Battle Report: 8th June 1996
French 1870 ~vs~ Prussian 1870
(Robert Avery ~vs~ Nog Norgren)
side outscouted, so the armies deployed for battle simultaneously. The
Prussians placed their full strength infantry battalions in the centre,
supported by their artillery, their Uhlans on the left, with the smaller
infantry battalion and Cuirassiers on their right.
French placed all their cavalry on their left flank, and pushed forward their
infantry in column: evenly spaced out over their frontage.
sides immediately advanced strongly: with
infantry rushing forward in column. On the French left, the French cavalry
poured out of the village and formed four huge lines, each two squadrons wide,
in preparation for a wave assault on the Prussian Cuirassiers and smaller
Prussian artillery, proving as deadly as their historical counterparts, wiped
out all but one section of their French equivalents, which fled the field
Prussian commander now deployed his men into line but, as they began to move,
suddenly realised that the French Marines and Zouaves were charging forward,
sunlight glinting off their bayonets! At the same time, the French cavalry
spurred their horses forward into a charge:
it was going to be a short, sharp battle!
French left, their cavalry smashed into the Cuirassiers and a small square of
infantry. The first squadron of Prussian Cuirassiers and the whole of the
French Lancers were wiped from the field, but then the French Heavy cavalry,
big men on big horses, crashed into their foes: hurling them backwards shaken
and in disorder. Still more French cavalry charged forward, and the Prussians
gave way and routed.
in the centre, the French Marines had smashed through the Jaeger skirmish
line, and forced the Prussian gunners to flee to the Guards unit. The Guards
refused flank, and halted the Marines who, next phase, were peppered by the
Prussian Guard on their own flank, and fled in some confusion.
Zouaves had smashed the rest of the Jaegers from the field and had paused to
regroup. Into view came the Prussian Uhlans, rushing across the field to halt
the victorious French cavalry from rolling up their lines. Chassepots were
raised, and the unfortunate Uhlans blasted in the flank.
only the Guards and one line battalion remaining, and facing five untouched
French units, the Prussians retreated.
The Prussians lost 120 Jaegers; 40 Cuirassiers; 220 Line Infantry and 60 Guards. The Uhlans took very heavy casualties too.
French lost two artillery sections; half the Marines and Zouaves; all the
Lancers and most of their Cuirassiers.
victory for the French: with the
Prussians being able to retreat in good order.
A great battle decided by two
charges in the second turn!
The French fought with élan: winning at the point of the bayonet. Note that the speedy Prussian advance did negate the advantage of the Chassepot’s longer range.