15mm Napoleonic Battle
The Battle of Gorodeczna, 12 August 1812

This game used the 15mm Napoleonics of John Stangel.

John's comments before the game were:

This game will be pitting Wittgensteins 1st corp against a rag-tag collection of French and Saxons in a rough refight of Jacobovo. I have all the toys in 15mm and will bring all the terrain and groundcloths.

I will have 6 brigades of Russians and 6 Brigades of Frenchies/Saxons to fight with, not including the cavalry brigades and ample artillery. I expect I could provide troops for up to say 14-15 players, which each player having 4-6 infantry battalions and some artillery.

I have been dying for an opportinty to field all 27 stands of russian artillery I own, so...what the heck!

Photo by Jim Pitts

The Russian cavalry brigade counterattacks the Saxon cavalry brigade and French infantry to prevent them from seizing one of the pieces of high ground overlooking the bridge on the Russian right flank.

Although the lead hussar regiment did not close, the left hand dragoon regiment destroyed a Saxon chasseur regiment while the right hand dragoon regiment destroyed a French infantry battalion before suffering severe losses at the hands of a second line French battalion. The Saxon cuirassiers were too slow and were not a factor in this fight.

Fought on the southern flank of the Franco-Allied advance into Russia, this action pitted part of General Count Tormassov's Russian Third Army of the West against an attacking force of part of General Prince Schwartzenberg's Austro-Saxon command. Because the game master didn't have any Austrian troops, French were used in their place.

The Players:

Russian Players:
Jim Pitts - Russian Commander
Robert Whitfield
Robert Whitfield
John Hasselberg
Mark Gilbert
French Players:
Phil Young - French Commander
Sean Pitts
Ed Sansing
Larry Reeves

The Russians had two infantry divisions, each of three two-regiment brigades (4 battalions each and an artillery battery), a grenadier brigade (4 battalions and an artillery battery), a cavalry brigade (two dragoon and two hussar regiments and a horse artillery battery), and a Cossack brigade (three polks and a horse artillery battery). One of the division's jager brigades and the Cossack brigade entered on Turn 2 from the left hand side of the game board.

The "French" had four "French" infantry brigades and two Saxon infantry brigades (each with four battalions and an artillery battery), one "French cavalry brigade (two cuirassier, one chasseur, and one cheveau leger lancer regiments and a horse battery), and one Saxon cavalry brigade (two cuirassier and chasseur regiments and a horse battery).

Photo by Jim Pitts

A look at the Russian defensive line. Mark Gilbert's division of two infantry brigades occupy the hills on both sides of the large farm, which is defended by John Hasselberg's grenadier brigade. John's cavalry brigade (dragoons and hussars) is in reserve on the other side of the farm.

In the distance, Robert Whitfield's infantry division of three brigades defends the line of the river and the road bridge. Each brigade had a battery of artillery attached to it. On the far left and in the very distance are the French and Saxon attackers.

Photo by Jim Pitts

The Russian Cossack brigade with its attached horse artillery battery (commanded by Jim Pitts) approaches the rear of Larry Reeves' French cavalry brigade (cuirassiers, chasseurs, and cheveau leger lancers). The Cossacks didn't stand a chance against this formidable force and were destroyed almost to the last man.

Photo by Jim Pitts

A closer view of the center and right of the Russian defensive line. The Russian cavalry brigade has advanced in support of the right flank infantry division, stopping an attack by the Saxon cavalry brigade trying to take the hill overlooking the bridge.

Photo by Jim Pitts

The Russian grenadier brigade continues to hold the large farm while its artillery battery (12-lbrs) were reaching out and forcing the French to avoid attacking this strong position.

SO - Who won this battle anyway?

The "points paying" objectives (3 x D6 each) were the four road entrances, the two bridges, three pieces of high ground covering the bridges, and five villages/farms. Also each infantry battalion or cavalry regiment destroyed was worth 1 x D6 and each artillery battery destroyed was worth 2 x D6. By the end of the game, the French had possession of three road entrances, one piece of high ground, and four villages/farms which, with the Russian units destroyed, gave them 34 x D6. The Russians held one farm, one road entrance, and two pieces of high ground which, with the French units destroyed, gave them 17 x D6. One bridge was contested and its points went to neither side. After the dice roll, the French ended up with 125 points to the Russians 54, a decisive French victory.

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