The Haitian Revolution is known as the only successful slave revolution in history. In 1791, the slaves in the French colony of St Domingue rose and fought French Royalists, a British expeditionary force and finally Napoleon’s troops to gain their freedom. This is not the space to recount the dramatic events that led to the … Continue reading Women Combatants in the Haitian Revolution →
Posts Tagged ‘Napoleonic’
Just a short posting this week, last sunday saw Dane putting on a fantastic Napoleonic outing in 6mm over at Wyvern Wargamers.I have not played a lot of Black Powder but it does work very well for those big games….. plenty of action with Brigades on …
More second hand reading finds:
Here are my one sentence reviews:
- “The Full Monty” is a whopping 780 pages excluding appendices yet it is extremely well written and can be read at pace as it builds up a fascinating picture of Monty, how he brought about the victory at El Alamein and why he had to do what he did. 9/10.
- “Conquest” fails to overcome the detail that bedevils so much recent medieval history because the narrative gets lost in the endless stream of castles stored and marches made plus the book is frequently let down by the lack of a good map. 5/10.
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I still have a copy of this excellent book looking for a good home:
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.
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.
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:
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.
Following on from our previous Wellington & Auckland refight posts, on Saturday 21 June a third Waterloo Re-fight happened in New Zealand – at the Christchurch Wargaming Club, in 28mm using General de Brigade rules rather than Blackpowder that had been used in…
1. General Bonaparte Meets Chain of Command – the game and my opinion/gra i moja opinia.
For our game we had the battle between Austrian and French. Austrian forces were commanded by Richard and Alan as the French were lead by Jack Glanville and myself. Every army was consist of two infantry brigades (4 battalion each), cavalry brigade (3 squadrons) and artillery. We put our in one big battery when Austrian put the guns between their brigades. Austrian were defending the crossroad and the French had to take it. The game was umpired by John Edwing.
W naszej grze mieliśmy starcie pomiędzy Austriakami i Francuzami. Austriackimi siłami dowodzili Richard i Alan, z kolei francuskimi Jack Glanville i ja. Każda armia składała się z dwóch brygad piechoty (4 bataliony każda), brygady kawalerii (3 szwadrony) oraz artylerii. Nasze działa ustawiliśmy razem jako dużą baterię, Austriacy rozmieścili swoje armaty pomiędzy brygady. Austriacy mieli za zadanie obrony skrzyżowania, natomiast Francuzi mieli je zdobyć. Całość gry była prowadzona przez Johna Edwinga.
Together with Jack we had a cunning plan. My forces were to take the most of Austrian attention so Jack would be able to attack the Austrian forces, beat them and take the crossroad. During the reconainse phase we did not played it well and we had very small area to deploy our troops, so our cavalry was blocked at the beginning of our game by my infantry. Austrian did it in much better way and they had much more space for their troops. From the beginning our plan worked well and my troops engage the most Austrian forces and Jack was able to attack the crossroad. However his first attack failed and he was pushed back, however the second attempt success and finally took the objective. We could claim the victory during the game, but it was small but. My infantry bravely fought against the Austrian soldiers and even I had tried the cavalry charge, wich has been repulsed. Then Allan, who commanded the Austrian cavalry started his charge. He got very high result on move dice and hit my infantry from the flank. You can imagine what happend. Three of my battalions broke! We stopped the game at this point and agreed that the game finished with a draw.
Razem z Jack’iem mieliśmy chytry plan. Moje siły miały wziąć większość uwagi Austriaków, by Jak mógł zaatakować siły austriackie, rozbić je i zająć skrzyżowanie. Nie rozegraliśmy fazy rekonesansu zbyt dobrze i nasze siły miały bardzo ograniczoną strefę rozstawienia, tak na przykład nasza kawaleria była na początku gry blokowana przez moją piechotę. Austriacy zagrali to znacznie lepiej i mieli dla swoich oddziałów znacznie większą przestrzeń. Od początku wszystko przebiegało według naszego planu. Moje oddziały wiązały walką większość sił austriackich i Jack mógł natrzeć na skrzyżowanie. Jego pierwszy atak został odparty, jednak drugi się powiódł i w tym momencie moglibyśmy ogłosić zwycięstwo, gdyby nie jedno małe ale. Moja piechota dzielnie walczyła przeciwko Austriakom a nawet mojej kawalerii udało się przeprowadzić szarżę, odpartą niestety, kiedy Alan, dowódca austriackiej kawalerii, uzyskał bardzo wysoki wynik na kościach ruchu i z flanki uderzył na moją piechotę. Możecie sobie wyobrazić co się wtedy stało. Trzy moje bataliony zostały rozbite! W tym momencie zatrzymaliśmy grę i wspólnie ogłosiliśmy remis.
The rules worked very well and if you are familiar with Chain of Command you can pick up those rules very quickly. The differences are not very big. The rules are still testing so they are not ready for publishing yet, however the game seems to be nearly finished and if you ever will have a chance to try them, do it, they are really cool!
