rd Light Dragoons Trained
Heavy Gun
Med Gun
Light Gun

I placed my 3rd Brigade on my right, the plan with the Hessians was to get into a decent 
position and hold the ground.

Facing them was Richard's 1st Brigade. 

Rich placed 2 artillery pieces in the walled field, making it more like a redoubt!!

The American right was held by Richard's 3rd Brigade, the Milita. 
These were my prime target!

My Jagers were out front, 18 inches away from the enemy.

An American eye view
Facing Richard's Militia was my 2nd Brigade

The Royal Artillery take aim......


My Jagers move forward, while the American Riflemen move to the woods for protection.

My Medium gun fires at the American line.

Excellent shooting from the American artillery force a morale check on
Prinz Carl's who promptly fail and are pushed back.

A general forward order was issued for the rest of the British troops.
Not sure I want to advance further into the cornfield as I'm facing the 2 artillery pieces??

The 43rd and 27th advance, as my artillery is 6 inches from my and Richard's troops it can 
still fire, at a penalty though.

The 71st, waiting for the right moment to come out of the woods.

As I won the turn, I could fire first

Reject Richard stretching over the table!

His Nibs....the evil one

The American's fire back

And I move in next turn, but just don't reach the American's

I very wisely chose not to move forward with the 71st and 55th
Rich's artillery would have made mince meat out of me.

The 27th, my heroes!

Rich still held his 1st Brigade behind the Militia

Things seemed to be going my way when......

Rich got his 4th Brigade on the table, they randomly appeared right where Rich wanted them!! Dammit!

Again I won the first turn and fired fist. 

The American Dragoons really buggerd up my plans!
Luckily I had a unit who could turn and try and protect my flank, unluckily for me it was my hammer, the Grenadiers.

The Riflemen ventured forward and shot at my Jagers.

Next turn I charged the Militia at the fence, the Pennsylvania and Delaware both scarpered before
 I made contact

In a strange move, Postie suggested I could follow up the charge and hit the American artillery, even though I couldn't actually hit the front or flank of them, but hey ho, I'll take that!

Oh where's the gun gone?
he he!

Next turn I charged the 43rd and 27th, but the 43rd would have none of it and...................

Rout back right into the path of the Grenadiers!!!
Oh crap!

The 8th and 9th moved by the flank, trying to get out of the line of fire of the American guns.

The battling 27th smash the Militia who run.

And are left the sole occupants of the field.

I moved up to try and take a shot at the artillery, but Rich moved a line unit up, back into the
 range of my artillery.

In a desperate move, I pushed through the 43rd with my Grenadiers and became disordered, 
I had to threaten the Dragoons and I had to protect the flank of the 43rd.

The Dragoons moved up past the Grenadiers, I knew the swine wouldn't take the bait.
He didn't need to attack me he was enough of a nuisance just being there.

My Jagers took a bit of a pounding this turn, being fired at from everyone in range,

In the last move of the game Rich finally bought up his 2nd Brigade up to the fence line
ready for the next assault, which never came.

So that was the end, we were all a little unsure who had won as there was still a lot to play for in the game. Looking at the table we called it a draw as we both had lots of untested troops on the field. Rich was still in a pretty good defendable position all along his lines,
 when Postie added up the points for the game I'd won a resounding victory 21 -2.
I'd destroyed the Militia brigade who were dispersed off table, captured an artillery piece and killed a leader.
even though I'd won on points
I think we'll call it a draw

Saturday, 11 July 2015

RP No 171 Napoleonic Prussian - 1st East Prussian 2nd Battalion Line

Good God, I hear you cry. A newly painted unit on Ray's blog?? 
Whatever next?
Do you remember that little thing called a paint brush, well I've not used any of mine since April? Until this week that is! It's not that I couldn't be bothered or lost my mojo, I just couldn't find a spare
minute to get the brush out!!! And to make matters worse, the figures are not even for me, they're for His Nibs next door, Postie!

Its back to Napoleonic's for this unit, who are the 1st East Prussian line, 2nd Battalion

Revolutionary Wars:
During the French Revolutionary Wars of the 1790's the 1st East Prussian Infantry regiment was yet to be formed. The regiment that would become the 1st East Prussian infantry was the No.2 line infantry regiment 'Ruechel' under the command of Oberst Ernst von Rüchel. During the 1790's the regiment was part of the Prussian forces used to combat France. The No.2 fought well in the brief Prussian effort, but after the battle of Valmy they were sent back to Prussia as Prussia tried to conserve it's resources and soldiers.

