|Prussian Combined arms of von Kleist took to the table for the first time|
The forces were of French IV and XI Corps under the Command of Maréchal Macdonald, Duke of Tarente along with Elements of III Cavalry Corps.
Opposing them were the Prussians: Left Wing: Generallieutenant von Kleist, Austrians of 3rd Army Abtielung: Feldzeugmeister Graf I. Gyulai and Russians of 2nd Corps: Generallieutenant Prince Wurttemberg, Cavalry Corps: Generallieutenant Count Pahlen III under the command of: Commander-in-Chief: General of Infantry Barclay de Tolly.
The field of battle was the lower ground between Olbernhau and Zoblitz and the river line between Olbernhau and the Zoblitz-Sayda bridge.
|regional picture of troop positions|
|close-up of the region map - showing tabletop area|
|Table start positions, Olbernhau in bottom right, Zoblitz top left, Ansprung center left|
The first turn per the d6 roll of "2" was 10h00 (mid morning turn 2)
|French deployment line looking towards Zoblitz|
|Maréchal Macdonald, Duke of Tarente|
This permitted the Austrian column to rush up towards Ansprung and have the Prussian column under von Kelist begin to flow onto the table - led by Prussian cavalry and followed by artillery and infantry this column's job was to smash into XI Corps and open the bridge north out of the Bohemian mountains.
|Austrians move forward past Ansprung|
|French had set up a defended gun line|
|Russian General Barclay de Tolly was having to command Austrians and Prussians|
|Prussian horse lead von Kleist columns out of Olernhau, de Tolly is to the right in this image|
|half way through the first pulse of the game using Fast Play Grand Armee|
|at Zoblitz the Württemberg force is lined up while Italians form a column of brigades to their left|
|cross-view of Zoblitz showing the Italians in column|
|overall situation change at the start-point of pulse one turn 3|
|first time on the table for these freshly painted Prussian Horse|
|same Prussian horse, now the French gun line could be seen ...|
|French 4th Heavy Dragoon Division under Defrance with Arrighi overseeing|
|Allied move completed now mid-way through the turn|
The guns had fired, sadly to no effect, for the two brigades of Uhlans and Landwher horse that reached the line were able to smash all the artillery of XI Corps reserve and Ledru's 31st Division, while only suffering a single casualty.
The main point of the French defensive line for XI Corps was now destroyed ... how could they hope to hold on?
|Prussian Horse breach the line of French artillery|
|Austrian divisions clash with Württemberg foot and French horse|
|Bertrand was having to decide what to do ...|
|Fontanelli and his men lose heart!|
|MacDonald left with a retreating right and a smashed open left ...|
|overall field at 13h00|
|center of the French left, two divisions were set to hold off the Prussian army corps!|
|only conscripts hold the line now|
|view from the French left, with Olbernhau in the distance behind a long column of Prussians!|
|Allied left looking towards Zoblitz|
|Gyulai formed into two lines, with Grenzers in the front|
|overall view of field from Allied left wing, Zoblitz to the top left of picture|
|overall view of field, showing the Prussian column, the bridge to Sayda is in the top right|
|view of the field at 13h45|
The Austrians had a morale drop and the leading Grenzer formations retreated, in good order though damaged, they fell back behind the second line and began to recover from their wounds (this was the first time I could do this in an organized way during an active battle!).
|Württemberg forces are gone, Austrians fall back into defensive posture|
|the ominous looking Prussian column|
|French defenses looked stiffer on the left now that the Italians had recovered|
Pulse 1 went so fast that I took no pictures. The major events were: Prussians closed up on the French left, Austrians did recover some Grenzers, Russian cavalry and infantry arrived. For the French side, the Italians fled AGAIN!, this time taking Morand's division with them along with Bertrand doing a 'lapels' on Morand. It was over, IV Corps was suffering a loss of morale and XI Corps had no more reserves to reach for.
|turn 4 pulse 2 17h00 all Allied forces had arrived on the table|
|Morand is covering while Fontanelli flees|
|Bertrand had no reserves and no command dice to help|
|Austrians were content to watch the French and Italians melt away in confusion|
|though hardly moving by the end, the Prussian corps was the winner in this contest|
|the dead lying out before the Austrian positions were testament to the ferocity of the battle|
|Crenneville managed to recover at least 1 casting to his Division while back in a recovery position|
|Fontanelli's Italians did not perform at all this day ...|
|The newly painted Prussians under von Kleist were the victors of the day|
|a long view across the victors from Ansprung perspective|
|IV Corps and Light Cavalry ... still active in the region|
|MacDonals and XI Corps will have to withdraw to Sayda ... the way is open|
Prussian cavalry would be forced out due to casualties (they were hot in the battle) the Cuirassier charged into the French in one last attempt to break their line, it cost each unit 5 hits (the Cuirassier were still alive due to their having 6 hit capacity ... though they could not recover any of this battle strength).
|Prussian Cavalry will have to fall back and recover before taking any more action|
|the Prussians under von Kleist, von Klux division will also have to fall back|
Austrians would have to do without their Grenzers for a day as they recover from eliminating the Württemberg force.
|Austrians, will lose use of Grenzers, still active in the region|
The campaign route to Sayda is now open, though IV Corps continues to be in Marienberg, and therefore blocking (or threatening) any sustained advance.