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006. The Battle of Lützen - WDS Campaign Bautzen

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006. The Battle of Lützen

By Bill Peters
French (Nap) 1 - 1 - 2 Allies (Nap)
Rating: 9.55 (6)
Games Played: 4
SM: 7
Turns: 72
Type: Custom
First Side: French (Nap)
Second Side: Allies (Nap)
2 May 1813 - Historical - Intended to be played Head to Head - With Napoleon finally up to the front and in command personally the French army morale soared. The late part of April saw much maneuvering around the Elbe. The key cities of Leipzig and Halle were magnets drawing troops from both sides. At Halle Kleist was able to hold off the French under Eugene and retire in good order. The main army under Wittgenstein (having replaced Kutusov who had died on the 28th) was situated in and around Leipzig and to the southeast. Bülow was to the north covering the approaches to Berlin. Napoleon was desirous of a battle with the Allies and began moving his army towards Leipzig. Ney was first to reach Lützen on the 1st of May with more French corps marching from Naumberg and Merseberg. Wittgenstein conceived a plan whereby the Allies would move up to Lützen and attack the French. On the morning of the 2nd of May the Allies were moving to cross over the Elster and Floßbraben (a canal which was impassable to cavalry and artillery). Confusion reigned as the different columns all became intermingled. Eventually the troops were able to cross and the Prussians made up the first line while the Russians took up position in a reserve role. Ney was totally unaware of the concentration. Even a small cavalry outpost would have detected the movement but Ney had little to no cavalry in his command. The Prussian attack took the Souham's 8th Division in Gross Gorschen by surprise and for the next several hours the fighting would revolve around possession of the villages. Eventually French reinforcements would arrive to stem the Allied tide but the French had narrowly missed being beaten. Only the lack of commitment on the part of the monarchs allowed the III Corps to escape serious destruction. For Napoleon it was an incomplete victory as his army was not equipped with sufficient cavalry to follow up his victory. The Allies would fall back to Dresden and then to Bautzen where the last major engagement of the Spring Campaign would be fought.
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Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
Allies (Nap) hairen064's Profile hairen064 vs. The_General The_General's Profile French (Nap) Allies (Nap) Major Win 98 14
Allies (Nap) mfriedman421's Profile mfriedman421 vs. MattP MattP's Profile French (Nap) Allies (Nap) Major Loss 14 98
Allies (Nap) agmoss99's Profile agmoss99 vs. mfriedman421 mfriedman421's Profile French (Nap) Allies (Nap) Major Win 98 14
French (Nap) yvan0123's Profile yvan0123 vs. jim pfleck jim pfleck's Profile Allies (Nap) Draw 56 56
jim pfleck
jim pfleck Frid Mar 11, 2016 3:04 pm
Lots of movement. Lots of slaughter. This is one of my favorite scenarios and I find it very interesting from a historical perspective. Each side must plan for the 2nd half of the game (when the French vastly outnumber the Coalition and are threatening both flanks) right from the beginning and marshal and expend their resources accordingly.
General of the Army
agmoss99 Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:00 am
The French start the scenario at a disadvantage. Retreating from the allied advance until reinforcements arrive is the best tactic. The French have very few cavalry compared to the allies, although as usual the cossacks turned out to be a liability.
MattP Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:51 pm
Very interesting scenario, both sides have strengths and weaknesses and the opportunity to both attack and defend. The French start the day on their heels and then over time build up overwhelming force. The French have a lack of cavalry, the allies a lack of infantry. End game planning is very important.