Invasion of 1806:
In 1806, Prussia entered into the War of the Fourth Coalition in fear of France from their defeat of Austria. At the start of the Invasion the No.2 was attached to L’Estocq’s Corps with 4 other infantry regiments. L'Estocq and his chief of staff, Gerhard von Scharnhorst, commanded some 15,000 troops based at Thorn in December 1806 and at Freystadt in January 1807. Harassed by Marshal Ney, L'Estocq marched his troops from February 2 – February 8 through snowy and forested East Prussia; it has been described as "a model of the way in which a flank march in the face of a near and powerful adversary should be conducted".

The Russian troops of Bennigsen were hard-pressed by Marshal Davout in the Battle of Eylau (February 7-February 8, 1807). Leading the last operational unit in the Prussian army, L'Estocq was only able to bring eight battalions, twenty-eight squadrons, and two horse artillery batteries (estimated at 7,000-9,000 men) to the battle; the rest of his soldiers were defending against Ney.Upon the small Prussian contingent's arrival at Preußisch Eylau, Bennigsen wanted it split up to reinforce his weakened Russian troops. Scharnhorst, however, advised L'Estocq to strike with his cavalry around the Russian lines at Davout's exhausted troops; the sudden attack threw the French into disarray. Following the battle, L'Estocq's corps retreated to Preußisch Friedland to maintain coalition communications with Russia.

1806/1807 Reforms:
Following the defeat in 1806 Prussia was forced to reorganize and downsize it's army. Six of the remaining infantry regiments were chosen to be reformed, and were each given a light infantry battalion, to complete them. The No.2 with it's new 3rd battalion became the 1st East Prussian Infantry Regiment.The new army was organized into six peace-time brigades, and the 1st East Prussian were put into the East Prussian Brigade.

Russia 1812/1813
When Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812 there were 14,000 Prussian infantry attached to the auxiliary corps of the Grand Army. the six regiments were assembled from assorted battalions of multiple Prussian army regiments. The No.1 infantry regiment of the Prussian forces in Russia was mad up of the 2nd battalion/1st East Prussian Regiment, the 1st Battalion/2nd East Prussian Regiment, and the Fusilier battalion of the 1st East Prussian regiment. Unlike most of Napoleon's army the Prussian forces returned home mostly unharmed, saved by the Convention of Tauroggen.

War Of Liberation:
In 1813 the war of the 6th coalition started, and Prussia mobilized it's army for war. During the first battle of the campaign the 1st East Prussian Regiment had just returned 
from combat in Russia, and had two of it's battalions (2nd battalion and fusilier battalion) in the "1st 
Combined Infantry Regiment". At Lützen they were on the left flank under Generalmajor von Hünerbein, but were driven back like the rest of the army.

After Lützen the 1st East Prussian battalions were put back together and put in Generallieutenant von Yorc's Korps, in Oberst von Zielinsky's 1st Infantry brigade. The regiment was in the center of the Prussian line, and took heavy casualties first from the artillery barrage of the Grand Battery, and
then the successive French assault. The regiment was in the thick of the fighting for the entire day, but was beaten back to the village of Bautzen. The 1st East Prussian regiment was then present at the battle of Leipzig.

Battle of Leipzig:

At Leipzig, the 1st East Prussian Regiment was attached to the I. corp under Generallieutenant von Yorck, in the 2nd Infantry brigade (under Generalmajor Prinz CarlvonMecklenburg-Strelitz). At the time of Leipzig, the regiment had 1,840 men in total, or about 600 men per regiment. During the battle, the regiment was positioned on the allied right flank, and was ordered forward on the first day of fighting, to take the city of Möckern. The village was heavily fortified, and had a manor, palace, walled gardens, and low walls. Each position was turned into a fortress with the walls being loopholed for covered fire by the French. The ground to the west of the position was too wooded and swampy for emplacement of artillery. A dike ran east along the river Elster being 4 meters high. The bloody street fighting took a heavy toll on both sides, and the battle hung in the balance until Prussian cavalry charged and secured the field. Overall, both sides suffered around 9,000 casualties. For the next three days of the battle the regiment stayed on the right flank, and pushed to try to encircle Napoleon's forces, and even helped secure the village of Leipzig itself.


After the battle of Leipzig, the regiment continued on the allied advance through France, fighting in the battles Brienne,The six day campaign, Craonne, Reims, and Paris. The unit was then sent back to Prussia. For reasons unknown, the regiment was not part of the army involved with the 100 days campaign, and so it's service to the kingdom of Prussia ended at the battle and occupation of Paris in 1814.