The Prussian Army of Berlin had been pushed out of Potsdam, then defeated in the field north of Potsdam. Following the battle, the Prussians then managed to cross the Havel River near Lowenberg, following the crossing the pontoons were pulled in by General Lieutenant Bülow.
The pursuing army of French consisted of I Corps of Vandamme and the remains of the Polish Corps under the command of General Nansouty.
|strategic situation at Lownenberg|
French-allied forces should be in these positions simultaneously. If possible I'd like to attack late on the 3rd with Nansouty leading with Vandamme's corps and the Poles coming in on the flank/rear of the Prussians.Bülow's aim was to score as much damage on the French as possible ...
If necessary, the cavalry could pin them until the infantry arrive?
|Lowenberg had a narrow zone to the south, where Vandamme was to assault from|
Following the general instructions from Maréchal Poniatowski (yes you read that right Maréchal), the French-Polish forces were first forward to expose the defensive arrangement of the Prussians while Vandamme's I Corps assembled a massive artillery line to barrage the southern defensive line of the Prussians.
By turn three the forces were finally close enough to start the artillery exchanges ... with the Prussians scoring no hits at all.
|French columns surge forward as the first Prussian artillery shot fall on all sides to no effect|
|Polish Cuirassier move in from the east|
|Awaiting the Poles were Prussian Landwher Jagers|
|further in west at the outskirts of the town were more Prussian Landwher|
|Facing south was a line of Landwher and artillery|
|view from the south as the French columns move into the gap between the river and forest|
|reverse view from atop the watermill|
|the second division moving in columns|
|Polish cuirassier have fallen back from the Prussians|
|1's mean nothing for artillery fire ... the Prussians continue to miss their shots|
|forest spaces enhanced to show the field of battle, north is the top|
|closer view of the Prussians in the town|
|Polish line with guns to the east|
|Polish cuirassier seeing that Prussian horse batteries would be setting up - CHARGE!|
|One Prussian battery escaped, the other WON THE CLOSE COMBAT!|
|in heavy smoke from the clash with the Polish cuirassier the Prussian horse battery was lucky to be alive|
The artillery continued to pound away for both sides, though the French had more guns, thus more shots, and that began to wear down the power of the Prussian lines ...
|view of the field looking west from behind the Polish line, woods are enhanced|
|Polish artillery began firing at Prussian Landwher|
|forced back and rallied, the damaged Polish cuirassier make ready to face the coming Prussian horse|
|view looking west from the edge of the large woods|
|French artillery barrage was continuous|
|some French columns had to retreat behind the line, having taken a hit while covering the deployment of the artillery|
|Vandamme in the center bottom of this image, watching for the break in the Prussian line|
|the Prussian horse, charged the damaged Polish cuirassier, sweeping them from the field|
|overview of field, woods enhanced|
|eastern sector, Polish line battalions with artillery, now facing horse, foot and guns|
|The Prussian lines now had gaps cut by the French batteries|
|massed French artillery had been pounding away for five turns - the Divisional square behind the French line is easily visible|
|a lower view of the French lines|
|French gun lines were becoming the tale of the game ...|
|the artillery exchange continued at the south end of the town|
|Polish lines pour on the fire while one end forms square against the marauding Prussian cavalry|
|thw sqare was shot up by artillery, then in comes the horse charge, supported to the rear|
|overhead view of the Prussian attack in the east|
|the view of Arentschildt's brigade in column marching east|
|French command now orders a flank assault through the woods, otherwise there will be no chance at victory.|
|the attacking French columns move through and around the woods as the Prussian gun line had been partly silenced|
|columns move through the woods|
|columns surge through the gap in the French artillery line|
|French horse batteries were sent up to support the attacking division, who were lost as well as half of the assaulting battalions|
|one French battalion did reach the town itself with no Prussians to stop them|
|Arentschildt's brigade rushed back into the fray, but were unable to affect the outcome more|
|French lines even started counter-fire with the Landwher in the watermill|
|Vandamme had sent in two divisions, now they would have to secure the victory as the guns fell silent - masked by the advancing battalions|
|keeping fire on the Landwher in the watermill|
|French enter the town center!|
|one last French battalion is lost as they strike onto a foot battery and failed in the close combat|
|French column comes out from the woods and charges a foot battery ... only to fall to defeat in close combat|
|General Lieutenant Bülow and staff are forced out of the town center|
Left with no light cavalry at all, Vandamme orders the retreat of French forces and the brave battalion that took the town center was forced to surrender all arms and eagle by becoming surrounded.
In all the French lost two divisions, four artillery batteries and the last of the cavalry they had north of the Havel River. While the Prussians lost four Landwher battalions and two foot batteries.
A decisive Prussian victory.
For our Garden Wars Games, we use SHAKO (version 1) rules at double scale for movement and artillery.