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Battle Report: 20th November 1999

1859 Austrians ~vs~ 1859 French

(Robert Avery ~vs~ Rupert Avery) .

1859 Austrians

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s Org. Class Weapons Pts/Fig Points
  CinC 1         100
1st Brigade Attached Jaegers 32 4x8 LightsB mlr 12 424
   1st (Grenadier) Battalion 32 4x8 RegB mlr 11 392
  2nd (Fusilier) Battalion 42 6x7 RegC mlr 9 438
  3rd (Fusilier) Battalion 42 6x7 RegC mlr 9 438
Cavalry Uhlans 14 2x7 RegB l, s, p 16 244
Artillery Battery 3 3x1 RegB light mlsb FA 73 259
              2295
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1859 French

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s

Org.

Class

Weapons

Pts/Fig

Points

.

CinC

1

 

 

 

  100
  Imperial Guard 16 4x4 RegA mlr 12 232
1st Regiment 1st Battalion 36 6x6 RegC mlr 9 384
  2nd Battalion 36 6x6 RegC mlr 9 384
  3rd Battalion 36 6x6 RegC mlr 9 384
  Attached Zouaves 36 6x6 RegC mlr 9 384
Cavalry Cuirassiers 12 2x6 RegB s, armour, mlc 16 212
Artillery Battery 3 3x1 RegC light mlrb FA 79 267
              2347
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. Austrians French
Foot 2960 3200
Horse 280 240
Guns 6 6
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Casualties

The Austrians lost 160 Jaegers; 240 Grenadiers; and 80 Uhlans: for a total of 480.

The French lost 160 Imperial Guard; 80 1iere Bttn; 60 2ieme Bttn; 200 3ieme Bttn; 200 Zoauves and 100 Cuirassiers for a total of 800.

Results

A win for the Austrians.

Analysis

A good battle played over about 3 hours.

The French were somewhat unlucky at the beginning of the battle: by rights their counter-battery fire should have taken out the Austrian artillery. The fact that it didn’t was to prove crucial: as the Austrian artillery contributed muchly to the French defeat. The Austrian skirmishers also proved incredibly difficult to hit: not taking any casualties until at least half-way through the battle.

However, if there was one moment that perhaps the French could have played better, it was the moment when the Austrian Grenadiers were disordered in the woods. If, instead of firing (which would have worked in open terrain) the French had charged, then the Austrians would probably have broken and fled (they would have counted as under partial flank fire and disordered). This would have enabled the French battalion to appear on the Austrian flank and put an entirely different perspective on the battle.