The host and moderator was Kelly Jones and the rules were a modified version of Shako I.
We were using 25mm miniatures, mostly from Kelly's collection with sections from the North Shore Wargamers collections.
We were setup on a monster table some 8-10 feet by 28-32 feet, remember when you are looking at the pictures that these are 1 inch minis.
Hanau is a post Leipzig battle where the Bavarians had dashed into the path of the French, not realizing that they were in the planned route of the main body. The Bavarians had hoped to just be rounding up some 20,000 to 40,000 stragglers and taking them prisoner. I wonder what Wrede ended up telling his subordinates after the dust settled?
|The map used for planning|
So I was going to have to wait until I could adjust anything, this meant that I had to be really clear with the strategy from the start.
We decided on a left refused strategy, blocking off the one main bridge crossing with the one Corps in that sector, everyone else would to a 'flank move' to the right so as to concentrate strength on the great road. Then once the Guard had arrived a main line push would start on the road.
As luck would have it, the Allies (Austrian and Bavarians) chose to deploy in a simple line formation, totally braking up their strength across the intervening river. Then during deployment our Sebastiani player noted something most unusual ...
|The field as deployed (each of the sticks are 1 yard)|
|Bonaparte in 1813|
|The mass of French on the right|
|The French in the center as deployed|
|part of the left forces|
|Allied right and the critical bridge|
|the overhead situation|
|French Cavalry pounding into Allied Batteries|
|These French horsemen sent the Allied artillery from the field or crushed those that remained|
|over at the bridge the Bavarians were unable to hold their ground|
|only one Corps was holding down nearly three times their number|
|Allied command in the center was hard pressed to adjust to the changes in the French opposing them|
|some French brigades were set to cover duty|
|keeping Austrians in the center from any movement|
|while the Allied left was busy rushing to the left as that flank was going to crumble without any more artillery|
|after a few turns a major salient was forced into the Allied left|
|the last of the Allied horse, ready to hold?|
|with an extreme effort the Allies are now crossing the bridge - the French have left the center|
|French in a series of columns covered by a line of others are on the move to the right flank from the center|
|French right wing, with Sebastiani in the lead|
|Sebastiani was to lead an excellent flank attack|
|French horse artillery now had open targeting to massed Allied horse|
|the Allies were warned that great cheers of 'Vive l"emperor!" were coming from the woods|
|now the Bavarians were going to assault en mass|
|combined arms struck out now as the last Allied artillery on their left was overurn|
|in the bridge sector, even with crossing happening - the French were still causing disorder and casualties with artillery fire|
|Allied assaults in the center were reckless|
|masses of cavalry waited for opportunity while infantry waded into the thick of the cannister fire|
|the sheer volume of lead on the table won this game demonstration the award for 'most tonnage'|
|at long last Bonaparte was here and so was the Imperial Guard|
|along with Guard batteries|
|veterans of more than a dozen campaigns|
|supported by elite horsemen, now forming a second line behind Sebastiani|
|confident of success|
|the cheering could be heard across the battlefield|
|Bavarian horse makes the first try ... they are overwhelmed by superior French|
|Austrians seek to break into the flank of the Guard, they are cut to pieces by the better Guard die rolls|
|Sebastiani and the French cavalry now with Guard horse, break through the Allied left and open the road to escape|
|Allied morale suffers another failure and more Divisions convert to hold orders or outright retreat|
|as those Allies flee they are sent off by Guard Horse artillery|
|Hanau would end with the sound of these guns sending off the retreating Allied force|
The convention was memorable also as another good gamer, Dennis Chin won the baton award from the Trumpeter Wargames Club.
|Dennis Chin with the Trumpeter Baton|