Zasady sprawiły się całkiem dobrze i jeśli ktoś jest zaznajomiony z zasadami Chain of Command, nie powinien mieć z nimi żadnych problemów. Różnice nie są zbyt duże. Przepisy są ciągle w fazie testów i nie są jeszcze gotowe do publikacji, jednakże wyglądają na prawie skończone i jeśli będziecie mieli możliwość kiedykolwiek ich wypróbowania, zróbcie to, są naprawdę super!
2. Other Afternoon games. Inne gry popołudniowe.
Dux Riders (second game/druga gra)
Kiss Me, Hardy
Chain of Command
Charlie Don’t Surf
3. Links. Linki.
My gallery from the General Bonaparte Meets Chain of Command on my Flickr:
Moja galeria z gry General Bonaparte Meets Chain of Command na Flickr:
My gallery fo the Afternoon games on Flickr:
Moja galeria gier popołudniowych na Flickr:
With the 200th anniversary of Waterloo yesterday, we just had to run a Nappy’s game. Armed with but a fraction of Lead Addict’s enormous Napoleonic collection we staged a Black Powder game using some of the house rules generated over the years on the B…
One of the nice things about producing a website such as this one is that occasionally nice people send you nice stuff – and this is exactly what happened when Quino Ruiz contacted me via the Madaxeman.com Facebook Page to see if I wanted to road-test …
A few more photos from Miniature World, Vancouver Island. Another lovely Napoleonic display. A display of castles. A collection of WW2 aircraft. There were buttons beside this diorama that played some great sound effects! Pioneervi…
This month we commemorate the Battle of Waterloo, which was fought 200 years ago on 18th June. What would be more appropriate than to also remember the women who fought and died on this day? It’s not very surprising that women should have been present at Waterloo. For a start, there exists a long tradition … Continue reading The Women of Waterloo →
After spending a couple of weeks with family in Bellingham ( about one and a half hours drive north from Seattle) we headed to Vancouver. While there we went across to Vancouver Island and ended up at the very interesting Miniature World.85 dioramas th…
I’ve just finished some heavyweight reading. The two books below cover very different periods but share the same aim of producing readable, narrative history:
Here are my one sentence reviews:
- “1812” offers a beautifully readable version of the famous campaign of 1812 and thoroughly deserves the plaudits heaped on it by others not least by avoiding the pitfalls so common in military history of this period. 10 /10
- “All Hell Let Loose” is also very readable offering a critical, yet dynamic, overview of such a vast topic apparently with ease bolstered with an excellent selection of very apposite statistics, stories and quotes from all sides. 9/10
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1. You just launched Et sans résultat! at Little Wars 2015 – How’d the launch go? Awesome. Just awesome. We ran two games of ESR – the Battle of Eylau. At the height of things we had seven players and eight people observing the game, lot of interest. Each side had one veteran player who’d […]
The British expedition sailing to St Domingue in 1795 brought not only more than 18.000 men, but also twenty-four modular two storey timber block houses as well as the latest invention in communication technology: a semaphore. This was almost certainly a Murray semaphore. Its inventor, Lord George Murray, had been inspired by news of the … Continue reading Building a Murray Semaphore →
I picked up Dave and drove over to Mel’s and swapped cars and Mel kindly drove us all to Sheffield. I managed to get some great bargains which I’ll post about later, and all in all we enjoyed ourselves. I thought the show was a lot quieter than I’d see…
To enliven my gaming table a bit I thought about adding some miniature furniture. Nothing fancy, a couple of tables and chairs in order to make nice objectives for skirmish games. However, it proved quite difficult to find manufacturers which produce that kind of stuff. While there is lots of furniture for 28mm out there, … Continue reading Furniture in 15mm →
Well some of the guys at PAW bought a ton of 28mm Napoleonic at out show in February, to play Black Poewder with. I liked the look and thought I would give it a go..Here is my first attempt at doing a Victorix 28mm figure form start to finish.I w…
After finishing the beach mat, I couldn’t wait to break it in. Last weekend the time had finally come: We decided to play an amphibious assault scenario with Sharp Practice set during the Haitian Revolution. To make things more interesting, we decided to use our ‘secret objective’ mechanics. We have used this extensively for games … Continue reading Beach Assault – Another Sharp Practice AAR →
La Haye Sainte (#183) is the newest edition to the CBB mat line-up! This mat is designed to refight D’Erlon’s attack on Picton’s Division at the Battle of Waterloo. It works perfectly for 10mm – 15mm miniatures using a tactical set of rules. The mat is also designed to be somewhat generic in […]
Major Horace Turvington had clear orders: Take the de la Bréjaude plantation from the brigands. The manor house had been burned down during that fateful night in August 1791, when the slaves of the Northern Plains had risen in union. However, the Marquis de la Bréjaude was an important ally and it would show good will … Continue reading Take the Plantation! →
UMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Sandy Gilespie
1. Forces. Siły.
2. The Game. Gra.
3. Summary. Podsumowanie.
4. Links. Linki.
|Borodino and Gorki.|
|Polish 5th Corps.|
|The battle begins.|
|The Great Redoubt fighting.|
|Polish and French push on Russian positions.|
|Fightings in Borodino and Gorki.|