By the time of the battle Napoleon had over 200,000 men available to him east of the Elbe.
Napoleon had 119,000 men, split into IV Corps (Bertrand), VI Corps (Marmont), XI Corps (Macdonald), XII Corps (Oudinot), Latour-Maubourg's 1st Cavalry Corps, one division of the Old Guard and two of the Young Guard. Prince
|The tabletop its-self,|
French Left wing bottom right
The Allies decided to place a screening force on the Spree, but concentrate on defending the valley of the Blösaer Wasser.
The game is scheduled to run for 3-4 weeks, a total of 30 game turns, more to be added here as it happens!
|Alied rear, Centre|
Week One: - Saw a French holding force, commanded by Nigel, move into contact on their right wing. On the French Left wing a corps advanced to cross the river and then try and flank the Prussian
|Allied rear, left flank|
Late on the John & the French Guards arrived in the centre, forming an on table reserve as MacDonalds and Oudinot's Corps continued their attacks. On the extreme left wing, behind the Prussian army's flanks Ney's command made it's initial appearance.
|Attacking the heights in the French centre|
|Another view of the fighting on the heights|
|Tje French Guards arrive|
The French right flank, continued to hold its position, whilst on the left, Neys' forces continued to arrive and move into the tabletop to engage the Prussians who had had plenty of time to face their advance.
Ney was ably supported by the French Corps which had crossed the river, and pressing their attack.
|Ney's slow advance from the left flank|
Ironically, Ney. seemed to be hampered by the nature of his force having a high proportion of cavalry, instead of sweeping advances, Warren's Prussian squares obstructed the way and each square had to be tackled by infantry as they could be brought forward.
|MacDonald & Oudinot advance on centre, |
seen from the Allied side
Elsewhere Oudinot's forces pushed on and on, driving the Prussians from the hill in front of them, they survived two morale tests as their casualties began to mount but late on in week three, they reached their arrowhead goals.
|The Guard continue to advance|
|The French extreme right, shift left!|
The Guard pressed on and will be engaging with Russian troops next week in a meaningful way and further to the right the French line has been moved left to support the guard's advance.
Week Four and Five: - Ney's Forces grind onwards into the Prussians, forcing them to gradually give ground. Ultimately numbers tell and the Prussian Corps crumble and dissolve, only to be replaced by Russian allies who have been able to move to their right flank in the time that he Prussians earned with their blood.
On the French' main front, things stagnated, with few corps available to fight - it is left to the guard to hold the line along with a single other corp (Marmont) to their immediate right. Finally in week five, the Guard lash out and start inflicting serious casualties in their opponents, although Marmont's Corp is finally broken.