Sabres in the Snow

SABRES IN THE SNOW: MURAT AT EYLAU, 1807!

BARRY C. JACOBSEN

02/05/2016/ Originally published onDeadliest Blogger

AS DEFEAT LOOMS, MURAT’S CAVALRY SAVES THE DAY IN PERHAPS THE GREATEST CAVALRY CHARGE IN MILITARY HISTORY

In October of 1806, Napoleon decisively defeated the Prussians in a lightning campaign that culminated at the twin battles of Jena-Auerstedt. This campaign was in response to Prussia joining Russia, Saxony, Sweden, and Great Britain in the Fourth Coalition against Napoleon; following his defeat of Austria at the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805.

Following Jena-Auerstedt, Napoleon overran much of Prussia in a blitzkrieg-like advance, destroying the remnants of the Prussian army at the Battles of Prenzlau and Lübeck. On the 25th of October, the French captured Berlin.

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Draft: Eylau part 2


See Part 1 here.


The battle ebbs and flows. Both sides reinforcement come on.

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Eylau Nappy Art of War! Part 1. [SPI]

Eylau Nappy Art of War! Part 1. [SPI]


Napoleon’s Art of War system. Simple, and pretty fast playing. Except if you are me!

It took a bit to sort out the impact of Arty, the way the CRT ‘really’ worked and the quirky reverse results for period/battle flavour. Which due to historically horrid weather caused battles to become very confused in this battle.

Battle Description:


The Battle of Eylau or Battle of Preussisch-Eylau, 7 and 8 February 1807, was a bloody and inconclusive battle betweenNapoléon’s Grande Armée and a Russian Empire army under Levin August, Count von Bennigsen near the town of Preußisch Eylau in East Prussia.[4] Late in the battle, the Russians received a timely reinforcement from a Prussian division.

The town is now called Bagrationovsk and it is a part ofKaliningrad OblastRussia. The engagement was fought during theWar of the Fourth Coalition, part of the Napoleonic Wars. Of all Napoleonic battles, this is considered to be the most uncertain and mysterious for several reasons — mainly the strength of Murat’s reserve cavalry.

Napoleon’s armies previously smashed the army of the Austrian Empire in the Ulm Campaign and the combined Austrian and Russian armies at the Battle of Austerlitz on 2 December 1805. Austerlitz forced the Austrians to sue for peace and their Russian allies to withdraw from the conflict. On 14 October 1806, Napoleon crushed the armies of the Kingdom of Prussia at the Battle of Jena-Auerstedt.

After a rapid pursuit, the broken pieces of the Prussian army were destroyed at the Battles of Prenzlau andLübeck and in a series of capitulations at ErfurtPasewalkStettinMagdeburg, andHamelin. Eylau was the first serious check to the Grande Armée and the myth of Napoleon’s invincibility was badly shaken. However, in 1807 the dramatic defeat of the Russian forces at Friedland allowed Napoleon in 1812 to march towards Moscow almost uncontested.

In late January, Bennigsen’s Russian army went on the offensive in East Prussia, pushing far to the west. Napoleon reacted by mounting a counteroffensive to the north, hoping to prevent their retreat to the east. After his cossacks captured a copy of Napoleon’s orders, Bennigsen rapidly withdrew to the northeast to avoid being cut off.

The French pursued for several days and found the Russians drawn up for battle atEylau. In a vicious evening clash, the French captured the village with heavy losses on both sides. The following day brought even more serious fighting. Early in the battle, a frontal attack by Napoleon failed with catastrophic losses.

To retrieve the situation, the emperor launched a massed cavalry charge against the Russians. This bought enough time for the French right wing to throw its weight into the contest. Soon, the Russian left wing was bent back at an acute angle and Bennigsen’s army was in danger of collapse. A Prussian corps belatedly arrived and saved the day by pushing back the French right wing.

As darkness fell, a French corps tardily appeared on the French left flank. That night Bennigsen decided to retreat, leaving Napoleon in possession of a snowy battlefield covered with thousands of corpses and many more wounded.


On to our version of these events see part two shortly.

 
 

Lots of New Vassal Modules!

Gazala the Cauldron, an innovative game with a fresh look at the battle using some interesting techniques to bring the battle to life. I’d like to see more of this system for sure!vassal

Frederic Beys Nappy system!

Corrections to Combat Commander, WIF and more.

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Waterloo 200 BigBoard v Designer!

Prepare yourself for an EPIC battle….
Seriously. Just bugger off if you can’t handle it. It is all a bit too EPIC.

A truly seriously awesome experience….
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The French open with a deep strike on La Haye and press hard on Welly Right. They also take the Orchards with ease as I had a crappy block dot unit there [ black dots take one hit to rotate a block, white 2 and red three. We will discuss sharing hits later…maybe].

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The deal with the Allies is to A. Hold on and B. Not lose your cool and C. do not get too far behind on the lost units curve. As you can see below we got a 4 pip Red dot and two 3 dot units. Once we take 3 hits we rotate the middle unit. Then I can spread hits across each unit as they will all have 3 pips each! It will take 4 hit to make one rotate and 6 to reduce all of them.
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The Right flank is bottled up for now. So what to do about losing Papolotte and Le Haye so early? Nappy is pressing hard on my left and could even get Welly in his sights! See point B. above.

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