This time we gamed out using Fast Play Grande Armee (FPGA) what is essentially a flank action on the far east side of Barclay de Tolly's sector along the north side of the Bohemian Mountains.
Dresden is the only major fortification in the area and in order to reach it, either the French must be beaten back from the south and west or the river Elbe must be crossed.
Our campaign map places the river between Dresden and the lands to the east, with a gap east of the city.
I interpreted this as a crossing point of Loschwitz and Blasewitz, as seen on this older map (though not current with 1813 as there are railways on it) of the area, there was a crossing here for some time. Again not clear in the historical record if there was a bridge or ferry here in 1813 as the historical battle was much further west, and with much larger forces.
|A topographical map of Dresden area, with the battle site circled in red|
Moreover, the French would be defending with some 'wounded' formations, while the attacking Russian and Austrians, commanded by the Prussian von Müssling, would be having to assault with limited artillery support, using 'flank' formations (no heavy divisions or grenadiers) and neither side had any cavalry to exploit any minor success.
|battlefield view looking north, Loschwitz is on the right|
|looking east from the south side of Blasewitz across the Elbe|
|again looking east, now on the north side of Blasewitz at the bridge over the Elbe into Loschwitz|
|Russians from the right, French holding the left bank of the Elbe|
|Maréchal Victor's II Corps bore the brunt of the day's action|
|Russian batteries are hastily rushed forward to clear the bridge defenses|
|Maréchal Macdonald was elevated to wing command of the whole of the south region, Dresden is coming under attack and so this action pulls in his personal attention as overall commander - releasing Victor to work his magic with II Corps|
|von Müssling found all sorts of challenges with the multi-national Russian and Austrian forces under his command|
|Artillery batteries of both sides exchanged furious fire|
|the death toll at the bridge crossing began|
|35th Division artillery were brought in just that day and found range to the far side of the bridge|
Right from the start Russian infantry began hurling themselves across the bridge ... straight into murderous artillery fire.
|by 18h00 most of the first Russian column had arrived and were pressing the crossing of the Elbe|
|35th Division was marched through the woods to form a rear-guard|
|Artillery exchange was continuing, with both Russian and French gunners paying the price|
|the sacrifice to cross the bridge was becoming clear|
|ever more Russian brigades were lined up to make their try at getting across that bridge|
|while the column of re-enforcements stretched off the board to the east|
|Maréchal Victor kept a steady hand on the leading French Brigades|
|Maréchal Victor surveys the scene from a highpoint in Blasewitz|
|Maréchal Victor and II Corps holding Blasewitz|
|turn 6 pulse 2 at 18h20, just as the Russians ran out of CD's|
|Russian artillery had been wrecked and now the French were to be similarly undone by counter-battery fire|
|Russians continued to push across the bridge, indeed they even briefly held the French side of the bridge|
|Austrians were also moving forward, leading with Horse Artillery seen here at the tail of the Russian columns|
|the far end of turn 6 - resulting in maximum chaos for the Russians as some of the Divisions simply refused to move|
|with the confusion in the hold the death toll of Russians at the bridge rises|
|whole brigades of Russians were sent fleeing to the rear, so the score remained 1-0|
|Austrian artillery still could not get through the mass of Russian infantry to reach their desired location along the Elbe in range of the French barricades|
|Would the Austrian Division of Mayer be enough to tip the scales?|
Read all about day two of the Battle of Loschwitz here on MurdocK's MarauderS